Soviet Pamphlets at UT Austin

WESS Newsletter

Fall 2017, Vol. 41, No. 1

The Soviet Pamphlets at UT Austin project has been launched.The project makes digitized copies of Soviet pamphlets published in the late 1920s and early 1930s openly accessible to a wide and inclusive audience. Many of these documents are held exclusively by the University of Texas Libraries, and about a third were previously unavailable in a digital format.

The collection is currently divided into three exhibits, each focusing on materials curated around one of three themes: educational pamphlets, pamphlets pertaining to Soviet women, and pamphlets on Soviet rural life. These individual exhibits, created using Omeka, were curated to highlight particularly strong aspects of UT Austin’s holdings, and to facilitate both casual browsing and the easy discoverability of materials relevant to a user’s particular research interests. Each exhibit is further subdivided into more specific collections, such as works that directly address women in the military or which were written by Nadezhda Krupskaya, to encourage in depth exploration of specific topics within the portal’s broader thematic structure. Each exhibit contains a brief bibliography of materials for further reading, encouraging users to explore the history and subject matter of the exhibits beyond the portal itself.

The collection’s materials are part of the Elias Tobenkin Collection of Soviet Pamphlets, some items of which are available digitally in our institutional repository, Texas ScholarWorks. In the course of his extensive travels through the Soviet Union, the writer and journalist Elias Tobenkin (1882-1963) acquired a collection of materials relating to developments within the USSR during the period between the two world wars. Among these materials was a collection of approximately 600 pamphlets printed and distributed at the beginning of the Soviet era, and which we are working to make more broadly accessible online.

The Soviet Pamphlets at UT Austin project is a resource that will continue to grow over time. Additional content for future exhibits has been identified, and when added will broaden the scope and relevance of the site. The project creates context for important, unique primary source materials and shares them in an open access environment, making the materials discoverable and accessible for communities within and beyond the UT Austin campus.

Ian Goodale
European Studies & Digital Scholarship Librarian
University of Texas Libraries