The Archives and Exhibition Center (AEC) is one of the Gorbachev Foundation’s structural units. It comprises the Foundation’s archives, library, reading room and exhibition center.
The archival collection reflects the evolution of the Russian state and society, mostly in the period from the late 1980s to the current day.
The center’s collection of documents is based on the records donated to the Foundation by Mikhail Gorbachev and his family. They cover Mikhail Gorbachev’s activities as head of the Communist Party and state leader, and his subsequent political and public initiatives since 1992. The archives also contain personal records of Mikhail Gorbachev’s close associates - Anatoly Chernyayev, Georgy Shakhnazarov, Valentin Zagladin, and others. A separate holding is a collection of records relating to the life and public activities of Raisa Gorbachev.
Given the role the Soviet leaders traditionally played in Russia’s domestic and foreign policies, these archival holdings are an invaluable source of historical information. They not only give an insight into Mikhail Gorbachev’s policies, but also allow historians to get a better understanding of the inner workings of the state machinery in the later period of the Soviet Union’s history.
The Gorbachev Foundation archives include print, electronic, audio and video materials. Of special significance is a collection of photographs from Mikhail Gorbachev’s personal archives. Its 30,000 plus images give a broad view of life in the Soviet Union and contemporary Russia in the last twenty five years.
The archives also include records representing the Foundation’s activities since its establishment in 1992. Among them are transcripts of the round tables, conferences, and other events in which Mr. Gorbachev and the Foundation took part.
The reading room holds regular book displays dedicated to events organized by the Gorbachev Foundation. A permanent book display reflects Mikhail Gorbachev’s life and activities. The library also lends its books for thematic book displays.
The library’s integrated reference system is based on DOCS-OPEN document management solution and comprises the library and archival electronic catalogues allowing users to store, describe and systematize new documentary, photo, audio, video and print materials.
The library and archival resources contain invaluable and unique materials for research of Perestroika and understanding of social processes after the fall of Communism and the birth of democracy in Russia.
The library and archival repositories are equipped with special shelves and cases for storage of audio, video and photo materials, books and periodicals. The safety of these collections is secured by fire-alarm and air-conditioning systems. The AEC’s full-time staff includes four officers, including the Center’s head, deputy head, archivist and chief librarian. The management of library and archival collections is carried out using up-to-date computers, copying, photo/video equipment and digital video recording equipment.
The Gorbachev Foundation’s collections of documents and print materials attract Russian and foreign researchers and journalists. Scholars from Russia, former Soviet republics, Europe and the United States regularly visit the Gorbachev Foundation to research its collections.
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