Special Collections: Russian & Soviet

Mennonites in Southern Ukraine, 1789-1941: from the State Archive of the Zaporozhe Region. Harvey L. Dyck and Aleksandr S. Tedeev.. Toronto: Centre for Russian and East European Studies, University of Toronto, c2001..

Collection of Mennonite-related documents from the Zaporizhzhe Regional State Archive, Zaporizhzhe, Ukraine, microfilmed under the auspices of the Research Program in Tsarist and Soviet Mennonite Studies, Centre for Russian and East European Studies, University of Toronto.

Physical description:
125 reels
Location:
Media Commons
Extent:
1789-1941
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Moscow Lenin Order Mosfilm Studio (1938-1945) (MOSFILM, 1938-1945). Russian State Archive of Literature and Art, Moscow (RGALI). Woodbridge, CT: Research Publications, Primary Source Media, 1999.

The largest and most prestigious Soviet film studio during the era of the “Great Patriotic War” was Mosfilm in Moscow. It was in this premier studio that many of the landmarks of Russian cinema were imagined and produced. The collection includes correspondence, memoranda, scripts and shooting scripts.

Call number:
mfm PN1999 .M67 M675 1999
Physical description:
12 reels
Location:
Media Commons
Extent:
1938-1945
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Moscow News Digital Archive. Minneapolis: East View Information Services, 2017..

Moscow News, founded in 1930 by American socialist Anna Louise Strong, and continuing publication until 2014, is the oldest English-language newspaper in the Soviet Union. From a mouthpiece of the Communist party to an influential advocate for social and political change, the pages of Moscow News reflect the shifting ideological, political, social and economic currents that have swept through the Soviet Union and Russia in the last century.

The Moscow News Digital Archive contains all obtainable published issues (1930-2014, approximately 60,000 pages), including issues of the newspaper’s short-lived sister publication Moscow Daily News (1932-1938).
 

Location:
Online
Extent:
1930-2014
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Music Journals from the Russian National Library, St. Petersburg, on Microfiche. New York: Norman Ross, 1994.

This collection includes all pre-revolutionary journals dedicated to the gramophone and the phonograph, which were still considered novelties at the time these journals were published. It also includes six Moscow journals from 1774 to the early 20th century.

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Titles are individually catalogued
Location:
Media Commons
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Newspapers from the Russian Revolutionary Era. Woodbridge, CT: Research Publications, 1983-<1987>.

The collection includes sources covering events leading up to and including the overthrow of the Russian Empire. The collection is based on the holdings at Columbia University's Herbert Lehman Library. Included are titles such as Journal de St. Petersburg, Russkia Viedomoski and Drug, covering every facet of the revolution including late 19th century indications of the coming revolution; subtleties of Russian life in the twilight of the Imperial period; the Revolution's effect on daily life; the final blow to the Empire's political structure, the aftermath and the beginning of the movement towards the Soviet Union. In addition to the Russian papers, the collection includes papers printed in other countries.

Call number:
mfm DK .N487 1983
Physical description:
458 reels
Location:
Media Commons
Language region:

Nineteenth Century Russia: Contemporary French Opinion. Paris: Hachette, 1972.

The collection includes writings on Russia by French, German, English and other western observers representing ideologies ranging from Orleanism to anarchy, and including various religious doctrines. Works of Russian political emigrés, including Turgenev and Bakunin, are also included. Among the many concrete topics dealt with in the collection are tsarism and Russian political history, serfdom, Russian socialism and early revolutionary movements. The collection provides the researcher with a broad account of 19th century Russia and of how it was regarded in the West.

Call number:
Titles are individually catalogued
Location:
Media Commons
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Obshchii otdel KPSS, 1953-1966 gody = General Department of the Central Committee, 1953-1966. Woodbridge, CT: Primary Source Media, 2000.

A collection of records documenting the activities of the Soviet State, Central Committee of the Communist Party and All-Union Young Communist League from March 1953 until April 1966, from the holdings of the Russian State Archive of Contemporary History (RGANI) in Moscow.

