For in-depth resources on Inner Eurasian Societies visit Columbia University’s Post-Soviet Nationalities Collection!
In a recent presentation, “Nationalities of the Former Soviet Union: Columbia’s Collections, Past, Present and Future,” Robert Davis, Columbia’s Librarian for Central Asian Studies, provided background on building former Soviet nationality language collections in North America. With the exception of one large cache of material at The New York Public Library, received during the 1930s, collection-building began in earnest only in the late 1950s, and often antedated the existence on campuses of academic programs to actually make use of them. One of the pioneers in this regard was professor Edward Allworth of Columbia University, to whom belongs much of the credit for the breadth and depth of Columbia’s nationalities collections.
Davis noted a reawakening of student interest in nationalities studies, as countries once subservient to the Soviet center are now independent states of growing geopolitical and economic importance. Davis detailed his current efforts to secure print and electronic resources for the continued study and documentation of the languages, cultures, and resources of these lands and peoples, underscoring the importance of student and faculty involvement in the collection and identification of resources.
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