Field Office of Prince Menshikov

Походная канцелярия князя Меншикова

The collection of business and personal documents of A.D. Menshikov, which made up his field office, has a very difficult history – they were either divided into parts, then they were again combined into one complex, they were prepared for printing and put aside, then they were considered lost. Cand.Sc. in History T.A. Bazarova in the program “Archival history” on the radio “Grad Petrov”:

… at the end of the 19th – beginning of the 20th century, a lot of work began on the description of the Menshikov papers. At the same time, the principles of this publication were developed … Indeed, a real scientific publication was being prepared, where there would be notes and comments, and previous publications were indicated, but, unfortunately, it so happened that in 1904, when even proofreading of this edition, work stopped.

Now my colleagues and I, under the leadership of Evgeny Viktorovich Anisimov, are working on the publication of materials from this fund. It must be said that the fund contains more than 8,000 items of storage, and such a huge amount of material for a long time, as it were, prevented starting such a purposeful publication. But we decided to start anyway … As they say, the eyes are afraid, but the hands are doing. And we are now engaged in the introduction of these sources into scientific circulation. Our publication, the first volume, I hope not the last, will include materials from 1703 to 1705.


Aired October 31, 2022.

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