Special Collections: Russian & Soviet

Eighteenth Century Russian Publications on Microfilm. Lexington, KY: Erasmus Press, Slavic Reprint Division, 1965-<2002>.

The collection includes 18th-century Russian publications, listed in the catalogue below (see link). It is a valuable source for the historical, political, social and intellectual study of 18th century Russia. It also includes non-Russian literature published in Russia in the 18th century and is a useful source for the study of Russian science, theatre, language, and the history of printing.

ACCESS: Consult the catalog link below, and then refer to the finding aid (pdf). Request an item by giving the call number, the author, title, and reel number.
 

Finding Aid
Call number:
mfm AC .E544
Physical description:
918 reels
Location:
Media Commons
Extent:
1725-1800
Language region:

Foreign Broadcast Information Service (FBIS) Daily Reports.

Created by U.S. Presidential directive during World War II and at first placed under the Federal Communications Commission in 1941, the Foreign Broadcast Information Service (FBIS) was later transferred to the War Department, and then to the Central Intelligence Agency in 1947.

The original mission of FBIS was to monitor, record, transcribe and translate intercepted radio broadcasts from foreign governments, official news services, and clandestine broadcasts from occupied territories. These translations, or transcriptions in the case of English language materials, make up the Daily Reports.

The FBIS Daily Reports collection is divided into two chronological segments: 1941-1974 and 1974-1996. FBIS Daily Reports, 1941-1974, consists of a single Daily Report publication. FBIS Daily Reports, 1974-1996, is comprised of eight separate regional Daily Reports, of which Part 6 pertains to Eastern Europe (EEU), and Part 7 to the Soviet Union and Central Eurasia (SOV). Regional coverage for eastern Europe and the Soviet Union is also included for the years 1968 to 1974.

The reports includes news, interviews, speeches, editorial commentary, and other materials.

Location:
Online
Extent:
1941-1996

Gayn (Mark) Papers .

Mark Gayn was a journalist who traveled extensively and was known as one of the most knowledgeable and reliable commentators on Asian and Soviet bloc affairs. The Mark Gayn Papers consists of the impressive and varied research collection of print and non-print materials which he acquired during his career, which spanned five decades. The collection is divided into twenty categories or series, ten of which contain Russian material.

Call number:
Ms Coll. 215
Physical description:
196 boxes
Location:
Thomas Fisher Rare Book Library
Extent:
1930-1980
Language region:

Glass (Irvine Israel) Records.

Irvine Israel Glass (1918-1994) obtained his B.Sc. (1947) and M.Sc. (1948) in Aeronautical Engineering from the University of Toronto.  In 1950, he obtained his Ph.D. from the newly formed Institute of Aerophysics at the University of Toronto.  He served in this Institute until his retirement in 1983, and thereafter he worked as Professor Emeritus.  Glass made major contributions to gasdynamics research and shock-wave phenomena.

The collection includes correspondence, programs, notes and photoprints relating to trips to China, the Soviet Union, and elsewhere (1969-1985); certificates (1947-1985); and addresses.  Some of his personal correspondence from 1981 to 1982 relates to his part in the campaign on behalf of Andrei Sakharov and other Soviet dissidents, while some from 1987 and 1988 concerns the campaign to allow Soviet Jewish refusniks to emigrate.  Files relating to trips taken by Dr. Glass include material on his visits to the Soviet Union in 1961 and to Poland in 1965.

Physical description:
5 boxes
Location:
University Archives
Accession number:
B1995-0014
Extent:
1947-1993
Language region:

Gulag Press, 1920-1937. Compiled by Jim Verhoeff under the supervision of Leo van Rossum. Leiden: IDC, 2000.

The collection of Gulag press publications from the Scientific Library of the State Archive of the Russian Federation, Moscow, covers the period 1920 to 1937. It contains prison journals from the 1920s; bulletins, newspapers, and literary and cultural journals from the 1930s; collections of short stories, poetry, music and posters; and various propaganda texts and fragments.

Call number:
mfe HV8301 .G84 2000
Physical description:
649 fiche
Location:
Media Commons
Extent:
1920-1937
Language region:

Hahn (Sergius) Papers.

Typescripts, some with holograph corrections, of stories in North American Russian-language newspapers, and some correspondence relating mainly to newspaper work.

Call number:
Ms Coll. 159
Physical description:
6 boxes
Location:
Thomas Fisher Rare Book Library
Extent:
1960
Language region:

History of the Great Patriotic War of the Soviet Union. 1941-1945. Wilmington, DE: Scholarly Resources, 1984.

This collection was originally published as Istoriia Velikoi Otechestvennoi Voiny Sovetskogo Souiuza 1941-1945 by the USSR Ministry of Defense and then translated into English by the U.S. Army Center of Military History and the Foreign Technology Division, Air Force Systems Command. It includes the complete official Soviet history of World War II written by some 200 historians and army officers, and provides information on Soviet involvement in the war.

Finding Aid
Call number:
mfm D .I876313
Physical description:
7 reels
Location:
Media Commons
Extent:
1941-1945
Language region:

Hogg, Helen Sawyer.

