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From the first news­pa­pers estab­lished by Peter the Great to the fall of the Romanovs, the Impe­r­i­al Russ­ian News­pa­pers col­lec­tion chron­i­cles 189 years of Russ­ian his­to­ry. From Peter the Great’s found­ing of the Russ­ian empire, through the empire’s expan­sion dur­ing Cather­ine the Great, the abol­ish­ment of serf­dom by Alexan­der II, the tumul­tuous years of Nicholas II, and every­thing in between.

The Impe­r­i­al Russ­ian News­pa­pers col­lec­tion com­pris­es out-of-copy­right news­pa­pers span­ning the eigh­teenth, nine­teenth and ear­ly twen­ti­eth cen­turies, up to the 1917 Bol­she­vik Rev­o­lu­tion. With no less than 500,000 pages, the collection’s core titles are from Moscow and St. Peters­burg, com­ple­ment­ed by region­al news­pa­pers across the vast Russ­ian Empire.

The col­lec­tion also includes two e‑book edi­tions (full-text search­able) of per­ti­nent ref­er­ence books: an in-depth bib­li­o­graph­ic record of all known news­pa­pers pub­lished in Impe­r­i­al Rus­sia (over 10 key bib­li­ogra­phies) and a unique col­lec­tion of dozens of con­tem­po­ra­ne­ous (most­ly nine­teenth cen­tu­ry) ref­er­ence works offer­ing detailed sub­ject bib­li­ogra­phies of the arti­cles appear­ing in the spe­cif­ic news­pa­pers of the Impe­r­i­al Russ­ian News­pa­pers col­lec­tion.

The Impe­r­i­al Russ­ian News­pa­pers col­lec­tion was facil­i­tat­ed by the out­stand­ing bib­li­o­graph­ic work done by librar­i­ans and schol­ars in major Russ­ian libraries, pri­mar­i­ly the Nation­al Library of Russia’s News­pa­per Divi­sion, which is one of the largest news­pa­per libraries in the world.

The Impe­r­i­al Russ­ian News­pa­pers col­lec­tion was made pos­si­ble thanks to the active sup­port of the Nation­al Library of Rus­sia. Open Access to this col­lec­tion is made pos­si­ble through the gen­er­ous sup­port of the Cen­ter for Research Libraries and its mem­ber insti­tu­tions.

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