The SCRSS archive records the history of the Society
from its foundation in 1924 as the Society for Cultural Relations
with the USSR until the present day. It covers the Society's activities
over the whole period - from annual general meetings to exhibitions.
It includes copies of the Society's publications and reports,
materials collected by the Society's special interest groups (SCR
Sections), photographic records and important bequests. Access
for research purposes to the Society's internal records in the
archive is by approval of the SCRSS Council.
The archive holds digitised copies of the Society's annual reports
going back to 1924, minutes and bulletins of the SCR Sections,
and illustrated records of professional and educational exchanges,
receptions, seminars, exhibitions and other events. It includes
a full set of the Society's Anglo-Soviet Journal (1940-92)
and its successor the SCRSS Digest
(1995 to the present), as well as other past publications.
The core of the Society's outstanding reference library and archive
is formed from materials collected by the SCR Sections. As the
Society's membership increased after 1924, a series of special
interest groups were formed, known as SCR Sections. They included,
among others, Architects and Planners, Education, History, Theatre,
Film, Writers, Medical, Science, Legal and Chess. Members of these
groups were often leading figures in their fields, they exchanged
ideas and publications with their Soviet counterparts, documented
their activities and collected materials (some now rare) relating
to their specialism.
The archive also includes a number of important bequests of books,
pamphlets and documentary material: