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Collections

The International and Area Studies Library holds several collections of note related to Slavic, East European, and Eurasian studies. While not exhaustive, the following list attempts to list these collections that would potentially hold the greatest research value for students and scholars alike:  

  • The opisi of the Communist Party Archives on 562 microfilm reels.  
  • Catalogs of the  Russian National Library ’s (Saltykov-Shchedrin) holdings on microfiche.  
  • The “Prague Spring” microform collection.  
  • The “Polish Independent Publications” microform collection.   
  • The “GULAG Press, 1920-1937″ microfiche collection.  
  • The Beloe Dvizhenie: Katalog Kollektsii Listovok (1917-1920 gg.) on microfilm.   
  • The complete biographical archives published by K.G. Sauer relating to  SEEE countries.  
  • The microfilm collection of 18th century Russian publications based on the Svodnyi Katalog.  
  • The majority of the archival guides referenced by Patricia Grimsted’s in her writings.  

These high-level collections are representative of the richness of the holdings present at the International and Area Studies Library. For a more granular exploration of our holdings, we have included a series of collection summaries below, all separated by country/historical regions. If you are planning a research trip outside of the country, we encourage you to visit the IAS Library and determine which of your sources already exist here. We are also happy to assist you in or determining which repositories will prove the most useful in your research efforts abroad.

Collections Related to Russia and the Former Soviet Union
Collections Related to the Czech and Slovak Republics
Collections Related to the Former Yugoslavia
Collections Related to Poland
Collections Related to Hungary
Collections Related to Bulgaria
Collections Related to Romania

For more information on the digital facets of our collection, please utilize the pages related to Databases, Туркестанский Сборник/Turkestanskii Sbornik, a digital collection consisting of over 220,000 full-text pages of newspaper articles, journal articles, and books on Central Asia published between 1867 and 1917 that originated with the National Library of Uzbekistan in Tashkent, and UIUC’s own “The Russian Empire and Soviet Union: A Guide to Manuscripts and Archival Materials in the United States.” Consider also browsing our Research Resources section for additional reference materials noted on a country-by-country basis. Finally, if you have any specific questions related to our collection, please feel free to reach out to a member of the SRS staff by utilizing the “Contact” section of our About Us page.