International Institute of Social History
(ArcheoBiblioBase: Archives in Russia: B-12)
Since 1992, Rosarkhiv has been know as the Center for Preservations of Youth Organizations and was renamed the Russian State Archive of Socio-Political History. It serves as the main depository for documentation relating to the history of socialism, the records of CPSU and its predecessors, mainly before 1953, as well as records of the Komsomol.
The directory provides a starting place to locate manuscript maps, folk songs, motion pictures, genealogical data, technical documentation, and architectural drawings, to name only a few among the specialized sources covered. Data for individual institutions and their various divisions includes their history (with all of their previous names and acronyms), and brief characterization of holdings.