Slavic, East European & Central Asian Collection

About the Slavic, East European & Central Asian Collection

Yale University Library was among the first in the United States to collect Slavic materials systematically. Joel Sumner Smith, its Associate Librarian in the late 19th century, was one of the very few in his profession who read Russian. The books and serials he acquired today form the core of one of the major holdings in the west.  These volumes have been digitized and are available to the public.  Materials from Russia and Eastern Europe are found throughout the Yale University Library but are concentrated in Sterling Memorial Library.  Print collections are supplemented by extensive digital holdings.

Types of Materials

Monographs, serials, manuscripts, government documents, posters, photographs. All materials are listed in the library catalog, Orbis.

Timespan Covered

Materials date from 15th century to the present.

Subject Strengths

  • Emigre literature
  • Literature
  • History
  • Politics


Abkhaz, Albanian, Armenian, Azerbaijani, Bashkir, Belarusian, Bosnian, Bulgarian, Buriat, Chechen, Church Slavonic, Chuvash, Croatian, Czech, Estonian, Georgian, Hungarian, Kazakh, Kyrgyz, Latvian, Lithuanian, Macedonian, Montenegrin, Polish, Romani, Romanian, Russian, Serbian, Slovak, Slovene, Tajik, Turkmen, Ukrainian, Uzbek


Albania, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Estonia, Georgia, Hungary, Kazakhstan, Kosovo, Kyrgyzstan, Latvia, Lithuania, Macedonia, Moldova, Montenegro, Poland, Romania, Russia, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Ukraine, Uzbekistan