Special Collections: Russian & Soviet

The Current Digest of the Russian Press Archive.

The Current Digest of the Russian Press Archive is the complete archive of the weekly journal 'The Current Digest of the Russian Press' (2011-current) and its predecessors 'The Current Digest of the Soviet Press' (1949-1991) and 'The Current Digest of the Post-Soviet Press' (1992-2010). Each issue includes careful translations of a selection of Russian-language articles from the Soviet/Russian press, government documents, and special interest journals. Coverage includes significant speeches by Soviet leaders; Party congress meetings; five-year plans and reports; Soviet diplomacy and foreign relations; and important laws, treaties and foreign-policy developments. Of interest to students and scholars of Russian studies, Soviet and post-Soviet studies, political science, international relations, economics, legal studies, media studies, and history.

Location:
Online
Extent:
1949-current
Language region:

The first ice. Voznesensky, Andrei.

TS. Poem translated by Andrew Suknaski (1959).

Call number:
General manuscripts 16.042
Location:
Thomas Fisher Rare Book Library
Language region:

The Russian Civil War and American Expeditionary Forces in Siberia, 1918-1920.

The Russian Civil War and American Expeditionary Forces in Siberia, 1918-1920 is a collection of war diaries, operations reports, subject files, important letters, memorandums, cablegrams, maps, charts, and other kinds of records relating to the activities of the post-WWI American Expeditionary Forces in Siberia. Topics covered include economic, political, and social conditions in Siberia; operations of the Siberian expedition; Japanese-American relations; and more. Of interest to scholars of American history, Slavic studies, East Asian studies, international relations, political science, economics, geography, and history.

Location:
Online resource
Extent:
1918-1920
Language region:

Tragedy of the Soviet Countryside, Collection on the. Viola, Lynne.

From the description of Professor Lynne Viola: This is a unique and valuable resource for scholars interested in the history of Soviet peasantry, collectivization, and repression in the countryside during the 1930s. Included amongst the documents are the hundreds of secret police reports from the archives of the FSB (the KGB's successor), an archive still closed to all but a handful of researchers. The collection also includes documents from the provincial archives of Riazan and Ukraine as well as from all major central archives in Moscow. These are photocopies of the originals. Part of the Stalin Era Research and Archives Project (SERAP).

Call number:
Ms. Coll. 573
Physical description:
15 boxes (197 files)
Location:
Thomas Fisher Rare Book Library
Extent:
1927-1940 and 2000-2006
Language region:

U.S. Office of Strategic Services. O.S.S. State Department Intelligence and Research Reports. Washington, D.C.: University Publications of America, 1977- .

The Office of Strategic Services and the State Department commissioned the leading scholars in international affairs and a variety of area studies to write special, top-secret reports during World War II and the Cold War. This collection contains 3,774 reports in fourteen parts. The reports are scholarly analyses of the political, historical, economic, and military origins and direction of World War II and the early years of the Cold War. The majority deal with Europe, Asia and the Soviet Union, with smaller parts devoted to the Middle east, Africa and Latin America.

The parts relevant to East Central Europe are:

  • Part IV: Germany and its Occupied Territories during World War II. Washington: University Publications of America, [1977?]. 22 reels
  • Part V: Post War Europe. Washington: University Publications of America, [197-?]. 10 reels
  • Part VI: The Soviet Union. Washington: University Publications of America, 1977. 8 reels
  • Part X. Europe; 1941-1961 supplement. Washington: University Publications of America, [1979?]. 11 reels
  • Part XI: The Soviet Union: 1941-1961 supplement. Washington: University Publications of America, 1980. 6 reels
Call number:
mfm D411 .U54 1977
Physical description:
57 reels
Location:
Media Commons
Extent:
1941-1961
Language region:

University of Toronto. Centre for Russian and East European Studies.

The Centre for Russian and East European Studies was established at the University of Toronto in 1963 to promote the interdisciplinary study of the region. These records consist of subject files on Canadian-Soviet educational exchanges.

Physical description:
12 boxes
Location:
University Archives
Accession number:
A1976-0018 (file list)
Extent:
1963-1972
Language region:

University of Toronto. Centre for Russian and East European Studies.

The Centre for Russian and East European Studies was established at the University of Toronto in 1963 to promote the interdisciplinary study of the region.

These records consist of announcements, publicity materials, course descriptions, reports, and photographs relating to the Summer Russian workshops.

Physical description:
2 boxes
Location:
University Archives
Accession number:
A1988-0006
Extent:
1967-1976
Language region:

University of Toronto. Department of Geography.

