|The library possesses the unique
collection of Russian, French, German and Italian plays of the XVI-XXth
centuries. The collection of plays in Russian is a practically complete
repertoire of the Russian stage from the beginning of the Russian theatre
till the February revolution 1917.
In the end of the XVIIIth century the dramatical collection of secret
counsellor V.Bibikov (1740-1787) has been purchased into the library. V.Bibikov
was the Director of the Russian theatre company, dramatical censor, dramatist
and friend of A.Sumarokov. The rare book and manuscript department contains
first printed plays and libretti of A.Sumarokov, and the script of his
play The Quarrel of Husband and Wife , which bears the inscription by I.Dmitrevsky
about it first performance in 1757.