Call number:
mfm CD1728 .A56 2000
Physical description:
118 reels
Location:
Media Commons
Extent:
1953-1966
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Odnodnevnye Gazety SSSR, 1917-1984. New York: Norman Ross, 1993.

The One-Day Newspaper Collection consists of newspapers that had unusually short runs, published in the period between the first year of the Russian Revolution and the start of the Gorbachev era. The One-Day Newspaper Collection of the Saltykov-Shchedrin State Public Library is the largest, with more than 6400 titles.

Call number:
mfm PN5272 .O46 1993
Physical description:
46 reels (6400 titles)
Location:
Media Commons
Extent:
1917-1984
Language region:

Pachter (Charles) Papers.

Charles Pachter, born in Toronto, is one of Canada's leading contemporary artists.

His papers include his mother's, Sara Pachter's, travel diary to Israel and Russia in 1959, as well as correspondence and photographs of her trip to Belarus and Russia in 2002. Sara Pachter was a Toronto travel agent and led frequent tours of Israel.

Call number:
MS Coll 604
Physical description:
21 boxes and items (8 m)
Location:
Thomas Fisher Rare Book Library
Extent:
1915-2010
Language region:

Papers of Queen Victoria on Foreign Affairs: Files from the Royal Archives, Windsor Castle. Part 1. Russia and Eastern Europe, 1846-1900. Edited by Kenneth Bourne. Bethesda, MD: University Publications of America, c.1990-.

This collection, reproduced from the Royal Archives, reflect Queen Victoria's active role in foreign affairs. It includes the principal papers of state forwarded to the Queen, her related correspondence with her ministers, and correspondence with other sovereigns and members of families. Also included are reports and memoranda that were attached to correspondence for the Queen's information. These documents contain statistics, eyewitness accounts and intelligence reports from foreign office officials stationed throughout the continent. In addition, it contains extracts or abstracts of many papers of state submitted to the Queen in order to bring specific information to her attention.

Only the first part of six pertains to Russia and Eastern Europe. This part includes material from 1846 to 1900 and contains correspondence with her ministers and with the tsars of Russia along with state documents and reports from embassies abroad. These files cover such themes as the succession of Tsar Alexander II; the emancipation edict of 1861; the second Polish revolution, 1863-1864; Russian expansionism, 1860-1900; the London Conference of 1871; the Alliance of the Three Emperors, 1881; the Franco-Russian Alliance of 1893; and the First Hague Peace Conference (1899).

Finding Aid
Call number:
mfm DA550.V52 1990
Physical description:
4 reels
Location:
Media Commons
Language region:

Potichnyi (Peter J.) Collection on Insurgency and Counter-Insurgency in Ukraine. Moscow: Tsentralnyi Arkhiv Vnutrennikh Voisk MVD RF, 1994.

The second group of the Peter J. Potichnyi collection of the Counter-Insurgency documents come directly from Soviet archives. This collection covers 150,000 pages of documents, covering the activities of the NkVD-NKGB, and the MVD-MGB internal forces of the Ukrainian Okrug against the Ukrainian Liberation Movement during the years 1944-1954. After Ukraine proclaimed independence in August 1990, this archive was removed to Moscow.

Call number:
mfm DK508.79 .P48 1994
Physical description:
431 reels
Location:
Media Commons
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Potichnyj (Peter J.) Book Collection on Insurgency and Counter-Insurgency in Ukraine, 1941-1954.

The Potichnyi collection includes German, Polish, Ukrainian, KGB and other documents related to the Ukrainian underground movement. Also included are extensive correspondence, clippings and other documents pertaining to the Ukrainian underground.

Call number:
Ms. Coll. 332
Physical description:
244 boxes
Location:
Thomas Fisher Rare Book Library
Extent:
1941-1954
Language region:

Pre-revolutionary Record Company Catalogs, 1905-1925: Moscow, St. Petersburg, and Vilna. New York, NY: N. Ross, [1996].

A collection of Russian record company catalogs originally published between 1905 and 1925. It includes librettos of opera excerpts and songs.

