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Russian and East European Studies: Overview

Guides to Russian archives

Find published guides to archives on the Libraries shelves, in English and Russian, on a variety of topics around Russian and East European Studies. You can limit your search further by discipline or "classifications" such as history, literature, or economics. Links to the samples below take you to the records in Franklin Catalog

Primary materials-Documentary Sources

Stalin Digital Archive

The Stalin Digital Archive is a result of collaboration between the Russian State Archive of Social and Political History (RGASPI) and Yale University Press (YUP). It includes finding aids, digitized documents and images, a variety of media forms and  materials from the declassified Stalin archive in the holdings of RGASPI.

The contents of archive date from as early as 1889 to 1952.

A color portrait of Joseph Stalin

Cambridge Archive Editions Online: Slavic and Balkan

Detailed archival facsimiles of primarily British involvement in the region. View all Cambridge Archive Editions

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More Guides to Archival Research

Language and Linguistics

Российская энциклопедия

REES Research Guides

Russian and East European Studies Librarian

Thank yous

Thank you to Helen Stuhr-Rommereim, PhD candidate, Comparative Literature, University of Pennsylvania, who has made significant contributions to the creation and editing of this guide.

"The language of Flowers" illustration in Russian

Guides to Research from University Libraries

These guides will link to a wide variety of resources across the many disciplines within Russian and East European Studies. You'll find that some resources are freely available on the web, others you will need to look up in Franklin to connect with Penn's licensed version, which will require pennkey/password authorization.

NOTE: Be sure to search using Romanized transliteration. See the American Library Association's Russian transliteration table --