Soviet Archival Material Available

Soviet Archival Material Available

Now available to faculty and students are two major collections of Soviet archival material: a series of nine personal archives titled Leaders of the Russian Revolution, and the Archives of the Soviet Communist Party and Soviet State: Finding Aids and Documents. These important microfilm sets were acquired as a result of a cooperative effort among institutions in Russia, Great Britain, and the U.S.

The first fruit of these cooperative efforts is a microform set called Leaders of the Russian Revolution, a series of nine personal archives (Martov, Zasulich, Ordzhonikidze, Kirov, Zhdanov, Molotov, Trotsky, Axelrod and Kalinin) on 2,500 microfiches and 355 microfilm reels. The Library owns this complete set, which is housed in the Microforms section of the Second Floor Reading Room (call numbers Microfm DK254.L233 1992 and Microfc DK254.L233 1992).

The second and even more mammoth archival project resulting from this tri-national effort is the Archives of the Soviet Communist Party and Soviet State: Finding Aids and Documents, which consists of 454 reels of finding aids (called opisi) and 2,000 reels of archival documents (called dela) from three major archives: the State Archive of the Russian Federation (GARF), the Russian Centre for the Preservation and Study of Documents of Most Recent History (RTsKhIDNI) and the Centre for the Preservation of Contemporary Documentation (TsKhSD).

After a year of planning and negotiations on the part of CIC member libraries (the Big Ten universities plus Chicago), the microfilm has been received and is available for use to all CIC-affiliated users. The reels are housed in the Slavic and East European Reading Room of the University of Illinois Library (Urbana) and are easily available to all University of Chicago faculty, students and staff. The bibliographic record for this set has been added to the Horizon Catalog, and access to the electronic guide is located on the Slavic and East European Studies Home Page of LibInfo. In addition, a special electronic Interlibrary Loan form has been designed to further aid borrowers in making their requests.

The acquisition of the more than 2,000 reels of the documents themselves will be an on-going effort in the years to come; recommendations for the purchase of specific units of documents can be made to the June Farris, Bibliographer for Slavic and East European Studies. For more information, contact her at 702-8456 or jpf3@midway.uchicago.edu.

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