Call number:
ML156.2 .P74 1996
Physical description:
49 fiche
Location:
Music Library
Extent:
1905-1925
Language region:

Project for the Study of Dissidence and Samizdat. Komaromi, Ann, ed..

The Electronic Archive “Project for the Study of Dissidence and Samizdat” (PSDS) includes the database of Soviet samizdat periodicals, electronic editions of selected samizdat journals, illustrated timelines of dissident movements, and interviews with activists.

Location:
Online resource
Extent:
1956-1986
Language region:

Radio Free Europe Publications, 1961-.

These publications constitute three separate collections, consisting of approximately 60 boxes of materials issued by various departments of Radio Free Europe from 1961 to the present. Many of the publications are weekly background and situation reports on Eastern Europe and the USSR in English. About half of the material consists of publications from the Czechoslovak Unit of Radio Free Europe issued since 1970, and reprints of items from Czech and Slovak newspapers and journals.

Location:
Thomas Fisher Rare Book Library

Red Army, Papers of the: Political and Internal Intelligence Reports, 1918-1921. Woodbridge, CT: Research Publications.

A collection of unedited intelligence reports—many of them handwritten—from Red Army operatives throughout Russia.  Included are traditional operational and intelligence reports and evaluations.  The political intelligence reports contain surveys of civilian attitudes and assessments of the mood and circumstances of Red Army troops.

Call number:
DK265 .A5264 2000
Physical description:
76 reels
Location:
Media Commons
Extent:
1918-1921
Language region:

Rempel (David G.) Papers.

Born in Khrotytsia, a German-speaking Mennonite colony in Southern Ukraine, David Rempel came of age during the Civil War. He immigrated to Canada in 1923 and then went on to study and live in the United States. He spent his career as an historian and teacher preserving the vanishing culture of the Mennonites in Russia and Ukraine. The collection consists of Rempel's documents, including correspondence, mainly pertaining to Mennonite history in pre-revolutionary Russia, and the effects of the Maknovshchyna and the emigration to North America.

Call number:
Ms Coll. 329
Physical description:
47 boxes and items
Location:
Thomas Fisher Rare Book Library
Extent:
1921-1989
Language region:

Russia. Laws, Statutes, Etc. Polnoe Sobranie Zakonov Rossiiskoi Imperii. Zug, Switzerland: Inter Documentation Co., n.d..

In 1830, M. M. Speranskii and his colleagues published forty-five volumes (entitled Polnoe Sobranie Zakonov Rossiiskoi Imperii) containing, in chronological order, the texts of more than 31,600 legislative enactments beginning with the Ulozhenie of 1649 and ending with the reign of Alexander I on December 11, 1825. Later, a second and third series were issued. The second, embracing the reigns of Nicholas I and Alexander II (1825-1880), takes up 55 volumes, the third comprises 33 volumes for the period March 1881-1913, when publication was terminated by the Revolution.

Call number:
UD .YX41 X3 P57 GOVT
Physical description:
7492 fiche
Location:
Media Commons
Extent:
1649-1913
Language region:

Russian Biographical Archive = Russisches Biographisches Archive. Edited by Axel Frey. München: K.G. Saur. [1996-<2000>].

The collection includes biographical information on 75,000 important personages from the earliest times, the rule of the Rjurikiden, to the end of the dynasty of the Romanovs in 1917, providing historical information for all of the Russian states, including White Russia, Ukraine, as well as the Baltic States and Poland. Compiled from more than 150 source works published between 1827 and 1995.

Call number:
mfe DK37 .R79 1997
Location:
Robarts Reference Department
Extent:
539 fiche
Language region:

Russian Futurism, 1910-1916: Poetry, Manifestos, Journals and Miscellanies, 54 Titles on Colour and Monochrome Microfiche. Edited by Susan P. Compton. Cambridge: Chadwyck-Healey, 1977.

The collection consists of primary materials on Russian Futurism before the Revolution. It contains monochrome and colour microfiche of journals, poetry, manifestos and miscellanies. The titles in this collection are from private collections in England, France, and the United States of America.

Call number:
mfe PG .R875 MICR
Physical description:
54 fiche
Location:
Media Commons
Extent:
1910-1916
Language region: