Special Collections: Russian & Soviet

Russian Historical Sources. [First And Second Series]. New York: Readex Microprint Corp., 1954-1955.

Two series containing thirty-eight titles are indispensable to historians, economists, sociologists, political scientists, bibliographers, and literary historians, as well as those interested in Russian and Eastern culture of the past and of the present. The material is in Russian and covers the period from the late 19th century to the early 20th century. The collection includes dictionaries, bibliographies, government documents, collections of laws, and periodicals. Some of these periodicals and serials are unobtainable in paper form, particularly those published after the 1917 Revolution.

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Titles are individually catalogued
Physical description:
Microopaques
Location:
Media Commons
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Russian History and Culture: A Microfiche Collection of Scarce Books on 19th and Early 20th Century Russia. Helsinki University Library. Ann Arbor: University Microfilms International, 1978-.

The collection includes 5,000 scarce titles in the humanities and social sciences housed in Helsinki University Library, which was an official depository for Russian books from 1820 to 1917. This collection contains books in eight major categories:

  1. Russian Politics and Government.
  2. Russian Industry and Trade.
  3. Military History.
  4. Literature.
  5. Bibliographies, Memoirs and Histories.
  6. Education.
  7. State and Law.
  8. Social Questions
Call number:
mfe DK .R835 1978
Physical description:
8409 fiche
Location:
Media Commons
Extent:
1820-1917
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Russian Intelligence Files on Asia: 1620-1917: Turkey, Arabia and Syria, Palestine. Leiden: IDC Publishers, 2006.

During the last two centuries of its existence, the Russian Empire clashed with Turkey no less than eight times; one of these conflicts was the disastrous Crimean War. Known to Victorian England as "The Eastern Question," these confrontations were a major feature of the era's great power struggle. The Russian general staff gathered an enormous mass of data about its Ottoman adversary. Comprising more than 1,000 separate files, the collection includes classified attaché and diplomatic reports on Turkish politics, British influence, the organization and condition of the Turkish army, the defenses of the Bosporus and the Dardanelles straits, as well as nationalist revolts in the Balkans and elsewhere. There are also over 500 maps, plans, diagrams, and other illustrations.

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mfm UB251 .R8 R87 2006
Physical description:
45 reels
Location:
Media Commons
Extent:
1620-1917
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Russian Revolutionary Literature at Houghton Library of Harvard University: Books and Pamphlets Before 1917. New Haven, CT: Research Publications, c1973.

The collection includes the entire Houghton Library Collection of Russian Revolutionary Literature, covering the period 1825 to 1917, and material from other sources. Most of the materials were published abroad or by underground presses inside Russia and includes more than 1,000 titles by both anonymous and well known Russian authors. Also includes many rare Lenin pamphlets, anonymous and ephemeral pieces distributed among the workers and peasants, particularly those published immediately before and during the Revolution of 1905.

Call number:
mfm DK .R876
Physical description:
47 reels
Location:
Media Commons
Extent:
1825-1917
Language region:

Russian TV Broadcasts.

Consisting of broadcasts recorded from Russian television between 1992 and 2005, this is a collection of videos covering a broad range of topics and formats, in particular news, documentaries, talk-shows and interviews with notable Russians.

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Location:
Petro Jacyk Resource Centre
Extent:
1992-2005
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Russian Women's Serials. New York: Norman Ross Pub., 1994.

The collection includes Russian pre-revolutionary and post-revolutionary journals for women reproduced from the National Library of Russia, St. Petersburg, formerly called the Saltykovshchedrin Library. The pre-revolutionary journals covered fashion, housekeeping, handiwork and literature. The post-revolutionary journals were geared more towards the working woman and her role in the new socialist society.

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Titles are individually catalogued
Physical description:
Microfiche
Location:
Media Commons
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Skilling (H. Gordon) Records.

Correspondence, research notes, manuscripts etc. of Prof. Gordon Skillling relating to his career as professor of political science. Includes files for Josef Pekar, Czech politics, etc.

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Physical description:
1 box
Location:
University Archives
Accession number:
B2009-0032
Extent:
1985-1987
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Skilling (H. Gordon) Records.

