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Students, Professors, and the State in Tsarist Russia
Free electronic book from the University of California Press E-Books Collection, 1982-2004 and the University of California Digital Library


Hooliganism: Crime, Culture, and Power in St. Petersburg, 1900-1914
Free electronic book from the University of California Press E-Books Collection, 1982-2004 and the University of California Digital Library


Bread and Authority in Russia, 1914-1921
Free electronic book from the University of California Press E-Books Collection, 1982-2004 and the University of California Digital Library


Twilight of Royalty by Alexander Grand Duke of Russia (1932)
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Comprehensive source for scholarly journals and books. Project MUSE covers the fields of literature and criticism, history, the visual and performing arts, cultural studies, education, political science, religion, gender studies, economics, and many others.

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Reference Books of Note


Dictionary of Russian and Soviet artists, 1420-1970. Milner, John. Antique Collectors' Club, 1993.

R703 M65


Encyclopedia of Russian history. James R. Millar, editor in chief. Macmillan Reference, 2004.

R947.003 E56


Encyclopedia of Russian women's movements. Edited by Norma Corigliano Noonan and Carol Nechemias. Greenwood Press, 2001.

R305.42 E56


Reference guide to Russian literature. Editor, Neil Cornwell ; associate editor, Nicole Christian. Fitzroy Dearborn, c1998.

R891.7 R33


Russia in war and revolution, 1914-1922: a documentary history. Edited and translated, with an introduction, by Jonathan Daly and Leonid Trofimov. Hackett Pub. Co., c2009.



Russian women writers. Christine D. Tomei, editor. Garland Publishing, 1999.
R891.708 R96


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Primary Sources

Using Primary Sources

American Library Association's Guide to Using Primary Sources

Primary Source Focused Resources

Anarchist Archives

Resource contains "the collected works of the major anarchists and an online history of anarchists and anarchist movements worldwide, including a graphics archive." May prove useful in learning about critics like Bakunin and Kropotki


Beyond the Pale: History of Jews in Russia

Online version of an original exhibit that has toured Russia since 1995. "This exhibition depicts the history of anti-Jewish attitudes -- and of anti-Semitism today, a form of intolerance that in our century caused the death of millions of people. The exhibition also portrays the history of Jews in Europe and in Russia to help understand their life, religion and culture. But above all, the exhibition wants to warn of the great dangers of prejudice and intolerance, particularly in times of political uncertainty and increased social tension."


Early 19th-Century Russian Readership & Culture: A Hypertext Archive

Project of the Slavic and East European Library at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. A "collection on early 19th-century Russian readership, culture & the press. It consists of: a) TEXTS drawn from fiction, journals, memoirs & travel accounts; and b) SUPPLEMENTARY MATERIALS—bibliographies of primary and secondary sources, a database of 11,898 subscriptions to Russian imprints (1825-1846), images, and various reference materials."

Eastern European and Slavic Studies Collection
Resource from the University of Wisconsin Digital Collections. "Brings together, in digital form, primary and secondary materials relating to the study of this region including its history, literature, language, political science and more."


Resource maintained by the Brigham Young University Library. "The links connect to European primary historical documents that are transcribed, reproduced in facsimile, or translated. They shed light within the respective countries over a broad range of historical happenings (political, economic, social and cultural)."


Fordham University's Internet History Sourcebooks Project (Russian Revolution)

One of a series of history primary sourcebooks. "It is intended to serve the needs of teachers and students in college survey courses in modern European history and American history, as well as in modern Western Civilization and World Cultures."


Marxist Internet Archive

An all-volunteer, non-profit public library, started more than 20 years ago in 1990." This resource provides biographical material, background material on philosophical concepts, primary sources, translated materials and correspondence, bibliographies, and articles written by and about selected Marxists.


Russia and Eastern Europe in Rare Photographs, 1860- 1945

Includes "Original Russian and East European photographs from the late 19th- and early 20th-centuries in more than 150 albums. Subjects include Russian Orthodox churches, monasteries, and ecclesiastical art; views of cities, as well as small provincial towns; secular architecture; tsarist- and Soviet-era political exiles; and the diverse peoples of the Russian Empire."


Seventeen Moments in Soviet History 1917-1991

From Macalester College and the National Endowment for the Humanities, this resource is "An on-line archive of primary source materials on Soviet history. Contains a rich archive of texts, images, maps and audio and video materials from the Soviet era (1917-1991). The materials are arranged by year and by subject, are fully searchable, and are translated into English. Students, educators, and scholars will find fascinating materials about Soviet propaganda, politics, economics, society, crime, literature, art, dissidents and hundreds of other topics."


