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,
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
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.
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)
Registration Form (pdf, 116 KB)
for Researchers Form (pdf, 132 KB)
Declaration Form (pdf, 74 KB)
Please contact the SCRSS for further
Access to the Loan and General Reference
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
The Loan Collection and General Reference Collection are also
open to non-members on a research basis - see Research
Fees, Terms and Conditions above.
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.