The material consists of the personal records of Professor Skilling and focuses primarily of Skilling’s academic work, and includes research notes and drafts of his doctoral thesis, The German-Czech National Conflict in Bohemia, 1779-1873, as well as notes and drafts supporting the revision of this thesis, which Skilling worked on for several years. There is also some correspondence with other scholars in the field of Eastern European studies, as well as publishers and editors.
The accession also contains some of Professor Skilling’s personal belongings and awards, such as medals, honorary degrees, and photographs and slides of his personal and professional life.
It has been divided into the following series:
1. Academic work
2. Personal life
3. Awards and recognition

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Physical description:
7 boxes plus seperate photographs and artifacts
Location:
University Archives
Accession number:
B2012-0005
Extent:
1934-1994
Language region:

Skilling (H. Gordon) Records.

Records of conferences and meetings attended; drafts of and correspondence regarding articles written; correspondence relating to the writing of Communism, National and International and Governments of Communist East Europe; personal files (1961-1979) and correspondence (1974-1983); lecture notes as visiting professor, Columbia University, 1952.

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Physical description:
9 boxes
Location:
University Archives
Accession number:
B1983-0013
Extent:
1952-1983
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Skilling (H. Gordon) Records.

Lecture notes on international politics and international organization, University of Wisconsin and Dartmouth College (1941-1959); files for courses on Soviet politics at Dartmouth College and the University of Toronto; lecture notes for courses on Eastern Europe and comparative communism at the University of Toronto; lecture notes by Hazard at Columbia University (1949-1950).

Physical description:
20 boxes
Location:
University Archives
Accession number:
B1984-0044 (handwritten box list)
Extent:
1941-1984
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Skilling (H. Gordon) Records.

Addresses, radio scripts, correspondence, lecture notes; files on the Conference on Security and Co-operation in Europe (1980-1981); files relating to the publication of Interest Groups in Soviet Politics (1971).

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Physical description:
6 boxes
Location:
University Archives
Accession number:
B1985-0029
Extent:
1937-1982
Language region:

Skilling (H. Gordon) Records.

Correspondence, articles, reports, and related material on East European studies at the University of Toronto and elsewhere, including a study of the U.S. Helsinki Watch project prepared by the Ford Foundation.

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Physical description:
4 boxes
Location:
University Archives
Accession number:
B1987-0064
Extent:
1977-1986
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Skilling (H. Gordon) Records.

Addresses; correspondence with students, 1970-1986, and on the Chair of Ukrainian Studies at the University of Toronto, 1980; course outlines in political science, 1960-1980.

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Physical description:
2 boxes
Location:
University Archives
Accession number:
B1987-0083
Extent:
1958-1986

Smolensk Archives: A Collection of Documents Primarily from the Files of the Smolensk Oblast Communist Party, 1917-1941. Kommunisticheskaia Partiia Sovetskogo Soiuza. Smolenkii Oblastnoi Komitet. Partiinyi Arkhiv. Washington: Committee for the Study of War Documents, American Historical Association, 1957.

This collection includes Smolensk regional records of the All-Union Communist Party (Vsesoiunaia Kommunisticheskaia Partiia) of the Soviet Union, from 1917 to 1941. The archive reflects the changing jurisdiction of the Smolensk Party headquarters over the years. Topics covered include: agriculture, machine-tractor stations, trade unions, industry, armed forces, censorship, and education.

Call number:
mfm JN .K646
Physical description:
75 reels
Location:
Media Commons
Extent:
1917-1941
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Socialism on Film: the Cold War and International Propaganda. British Film Institute. Marlborough, Wiltshire: Adam Matthew Digital, 2017..

Socialism on Film is a collection of documentaries, newsreels, and features films sourced from the British Film Institute. They include ones by Soviet and East European filmmakers dating from 1917 to the 1980s. This project makes available the ETV-Plato Films collection put together by the British communist Stanley Forman in the years after the Second World War. This is a collection of films produced almost exclusively in the communist world and then versioned into English for distribution in the West. All the films in this collection have been digitized from the original 16mm and 35 mm film reels.

Physical description:
Documentaries, newsreels, and features.
Location:
Online resource
Extent:
1917-1989
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Solomon (Peter) Collection of Archival Documents Related to Criminal Law and its Administration, Courts, and Judiciary in the Soviet Union.

