The Global Resources Center collection of materials dealing with Russia and the Former Soviet Union is the largest non-governmental collection of its kind in the Washington DC area. The collection’s depth and breadth allows scholars to view the historical development of Russia and the Soviet Union and follow with precision the seismic changes through which the region has lived.
Established in 1966 as the Sino-Soviet Information Center (SSIC), this collection has grown and developed from a small number of faculty-donated materials to a robust research center attracting scholars from around the globe. Through the years of the Cold War, Perestroika and Glasnost, and the post-Perestroika period the center continued to refine its conceptual framework, finally morphing in July, 2007 into a division with the new Global Resources Center. It has become a 21st century collection reflecting years of experience and expertise in the field of collection development in Russian (Soviet) area studies.
The GRC collection is supported by a rich and varied Gelman Library general stacks collection on Russian (Soviet) area studies. This is a unique historical collection in itself, and it strongly represents the Cold War period works of Soviet scholarship, ideology, propaganda, political thinking, Communist Party, Marxism-Leninism, historical and dialectical materialism, Soviet economic, judicial, social thought, art, literature, film, and culture. It covers periods of Stalinism, post-Stalinist reconstruction, the reign of Khrushchev, Brezhnev, Andropov, Chernenko, and Gorbachev. The Collection is rich not only with the works of Soviet/Russian scholars, ideologues, and propagandists but also with the works of Western scholars, “sovietologists ,” historians and analysts.
The GRC collection is pointedly modern and current in its primary focus (a vast majority of the publications in the collection are from post-1991 period), nevertheless it reflects various historical developments in the Soviet Union and Russia through our unique collection of Soviet period newspapers, journals and magazines, FBIS and samizdat materials and other materials from the 60s, 70s and 80s. Current analytical studies and evaluations of the Soviet period are also collected.
Since the fall of the Soviet Union the main strength and current focus of the GRC collection is upon documenting the social-political-economic changes within Russia. The GRC has assembled a unique collection of statistical and analytical materials dealing with contemporary Russian social, political, economic, demographic, judicial, sociological, diplomatic, educational, energy-related, regional, foreign affairs-related, military, legislative, parliamentary, democracy-building, and cultural issues and tendencies. Through its vast collection of monographs and periodicals the GRC provides a look not only into number-based statistics, and studies of political and economic issues, but also into psychology and every day reality, hopes and concerns of contemporary Russian society during the current complex period. The GRC reference collections contain numerous standard Soviet and post-Soviet encyclopedias, guides, atlases, yearbooks, bibliographies, dictionaries and Who’s Who’s.
The GRC Russian collection is a growing collection, continuing to develop, changing with times and demands. It continues robust acquisitions programs of newly published materials both in Russian and in English.
The GRC Russian collection welcomes donations of appropriate subject and area-related materials.