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The Stalin Digital Archive

Digital Source Collection on the Person and Political Life of Stalin

The Stalin Digital Archive


"The Stalin Digital Archive" offers access to the retro-digitised archival records of collection 558 from the Russian State Archives of Socio-Political History (RGASPI). In the digital source collection, scholars will find archival material on Stalin’s biography, his activities in government and his role in foreign policy. The 28,000 documents with approx. 404,000 pages include

  • documents written by Stalin from the years 1889 to 1952,
  • over 390 books from Stalin’s private library with his notes and comments,
  • biographical material such as certificates and police records,
  • Stalin’s correspondence,
  • in addition, the 26-volume series "Annals of Communism" by Yale University Press with thematic publications of source material such as "Katyn" or "Soviet Culture and Power".

Working with these documents searchable in full text is further facilitated by a virtual research environment which provides keywords, comments on text passages and collaborative work.


Access information

The offer is available free of charge throughout Germany and at German institutes abroad via the system of national licenses. At academic libraries and research institutions, users can access it without any special registration. Interested persons without access via a home institution may register for private access if they have their permanent residence in Germany. Please follow the individual registration steps at Once you have registered, you will receive your personal access data by post.

Germany-wide access is made possible within the framework of the Specialised Information Service for Russian, East and Southeast European Studies  at the Bayerische Staatsbibliothek with funding from the German Research Foundation (DFG).

Find out more:

Read our blog post about the source collection!



Do you have questions regarding access to or use of the licensed database? Please contact the Eastern Europe Department of the Bayerische Staatsbibliothek.

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