Library Shelf Archive



The librarian for Eurasian Studies, Liladhar Pendse, has acquired nearly 40 richly illustrated children books from Turkmenistan, Kyrgyzstan, and the Ukraine for Cotsen Children's Library collections on campus. The acquisition reinvigorates the  Cotsen Children's Library’s Central Asian Collection of young adult and children's literature from Central Asia. Pendse is currently working on a consortial agreement between Columbia University Library and the New York Public Library on coordinating collection development activities for Slavic materials.

Florovsky Project Update: The library is currently engaged in organizing the Georges Florovsky Papers, 1916–1979 (bulk 1950s–1960s). The student worker has completed sorting and organizing boxes 12, 13, 14, 15, 16,  and 20, as well as the letters from Florovsky to others, which range from 1920–46  and from 1952–54.

New Acquisition:  We have acquired a five-volume reprint of Sovremennaia Arkhitektura, an important journal that was originally published from 1926—30 in the Soviet Union. Bibliographic description:

Sovremennai︠a︡ arkhitektura = SA / [redaktor-sostavitelʹ Ėduard Kubenskiĭ].
Edition: Populi︠a︡rnoe izd.
Published/Created: Ekaterinburg : Tatlin, c2010.
Physical description: 5 v. : ill. ; 30 cm. + 1 booklet (32 p. ; 30 cm.).
ISBN: 9785903433124 (set)
Location: Firestone Library (F)
Call number: Oversize NA4.5 .S687q
Item details: Where to find it
Google Books: Description:
Includes brief details

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Oxford Bibliographies Online: Cinema and Media Studies

Detailed guide to cinema and media studies. 

Oxford Bibliographies Online: Linguistics    
Detailed guide to linguistics.

The library has made some recent acquisitions that relate to history of sciences and space studies, as well as some literary studies-related acquisitions. There are hundreds of books, including many Russian Booker Prize, Bol'shaia Kniga Award, and other award-winning titles.  Click here for some examples.

Click here to view the format News from the Library Shelf will use to announce select new acquisitions.  The file is abbreviated due to the time required to create it; the librarian closely monitors all of Firestone Library’s  recent acquisitions of books in the Russian language and can assist with any inquires.

Firestone Library has acquired several new titles for its rare books and special collections department in collaboration with Liladhar Pendse, the librarian for Slavic, Eastern European and Eurasian studies. The items will be held by the rare books and special collections department and are in the process of being cataloged. Click here for selected images.

Bibliographic information in brief:

Item 1
Galadzhev, Vialov, Yutkevich, Roslavetz, et al.) Editing Managers: E. Beskin, B. Kotsyn, M. Zagorsky
VESTNIK RABOTNIKOV ISKUSSTV ("Art Workers' Herald [Bulletin]"). 21 Issues
Moscow: Central Committee of the All-Russian Union of Workers of Arts, 1920-1926
1920-21: 1 (!), 2-3, 4-6; 1923: 5-6; 1924-25: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5-6, 7, 8, 9, 10; 1926: 5, 6, 7.
Text in Russian. Softcover and stapled wraps. Sizes (approximately): 11" x 8" (1), 10-1/2" x 7" (3), 13-3/4" x 10-1/2" (5), 12" x 9" (7). Mostly Avant-garde covers (Constructivism). Profusely illustrated with photo-montages, photographs, drawings, etc.
Editing Managers: Emmanuil Beskin, B. Kotsin, M. B. Zagorskiy.
Cover and design/decorations mostly by Petr Galadjev. Also (with logos) by Nikolay Pashkov (1) and Alexander Arnshtam (2).
Photo-montages mostly by Petr Galajev. Also by Konstantin Vyalov, et al.
Illustrations and montage by Petr Galadjev, Alexander Taldykin, Yuly Ganf, Vladimir Kozlinsky, et al.
Photographs: P. Otsup, Bransburg, et al.  
Authors: Alexander Struve, Anatoly Lunacharsky, B. Kotsyn, Boris Arvatov, Emmanuil Beskin, Evgeny Braudo, G. Boltyansky, I. Traynin, Leonid Sabaneev, N. Khvoinik, N. Smirnov-Sokol'sky, Nikolai Lvov, Nikolay Bartram, Nikolay Roslavets, Petr Kogan, Samuil Margolin, Sergey Iutkevich, V. Bebutov, V. Yarotsky, Yu. Slavinsky, et al.
Advertisements - Aesthetics - Alexander Scriabin - Actors - AKhRR - Architecture - Art critique - Art exhibitions - Artists' workshops - Ballet - Biographies - Blue Blouse - Book review - Caucasus - Censorship - Children's theater - China - Chronicle - Cinema - Circus - Clubs - Comedy - Competitions - Composers - Congresses and conferences - Constructivism - Correspondence - Critique - Decorative art - Drama - Ensembles - Esperanto - Fine art - Foreign events - Hollywood - Humor - International exhibitions - Italy - Japanese theater - Jewish theater - Jubilees - Kamerny Theater and Alexander Tairov - Literature - Live newspaper - Vsevolod Meyerhold and his theater - Movie posters - Museums - Music - Narkompros - Obituaries - Operetta - Oriental art - Peasant art - Peasant theater - Physical education - Plays - Posters - Producers - Productive arts - Proletarian art - Proletkult - Propaganda - Prostitution - Provincial events - Puppet theater - Radio - Red Army - Nikolay Roslavets - Russian artists abroad - Satire - Stage - Students - Tatar theater - Theater - Tours - Ukrainian theater - Variety show - Vocalists - Writers - Youth - etc.

