The Electronic Exhibit

The Library of Congress initially created a digital file of significant portions of 25 representative documents, making them available as a computerized, online version of the “Revelations from the Russian Archives” exhibit. The online exhibit contained accompanying text, translations, and captions for each of the documents included. The documents are available for personal use by scholars, students, and other interested persons.

This online exhibit marks the first nationwide electronic presentation of a landmark exhibit, and was the first simultaneous exhibition of physical objects and their electronic surrogates presented by a library.

Initially available at the Library's 'anonymous ftp' site in 1992, the online exhibit was converted in April, 1996, to the World Wide Web.

Consulting the Documents

A complete copy of each document in the exhibit may be examined at the European Reference Desk in the Main Reading Room, Thomas Jefferson Building. A free list of all items in the exhibit may be obtained at the European Reference Desk or from the European Division, Library of Congress, Washington, DC 20540, telephone (202) 707-5414.


“Revelations from the Russian Archives” was made possible by the generous support of the Metromedia Company. Additional funding was provided by the Soros Foundation—Soviet Union, the Medveckis Foundation, and a grant from the International Research and Exchanges Board (IREX) with funds provided by the National Endowment for the Humanities and the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation.

Credits for Online Version of the Exhibit

June, 1993

  • Robert Zich
  • Kathryn D. Ellis

April, 1996

  • Nancy De Sa, Library Services
  • Lynn Ellis Brooks, Information Technology Services
  • Gene Roberts, Interpretive Programs Office