(Comintern) Archives Project
The archives of the Communist International
(Comintern) are in the custody of the Russian State Archives for
Social and Political History (RGASPI) in Moscow. As part of an international
effort to preserve the archives and make them accessible to researchers,
RGASPI has digitized some one million pages of documents from 59
In selecting materials for digitization, the International Committee
for the Computerization of the Comintern (INCOMKA), of which the
Library of Congress is a participating institution, drew upon the
expertise of Comintern historians from around the world. INCOMKA
focused on the commissions, secretariats, and departments under the
Executive Committee of the Comintern.
The role of the Library of Congress in the Comintern Archives Project
has been to convert personal names from Cyrillic to the Latin alphabet
and to translate "descriptors" (keywords/subject headings) from Russian
to English. The descriptors link to the digital images, which are
displayed in the Archidoc system. Archidoc is a product of the Spanish
software company Informatica El Corte Ingles.
The digitized materials may be viewed at a dedicated terminal in the European Reading Room
of the Library of Congress or at the Russian Federal Archives website (in Russian), at http://sovdoc.rusarchives.ru , then click Документальные комплексы, and then #2, Организации и учреждения (в т.ч. общественные): Архив Коминтерна.