See Getty Cat. No. 658.
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Item 2
Chekhonin) Pasternak, Boris; Akhmatova, Anna; et al.
SIRENA ("Siren"). Proletarian Magazine. 1-5 (Complete set)
Voronezh: Gor. Ispolkom, 1918-1919
Text in Russian. Folio (12-1/2" x 9-3/4") stapled wraps. Illustrated. Authors: Alexander Blok, Boris Pasternak, Andrey Bely, Valery Briusov, Sergey Esenin, Vadim Shershenevich, Osip Mandelshtam, Anna Akhmatova, Riurik Ivnev, Boris Pil'niak, Anatoly Mariengof, Aleksey Remizov, et al.
Declaration (Manifesto) of Imazhinists.
Covers by Sergei Chekhonin (Serge Tchkhonine). Illustrations and text decorations by Viktor Zamirailo, Dmitry Mitrokhin , Vadim Falileev, Petr Miturich and B. Ul'ianishchev. Poirtraits of Anatoly Lunacharsky and Maksim Gorky.
Complete (All published).
Aesthetics - Bibliography - Book reviews - Culture - History - Linguistics - Literary criticism - Philosophy - Photography - Poetry - Politics - Propaganda - Prose - Public education - Sociology - Imaginism - Akmeism - A. Radishchev - B. Erdman - Emile Verhaeren - G. Chulkov - I. Rukavishnikov - K. Marx - M. Lermontov - M. Prishvin - M. Zenkevich - N. Gumilev - P. Odoevsky - P. Oreshin - S. Budantsev - V. Friche - V. Kerzhentsev - V. Lidin - V. Narbut - V. Shishkov - V. Zhukovsky - Yu. Anisimov - S. Klychkov - etc.

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Item 3
KINO-FRONT ("Cinema Front"). Magazine of ARK ("Association of Revolutionary Cinematography") 1927 No. 3
Moscow: ARK, 1927
Text in Russian. 4to (10-3/8" x 7-1/8") stapled wraps. Illustrated with photographs movie stills. Constructivist cover. 5000 copies only.
Editor-in-chief: Konstantin Yukov.
Sergei Eisenstein, Aleksandra Khokhlova, Lev Kuleshov, Ippolit Sokolov, Eduard Tisse, et al.
Chronicle - Correspondence - Criticism - Education - Laboratory - Propaganda - Theory - etc.

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Click here to view the portfolio of recent Russian acquisitions.

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Click here to view the portfolio of recent Russian acquisitions.

Click here to view Russian books from Israel.

Click here to view selected Polish ephemera.

Literaturnaia Gazeta  (1929+ (currently 1968+))
Established on April 22, 1929, with the support of the "father of Soviet literature," writer Maxim Gorky, Literaturnaia Gazeta is a landmark publication in Russia's cultural heritage. With its focus on literary and intellectual life, it allowed Soviet Russia's preeminent authors, poets, and cultural figures a particular podium for commentary, affording perhaps fewer restrictions than might have been possible in other publications. Literaturnaia Gazetawas considered the most open among newspapers of the Soviet era, and remains popular among the intelligentsia in today's Russia.

This full-text electronic resource is available for faculty and students.

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The entire online collection, “Russian Avant-garde, 1904–1946,” produced by Brill, has been purchased and is currently being catalogued by the University’s electronic resources librarians. This important collection contains 778 fully searchable individual titles that were published between 1904 and 1946. Users may browse or search the catalogue at For background on the scope of the collection, go to

Off-campus access to the collection requires users be authenticated on the University’s VPN.

An online archive of Voprosy Literatury (vendor’s description: Authoritative journal of literary criticism offering articles and roundtable transcripts dealing with problems of Russian and world literature, history and theory of literature.) has been purchased. It can be accessed at

Off-campus access to the collection requires users to be authenticated on the University’s VPN.

The library has recently acquired a collection 141 Soviet posters, primarily from the 1970s and ’80s, and another collection of Soviet-era ephemera. The posters and ephemera items will be processed over the summer and deposited in the ReCap for optimal storage.

View a description of the types of posters included in this acquisition.
View a chronological list of the posters included in this acquisition.

The library has recently acquired an electronic database entitled collectively as the Moscow University Herald / Vestnik MGU.

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