World War One Document Archive

Primary documents from World War One assembled by volunteers of the World War I Military History List (WWI-L). International in focus, the archive intends to present in one location primary documents concerning the Great War.

Yale Avalon Project
Resource from Yale University contains digital documents related to law, history, and diplomacy.



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Resource Guides

British Library Guide to Slavonic and East European Internet Resources
From the British Library, links to collections, organizations, and information sources relating to Slavonic and East European studies.
Library and Archival Exhibitions on the Web
"The online exhibitions included in this guide draw their inspiration and content primarily from library and archival materials, including, for example: printed books, book illustrations, manuscripts, photographs, printed ephemera, posters, archival sound and video recordings, artist's books, and the book arts (engraving, marbling, and bookbinding, etc.). Although many of these online exhibitions were originally created to accompany shows held in the exhibition galleries of their institutions, a growing number exist in digital format only."
REESWeb: The Worldwide Virtual Library for Russian and Eastern European Studies
"Created in 1993, REESWeb is the Virtual Library covering Russia and Eastern Europe. In its history, REESWeb has sought to help users identify high quality web content that is located in or focuses on the region stretching from Bohemia to Central Asia. All web sites listed in REESWeb are vetted by the editors, categorized for easy searching, and annotated to provide users with a good idea of what they will find upon visiting a site. This hands-on orientation places a high value on precision and quality in its listings rather than volume and, as such, should provide helpful to researchers, academics and casual users who want to find relevant material on the web rather than sifting through thousands of search results."
Russian and East European Network Information Center from UT-Austin
"The University of Texas Libraries' collection of Slavic and Eurasian studies materials supports the academic programs on campus that are offered by the Department of Slavic and Eurasian Studies and the Center for Russian, East European and Eurasian Studies (CREEES). It supports to some extent all aspects of the programs, but its primary strengths are in Russian language and literature and Russian and Soviet history, which together comprise well over half of the total number of works." This resource has links to a variety of resources that may be useful to students of Slavic and Eurasian studies.


