Russian, Eurasian, and Slavic Resources at Princeton

Princeton's Russian and Slavic Studies collections cover a wide range of subjects and formats, from scholarly monographs through electronic data, and were developed over the past 50 years. Today, the Slavic and East European Studies collections share a multidisciplinary character with area studies resources elsewhere at Princeton.

Princeton's Russian and Slavic Studies collections number over 300,000 volumes. The Library maintains over 1,000 active serials (about 60% in languages of the region) and subscribes to about 1500 monographic series. Research materials include many other formats, such as survey data and statistics in electronic and print formats, maps, newspapers, manuscripts, and archival materials. Of the Eastern European holdings, about 50% are Russian, 10% Czech and Slovak, 15% Ukrainian, 10% Other (Belorussian and South Slavic - Serbian, Croatian, Bulgarian, Macedonian).

Princeton's holdings are strongest in Russian language and literature and émigré literature, closely followed by Russian history, Slavic linguistics, and politics for the whole geographic area. Polish, Ukrainian, and Czech and Slovak materials are well represented. Area language materials address a wide range of subjects from Siberian studies and women's studies (including an excellent collection of Russian women writers) to regional politics and environmental studies.

Princeton University Library's Department of Rare Books and Special Collections is also the home of the Osip Mandelshtam archive. Mandelshtam, one of the best and most beloved poets of 20th century Russia continues to be of interest to scholars and researchers worldwide.  The personal archive of Father George Florovsky is also part of Princeton's collection. To learn more about the collections, contact the Department of Rare Books and Special Collections.

With these archival collections, currently published research materials in all formats, and solid historical collections, the Russian and Slavic Studies collections support the research and teaching needs of Princeton's interdisciplinary academic community. With the needs of the entire academic community in mind - undergraduate, graduate, faculty, and researcher - Thomas Keenan, the Slavic Bibliographer, is committed to maintaining and developing a diverse and strong collection.