Photos of the meeting of the International Astronomical Union Held in the Soviet Union, 1958. Helen Hogg, as well as other Canadian astronomers including A. Batten and S. van de Bergh, were present and can be seen in these shots. 

Physical description:
5 photographs
Location:
University Archives
Accession number:
B1996-0020
Extent:
1958
Language region:

Holodomor: the Famine in Ukraine, 1932-1933. Central State Archive of Popular Organizations, Kiev. Woodbridge, CT: Primary Source Microfilm, 2004.

The collection contains resolutions, directives and telegrams from the Central Committee of All-Union Communist Party, the Soviet of People's Commissars and their mirror organizations in Ukraine; correspondence from local Party committees and executive committees of the local Soviets; official and private appeals of the regional party committees to higher Party authorities; memoranda and information reports from branches of state security, justice, and the prosecutor's office, as well as citizens letters. This material provides information about grain procurement policies in Ukraine; the escalation of food shortages, large-scale starvation, and mortality among the peasantry; political attitudes and political unrest among the peasants and some members of the grassroots Party organizations; and measures eventually taken by the Central Committee and the People’s Commissariat to contain the scale of the disaster.

Call number:
mfm HC340.19 .Z9 F3 2004
Physical description:
158 reels
Location:
Media Commons
Language region:

Ignatieff (George) fonds.

George Pavlovich Ignatieff (1913-1989) was a noted Russian-Canadian diplomat whose career spanned nearly five decades. His many postings included Canadian Ambassador to Yugoslavia (1956-1958), Assistant Undersecretary of State for External Affairs (1960-1962), Permanent Representative to NATO (1963), and Canadian Ambassador to the UN (1966-1969). He served as the ninth Provost and Vice-chancellor of Trinity College (1970-1979), and Chancellor of the University of Toronto (1980-1986).

The fonds consist of records pertaining to George Ignatieff's professional career and personal life. Genealogical information about the Ignatieff family documents their lives in Russia and immigration to Canada. Family records include memoirs, diaries, photographs, student records, journals, and correspondence. Ignatieff's professional life as a diplomat with the Canadian government is doucmented by correspondence, subject files, speeches, reports, newspaper clippings, and photographs.

Of particular interest to Russian and East European studies are memoirs of Ignatieff family members reflecting on their lives in 19th-century Russia and immigration to Canada following the Bolshevik Revolution. Ignatieff's professional records include subject files relating to his trips to Russia in the 1980s; a diary, correspondence, and mementos of his trip to Russia in 1983; plus correspondence, reports, memoranda, newspaper articles, etc. on his visit to Moscow in 1955. Ignatieff also gave speeches on the topic of Russia and corresponded with the Centre for Russian and East European Studies (CREES).

Physical description:
9 m of textual records; ~770 photographs; 5 scrapbooks; 24 audiovisual records
Location:
Trinity College Archives
Extent:
[1911]-1989
Language region:

Innis (Harold A.) fonds.

Harold Adams Innis (1894-1952) joined the staff of the University of Toronto's Department of Political Economy in 1927, rising to the post of Head of the Department by 1937. From 1947 until his death in 1952, Innis assumed the additional responsibility of Dean of the School of Graduate Studies. Innis' international reputation as an economist took him on the lecture circuit. The most prestigious of these was the British tour in 1948 of the Beit, Cust and Stamp lecture series in Oxford, Nottingham, and the University of London respectively. As well, Innis was a featured participant in conferences at home and abroad. In 1945 he traveled to Russia on a special invitation to join the 220th Anniversary meeting of the Academy of Sciences in U.S.S.R.

Of particular interest to researchers of the Soviet Union is series 13 describing Innis' participation in the 220th Anniversary Meeting of the Academy of Sciences of the U.S.S.R. in June 1945. Material includes diaries, articles, letters, programmes, invitations, postcards, and newspapers.
 

Physical description:
4.5 m (textual, graphic, artifacts)
Location:
University Archives
Accession number:
B1972-0003
Extent:
1906-1970
Language region:

Jewish Sheet Music: from the Vernadsky Library in Kiev, Ukraine. New York, NY: N. Ross, 1992.

A collection of vocal and instrumental music, with Hebrew, Yiddish, Russian and Ukrainian words.

Call number:
M2.J59 1992
Location:
Music Library
Language region:

Kaplan-Beeby Records.

Research files, interview transcripts, drafts of manuscript of the publication Moscow Despatches inside Cold War Russia, by John Watkins; edited and with an introduction by Dean Beeby and William Kaplan (Toronto: Lorimer, 1987). The publication includes selections from official despatches written while Watkins was ambassador to the Soviet Union.

Physical description:
5 boxes
Location:
University Archives
Accession number:
B1987-0050 (file list)
Extent:
1931-1987
Language region:

Kievan Rus’ and Muscovy Collection.

