Princeton Slavic Collections

Princeton University Library holds the seventh largest collections of Slavic materials in the United States — the fifth largest in the Northeast. These collections include many rare and unique materials, a selection of which are remotely accessible to interested researchers through the Library’s digital portals. Princeton’s most intense collecting foci in Slavic are Russian and Soviet literature; performing arts in Russia and the Soviet Union; Russian and Soviet visual culture; intellectual history of the region with a particular emphasis on the history of science and pseudoscience; Soviet illustrated periodicals; and contemporary politics and society.

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), and selections from the Cotsen Children’s Library’s holdings of Soviet-era children’s books.

Planned additions to the Digital PUL Slavic collections include a collection of Stagnation and Perestroika-era posters, and ephemera related to Moscow mayoral politics, Euromaidan and the Ukraine crisis.