|The fact of existence of the dramatical
collection of the Russian theatre company can be confirmed the earliest
script of play, dated from 1754. This script bears the note by I.Dmitrevsky
'From the library of the Russian Court Theatre' on its title-page.
The first documentary evidence of existence of the library is the report
in the official papers of the Central Administration of the Imperial Theatres
of the 16th February, 1784, about purchase a new bookcase with inner lock
for the best conservation of the Russian books and printed musics.