Printing Social Control in Russia 3: Blank Forms

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Mainly on the basis of material from archives in St Petersburg, this article presents a classification and chronology of early printed blank forms in Russia, attributing their continuous history to Petrine initiatives from c.1714. Such “ephemera”, it is argued, constitute important but neglected components of Russian print culture and administrative practice.

Printing Social Control in Russia 3: Blank Forms

in Russian History




Simon Franklin“Printing and Social Control in Russia 1: Passports,” Russian History 37/3 (August 2010): 208–37.


Simon Franklin“Mapping the Graphosphere: Cultures of Writing in Early 19th-Century Russia (and Before),” Kritika 12/3 (Summer 2011) 531–60 (esp. 544–49).


A. A. Guseva“Neizvestnye izdaniia Verkhnei tipografii (Tsarskie zhalovannye gramoty 1681–1683 gg.),” in Kniga. Issledovaniia i materialy 65 (1993): 130–36; Pozdeeva Dadykin Pushkov Moskovskii pechatnyi dvor - fakt i faktor russki kul’tury. 1652–1700 gody. Kniga 2 487–97. The SPb II archive contains around twenty printed specimens in two clusters 1668–77 and 1688–99: koll. 238 op. 2 kartony 201 and 177. For the broader history of 17th-century zhalovannye gramoty both handwritten and printed (but without reference to SPb II) see N. A. Komochev Tsarskie zhalovannye gramoty (1613–1696) svetskim litsam: istochnikovedcheskoe issledovanie (kand. diss. Moscow: rggu Istoriko-arkhivnyi institut 2010).


 See O. O. KhoruzhenkoDvorianskie diplomy xviII veka v Rossii (Moscow: Nauka1999) esp. p. 165. On the switch in terminology: the list of foreign words appended to Peter’s General’nyi reglament of 1720 glosses zhalovannaia gramota as diplom: see Polnoe sobranie zakonov rossiiskoi imperii (hereafter psz) no. 3534 (vol. 6: 160).


Bykova GurevichOpisanie izdanii napechatannykh kirillitsei140–41.


VIMAIViVS F. 2 op. ShGF d. 1902p. 10.


 See Lindsey HughesRussia in the Age of Peter the Great (New Haven and London: Yale University Press1998) 431.


 See Franklin“Printing and Social Control in Russia 1” 213–17.


 See Simon Franklin“Printing and Social Control in Russia 2: Decrees,” Russian History 38/4 (2011): 467–92.


VIMAIViVC F. 2 op. ShGF d. 1901f. 30 32 33: concerning patents issued by Catherine II to officers who had been promoted under Elizabeth but who had not yet received their patents.


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    Oboronitel’nyi list, 1706, with blank line for details of the bearer

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    Certificate of military exemption, in the form of a decree, August 1718, granted to Grigorii Iakovlevich Miasnoi

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    Foreign passport, April 1719, issued to Georg Wilhelm de Henning

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    Peasant passport (pokormezhnaia), October 1733, issued in Serpukhov to Semen Mironov


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