Comintern Archives Russian State Archive of Social and Political History (RGASPI), Moscow
According to the plans of those who founded the Communist International in March 1919, the organization was to act as the “General Staff of the Worldwide Revolution”. Even today, traces of this organization can still be found in every country throughout the world.
As with all such semi-secretive organizations, Comintern became surrounded by rumour, conjecture and myth. In the past, being unable to distinguish reliably between fact and fantasy, historians had to resort to guesswork. This was because the archives of Comintern (which closed down in 1943) were hidden away in the inaccessible repositories of the central archive of the Central Committee of the USSR.
The previously available Congress Proceedings, which were published in 1920 and 1930, had been heavily censored by the Executive Committee. Now, following the reforms in Russia, there is an opportunity to read about the real history of Comintern, from the original documents.
This collection of Comintern material from the archives of the former Central Party Archive (now renamed the Russian Centre for the Conservation and Study of Records of Modern History) starts with the publication of shorthand reports on the first Comintern congresses, upon which the political component of the organization was founded.
The microfiche series includes all archive documents relating to the Comintern congresses and Plenums of the Executive Committee, including material from preparatory and working commissions. Nothing was omitted.
This collection reveals the “behind the scenes” history of this “Party of Worldwide Revolution”. This archive material, which was previously unobtainable, is now available to researchers all over the world.
Dr. Kyrill M. Anderson, Director of the Russian Centre for the Conservation and Study of Records of Modern History
Inventory to the archives on CD-ROM (in English and Russian), created on the basis of unpublished inventories from the Rossiiskii gosudarstvennyi arkhiv sotsial'noi i politicheskoi istorii (RGASPI) [Russian State Archive of Socio-Political History], former Rossiiskii tsentr khraneniia i izucheniia dokumentov noveishei istorii (RTsKhIDNI) [Russian Center for Preservation and Study of Records of Modern History / Russian Centre for the Study of Documents of Contemporary History].
Organized into the following sections:
For each congress and plenum the documents are systematized chronologically:
• Preparations for the Congress or Plenum;
• Working Sessions;
• Work of subsidiary and affiliated commissions, including the Mandate (Credentials) Commission;
• Texts of radio broadcasts on the work of the Congress or Plenum;
• Greetings to the Congress, telegrams, newspaper clippings, etc.
Many documents of the Plenums and Congresses are represented in successive stages of compilation and revision, as they are entered into the record first in original draft versions, then subjected to subsequent discussion, debate, amendment, revision, and final ratification and promulgation. The documents contain hand-written corrections personally entered by famous figures in the international labor and communist movements, with I.V. Stalin's personal presentations and revisions registered with particular care.
Texts in Russian and more than 20 European languages including English, Frnech, German, Italian, Polish, etc.
Provenance Rossiiskii gosudarstvennyi arkhiv sotsial'noi i politicheskoi istorii (RGASPI) [Russian State Archive of Social and Political History], Moscow (former Rossiiskii tsentr khraneniia i izucheniia dokumentov noveishei istorii (RTsKhIDNI) [Russian Center for Preservation and Study of Records of Modern History]).