Alexander III and the Policy of "Russification," 1883-1886 



This collection, as seen through the eyes of the British diplomatic corps in Russia. The British Foreign Office Records of General Correspondence for Russia, in record class F.O. 65, is the basic collection of documents for studying Anglo-Russian relations during this period of fundamental change.

Cold War:  Voices of Confrontation and Conciliation 



A collection of images of transcripts of 23 oral interviews conducted by James Thebaut in 1950s-1990s with American and Soviet statesmen and scholars who had a firsthand experience with the Cold War. The collection of 1,295 images comes from the private collection of James Thebaut, Chronicles Group, Inc.

Commercial and trade relations between Tsarist Russia, the Soviet Union and the U.S., 1910-1963.



This collection of U.S. State Department Central Classified Files relates to commercial and trade relations beginning in the Tsarist Russia period and extending through Khrushchev period in Soviet history. It contains a wide range of materials from U.S. diplomats including materials on treaties, general conditions affecting trade, imports and exports, laws and regulations, customs administration, tariffs, and ports of entry activities

Country intelligence reports on USSR. Gale, a part of Cengage Learning / (Archives unbound.)



This collection consists of research and intelligence reports on USSR prepared during 1941-1947 at the Department of State.

Harvard Project on the Soviet Social System digital collection : interviews and manuals, 1950-1953 (inclusive) (Harvard Project on the Soviet Social System Online)


Harvard University. Russian Research Center

Provides access to a digitized collection of summary transcripts of 693 interviews conducted with Soviet émigrés during the early years of the Cold War, and 7 manuals and guides to the interviews. The interviews and most manuals and guides are full-text searchable from the home page.An online Guide to Working with the Harvard Project on the Soviet Social System Online, by David Brandenberger is available.

Jan Tokarzewski-Karaszewicz papers

Ukraine Harvard University Ukrainian Research Institute

The collection provides insights into the immediate post-World War I period in Ukraine, especially with regard to the Ukrainian National Republic and the government-in-exile. It is also a good source for studying Ukrainian political refugee life of members and employees of former Ukrainian diplomatic and economic missions of the UNR in Paris and England. Access via Finding Aid (see Digital material tab).

Kodeks Russian law database.


East View

Kodeks law databases--a major source for Russian legislation--in Russian or English translation comprising thousands of documents going back to 1991. Includes legislative acts issued by approximately 200 executive, legislative and judicial bodies in Russia. Provides access to normative acts of the Russian Federation, international law (treaties), regional legislation of Moscow, Saint-Petersburg, Moscow and Leningrad Regions and many other entitites within the Federation. Has English component called: Kodeks Russian law database in English, with sections: Business law of Russia; News; and: The most important documents, including the Constitution of the Russian Federation, Codes of the Russian Federation, and the most important federal acts.

Leon Trotsky exile papers Russia Harvard Library Exile papers, 1929-1940. Access via Finding aid (see Ditital material tab).
Leon Trotsky Soviet papers Russia Harvard Library Access via Finding aid (see Digital material tab).

Milman Parry Collection of Oral Literature (MPCOL)

South Slavic

Milman Parry Collection (Harvard)

The Milman Parry Collection is the largest single repository of South Slavic heroic song in the world. The On-Line Database of Harvard's Milman Parry Collection of Oral Literature (MPCOL) provides a publicly accessible guide to the contents of this unique archive of materials relating to South Slavic oral tradition. The MPCOL comprises a number of component collections, two of which may be searched or browsed in the current version of the Database: the heroic songs, conversations, and stories in the Parry Collection (1933-35), and the entire contents of the Lord Collection (1950-51). Selected materials (texts and audio) are available in digital format. Users may access these materials through links in the associated records. All of the original materials are currently housed in Widener Library.

Soviet Cinema Online. Archival Documents from RGALI, 1923-1935



The archive contains materials providing information on the activities of the Soviet film company Sovkino and its relations with various other companies in the film industry, both in the Soviet Union and abroad, between 1923 and 1935.

Stalin digital archive.


Yale University press - EastView

The Stalin Digital Archive contains a selection of documents from Fond 558, which covers Stalin’s personal biography, his work in government, and his conduct of foreign affairs

Stepan Dushenko papers Ukraine Harvard University Ukrainian Research Institute

The papers contain correspondence with Ukrainian community, political, and military leaders. The collection is useful for the study of Ukrainian history and politics from 1917 to 1921, and post-World War II emigre life in the United States. Access via Finding Aid (see Digital material tab).

