Geologists are walking in the desert. Observatory researcher at the telescope. Institute of Oriental Studies of the Academy of Sciences of the Uzbek SSR in Tashkent. A researcher of the institute is talking with an old Uzbek, who handed over an ancient book to the institute. Depository of the Institute, shelves with manuscripts. Candidate of Philology U. Karimov talks with a researcher, Professor Yuldashev is studying the archive of the Khiva Khanate, Doctor of Historical Sciences A. Karlovich works with graduate students, Director of the Institute S. Azimjanova talks with visitors. Restoration and microfilming of manuscripts. Cities: Tashkent, Khiva. Uzbek village. Uzbek Mashrap-ata hands over the manuscript to a researcher of the institute.