- Posted by rusgen
- On February 6, 2021
- archives, covid, Poland, reopening, Russia, Ukraine
Archives in our part of the word started to re-open after the COVID. While the “epidemic situation” takes its toll, here is the short update on what is open.
Ukrainian archives had a carantine and reopened on January 25th, 2021. The number of persons in the research room is limited and you need.
Polish archives are reopening from February 8th, 2021, also with the same restrictions. You need to have a mask and gloves to visit.
Moscow city archives managed to stay open for most of the COVID, while Federal archives based here are all used this excuse to limit the access to the documents. For example, to visit the State Archive of Russian Federation, you need to register online. Registration for the next month opens at 9:00 local time in the morning, and closes five minutes later, when all slots are taken. Want to get in earlier — try you luck with the reading room personnel…
The same registration problem is in St Petersbourg.
Local Russian archives are much more flexible, although they all have the reading room attendance limitations imposed on them. But you can call them and register at the reasonable advance.
Archivists are a slightly faster responding to our written requests than usual, as they do not have so many boring researchers to deal with.
Unfortunately, everything is slow. But we still could help you — if you can wait. Please contact us for all your research needs in the former Russian Empire.