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Web Sites/Statistics

19th century Russian literature
Links to sources for Professor Elizabeth Beaujour's Russian Literature course at Hunter College. Includes material from the typical Russian giants of literature and some potentially useful background material on the various authors. Online full text versions of many of the authors' works are included.
Adventures in the Soviet Imaginary: Children's Books and Graphic Arts
Web exhibit from the University of Chicago Library. "The Soviet Union was a world in pictures. A vibrant image culture based largely on new media revolutions facilitated its creation following the Russian revolutions and its re-making during Stalin's Great Leap Forward, World War II, the Thaw, and Perestroika. Adventures in the Soviet Imaginary explores Soviet image culture through two of its most striking manifestations: the children's book and the poster."
Alexander Palace: Russian History Websites
This website has images, online books of translated first-hand accounts, and articles relating to the Romanov Dynasty. (The Alexander Palace Time Machine is particularly popular)
Berdyaev Online Bibliotek Library
This resource contains online articles by and about Russian philosopher Berdyaev. Many of the articles have been translated into English.
Bibliography for Women in Russia
Part of H-Russia which is "a member of H-Net Humanities & Social Sciences OnLine. H-RUSSIA encourages scholarly discussion of Russian and Soviet history and makes available diverse bibliographical, research and teaching aids." Using bibliographies to steer your research can be a very effective research strategy.
David Rumsey Map Collection
"Started over 25 years ago, contains more than 150,000 maps. Focuses on rare 18th and 19th century maps of North and South America, although it also has maps of the World, Asia, Africa, Europe, and Oceania. Includes atlases, wall maps, globes, school geographies, pocket maps, books of exploration, maritime charts, and a variety of cartographic materials including pocket, wall, children's, and manuscript maps. Items range in date from about 1700 to 1950s."
Digital Public Library of America
"Brings together the riches of America's libraries, archives, and museums, and makes them freely available to the world. It strives to contain the full breadth of human expression, from the written word, to works of art and culture, to records of America's heritage, to the efforts and data of science." Provides images, moving images, text, and more from many of the United States' best libraries, archives, and museums.
Directory of Open Access Books
A directory of open access, academic peer reviewed books.
Early Twentieth-Century Russian Drama
From the Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures, Northwestern University. Provides information regarding the plays, directors, designers, and visual arts associated with Early Twentieth-Century Russian Drama.
Face of Russia (PBS series)
Based on the PBS film series of the same name. The film and website are based on the "personal interpretation of Russia's cultural history by one of America's preeminent Russian scholars, James H. Billington."
From the Ends to the Beginning: A Bilingual Anthology of Russian Verse
Provides "an intelligently chosen, well-translated, and comprehensive anthology of Russian poetry from its beginnings in the 18th century to the contemporary scene. The anthology breaks new ground the in study and appreciation of Russian poetry by including multimedia elements that would have been impossible in any other format." From the Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures, Northwestern University.
Hathi Trust
Open access repository that "is a partnership of academic and research institutions, offering a collection of millions of titles digitized from libraries around the world."
The Harvard Project on the Soviet Social System Online
"The Harvard Project on the Soviet Social System Online provides access to digitized materials selected from the Harvard Project on the Soviet Social System (HPSSS). The digital collection consists chiefly of summary transcripts of 705 interviews conducted with refugees from the USSR during the early years of the Cold War. A unique source for the study of Soviet society between 1917 and the mid-1940s, the HPSSS includes vast amounts of one-of-a-kind data on political, economic, social and cultural conditions. The HPSSS's value is compounded by the fact that it was compiled in English and organized according to a rigorous social science framework, making it accessible to a broad range of students and scholars."
Historic Cities
"Contains maps, literature, documents, books and other relevant material concerning the past, present and future of historic cities and facilitates the location of similar content on the web."
Hoover Institution Poster Collection
"These Russian posters were selected from the 33,000 cataloged political posters at the Hoover Institution Archives. Embracing posters from around the world, the largest numbers are from the United States, the United Kingdom, Germany, the Russian empire and the Soviet Union, and France."
Internet Archive
"A digital library of Internet sites and other cultural artifacts in digital form. Like a paper library, we provide free access to researchers, historians, scholars, the print disabled, and the general public."
Mapping Petersburg
From the University of California, Berkeley, "explores the everyday life and the material, political, and literary culture of St. Petersburg (renamed Petrograd during the First World War) at the beginning of the twentieth century. It maps eleven itineraries through the city with the purpose of creating a palpable sense of life in Russia's late imperial capital on the eve of the 1917 revolution and during the subsequent decade (when the city became Leningrad). Instead of taking the city's better known landmarks and history, Mapping Petersburg focuses on the relationship between modernity and modernism as it navigates the city's urban life, architectural sites, adopting perspectives that have not been considered before. It offers a unique narrative of the Russian metropolis, bringing together familiar and unfamiliar historical visual and literary material in a new way and creating a guide to the city for scholars, students, tourists, and web users who enjoy virtual travel through the past and to unfamiliar places."
New York Public Library Digital Gallery/Digital Collection
"Provides free and open access to over 800,000 images digitized from the The New York Public Library's vast collections, including illuminated manuscripts, historical maps, vintage posters, rare prints, photographs and more."
Nikolai Berdyaev 1874 - 1948
This is another potentially useful site that focuses on Berdyaev. It includes translated articles and essays, bibliographies, and images related to Berdyaev.
Primary Archival Web Site of the Works and Scholarship by and on Jurgis Kazimieras Baltrusaitis (1873-1944)
