Monday, October 03, 2005

NYPL Baltic and Slavic

All Slavs of New York should know about the Baltic and Slavic Division of the New York Public Library. The collection is one of the largest in the United States and has materials relating to almost all Slavic groups on just about any topic you can come up with - almost 500,000 books, 1200 periodicals and more than 20,000 microform titles in 15 Slavic and Baltic languages.
The collection began in the 19th century at the Astor and Lennox Libraries, which were later folded into the NYPL in 1895. The collection continues to grow today, thanks to regular gifts and purchases. The website includes a bibliography relating to the collection of more than 250 articles and books. Among the more interesting are:
  • Davis, Robert H. Jr. "`Indispensable to Students in the Slavic Field': A First History of the Development of the Slavic, Baltic and East European Collections of The Research Libraries, The New York Public Library," L'idea dell'unit√† e della reciprocit√† slava e il suo ruolo nello sviluppo della slavistica... Atti del Convegno della Commisione per la Storia della Slavistica, Urbino 28.IX-1.X.1992. (Roma: La Fenice Edizioni, 1994), pp. [141]-167;
  • Karlowich, Robert A. We Fall and Rise: Russian-language Newspapers in New York City, 1889-1914 (Metuchen, N.J.: Scarecrow Press, 1991). [*QIY 91-6895] Research based in part on the holdings of the NYPL;
  • NYPL American Slavic Newspapers on Microfilm, Cataloged for OCLC by the U.S. Newspaper Project ([New York: Slavic and Baltic Division, 1993]). [Vol. 59 (Supplemental) of the Dictionary Catalog, SLV/ORT Corridor]; and
  • Slavic New York ([New York]: AAASS, 1984). [*R-Slav. Div. 85-175]
The Baltic and Slavic Division is located at the New York Public Library, Fifth Avenue and 42nd Street, rooms 216-217 in Manhattan.

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