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Russian and East European Studies: Overview

Overview and mission

The Russian and East European Studies department at Penn is dedicated to advancing knowledge of a vast and unique region of the world. The department supports interests and expertise across many centuries, countries, languages, and disciplines, including medieval Czech manuscripts, population and health in Eastern Europe, 19th century Russian literature, nationalism and film in the Balkans, Russian and East European foreign policy, Byzantine art, gender and sexuality, and Putin’s Russia. REES also offers East European languages, including Hungarian, and Russian to the advanced level.

The Russian and East European Studies collection at the Penn Libraries serves the needs of researchers, scholars, and students affiliated with the interdisciplinary Russian and East European Studies department, as well as students learning languages taught through the department.


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.

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

Collections Specialist

Dennis Hyde
Russia and East European Subject Specialist
Hyde @
554, 5th floor, Van Pelt-Dietrich Library Center

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Photo by Thought Catalog on Unsplash

For help with research or navigating the collections you can also contact:

Rebecca Stuhr,
Librarian for Classical Studies and
  Librarian Liaison to REES
stuhrreb @ pobox upenn edu
Van Pelt-Dietrich Library Center, 218

Photo by Dmitry Ratushny on Unsplash
by Dmitry Ratushny on Unsplash

Make an appointment
Look for me under the Humanities Librarians list. 

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 -- 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 --