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Smetana, Sprzedana narzeczona. Teatr Wielki / juis [Fragment]. Poster for an opera performance at Teatr Wielki in Warsaw. Part of Slavic poster collection : Opera performances at Teatr Wielki in Warsaw.

This guide provides a starting point for research for students, faculty, and visiting researchers in Slavic and Eurasian studies at Harvard University. It includes selective lists of reference resources, both online and in print. For the up to date information on our newest resources and projects please visit Harvard Library's Slavic Blog.  

Research contacts

For requests for new materials and inquiries about the Slavic collections please contact bibliographic specialists at the European Languages Division (Widener Library):

Russian/Belarusian/Former Soviet Union collection: Anna Rakityanskaya (617) 495-4797

Ukrainian collection:  Olha Aleksic (also Harvard Ukrainian Research Institute) (617) 495-2458

All other Slavic regions (Central and Southern Europe): Lev Chaban (617) 495-2458

Serials librarian: Kristin Kulash (617) 495-2458

For general Slavic reference inquiries and research assistance please contact: 

Svetlana Rukhelman, Research Associate, Department of Comparative Literature and Davis Center for Russian and Eurasian Studies (617) 496-8241

For technical issues concerning this guide:

 Anna Rakityanskaya (617) 495-4797

Harvard Library catalog and tips on searching Cyrillic titles

The Harvard Library collections can be accessed via its online catalog HOLLIS. To learn more about HOLLIS, please visit the HOLLIS Quick Tips.

To render Cyrillic words using Roman characters, HOLLIS uses the Library of Congress system of transliteration. The ALA-LA Romanization tables page on the Library of Congress website provides transliteration tables for various non-Roman languages, including Slavic and non-Slavic languages that use Cyrillic alphabet: (Please note that most other U.S. library catalogs and databases use the same system, though several others are in use in Europe, the former Soviet Union, and in other contexts.)