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Date: Sun, 18 Mar 2007
From: Anthony Oertel <tony@anthonyoertel.com>
Subject: A question about research in Moscow

I received this email from the US Embassy in Moscow. Do you know of any researchers in Moscow who would look for correspondence written by Peter (Pedro, Pierre) Kostromitinoff (Kostromitinov) in the Archive of Foreign Policy of the Russian Empire?

Mr. Kostromitinoff was the consul for Russia in San Francisco, California and worked for the Russian American Company during the 1850s and 1860s.


"Lazareva, Julia A (Moscow)" <lazarevaja@state.gov> wrote:

Dear Mr. Oertel,

Per Mr. Kenney’s request, we called the Archive of Foreign Policy of the Russian Empire under the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. We related your interest in locating correspondence written by Peter Kostromitinoff to Ms. Glushkova, Head of the Archive. Ms. Glushkova told us that if you are unable to conduct the research in person, you need to find a researcher on your own. If this researcher is an American, he/she needs to have contacts with a Russian research organization which, in its turn, needs to get permission for access to the Archive. If this American researcher is not affiliated with a U.S. research organization, the Embassy can submit access request to the Archive only if this person is known to the U.S. Embassy representatives. Ms. Glushkova confirmed that, unfortunately, the Archive has no system that would provide a researcher to perform any cursory search.

Please let me know if you have any questions.

Julia A. Lazareva
Public Affairs Section
U.S. Embassy Moscow.