V. I. Lenin

On Behalf of the Central Committee of the Russian Social-Democratic Labour Party{1}

Published: Published in January 1904 together with the appeal by the “Group of Founders” in a separate leaflet “To One and All”. Printed from the text of the leaflet.
Source: Lenin Collected Works, Progress Publishers, 1977, Moscow, Volume 41, page 111.1.
Translated: Yuri Sdobnikov
Transcription\Markup: R. Cymbala
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We whole-heartedly welcome the excellent idea of the “Group of Founders” to set up a library and archives of the Central Committee of the Russian Social-Democratic Labour Party, and earnestly request all comrades and all those sympathising with this long overdue measure to give every possible assistance to our comrades who have under taken the effort in organising this complex and important business.

Central Committee of the R.S.D.L.P.

January 29, 1904


{1} This was written by Lenin in connection with the decision by the “Group of Founders” to set up a library and archives of the R.S.D.L.P. Central Committee at Geneva. Together with the appeal of the “Group of Founders” for assistance in organising the Party library and archives, it was published in p leaflet “To One and All” (put out by the Party printing-press in Geneva).

On February 7 (20), 1904, Lenin, as a member of the R.S.D.L.P. Central Committee, signed the “Regulations of the Library and Archives of the R.S.D.L.P. Central Committee” (the document is written in V. D. Bonch-Bruyevich’s hand).

Later Lenin wrote the “Statement by the Group of Founders of the R.S.D.L.P. Library at Geneva” on the transfer of the R.S.D.L.P. library to the Majority Committees’ Bureau (see p. 136). The next sitting of the M.C.B., on Lenin’s motion, confirmed the members of the earlier “Group of Founders” as the supervisory committee of the library and archives of the R.S.D.L.P. A report on this committee’s activity was submitted to the Party Congress (see Trety syezd R.S.D.R.P. Protokoly, Moscow, 1959, pp. 533–37). The library was in existence for 13 years, until the February 1917 revolution. At present, the collections of the library and the archives of the R.S.D.L.P. are at the Institute of Marxism-Leninism of the C.P.S.U. Central Committee. p. 111

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