From the description of Professor Martin Dimnik and Librarian's Assistant Caroline Suma:
"The distinguishing feature of the PIMS Slavic Collection is its highly specialized nature. From the start of the collection (1971) the library purchased Slavic materials relevant to researching the history of Kievan Rus’ and Muscovy (i.e., from the 9th to the beginning of the 17th century). The library’s main aim has been to obtain editions of original texts, such as charters and the chronicles of Kievan Rus’ and Muscovy, which are the primary tools of research. Secondary literature that facilitates the study of the sources has also been selected with special care. These materials cover  areas such as political, ecclesiastical, monastic, cultural, and social history as well as literature, language, law, historiography, archaeology, art, architecture, numismatics, sphragistics, and genealogical studies."

Location:
Pontifical Institute of Mediaeval Studies Library
Language region:

Krokodil Digital Archive. Moscow: Izd. Gazety "Pravda".

Published continuously from August 1922 until 2008, Krokodil was at one time the most popular satirical journal, with a circulation reaching 6.5 million copies. Articles from Krokodil covered Soviet bureaucracy and excessive centralized control, ridiculed religion, lampooned U.S. foreign and domestic policy, Western political leaders and events. Krokodil's editors and contributors included many of the Soviet Union's literary luminaries and esteemed artists. Vladimir Mayakovsky, Mikail Kol'tsov, Ilf and Petrov, Samuil Marshak, Mikhail Zoshchenko, Sergei Mikhalkov and Lyudmila Petrushevskaya all wrote for Krokodil; Dmitri Moor, Mikhail Cheremnykh, Boris Efimov, the Kukrynisksy trio, and Ivan Semenov all created cartoons.

East View, the producer of the online platform, has added full-text searchable tags to identify individuals and organizations within the artwork, where full-text search would not normally find results. Thanks to this added value, users are able to search for people and organizations and find them not only within the articles, but also wherever they are represented in caricatures, cartoons and drawings within the pages of Krokodil. Tools found in the interface may be used to magnify the images or text, or download pages for future reference.

 

Location:
Online
Extent:
1922-2008
Language region:

Law Student Life in Moscow: The Letters and Course Notes of John N. Hazard, 1934-1939: Materials for the History of the Soviet Legal System. Hazard, John N.. Zug, Switzerland: IDC, 1978.

The collection includes a set of letters written from 1934-1939 by John N. Hazard to the Institute of Current World Affairs, during his sojourn in the Soviet Union, first as a law student and later as a visitor. Hazard was the first Anglo-American Harvard Law College graduate to pursue the full course of legal studies then being offered in Moscow. The collection also includes his course lecture and seminar notes: most of these are in English with key terms in Russian. These documents offer a unique portrait of Soviet life and legal education of that time period.

Finding Aid
Call number:
mfe K .H393 MICR
Physical description:
40 fiche
Location:
Media Commons
Extent:
1934-1939
Language region:

Leaders of the Russian Revolution: Part 9: Kalinin Papers. Edited by Jana Howlett. Cambridge: Chadwyk-Healey in association with the State Archival Service of Russia, 1994.

This collection of papers is part of the series "Leaders of the Russian Revolution" and comes from the Russian Centre for the Preservation and Study of Documents of Most Recent History (RtsKhIDNI), known until 1991 as the Central Party Archive of the Institute of Marxism-Leninism. Mikhail Ivanovich Kalinin (1875-1946) was a member of Union for Struggle of the Liberation of the Working Class, based in St. Petersburg and founder of the RDSRP. The collection includes photographs, diaries, transcripts of speeches, autographs of articles, reports and materials on his work in Petrograd and other places, and on the formation of the Jewish Autonomous Region (Birobidjan) and Intourist.

Call number:
mfm DK188 .L43 1992 pt.9
Physical description:
220 reels
Location:
Media Commons
Language region:

Materials on Collectivization and Dekulakization from Ural Regional Archives. [Sverdlovsk: Sverdlovskii okruzhnyi ispolnitelnyi komitet sovetov, 1928-1932].

Primary source material on the peasantry and collectization of agriculture in the Sverdlovskaia oblast.

Call number:
mfm HD1492 .R92 S875
Physical description:
2 reels
Location:
Media Commons
Language region:

Mavor (James) Papers.

James Mavor was professor of Political Economy at the University of Toronto from 1892 to 1923, and donated this collection in 1960. It contains his correspondence on Russian affairs, and sheds light on his acquaintances with such prominent Russians as Prince Kropotkin and L. N. Tolstoi. The collection also contains historical material on the emigration of the Doukhobors to Canada.  There is also material relating to the October Revolution, the Civil War, and Russian émigré activities.  Mavor’s papers include writings by himself, Stepniak, Sviatlovskii, and others on Russian topics.  The papers were most likely assembled for the writing of his major work, The Economic History of Russia (1914).

Call number:
Ms Coll 119
Physical description:
78 boxes and items
Location:
Thomas Fisher Rare Book Library
Extent:
1862-1925
Language region:

Maximenkov (Leonid) Video Collection.

The Maximenkov Collection contains video recordings of a variety of television shows, both news and entertainment. Examples of what is offered include films, concerts, sporting events and Vremia news reports, in addition to Russian-related stories on North American news networks such as CTV and CNN.

Finding Aid
Location:
Petro Jacyk Resource Centre
Language region: