Russian Imperial Government Serials on Microfilm in the Library of Congress:
compiled by Harold M. Leich
a Guide to the Uncataloged Collection
with the assistance of staff members of the Library of Congress
Harold M. Leich in 1979 completed a detailed catalog of a large collection of uncataloged Russian serial publications at the Library of Congress. The serials are primarily those of the Russian Imperial (national-level) government and of provincial and local governments throughout the Russian Empire, often including annual reports, financial statements, and histories of executive committees, legislative bodies, cultural institutions, military units, and religious organizations. In addition, the collection contains a number of publications of local civic organizations, non-governmental bodies such as charities, educational institutions, financial institutions, benevolent societies, recreational clubs, and the like. The collection as a whole thus documents not only the development of civil society in pre-revolutionary Russia, but also the growing importance of provincial and local governmental bodies in 19th and early 20th century Russia.
The entire collection of serials was microfilmed in the early 1980s, and the catalog digitized here, originally published in 1985, provides detailed bibliographic and holdings information for the collection. Indexes provide access to corporate issuing bodies and cities of publication.
The microfilms of these serials, contained on 208 reels, are located in the Library's Microform Reading Room and have the call number Microfilm 83/5231.