Widener Library

Slavic Collection

The Slavic Division collects in great depth materials from Russia, Eastern and Central Europe, Central Asia, and the Caucasus in all Slavic, Baltic, and Western languages, and from various émigré communities from these areas scattered throughout the world. In addition to books, serials, and microforms, the collection includes audio-visual materials in various formats, posters and ephemera, as well as e-books and electronic databases with Slavic content.

The main collection of over 850,000 volumes in the areas of the humanities and social sciences is held by the Widener Library. Significant holdings can also be found in other libraries of the Harvard College Library, such as the Fine Arts Library, Houghton Library (rare books), Loeb Music Library, and Tozzer Library (anthropology), libraries of Davis Center for Russian and Eurasian Studies and Harvard Ukrainian Research Institute, as well as in libraries of other faculties, such as the Harvard Law School Library.

The highlights of the collection include Psaltir s Posledovanjem (Cetinje, 1495) – the only copy recorded outside Eastern Europe and Russia and the earliest Old Church Slavonic printed book at Harvard and Ivan Fedorov’s Primer (L’viv, 1574) – first book to be published on the territory of Ukraine and one of only two known copies outside Eastern Europe and Russia.

Among Harvard's many special collections in this area are:

Questions and comments, including requests for new materials and inquiries about using the Slavic collection, should be directed to Anna Rakityanskaya, Slavic Division, via e-mail.

Useful Information

The Collection Guide

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