The major part of the collection was created as part of the Stalin Era Research and Archives Project (SERAP). This project was a collaborative, multidisciplinary undertaking based at the Centre for Russian and East European Studies, University of Toronto. With support from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada, it sought to stimulate the reinterpretation of politics and society in the USSR under Stalin through the use of newly declassified archival materials. This part of the collection contains resources on the courts, procuracy, criminal law and its administration under Stalin and in the immediate post-Stalin period. Contained in the collection are many restricted or partially closed materials, including stenographic reports of conferences of judges and other officials, raw criminal statistics, records of the drafting and internal debates on new laws and party resolutions, and bureaucratic directives and instructions. These documents are photocopies of originals contained in a number of archives in Moscow (especially GARF and the former Central Party Archive).   

Another important part of the collection includes records of interviews conducted with Soviet legal experts in emigration in 1985-1987. Interviews in folders 1-17 were conducted in Israel with support from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada. Interviews in folders 18-46 were conducted under the auspices of the Soviet Interview Project at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (James Millar, director). Many of the interviews, especially the first ones, focus on administration of justice during the late Stalin period. Most of the interviewees are people who left the Soviet Union between 1979 and 1981. Some worked as investigators, assistant attorneys, or judges in the beginning of their careers. Almost all ended their careers in the USSR as advocates and lawyers. 

The collection also contains 320 surveys of judges based in 25 regions of the Russian Federation, which were conducted under the joint program "Reform of the Russian Judicial System", developed by the Centre for Constitutional Studies of the Moscow Public Scholarly Foundation and the Institute of Constitutional and Legislative Policy (Budapest).

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Call number:
MS Coll 00638
Physical description:
15 boxes, 221 folders, (5 meters)
Location:
Thomas Fisher Rare Book Library
Extent:
1930-1996
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Soviet Biographic Archive. Cambridge: Chadwyck-Healey, Ltd. in assn. with RFE-RL Inc. and the Hoover Institution, 1986.

The collection contains a biographical clippings file on over 50,000 people compiled and kept for the benefit of the staff of Radio Free Europe-Radio Liberty Inc., the "Red Archive." It includes a vast range of public figures from party and state officials, members of the security apparatus and military personnel to directors of enterprises, chairmen of kolkhozes and prominent scientists, artists and journalists.

Call number:
mfe CT1201 .S68 1986
Physical description:
2812 fiche
Location:
Robarts Reference Department
Extent:
1954-1985
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Soviet Estimate, The: U.S. Analysis of the Soviet Union. Alexandria, Va: Chadwyck-Healey and National Security Archive, [1995].

The collection includes more than 600 U.S. intelligence estimates and assessments concerning the Soviet Union during the entire period of the Cold War, from 1946 to 1983. It covers all the material released by the CIA in December 1994 concerning the Soviet Union and international communism. The documents included are from the office of the Director of Central Intelligence, the National Intelligence Council, the Central Intelligence Agency, the Defense Intelligence Agency, the military services intelligence units, and other organizations.

Call number:
mfe JK468 .I6868 1995
Physical description:
190 fiche
Location:
Media Commons
Extent:
1947-1991
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Stalin Digital Archive (SDA). Russian State Archive of Social and Political History; Yale University Press.

The Stalin Digital Archive (SDA) contains documents from Fond 558. These comprise Stalin’s personal papers dating from 1889 to 1952, and cover, among other topics, industrialization and agricultural collectivization, the Great Purges, Soviet foreign policy, the Cold War, and Stalin’s personal relations with Western intellectuals and Soviet officials. Also included are 300 volumes from Stalin’s personal library containing his marginalia, as well as the series Annals of Communism published by Yale University Press (YUP). The SDA is a collaborative project between the Russian State Archive of Social and Political History (RGASPI) and YUP. The database allows for the management of a personal library of saved documents, tags, annotations, and searches, and participation in private groups and research forums. Of interest to students and researchers of history and political science.

Location:
Online
Extent:
1889-1952
Language region:

Ternovnik. Trubetskoi, Iurii.

A holograph collection of poems originally written between 1920 and 1940. Author's presentation copy to L.I. Strakhovsky (ca. 1940).

Call number:
Manuscript MSS 1105
Location:
Thomas Fisher Rare Book Library
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