The archival collection, measuring 450 linear feet, contain documents dealing with the history of the Russian emigration as well as materials from Imperial Russia. These include papers relating to the activities of political, military, and social organizations; the correspondence of various prominent Russian intellectuals; the correspondence of notable leaders of the Orthodox Church; and several collections containing photographic material that documents life in pre-revolutionary Russia and the Russian diaspora.
In 2007, thanks to a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities, twenty-nine archival collections were microfilmed in a cooperative project with the Hoover Institution of War, Revolution, and Peace. The microfilmed collections can be accessed by researchers on site, as well as at the Hoover Institution Archives. The archives also hold microform copies of several collections from other institutions. These include collections from the Museum of Russian Culture in San Francisco and the State Archive of the Russian Federation.
Access to processed archival collections is provided during library open hours in the Research Reading Room. Researches wishing to access archival materials must give advance notice of their planned research visit and indicate collections of interest.
Please contact us to set up a research visit or request additional information on archival collections.