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Scientific archive

The Research Archive holds records pertaining to the Gatchina Palace and dating from 1917 onwards. The records consist of historical notes, prewar inventories, research papers, restoration designs for the palace and park, architectural drawings and other materials, totaling over 3,000 items.
The inventories carried out between 1917 and 1925 are especially valuable, as it was a time when the cultural property owned by the tsars family were expropriated and became recorded as museums holdings. Topographical sketches, along with drawings that showed the arrangement of objects, were done at the same time, which now serve as a crucial resource in the restoration of original interiors. Equally important for the museums research are multivolume detailed inventory books that were compiled in draft or final copies between 1938 and 1939. Beginning in 1923, the museum researchers at the Gatchina Palace (V.K.Makarov, I.K.Yanchenko, G.V.Smirnov, A.V.Pomarnatsky, etc.) published results of their studies in the field of art history in the series The Old Gatchina, which came out later as a scholarly bulletin. Their work was continued in the post-war period, when the palace still lay in ruins.
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