Slavic and East European Studies
The Slavic and East European Program (SEEP) offers courses at the undergraduate and graduate levels. Within this program are twenty-nine faculty members involved in research and instruction. The Slavic collection also supports the research of numerous postdoctoral students and visiting scholars from all over the world. Faculty members of SEEP teach within their own departments and also teach interdisciplinary courses in many different departments and schools at Cornell University. During the 1992/93 academic year the SEEP offered 222 courses (ranging from the 100 to the 700 level) within sixteen schools and departments of Cornell University. The Slavic collection serves primarily, but not exclusively, the following departments: Russian Literature, Comparative Literature, History, Government, Economics, Modern Languages and Linguistics, Sociology, Anthropology, Art, Architecture, City and Regional Planning, and Music.
History of the Collection:
Cornell's Slavic collection began with the gifts of Andrew Dickson White, the University's first president, and Eugene Shuyler, both of whom were American diplomats to Russia in the late nineteenth century. The Russian collection took on greater significance during World War II when Cornell became a major center for U. S. Army training programs. Substantial funding from the Ford Foundation in the 1960's enabled the Cornell University Library to upgrade the Russian collection and expanded its scope to include East Europe. In the past, the majority of the Library's materials in indigenous East European languages were acquired through extensive exchange programs with the major libraries of the Soviet Union and the Eastern Bloc. Since the collapse of the communist system and the failure of virtually all Eastern European book distribution channels, many comprehensive approval plans with new Western dealers have been instituted. In 1989 a Soviet and East European Program (now Slavic and East European Program) evolved from the Soviet and Russian Studies Committee. The sudden widening of East European Studies has created greater demands for more comprehensive and in-depth collections from and about countries of the former Soviet Bloc. This demand is being met with a combination of exchange and approval plans now in place. The most significant aspect of post-Soviet reality is the replacement of eight states with twenty-eight, all of them little known to both student and faculty scholars. Cornell University's traditional broad-based, interdisciplinary approach to area studies demands extending that approach to the new states. A new research agenda requires a great depth and breadth of library collections. Providing materials for studying and understanding the history, politics, economics, and culture of the region is a major challenge. The Library is meeting this challenge with on increased materials budget and a completely new acquisition scheme.
General Collection Guidelines:
A. Languages. Slavic languages: Russian, Ukrainian, Byelorussian, Polish, Czech, Slovak, Slovene, Serbian, Croatian, Macedonian, Bulgarian, Lusatian, Old Church Slavonic.
Non-Slavic East European languages: Hungarian, Romanian, Albanian, Lithuanian, Latvian, Estonian.
West European languages: English, German, French, Italian, Spanish.
B. Chronological guidelines:. No exclusions or restrictions.
C. Geographical guidelines: Russia, Ukraine, Belarus, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Moldova
Central Asia Republics: Armenia, Azerbaijan, Georgia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan
East European countries: Albania, Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland, Hungary, Romania, Slovakia.
Former Yugoslav republics: Bosnia and Hercegovina, Croatia, Macedonia, Montenegro, Serbia, Slovenia.
The former Russian Empire
Relevant areas of the former Ottoman, German and Austro-Hungarian Empires In addition, works concerning all other countries of the world published within Russia in Russian and English are also required.
Location of materials: The Slavic studies collection in the humanities and social sciences is housed in Olin Library, but materials are also found in the Fine Arts and Music Libraries, Mann, Law, ILR and JGSM libraries. The Slavic Studies Librarian cooperates with the selectors of these libraries in obtaining materials when appropriate.
- *children's literature (except for works for children by major authors)
- *textbooks for secondary school
- *translations from Western languages into Slavic languages (translations
- into Russian from the languages of the former Soviet Union are not excluded)
- *reprints or re-editions without significant new material, editorial or authorial off-prints of articles published in periodicals
- Collection responsibility and levels of collecting
- The Slavic and East European Librarian has primary selection responsibility for:
- *materials in Slavic and East European languages in all social science
- and humanities disciplines
- *relevant research materials for the subject areas of
- Slavic/Soviet/East European literatures, languages, history, social sciences and reference materials in all languages.
Collecting levels in many areas differ from existing strength and desired levels. They are usually the latest addition to curriculum and time is needed to enlarge the scope and depth of these parts of the collection and bring them up from the level of supporting instruction to full strength research collections.