The collection of teaching slides of peoples and places created under the auspices of Griffith Taylor, W.C. Wilson and Donal Fulton Putnam while they were heads of the department, include views of Russia.

Physical description:
19 boxes
Location:
University Archives
Accession number:
A1987-0028 (item list)
Extent:
192-?-193-?
Language region:

Visual History Archive (VHA). USC Shoah Foundation. The Institute for Visual History and Education .

A digitized, fully searchable and hyperlinked repository of visual testimonies by almost 52,000 survivors of genocidal wars. The vast majority of the testimonies in the USC Shoah Foundation’s Visual History Archive are from Jewish survivors of the Holocaust (1939-1945), as well as other Holocaust witnesses, rescuers, and aid providers.

Among the main subjects discussed in the interviews are geographical locations, prominent figures, names of family members and other people, prewar Jewish life, religious practice, cultural life, acts of persecution and prejudice, camps and ghettos, deportations, massacres, means of adaptation or survival, resistance, rescue and aid efforts, and postwar emigration and immigration.

Location:
Online
Extent:
52,000 eyewitness testimonies (105,000 hours of video)

Voice of the People under Soviet Rule. People's Archive of Moscow. Woodbridge, CT: Primary Source Microfilm, 2003.

The People's Archive was established in December 1988 on the initiative of a group of professors and students of the Moscow State Historical-Archival Institute. The archive's leading collection concerns documentation of personal origin with over 270 fonds of personal papers and family archives, most of which focus on little known individuals and include diaries, memoirs, photographs and extensive personal correspondence. The People's Archive also holds several hundred thousand letters to the editors of various newspapers and magazines that otherwise would have not been preserved.

Call number:
DK266 .A3 V65 2003
Physical description:
90 reels
Location:
Media Commons
Language region:

White Army, 1918-1921, Papers of. Woodbridge, CT: Research Publications.

A collection of documents on the White opposition to the Bolsheviks during the Russian Civil War of 1918-1921.  Included are papers of the White high command, including those of Kolchak, Savinkov, Alekseev, Kornilov and Denikin.  Other sections of the collection deal with White occupation policy and governance.  The collection covers the White's ineffective and oppressive response to ethnic aspirations and national independence movements.

Call number:
DK265.2 .P373 2000
Physical description:
71 reels
Location:
Media Commons
Extent:
1918-1921
Language region:

World War I and Revolution in Russia, 1914-1918. Great Britain. Foreign Office. Farmington Hills, Mich.: Gale, a part of Cengage Learning, 2012.

Documents consist mostly of correspondence between the British Foreign Office, various British missions and consulates in the Russian Empire and the Tsarist government and later the Provisional Government. Topics covered include British subjects in Russia, intelligence reports on Russian military activities and Bolshevik political activities, and British relations with imperial Russia's bordering countries including Finland, Germany, Afghanistan, and Turkestan. Of interest to scholars of Russian studies, Slavic studies, Central Asian studies, political science, international relations, and history.

Location:
Online
Extent:
1914-1918
Language region:

Yivo Institute for Jewish Research. Library. Slavic Judaica Project. Leiden, Netherlands: IDC Publishers, [1996].

The collection consists of approximately 350 books and pamphlets in the Russian language, from the Yivo Library's Vilna and Elias Tcherikower collertions. Most of the books, pamphlets, and offprints contained in this collection were printed in Central and East Europe during the 19th and 20th centuries (all of them before 1940, and most before 1917). The topics covered in this collection are: Jewish religious traditions, Jewish history, the struggle for equal rights for Jews under the Tsarist regime, political movements among Jews in Russia, Jewish community organizations, intergroup relations in Russia and Poland, anti-Semitism, and emigration to America.

Finding Aid
Call number:
mfm Z6375.S52 1996
Physical description:
28 reels
Location:
Media Commons
Language region:

Zemstvo Statistics: Russia. Leiden: Inter Documentation Co., 1988-1992.

The collection includes a variety of material concerning agrarian development and the peasantry of 19th century Russia. The main bulk of the publications of the Zemstvo, provincial administrative bodies set up after the Reform of 1861, consists of more than 4000 volumes covering the period from 1860 to 1917. The material in the collection is important not only for historians of Russia but also for economists and others concerned with the agrarian economy and the doctrinal debate of the Marxists and Russian Populists.

Call number:
mfe JS6058 .Z47 1988
Physical description:
8069 fiche
Location:
Media Commons
Extent:
1860-1917