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“Alliance Archeo” publishing house issued “The books of money income and expense of the Vologda Archbishop House of Saint Sophia and the tax-books of churches belonging to the diocese of Vologda. The 17th – early 18th century” (“Prihodno-rashodnye denezhnye knigi Vologodskogo arhiereiskogo doma Svatoi Sofii i okladnye knigi cerkvei Vologodskoi eparchii. XVII-nachalo XVIII veka”). The publication edited by N.V. Bashnin incorporates documents on social, economical and cultural issues of the history of the Russian North of this period. Household books include information concerning budget of Vologda Archbishop House, construction works, number of churches and amount of tithe, they also outline the structure of the Archbishop House and its social and economic bonds.

The publication includes preface, archeographic preface, texts of sources, indexes, illustrations and the map of Vologda district churches, composed by A.L. Gryaznov on the basis of the Tax-book of 1628/29.

The book has been composed and published due to financial support of Presidential Grant MK-5985.2015.6.

New Year greetings


Dear colleagues and friends!

The year 2016 is coming to its end. During this period we experienced important events: 80-year anniversary of the Institute and 50-year anniversary of its move to actual building.
In the outgoing year a lot of things happened: many different types of new publications of our scholars were issued, exhibitions of archival documents were installed and many researchers of the Institute appeared in mass-media. 

One cannot deny that all this work has been fulfilled despite financial and economic difficulties.

Coming year also may be severe. However we should believe all the goals to be achieved just fine.

Let me wish all of us new creative achievements, personal luck and robust health. Let me also wish prosperity to Saint Petersburg Institute of History as a whole.

Director of the Institute N.N. Smirnov

Words of gratitude from the Library


Dear readers!
The Library of SPbIH of the RAS congratulates you with forthcoming New Year, wishes new creative successes and thanks everyone who presented us books in year 2016!

Our congratulations


Yaroslav the Wise Novgorod State University granted the leading researcher of SPBIH of the RAS, Cand. Sc. in History Gennadii Mihailovich Kovalenko medal of Yaroslav the Wise 3rd class for great personal contribution to study and preservation of historical and cultural heritage of Novgorod region.
Friends and colleagues warmly congratulate Gennadii Mihailovich and wish him stay safe and sound and reach new creative summits.

On schedule of the Reading hall of the Archive

Dear visitors!
The Reading hall of the Archive will be closed down
from December 28, 2016 until January 9, 2017 (inclusive).

New publication



“Istoricheskaya illustratsiya” publishing house issued “Album of Petrine Navigator”. This book represents the first time publication of the manuscript “Album of Petrine Navigator” kept in the Scientific and Historical Archive of Saint Petersburg Institute of History of the Russian Academy of Sciences.
In 1697, together with the Great Embassy a group of several young Russian nobles went from Moscow to Western Europe. By decree of the tsar they had to learn navigation and shipbuilding in the Netherlands, as well as in Italy, in the Mediterranean and the Adriatic seas, which were the centers of naval science. Russian navigators took naval courses in Venetian Naval Academy and in the famous Nautika School, located in Perast (Montenegro today) under a supervision of the famous navigator and mathematician Marko Martinovic. Apart from theoretical studies Russian navigators also had a practical course of navigation in the Adriatic.

One of these young men brought a colorful album of 36 water-color pictures of sail and rowing vessels navigating in the Mediterranean (polacca, galley, galleass, galliot, Frigatoon, tartan, gondola, felucca et al.) to Russia. Thoroughly designed illustrations embody many details of ship architecture, decorations, decking and cordage. The text that accompanies the pictures gives notions on a level of development and specific features of navigation in the Mediterranean.

Apart from publication of the Album of Petrine Navigator this edition includes scientific preface, archeographical introduction, transcribing of the text written in cursive of the end of the 17th century, as well as a glossary of terms, outdated and infrequent words.

The publication has been done with the financial support from the Federal Agency on Press and Mass Communications of the Russian Federation in the frames of Federal program “The culture of Russia”