Budaragin Vladimir Pavlovich
Head of archives at the Russian Literature Institute "Pushkin House". Born on April 29, 1945 in Leningrad. In 1968 graduated from Philology Department of the Leningrad State University. Vladimir Budaragin was a student and protegee of V. I. Malyshev - the founder of Pushkin House archives.
Thanks to his laborious research since Malyshev's death, Pushkin Archives doubled in size and presently total about ten thousand volumes of documents and other archival materials. Despite the widespread opinion that all manuscripts and correspondence related to A.S. Pushkin have either already been collected or ruined and lost, Budaragin has successfully continued his archival search for the past twenty years. This archeographical search has taken him everywhere - from distant northern villages to experts and collectors of materials related to literature. At the same time V.P. Budaragin was supporting a number of other projects at the department of rare books and manuscripts of the St. Petersburg University library and the National Public Library of the Russian Academy of Sciences. He is also one of the initiators of the Old Russian Literature readings, whose mission is to advocate literary traditions and heritage throughout provincial towns and regions of the country. He also teaches seminars and trains young specialists in the area of archival research and documentation. These diverse activities help accumulate new acquisitions for the Pushkin Archives. In addition V.P. Budaragin conducts educational work on television and on the pages of periodicals. He is also one of the authors of the "Monuments of the Old Russian Literature" book series, edited by P.A. Dmitriev and D.S. Lihachov, as well as the author and editor of the twenty-volume Library of the Old Russian Literature. In the spring of 1999, V. P. Budaragin received the title of Honored Cultural Worker of Russian Federation.