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Gubernskie vedomosti

Card Catalog of Gubernskie, Oblastnye & Voiskovye Vedomosti Eparkhial’nye vedomosti (Eparchial News)

The gubernskie vedomosti were pre-revolutionary local governmental newspapers published throughout the Russian Empire largely between 1838 and 1917 (although a few titles were issued through 1920). The newspapers were also published in Ukraine, Belarus, Poland, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Moldova, countries of the Caucasus and Central Asia.

The vedomosti were first published in 1838 in 42 cities by order of the Tsar. By the beginning of the 20th century, more than 80 were being published. Sometimes the titles differed depending on whether they were oblastnye or voiskovye. Some were daily, others weekly, with print runs ranging from several hundred to several thousand copies.  Each newspaper consisted of two sections: official and non-official. The official part published governors' orders and instructions, information on new taxes, court cases, etc. The non-official section was much larger, featuring a variety of information on current local events, plants and factories, sales and market prices, agriculture, transportation, the activity of scientific societies, hospitals, educational institutions, libraries, etc. Educational articles on history, geography and economics were also included. In addition, everything from weather forecasts to advertisements could be found here including, on occasion, reprinted material such as diaries, archival documents, biographies and folklore.

Although the non-official sections of these newspapers were originally apolitical, over the years editors began to introduce more and more political material, so that eventually they carried a great deal of information about political events. In 75 cities gubernskie vedomosti were the only newspapers available for periods ranging from 10 to 30 years.  They were thus the centers of the development of culture, science and education in the district and are tremendously important for modern researchers. No other historical document can replace the gubernskie vedomosti, covering as they do the events and news in the lives of people of many districts in Russia for close to a century.

Material from the gubernskie vedomosti has been used over the years in many scholarly works in history, economics and philology, with many researchers making use of the excellent collection of gubernskie vedomosti in the National Library of Russia in St. Petersburg. Although unfortunately no systematic bibliography of all of these newspapers is available, researchers have been helped by the full indexes available in Arkhangel'skie, Astrakhanskie, Vladimirskie, Vologodskie, Voronezhskie, Kurskie, Nizhnegorodskie, Olonetskie, Orlovskie, Penzenskie, Pskovskie, Saratovskie, Stavropol'skie, Tambovskie, Tul'skie, Iaroslavskie, and other vedomosti.

Gubernskie vedomosti available:

  • Akmolinskie, 1871-1919; Omsk; 42 reels 35mm
  • Arkhangel’skie, 1859-1879; Arkhangelsk; 18 reels 35mm
  • Astrakhanskie, 1856-1875; Astrakhan; 15 reels 35mm
  • Bessarabskie, 1854-1917; Kishinev; 46 reels 35mm
  • Chernigovskie, 1838-1917; Chernigov; 70 reels 35mm
  • Grodnenskie, 1838-1915; Grodno; 50 reels 35mm
  • Kamenets-Podol’skie, 1838-1917; Kamenets-Podolsk; see Podol’skie below
  • Kazanskie, 1838-1917; Kazan; 81 reels 35mm
  • Kielceskie, 1867-1915; Kel’tsy; 11 reels 35mm
  • Kievskie, 1838-1917; Kiev; 136 reels 35mm
  • Khar’kovskie, 1838-1917; Kharkov; 122 reels 35mm
  • Khersonskie, 1838-1917; Kherson; 63 reels 35mm
  • Minskie, 1838-1917; Minsk; 122 reels 35mm
  • Mogilevskie*, 1838-1918; Moghilev; 59 reels 35mm
  • Orlovskie, 1838-1918; Orel; 74 reels 35mm
  • Plotskie, 1872-1915; Plotsk; 11 reels 35mm
  • Podolinskie, 1838-1916; Kamenets-Podol’sk; 55 reels 35mm
  • Priamurskie, 1894-1917; Kahbarovsk; 46 reels 35mm
  • Samarskie, 1904-1915; Samara; 6 reels 35mm
  • Saratovskie, 1841-1884;Saratov; 43 reels 35mm
  • Stavropol’skie, 1850-1917; Stavropol; 29 reels 35mm
  • Tavricheskie, 1856-1916; Simferopol; 30 reels 35mm
  • Varshavskie, 1867-1915; Warsaw; 38 reels 35mm
  • Viatskie, 1845-1846 & 1864-1865; Viatka (request custom quote for other years); 3 reels 35mm
  • Vladimirskie, 1838-1917; Vladimir; 123 reels 35mm
  • Vitebskie, 1838-1864 & 1870-1917; Vitebsk; 83 reels 35mm
  • Volynskie, 1838-1917; Zhitomir; 55 reels 35mm

