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Russia, Eastern Europe, and Eurasia: A Research Guide: Home

Reference Source of the Month

The Making of the President (of the Russian Federation)

 If you’re interested in Russian presidential elections, PUL has a lot of great resources for you to choose from!  For a look at how presidential candidates have wooed the public in the Russian Federation, check out Vse na vybory Prezidenta Rossii!, a great collection of posters from the 1991, 1996, and 2000 presidential campaigns.  And, while not precisely a scholarly resource, Spinning Boris, an American film based on the true story of a group of American political operatives who were called to Russia to oversee Yeltsin’s 1996 campaign for re-election, is fun to watch.

 Find the book of posters in the Slavic, East European, and Eurasian Graduate Study Reading Room (ask for the key at the Circulation Desk) at JN 6699 A5 V74 2006.  The movie can be checked out from the Humanities Resource Center (DVD 2036).

Other Slavic, Eastern European, and Eurasian Guides



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

Princeton's Russian and Eurasian Studies collections number over 500,000 volumes.  The Library maintains many active serials in print and electronic formats (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, 15% Polish, 10% Czech and Slovak, 15% Ukrainian, 10% Other  (Belarussian 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, Muslim regions of the Russian Federation, and women's studies (including an excellent collection of Russian women writers) to regional politics and environmental studies.

Slavic humanities and social science materials are part of Firestone Library.  There, a Russian Studies Reading room houses a core reference collection.  The General Humanities and Reference Room houses general encyclopedias and other reference materials, while most Slavic periodicals are in the general periodicals reading room (A-floor).  

Princeton University Library's Department of 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 detailed finding aid which provides item-level description of manuscripts, correspondence, and other materials in the papers, as well as a history of the collection and how it came to Princeton can be found at the Manuscripts Division of the Princeton University Library.  The personal archive of Father George Florovsky is also part of Princeton's collection.  To learn more about the collections, contact the Department of 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-- the Slavic Bibliographer is committed to maintaining and developing a diverse and strong collection.

I am available for research consultations throughout the academic year.  If you would like to arrange for an individual consultation, please email me with a requested date and time, and a brief description of your research interest.

Slavic Librarian, Thomas Keenan

Doing Research at Princeton



This guide indexes Princeton University Library's collections from and about Russia, the former Soviet Union, and Eastern and Central Europe.  It is designed to assist patrons in learning about our collections, conducting research on the Princeton campus, and connecting to data available in electronic formats around the world.  The guide was designed to provide an introduction to the scope and depth of our holdings and to suggest some search strategies for accessing information at Princeton and elsewhere.  Some links to bibliographic and informational resources are accessible only to Princeton University students, faculty, and staff.

Abbreviations in the Guide

The Princeton University Library system (PUL) has many libraries and storage facilities where print materials can be found. In this guide, they are represented as follows:

    Slavic, Eurasian, and East European Studies Graduate Study Reading Room (SLAV)
    Trustee Reading Room Reference (DR)
    Firestone Library (F)
    Firestone Library, Non-Circulating Material (FNC)
    Firestone Microforms Services (FILM)
    Cotsen Children's Library (CTSN)
    Mendel Music Library (MUS)
    Annex A (ANXA)

In addition, please be aware that oversized books (which are housed separately) are indicated by the letter "q" at the end of the call number.


There are many ways to represent Cyrillic characters in Roman letters.  Princeton University Library (PUL) uses the Library of Congress Transliteration Tables. Other databases, especially those originating in Russia and the former Soviet Union, may use other conventions.  Please adjust your search accordingly.

This guide does not use diacritics or characters not used in English when citing works in Slavic languages that use the Latin alphabet, so that it may be compatible with all browsers.  Not using such diacritics when searching the PUL catalog will not affect your search.  Results will have diacritics.

Consortial Arrangements

Princeton University Library participates in several consortia, one of which deals specifically with the Slavic area.  To learn more about this group, vist East Coast Consortium for Slavic Collections.


This site is currently maintained by Thomas Keenan, Slavic Librarian.  Text on the site was created by Nina Gorky Shapiro, Rex Hatfield, Liladhar Pendse, and Catherine Oliver.

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The Slavic, Eurasian, and East European Studies Graduate Study Room

The Slavic, Eurasian, and East European Graduate Study Room is located in the Firestone Library at B-4-M.  It contains a collection of reference materials on Russian and Eastern European literature, culture, history, and society.  While the Graduate Study Room is kept locked, it can be accessed by requesting a key at the Circulation Desk.

The Blue Mountain Project

The Blue Mountain Project is an NEH-funded Princeton University Library initiative to build a digital library of Modernist journals, including several titles in Czech, Polish and Russian.