The Chernobyl Files: Declassified Documents of the Ukrainian KGB


East View UDB

The collection contains reports ranging from 1971 to 1991 prepared for and by a variety of Soviet and Ukrainian government agencies, such as the KGB, documenting and detailing the most important developments in the wake of the disaster, but also internal reports and investigations on the its various causes. These include the problems with the design of the NPP, and the extent of the Soviet and Ukrainian government knowledge on many of the shortcomings that made the Chernobyl meltdown not only possible but in a sense inevitable.

The Russian Civil War and American Expeditionary Forces in Siberia, 1918-20


Gale Archives Unbound 

This collection reproduces important letters, reports, memorandums, cablegrams, maps, charts, and other kinds of records relating to the activities of the American Expeditionary Forces in Siberia (hereafter, AEF in Siberia), 1918-20.

World of Children - Artek Pioneer Camp Archives, 1944-1967 



Artek's Archive reflects the recreation camp's history between 1944 and 1967, containing government documents on Soviet social and health policies, administrative, medical and financial records, transcripts of meetings, materials on educational and ideological work carried out in the camp statistical reports, food rations and provision standards, letters from Soviet and foreign children, diaries etc. 

World War I and Revolution in Russia, 1914-1918


Gale Archives Unbound 

This collection documents the Russian entrance into World War I and culminates in reporting on the Revolution in Russia in 1917 and 1918. The documents consist primarily of correspondence between the British Foreign Office, various British missions and consulates in the Russian Empire and the Tsarist government and later the Provisional Government

Yaroslav J. Chyz papers Ukraine Harvard University Ukrainian Research Institute

The collection provides insights into events related to the abdication of Tsar Nicholas II in early 1917 and the ensuing hostilities that enveloped Eastern Europe. It also reveals Chyz's active involvement in the press, organizations, and cultural and civic affairs of American nationality groups. Access via Finding Aid (see Digital material tab).






Central State Electronic Archives of Ukraine Ukraine Central State Electronic Archives of Ukraine

The digitized collections includes metric books from Donetsk, Crimea, and Sevastopol; records from German occupation in the 1940s; and state security records for 1916-1941. To access the collections, click the appropriate link under "Доступ до цифрових копій" (access to digitized copies) on the right-hand side of the home page.

Ukraine Wilson Center Digital Archive

Collection includes KGB reports, the Communist Party's directives, the Ukrainian Academy of Science measurements, details of the accident, and emergency response. Sources span from the late 1960s to the late 1990s.

Digital Archive of Ukrainian Liberation Movement Ukraine Center for Research on the Liberation Movement

The archive includes collections of documents, publications, statistics, newsletters, memoirs, and other sources on Ukrainian independence movement between 1917 and 1991.

Digital Collection of the National Museum of the History of Ukraine in the Second World War

Ukraine National Museum of the History of Ukraine in the Second World War

Digitized collections from the museum's holdings on topics pertaining to World War II including the Holocaust, children during the war, personal archives and others.

Digital Handbook for Research on Soviet History Soviet Union Harvard University A bibliographic guide to primary source materials for the study of Soviet history. 

Documenting the Cold War at UT Austin

Eastern Europe

UT Austin

Digitized archival materials related to the Cold War from the Lyndon Baines Johnson Presidential Library's archival collections

E-archive of the Central State Historical Archive of Ukraine Ukraine Central State Historical Archive of Ukraine

The collection includes metric books, parish registers, and religious and military documents from different Ukrainian regions over a period of several centuries. 

Holodomor Research and Education Consortium (HREC): resources Ukraine Holodomor Research and Education Consortium (HREC) Selection of resources including publications, documents, videos and special collections to aid the research and study of the Holodomor - the Famine in Ukraine of 1932-1933.   
Poisk po arkhivam Russia Yandex Regularly updated electronic catalog of archival documents and materials from the middle of the 18th to the beginning of the 20th century
Ukraine State Archival Service of Ukraine

The State Archival Service of Ukraine has compiled a set of documents from across Ukraine's archives spanning from the 12th to the 20th century into one digitized collection

The Ukrainian Revolution: archival chronicles Ukraine

Central State Archives of Supreme Bodies of Power and Government of Ukraine

Collection of archival documents and photos pertaining to the Ukrainian Revolution organized by month from March 1917 until April 1921.