LC Classification-- Subject/Type of Material-- ECS CCI DCS
AC Collections of monographs, essays, collected works 3F 3F 4F
AE Encyclopedias 3F 3F 4F
AG Dictionaries (general) 3W +3W 4W
AI Indexes (general)
AM Museums (general) 3W 2W 3W
AP Periodicals 3W +3W 4W
AS Academic and learned societies (congresses, conferences) 3W 4W 4W
B 4201-4299 Philosophy: Russia +3W 4W 4W
B 4670-4855 Philosophy: Eastern Europe 3W 3W 3W
BX Religion: Russia (Eastern Orthodox Church) 4W 4W 4W
Eastern Europe 3W 3W 3W
CD 921-4280 Archives; History 3W 4F 4F
CT Biography; Russia 4W 4W 4W
Eastern Europe 3W 4W 4W
DAW 1001-1051 Central Europe, History of 4W 4W 4W
DB 901-999 Hungary, History of 3W 4W 4W
DB 2000-3150 Czechoslovakia, History of 3W 4W 4W
DJK 1-77 Eastern Europe, History of 3W 3W 4W
DK 1-781 Russia, History of 4W 4W 4W
DK 4010-4800 Poland, History of 3W 4W 4W
DR 51-98 Bulgaria, History of 3W +3W 4W
DR 201-296 Romania, History of 3W +3W 4W
DR 901-998 Albania, History of 3W +3W 4W
DR 1202-2285 Yugoslovia, History of 3W +3W 4W
G Atlases and Maps (Slavic Studies Librarian recommends for purchase by Maps Librarian)
GN Prehistoric archeology 4W 4W 4W
GR 138-263 Folklore 4W 4W 4W
GR 296-2771 Manners and Customs
Russia and Eastern Europe 4W 3W 4W
Central Asia 3W 3W 3W
HA 1191-1200 Statistics 4F 4F 4F
HB 101-3807 Economic theory (includes demography) 4W 4W 4W
HC 243-710 Economic history 4W 4W 4W
HD 640.3-840 Economic conditions 4W 4W 4W
HD 1940 Agriculture (history) (Mann Library collects technical materials) 4W 4W 4W
HD 2321-4730.9 Industry (history) 4W 4W 4W
HD 8420.3-8471 Labor (Mainly languages of the area and Western languages. ILR collects materials in English) 4W 4W 4W
HE 832.3-9360 Transportation and communication 3W 3W 3W
HF 2090.3-4050 Commerce and Foreign trade 4W 4W 4W
HG --, HJ -- Finance, public finance (emphasis on history of budget) 3W 3W 4W
HN 420.3-960 Social history and conditions 4W 4W 4W
HQ --, - HT -- Family, socities, human settlements 3W 3W 4W
HX 260.3-375 Socialism and communism (emphasis - history of) 4W 4W 4W
JN 2050-9689 Constitutional history, politics & government 4W 4W 4W
JQ Political institutions and administration 4W 4W 4W
JV Emigration and Immigration 3W 3W 3W
JX 1547.3-1579 Foreign relations 4W 4W 4W
K Law (history of state and law primarily legal documents) 4W 3W 4W
L 680-1429 Education, general 3W 3W 3W
LA History of education 3W 3W 3W
M Music Music is collected by the Music Librarian. Music published in the countries of the area with emphasis on history of music and musicology acquired by the Slavic Librarian.
N Fine Arts Russian and East European art and also Central Asian art are collected by the Fine Arts Librarian. Materials published within the area are acquired by the Slavic Librarian. Materials dealing with art and literature or art and culture are collected in Olin at a 4W level.
PC 601-799 Romanian language 3W 3W 4W
PC 800-872 Romanian literature 2F 2F
PC 890 Dalmatian language 4W 4W 4W
Dalmation literatuare 2F 2F 2F
PG Slavic languages and literatures 4W 4W 4W
Russian language and literature 4W 4W 4W
East European languages and literatures 3W 3W 4W
PN 1993.4-2960 Motion pictures, theater (for history of) 4W 4W 4W
PZ 61-70 Juvenile literature (by major authors) 2F 2F 2F
U 574.5 Military science
Russian and Warsaw Pact 4W 4W 4W
Contemporary East Europe 3W 3W 4W
Z Bibliography 4W 4W 4W