Princeton Slavic Collections

Princeton University Library holds the seventh largest collections of Slavic East European and Eurasian Studies (SEEES) materials in the United States — the fifth largest in the Northeast. These collections include many rare and unique materials from or related to Eastern Europe and former Soviet territories, a selection of which are remotely accessible to interested researchers through the Library’s digital portals.

Among the collections’ brightest gems now made freely accessible via digitization are the papers of Russian poet Osip Mandel’shtam, annotated volumes of Russian poetry from the library of Vladimir Nabokov (including the working copy of Eugene Onegin he used when preparing his famous translation), selections from the Cotsen Children’s Library’s holdings of Soviet-era children’s books, and a selection of early twentieth-century Russian illustrated periodicals.