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Russian, East European and Eurasian Studies Research Guide

Guide to doing research on Russia and the former Soviet republics and the countries of Eastern Europe

Contemporary Articles

Newspaper and periodical articles written at the time of an event or period under study are primary sources. Search discoverE for newspapers we own.  Other Russian and East European newspapers may be available on loan from the Center for Research Libraries.

Government Sources

Government Records: selected source collections


 British Documents on Foreign Affairs: Reports and Documents from the Foreign Office Confidential Print.
Series A, Part I: Russia 1859-1914 JX632 .B74 1983
Series A, Pt. II: Soviet Union, 1917-1939 DK266 .A3 B68 1984
Series A, Pt. III: Soviet Union, 1940-1945 JX632 .B7762 1997
Series A, Pt. IV: Soviet Union, 1946-1950 JZ632 .B77 1999
The "Confidential Print" was a means of distributing diplomatic dispatches and other papers among selected government offices and agencies. These documents were generally reports of conditions in a country or area that observers, diplomatic, military, or civilian, thought important to communicate to the Foreign Office. All of these volumes have a table of contents with two or four word descriptions of the contents of each document.

Confidential U.S. Diplomatic Post Records. Russia and the Soviet Union. Part I: 1914-1918
Microfilm 1704
See the guide shelved at Microguide Micfilm 1704 to get an idea of the contents of this collection.

Confidential U.S. State Department Central Files: The Soviet Union, 1945-1949
Micfilm 2093

Confidential U.S. State Department Central Files: The Soviet Union, 1950-1954
Micfilm 2094
These cover both internal and foreign affairs. Refer to the guides: for 1945-1949 at Microguide Micfilm 2093, for 1950-1954 at Microguide Micfilm 2094 

Foreign Relations of the United States (1861 to present)
Documents S1.1:
An annual which reprints correspondence, reports and other material from State Department and private sources concerning conditions and actions in other countries and regions of interest to the U.S. After 1918 it becomes an important source of English language material on Eastern Europe. A few volumes after 1945 are available online.

Records of the U.S. Department of State Relating to the...
...Internal Affairs of Austria, 1945-1949 (Microfilm 4198)
...Internal Affairs of Austria, 1950-1954 (Microfilm 4199)
...Internal Affairs of Czechoslovakia, 1945-1949 (Microfilm 1672) (Microguide Micfilm 1672)
...Internal Affairs of Czechoslovakia, 1950-1954 (Microfilm 2052) (Microguide Micfilm 2052)

...Internal Affairs of the Russian Zone (East Germany), 1950-1954 (Microfilm 2053) (Microguide Micfilm 2053)

...Internal Affairs of Hungary, 1945-1949 (Microfilm 1653) (Microguide Micfilm 1653)
...Internal Affairs of Hungary, 1950-1954 (Microfilm 4200)

...Internal and External Affairs of Poland, 1945-1949 (Microfilm 3192) (Microguide Micfilm 3192)
...Internal and External Affairs of Poland, 1950-1954 (Microfilm 3193) (Microguide Micfilm 3193)
...Internal Affairs of Poland, 1945-1949 (Microfilm 1628) (Microguide Micfilm 1628)
...Internal Affairs of Poland, 1950-1954 (Microfilm 2051) (Microguide Micfilm 2051)

...Internal Affairs of Romania, 1945-1949 (Microfilm 1738) (Microguide Micfilm 1738)

...Internal Affairs of Yugoslavia, 1945-1949 (Microfilm 1654) (Microguide Micfilm 1654)