|Title||Saint Petersburg Main Archive (SPGA) / Санкт-Петербургский Главный архив (SPGA)|
|Level of description||Fonds|
|Repository||Archive of Foreign Policy of the Russian Empire (AVPRI)|
|Name of creator(s)||Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Imperial Russia (MI)|
|Description||This is a huge fonds, including more than 90000 units and described by 173 inventories. A number of sections deal with Republic of Turkey and Near East, including topics such as trade, archaeology, water supply and sewer system.|
The fonds contains materials of the former State Main, and of St. Petersburg Main Archives : the gathered documents result from the activity of structural institutions of the central apparatus of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, and of the Collegium of Foreign Affairs, and of consular and diplomatic offices abroad; most part of them date back to 1800-1885.
The collection is divided into five artificial ranks, which are divided into families. Documents are then organised according topics.
In the first rank (a significant part of it is closed for researchers) a great number of documents are connected with Jerusalem, including:
I-1 catalogue 12. All-respectful reports on the affairs in Turkey, Greece, Egypt, Serbia (1822-1879).
I-1 catalogue 19. Highly confirmed projects of messages on issues in the Middle East (1816-1855).
I-9 catalogue 8. Materials on commissioning diplomatic envoys (in Turkey, as well), information on the events in Turkey, materials on the clergy, and ecclesiastic affairs. Notes, and memos. Materials on construction of the railways, and telegraph (1774-1905).
I-10 catalogue 28. Printed copies of agreements, conventions, treaties (especially with Turkey).
Many documents on Palestine are kept in the Second Rank (1763-1900), including:
II-3 catalogue 34. Russian trade exchanges with countries of the Middle East, reports of consulates, and the general situation in the consulates (1783-1869).
II-3 catalogue 35. Russian trade exchanges with countries of the Middle East, reports of consulates, and the general situation in the consulates (1869-1896).
II-9 catalogue 46. Spiritual affairs, monastic properties, Russian pilgrims in Palestine.
II-9 catalogue 83. Ecclesiastical Mission in Jerusalem.
II-10 catalogue 49. Trip of Prof. Pomialovsky to Palestine (1864-1891).
IV-10 catalogue 129. Private messages of administrator of the Consulate in Jerusalem, on the situation in Jerusalem (1801-1879).
IV-16 catalogue 134. On the protection of rights of Orthodox clergy at the East by the Russian government.
IV-18 catalogue 137. A project of arranging the water-supply system in Jerusalem.
|Accruals||The fonds is closed.|
|Conditions governing access||Subject to the authorization of Archive of Foreign Policy of the Russian Empire (AVPRI)|
|Finding aids||This fonds is described into 173 catalogues. The 4 items selected have been picked up from inventory n°46 (1840), inventory n°46 (1857), inventory n°129 and inventory n°119 (1858).|
Sometimes, there is no details available for dates or the number of units in series..
|Rules or conventions||International standard for archival description, General, etc.|
|Date of the catalogue||December 2016|
|Archivist's notes||Author(s) : Irina Mironenko-Marenkova, Historian, Translator, Publishing House “Indrik” (Moscow) and Kirill Vakh, General director of the Scientific Publishing Center Indrik (Moscow).|