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The Yudin Collection at the Library of Congress

The year 2006 marked the one hundredth anniversary of the Library of Congress's acquisition of the library of Gennadii Vasil'evich Yudin, a Siberian businessman and lifelong book collector of rare imagination. At the beginning of the twenty-first century, Yudin's collection remains the anchor of the Library of Congress's rich holdings relating to Russia. Here we present several links to summaries, articles, and a book about Yudin's library.

Meeting of Frontiers: The Gennadii V. Yudin Collection of Russian-American Company Papers  These papers document early Russian expeditions to Alaska and the company's trading and commercial activities in Siberia and Russian Alaska. This collection comprises 166 items, including letters, ships' logs, reports to the tsar by company officials, and lists of merchandise involved in company trade. The complete collection, some of which has never been published in Russia or the United States, is presented here. For each of the unpublished documents, printed transcripts in modern Cyrillic are provided.
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Rare Books & Special Collections Reading Room. Selected Special Collections: Yudin Collection   Publications relating to Russian history, bibliography, and literature, primarily from the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries; pictorial material; and papers of the Russian American Company.

"'So Ample a Collection, So Well Balanced': The Yudin Collection at the Library of Congress" (2008), by Harold M. Leich, Russian Area Specialist, European Division.

"A Visionary Acquisition: The Yudin Collection at the Library of Congress" (2008), by Barbara L. Dash, Senior Cataloger, Rare Materials Section, U.S./Anglo Division.

The Yudin Library Krasnoiarsk (Eastern Siberia) External link (1905), by Alexis Babine, Specialist in Russian Literature
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