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SCRSS Soviet Collections: Library and Archive

About the SCRSS Soviet Collections

The SCRSS Soviet Collections are a library and archive of the arts, humanities and social sciences of the Soviet Union (1917-91). They provide a treasure trove of books, periodicals, photographs, music scores, audio recordings, and other artefacts in Russian and English. The collections were established in 1924 and are unique in the UK, charting the history, language and culture of the Soviet Union from 1917-91 through predominantly Soviet-produced materials. They include rare materials from the 1920s-40s, the Society's archive records and a number of personal collections. The collections are of interest to students, academics, historians and professional researchers with an interest in Russia and the other republics of the former Soviet Union.

Key subject areas are art and architecture, literature, music and dance, social and political history, theatre and cinema, and the SCRSS Archive. The SCRSS Soviet Collections include the Research Collections, Loan Collection and General Reference Collection (see below), as well as the Photo Library.

Research Collections

The Research Collections include the Society's most important and rare collections, including art and architecture, music, theatre, cinema, children's literature and the SCRSS Archive. They are partially listed: listing and digitisation are ongoing. These collections are available for research only - see Research Fees, Terms and Conditions below.

Loan Collection

The Loan Collection includes a range of fiction and non-fiction - from Russian and Soviet literary classics to biography and history. Most publications are in Russian but the literature collection includes English translations and there are a number of English-language titles on key subjects and periods in the non-fiction section. See Access to the Loan and General Reference Collections below.

General Reference Collection

The General Reference Collection includes Russian language dictionaries, encyclopaedias, atlases, maps and periodicals. See Access to the Loan and General Reference Collections below.

View the current listing of SCRSS Periodicals (pdf, 207 KB - Version 1, May 2014).

Visiting the Collections

Research Fees, Terms and Conditions

The Research Collections are open to SCRSS members and non-members on a research basis - by prior appointment.

SCRSS Soviet Collections: General Leaflet for Researchers (pdf, 175 KB)
SCRSS Soviet Collections: Fees, Terms and Conditions (pdf, 210 KB)
Researcher Registration Form (pdf, 116 KB)
Rules for Researchers Form (pdf, 132 KB)
Copyright Declaration Form (pdf, 74 KB)

Please contact the SCRSS for further information.

Access to the Loan and General Reference Collections

The Loan Collection and General Reference Collection are open to SCRSS members by prior appointment:

  • Individual members: No charge for research in either collection. Borrow up to six books at one time for a period of one month from the Loan Collection. Postal loans are available with members paying for postage and packing.
  • Members of affiliated organisations: No charge for research in either collection, but numbers limited. Loans not available.

The Loan Collection and General Reference Collection are also open to non-members on a research basis - see Research Fees, Terms and Conditions above.

Opening Hours

The SCRSS Soviet Collections are open by appointment only.

Office opening hours: Monday-Friday, 10.00-13.00 and 14.00-18.00.

Please note research opening hours in the SCRSS Soviet Collections: Fees, Terms and Conditions sheet.


 

SCR exhibition poster, 1925 (copyright SCRSS)

 

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Photo Library

 

SCRSS Loan Library (copyright SCRSS)

 

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