The following titles are also available; please call for more information:

  • Kaliszskie, 1867-1914; Zhitomir
  • Kholmskie, 1867-1914; Kholm; Sedletskie until 1913
  • Kurskie, 1838-1918; Kursk
  • Lomzhinskie, 1867-1915; Lomzha
  • Piotrkowskie, 1867-1914; Piotrkow
  • Poltavskie, 1838-1917; Poltava
  • Radomskie, 1872-1915; Radom
  • Suwalkskie, 1867-1914; Suwalki

Card Catalog of gubernskie, oblastnye and voiskovye vedomosti

From the Russian National Library, St. Petersburg. - Microfiche.
There are 87 vedomosti listed in the Card Catalog of the National Library, comprising the largest such collection in a single library. Most of them are gubernskie but there are also oblastnye and voiskovye. The city and years of publication, as well as information on supplements, are listed for each entry. This card catalog will be very useful in helping scholars and researchers find information on holdings of vedomosti at the National Library.
87 mf

Eparkhial'nye vedomosti  (Eparchial News)

Eparkhial'nye vedomosti were official publications of the Russian Orthodox Church, checked and sanctioned by authorities from the Holy Synod. Published in different Russian parishes in the second half of the 19th century and the beginning of the 20th century, the eparkhial'nye vedomosti appeared in magazine format and came out monthly or semimonthly. Like the gubernskie vedomosti, each eparkhial'nye vedomosti was divided into two parts, official and unofficial, with each part under separate editorship.

In the official part of the eparkhial'nye vedomosti readers would find instructions from the Holy Synod and from local church authorities. The unofficial part contained such items as speeches, stories written by church representatives, and topics for sermons and lessons. One could also find articles on the history of the church district, information about temples and monasteries, news about the everyday life of the parish, biographies, obituaries, and other information.

These magazines are an invaluable source for research on religious literature and on the history of the Russian Orthodox Church, as well as for more general studies of Russian history. Many of the eparkhial'nye vedomosti contain very good indexes, making them especially useful to scholars. The best collection of eparkhial'nye vedomosti in the world is in the Russian National Library in St. Petersburg.


Iakutskie eparkhial'nye vedomosti, 1887-1919, 11 reels

Vladimirskie eparkhial'nye vedomosti, 1865-1918; 54 reels

Indexes to Eparkhial'nye vedomosti

Iaroslavskiia eparkhial'nyia vedomosti. 1860-1892.

Iakutskiia eparkhial'nyia vedomosti. 1908-1917 (bibliographic index [1897-1907] and systematic index [1887-1897] included).

Oglavleniie pribavlenii k Tul'skim eparkhial'nym vedomostiam. Tom 1-20, 23-65; 1862-1903 (alphabetical index included).

Oglavlenie Ufimskikh eparkhial'nykh vedomostei, 1885-1886, 1889, 1891, 1896, 1898, 1900, 1905.
Soderzhanie Poltavskikh eparkhial'nykh vedomostei 1863-1867 (index of articles in the non-official part included [1888-1913].)

Oglavlenie neofitsial'nogo otdela Kamchatskikh eparkhial'nykh vedomostei. 1897.

Oglavlenie neofitsial'nogo otdela Blagoveshchenskikh eparkhial'nykh vedomostei. 1900.

Oglavlenie statei v Varshavskom eparkhial'nom listke. 1906-1916.

Mogilievskie gubernskie vedomosti. 1838-1844.

Troitskie listki.

Khar'kovskie eparkhial'nye vedomosti 1867-1882 (including a supplement Vera i razum [1891-1901].)
Complete Collection, 22 mf

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