History - Russian: Primary Sources

About Primary Sources

Letters, interviews, photographs, and diary/blog entries are all examples of primary sources. Primary sources provide first-hand evidence of an event or subject, and they can be unpublished or published.  PCC Library's collection incudes published primary sources including autobiographies and personal journals. The Internet provides a wealth of access to primary sources through websites of historical societies, museums, organizations, educational institutions, and governmental entities. Consult Using Primary Sources on the Web, published by the American Library Association.

Seventeen Moments

Seventeen Moments in Soviet History: Contains a rich archive of texts, images, video and audio materials, and maps from the Soviet era, 1917-1991.  Search for subjects by year or theme. To access the over 1000 primary source texts, users need to register with a user name and passwImage result for soviet union historyord.  This website has been supported by the National Endowment for the Humanities and Macalester College.    

Revelations From the Russian Archives

Revelations from the Russian Archives: This Library of Congress exhibit presents primary source documents covering Soviet history from the October Revolution of 1917 to the failed coup of August 1991.

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Gulag: Many Days, Many Lives

Days and Lives: This video reveals the brutal system of forced labor concentration camps and the internal exile institution called the Gulag.  A former Gulag prisoner accompanies you through themed sections. From the website Gulag: Many Days, Many Lives, a project of the Center for History and New Media at George Mason University.