- 1789-1917, microfilmed 1996-1997 (Creation)
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29 reels: microfilm; 16 mm
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Russian State Historical Archives in St. Petersburg, Russia.
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The St. Petersburg microfilming project grew out of the discovery of a rich collection of documents relating to Mennonites for the period 1789 to 1917 which were housed in the Russian State Historical Archives in St. Petersburg. These documents relate to the Russian Senate and later the Duma.
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English translations of many Russian documents in this collection are available. See MHC Textual records Volume 4700.
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This microfilming project was made possible by a partnership between four North American Mennonite archives -- Mennonite Heritage Centre (Winnipeg), Centre for MB Studies (Winnipeg), Mennonite Historical Society of British Columbia and the Center for MB Studies (Fresno). The key scholar at each of these locations were: Dr. Lawrence Klippenstein, Dr. Abe Dueck, Dr. John B. Toews and Dr. Paul Toews. Dr. George K. Epp was a key North American scholar who together with our European contacts facilitated this project.
The initial inventory was prepared in Winnipeg through the work of Sergei Chaiderman, Abe Dueck, George K. Epp and Alf Redekopp. It was first posted on line in August 1998 with the Mennonite Historical Society of Canada under the heading "Registry of Mennonite Materials from the former USSR available in North America." Translation of the Russian documents was coordinated at the Fresno Centre and have also been shared with each partner. -- AHR
The original Russian inventories can be searched on line at: Russian State Historical Archives (RGIA).