Sources for Russian/Soviet, East European & Eurasian Research on the Heights.” – World Research Weblog


The 12 months 2021 marks the seventy fifth Anniversary of the founding of the Russian Institute–in the present day’s Harriman Institute–at Columbia College.   As a part of this system linked with this essential milestone, the Institute has organized a Harriman Atrium exhibit on the twelfth ground of the Worldwide Affairs Constructing targeted on the constructing of the library and archival collections that assist this multi-faceted program.  The exhibit runs from September 7-October 26, 2021 (sadly, attributable to COVID, the bodily exhibit will probably be accessible solely to present Columbia associates), with a web-based model now in-process.

The anniversary can even be marked by a group of essays, to be printed within the journal Slavic & East European Info Sources in December of 2021.

The exhibit traces the origins of Columbia’s Slavic and East European holdings to 1903, and highlights essential collectors, donors, and different personalities who’ve contributed to those excellent collections over the previous 118 years.

Introductory panel.

Panels and “vignettes” take the narrative from the flip of the century, via the interwar years, the dynamic interval from 1946 into the speedy post-Soviet period, and down to the current.  The Russian Institute’s founders understood the significance of


Pattern panel of early donors.

growing library and archival collections, and in 1946 they established (and initially funded) the place now often known as the Librarian for Russian, Eurasian, and East European research.  They supported journey by Columbia’s bibliographers all through Japanese Europe and the Soviet Union, contributing drastically to the richness and variety of the collections obtainable in the present day.

Receiving particular consideration within the exhibition is the shut historic interaction with Cornell College Library.  The origins of Cornell’s Slavic amassing extends again to the Eighties, and since 201o a proper coordination of collection-building has tied these two nice collections ever nearer.

Collaboration has allowed better flexibility within the acquisition of distinctive retrospective supplies and collections (so-called “vacation spot collections”) that construct on historic strengths (akin to Cornell’s Human Sexuality Collections), or that assist essential curricular initiatives (akin to Columbia’s Ukrainian Research program).

Panel on Cornell & Columbia Modernist Holdings

In the present day, these collections are among the many largest and most complete in North America, with Columbia’s holdings at greater than 521,362 information for vernacular supplies in sixty-six Japanese European languages (together with forty-one languages of the Former Soviet Union), whereas Cornell’s holdings complete 271,665 objects, of which 70% are in Russian.

The Libraries sit up for the subsequent 75 years of continued shut collaboration with the Harriman Institute.

Robert Davis

rhd2106@columbia.edu

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