The archive contains materials owned by the philologist, professor, and author of a number of textbooks on Russian dramaturgy Margarita Gromova. She collected them over more than three decades as part of her seminar on contemporary dramaturgy at Moscow State Pedagogical University (formerly Lenin Moscow State Pedagogical Institute). The seminar was distinguished by the fact that, as well as focusing on works by well-known authors, it covered those representatives of the theatrical world whose practice attracted the interest of critics and academics much later than their works were actually staged. This allowed Gromova to preserve rare documents that can be used to track Russian documentary theater and other movements in the 1990s and early 2000s. It also features first drafts of plays discussed at festivals and her personal photo archive. As well as posters, flyers, invitations to performances, and other ephemera, Gromova also partially preserved her students' term papers, most of which include valuable illustrative and bibliographical materials about dramaturgy and contemporary poetry.
Margarita Gromova (1933–2017) was a professor in the Department of Russian Literature and Journalism of the Twentieth and Twenty-first Centuries of the Faculty of Philology of Moscow State Pedagogical University. She holds a Candidate of Philological Sciences degree. She graduated from Lobachevsky Gorky State University, taught in schools, and ran a theater studio. After defending her dissertation, Gromova worked at Moscow State Pedagogical University, in the early 1970s launching a course on contemporary dramaturgy. She has written a number of textbooks on dramaturgy. As part of her seminar she collaborated with Teatr.doc, School of Modern Drama, Ilkhom Theater, Praktika Theater, Center for Drama and Directing, Lubimovka Young Russian Playwrights Festival, New Drama Festival, etc.