This site from Dr. Casimir Norkelunas of Marist College includes some translated works of Baltrusaitis as well as critical works about Baltrusaitis and his work
Project Gutenberg
"Project Gutenberg is the first and largest single collection of free electronic books, or eBooks."
Prokudin-Gorskii Photographic Record Recreated: The Empire That Was Russia
From the Library of Congress, " features color photographic surveys of the vast Russian Empire made between ca. 1905 and 1915. Frequent subjects among the 2,607 distinct images include people, religious architecture, historic sites, industry and agriculture, public works construction, scenes along water and railway transportation routes, and views of villages and cities."
Roots: A Look at the Past, Russian Landscape Painting, 1860-1940
"This Learning Collection is based on the virtual exhibit, Horizons: Canadian and Russian Landscape Painting (1860-1940). Russian painting generally evokes the tradition of icons or the avant-garde movement of the early twentieth century, whereas Canadian painting is often thought of as little more than regionalist expression. But, like all clichés, these views are rather limited and overlook the rapport between the two "schools of painting." In this regard, landscape painting reveals the similarities between the two."
Royal Russia: A Celebration of the Romanov Dynasty, the Russian Monarchy, and the History of Imperial Russia in Words and Photographs
"Offers more than 50 full-length articles, more than 500 news articles, more than 300 videos, over 1,000 photographs, plus a blog with more than 600 news clips, videos and photographs, an online bookshop that specializes in books on the Romanovs and Imperial Russia, and much more." Useful for background information.
RUSARTNET: The Premier Site for Russian Culture
Useful for background information regarding Russian Culture, particularly biographies of artists, artist works, and general background information about numerous aspects of Russian culture.
Russia Engages the World
"This website is part of The New York Public Library's Online Exhibition Archive. Russia Engages the World, 1453–1825 traces Russia's movement from relative isolation to global empire through its contacts with Europe, Asia, and the Americas. When Peter the Great founded St. Petersburg as a "window on Europe" in 1703, he intended the city to symbolize Russia's new direction. This website explores Russia's exposure to and interaction with the larger world, as well as the significant role the new cosmopolitan capital played in this evolution."
Russia Religion News
Monitors "news media reports about religion in Russia and other countries of former USSR." Useful for keeping abreast of religious issues in Russia. However, as with all resources, be sure to maintain a critical eye regarding the quality and reliability of the resource.
Russian-American Relations: 1863-1905
From the people who bring you Harper's Weekly, "contains news, feature stories, editorials, illustrations, and cartoons showcasing Russian-American relations over the 43-year period from 1863 through 1905."
Russian Avant-Garde Book 1910-1934
Online exhibit of 112 avant-garde books from the Museum of Modern Art.
Russian History Blog-Digital Russian History
Blog about Russian History that is the combined work of Steven Barnes (George Mason University), Miriam Dobson (University of Sheffield), Andrew Jenks (California State University-Long Beach), Joshua Sanborn (Lafayette College), Asif Siddiqi (Fordham University), and Alison Smith (University of Toronto). This is a potentially useful resource for background information and keeping abreast of new ideas in Russian History.
Russian Theatre Designs from the Harvard Theatre Collection
"The entire collection of original Russian art work in the Harvard Theatre Collection, which comprises approximately 650 theatrical designs and portraits has been cataloged and digitized and is available in VIA. Most of these are associated with productions of Diaghilev's Ballets Russes."
Russian Visual Arts: Art Criticism in Context, 1814-1909
"Online research archive documenting the growth of diverse forms of commentary on the visual arts (particularly painting) in Russia from the early nineteenth- to early twentieth centuries." Hosted by the Humanities Research Institute at Sheffield University.
Society of Historians of Eastern European, Eurasian and Russian Art and Architecture
"Brings together scholars specializing in the art and architecture of Eastern Europe and the former Soviet Union, from ancient times to the present day. SHERA creates a sense of community for scholars around the world, serving as a vibrant source of information and sharing." Useful resource for keeping abreast of research and resources relating to Eastern European, Eurasian and Russian Art and Architecture.
The State Hermitage Museum
Museum of art and culture in St. Petersburg, Russia. Includes a digital collection containing some of the museum's collection.
Studies In Slavic Cultures (SISC)
Online scholarly journal "published by members of the Slavic Department at the University of Pittsburgh, with support from the Center for Russian and East European Studies. SISC consists entirely of analytical articles by graduate students, appears annually, runs to approximately 120 pages, and is devoted to Slavic culture."
Tango with Cows: Book Art of the Russian Avant-Garde, 1910-1917
Online exhibit from the renowned J. Paul Getty Museum. "Tango with Cows takes its title from a book and poem by the Russian avant-garde poet Vasily Kamensky. The absurd image of farm animals dancing the tango evokes the clash in Russia between a primarily rural culture and a growing urban life. During the years spanning the revolutions of 1905 and 1917, Russia was in spiritual, social, and cultural crisis. The moral devastation of the failed 1905 revolution, the famines of 1911, the rapid influx of new technologies, and the outbreak of World War I led to disillusionment with modernity and a presentiment of apocalypse."
World Digital Library
" Makes available on the Internet, free of charge and in multilingual format, significant primary materials from countries and cultures around the world."


Russian Imperial Bureaucracy, 1762-1881 from the University of Wisconsin Madison Libraries and Data & Information Services Center
"Provides access to the raw data and documentation which contains information on Russian Administrative elites, including ca. 415 governors: dates of incumbency in different central administrative, territorial, foreign trade, Imperial Court, top Moscow and St. Petersburg posts; dates of attaining each of top four civil and military ranks; dates of birth, death and entrance into civil service."
Russian Revolution of 1917: A Guide to Electoral Behavior in Revolutionary Russia
"Accesses graphic representations of the electoral results of some constituencies in revolutionary Russia, illustrating the relative appeal to Russian voters in 1917 of Bolsheviks and other leading parties."



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