Searchable Database at UIUC --- The Russian Empire and Soviet Union: A Guide to Manuscripts and Archival Materials in the United States

The Slavic Reference Service, in collaboration Dr. John H. Brown and Dr. Steven A. Grant, is hosting a searchable database version of The Russian Empire and Soviet Union: A Guide to Manuscripts and Archival Materials in the United States [Link note: researchers will be able to view UIUC print holdings, digitized text of the guide[the Library of Congress], and the searchable database-- all in one place]. This database will be updated and maintained by the Slavic Reference Service. Researchers can explore archival depositories and collection highlights in the continental United States, Hawaii, and Alaska. According to the compilers, the scope of this database includes: “… public and private institutions, including university libraries and archives, public libraries, museums, ethnic organizations, church and business archives, federal and state governmental archives, and both public and private historical societies. Some collections owned by private individuals are also noted.” Moreover, the materials listed in the database include: “… correspondence, reports, organizational records, account books, essays, literary manuscripts, diaries, journals, memoirs, autobiographies, photographs, films, tape recordings, and graphic material. With the exception of certain mimeographed materials and rare clippings, nearly all printed matter has been excluded. Those seeking published books, periodicals, theses, and the like should refer to appropriate catalogs of library collections. However, unpublished facsimiles, photo reproductions, and microfilms of originals (even of originals subsequently published) have been taken to be archival materials in this guide. “ In terms of geographic coverage, the compilers have tried to include “all nationalities and regions” within the former Soviet Union. In the addition to the link above, researchers can directly access this database here.

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Brent C. Brolin said...

The following eBook has just been published: Eva Zeisel: A Soviet Prison Memoir (for iPad, iPhone, iPod and Kindle).
Eva (1906-2011) was a world famous industrial designer who worked in factories around the world for almost 70 years. While working in the Soviet Union she was arrested (May 1936), accused of plotting to assassinate Stalin. We recently learned that Stalin expressed a personal interest in her case.
Unlike her accuser and thousands of others, Eva survived 16 months in prison (much of it in solitary confinement) and was eventually expelled (September 1937).
The book includes her memoir, an introduction by her daughter, an essay by the F.B.I. agent who debriefed her first interrogator (who came directly from the Kremlin), and an essay by a Russian art expert suggesting why Eva was expelled rather than shot.
The iPad version also includes: about 60 photos and maps; 26 original, multi-page NKVD documents with English translations; poems Eva wrote while in prison; 20 audio clips in which she recounts various prison experiences; and video clips of her return to the Lomonosov factory in St. Petersburg where she had worked 66 years earlier. The Kindle version has the same text, but does not include audio or video and has fewer photographs and documents. Please see: www.evamemoir.com.