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HU OSA 300-80 Soviet Red Archives
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Context
Hierarchy
Statistics
Identity Statement
Title
Soviet Red Archives
Identity Statement
Date(s)
1953 - 1994
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Description Level
Subfonds
Identity Statement
Extent and medium (processed)
2652 Archival boxes, 331.5 linear meters
Context
Name of creator(s)
Soviet Red Archives
Content and structure
Scope and content (abstract)
Radio Liberty established the Soviet Red Archives in 1953 for the purpose of extracting reliable and accurate data from the massive body of media produced in the Soviet republics. Each piece of information was filed according to a subject classification. When necessary, files were cross-referenced to ensure greater access to information.The primary sources for the Soviet Red Archives were Soviet periodicals available abroad (the so-called “central" newspapers: Pravda, Izvestiia, Trud, etc.); a wide range of Soviet magazines and various scientific journals; transcripts and informational summaries gathered from monitoring Soviet radio and television; and Soviet news agency releases. When Radio Liberty started collecting Samizdat materials in 1968, staff incorporated many of these items into the Soviet Red Archives. In addition, Western publications and Radio Liberty materials such as broadcast transcripts, research materials and press releases, were also collected and filed with the other materials. Although in existence and used by staff at Radio Liberty for over fifty years (1953-1994), the Soviet Red Archives does not represent all time periods consistently. Most of the early records were lost, although topics considered by the staff to be of particular importance (such as Armed Forces and CPSU: Central Committee) remain Originally only a subject file, the Soviet Red Archives later grew to include biographical files. In 1992, following the dissolution of the Soviet Union, the staff of Radio Liberty introduced a new classification system for the Soviet Red Archives. This system included separate files for each of the former Soviet republics (New Code Republics Files); files to document events affecting the Baltic states as a group (Baltic Files); files for subjects pertaining only to the Commonwealth of Independent States; All-Union General Files for subjects not easily divisible by republics; and New Code Subject Files for subjects relating to the former Soviet Union. Staff began to move the older files including records originating from the RFE/RL Library (mainly based on Western sources) into the new classification system, but the project was never completed.
Content and structure
Accruals
Not Expected
Conditions of access and use
Conditions governing access
Not Restricted
Conditions of access and use
Conditions governing reproduction
Third party rights are to be cleared.
Description Control
Archivist's note
Processed by Jennie Levine, Irida Tase, Olga Zaslavskaya and Natalia Lekant, 1994; revised by Natasha Zanegina, 2001; revised by Jennie Levine, 2004.
HU OSA 300-80 Soviet Red Archives
BookIconSubfonds Description
Context
Hierarchy
Statistics
Identity Statement
Title
Soviet Red Archives
Identity Statement
Date(s)
1953 - 1994
Identity Statement
Description Level
Subfonds
Identity Statement
Extent and medium (processed)
2652 Archival boxes, 331.5 linear meters
Context
Name of creator(s)
Soviet Red Archives
Content and structure
Scope and content (abstract)
Radio Liberty established the Soviet Red Archives in 1953 for the purpose of extracting reliable and accurate data from the massive body of media produced in the Soviet republics. Each piece of information was filed according to a subject classification. When necessary, files were cross-referenced to ensure greater access to information.The primary sources for the Soviet Red Archives were Soviet periodicals available abroad (the so-called “central" newspapers: Pravda, Izvestiia, Trud, etc.); a wide range of Soviet magazines and various scientific journals; transcripts and informational summaries gathered from monitoring Soviet radio and television; and Soviet news agency releases. When Radio Liberty started collecting Samizdat materials in 1968, staff incorporated many of these items into the Soviet Red Archives. In addition, Western publications and Radio Liberty materials such as broadcast transcripts, research materials and press releases, were also collected and filed with the other materials. Although in existence and used by staff at Radio Liberty for over fifty years (1953-1994), the Soviet Red Archives does not represent all time periods consistently. Most of the early records were lost, although topics considered by the staff to be of particular importance (such as Armed Forces and CPSU: Central Committee) remain Originally only a subject file, the Soviet Red Archives later grew to include biographical files. In 1992, following the dissolution of the Soviet Union, the staff of Radio Liberty introduced a new classification system for the Soviet Red Archives. This system included separate files for each of the former Soviet republics (New Code Republics Files); files to document events affecting the Baltic states as a group (Baltic Files); files for subjects pertaining only to the Commonwealth of Independent States; All-Union General Files for subjects not easily divisible by republics; and New Code Subject Files for subjects relating to the former Soviet Union. Staff began to move the older files including records originating from the RFE/RL Library (mainly based on Western sources) into the new classification system, but the project was never completed.
Content and structure
Accruals
Not Expected
Conditions of access and use
Conditions governing access
Not Restricted
Conditions of access and use
Conditions governing reproduction
Third party rights are to be cleared.
Description Control
Archivist's note
Processed by Jennie Levine, Irida Tase, Olga Zaslavskaya and Natalia Lekant, 1994; revised by Natasha Zanegina, 2001; revised by Jennie Levine, 2004.