Russian Language Approval Plan


Highly selective (the best) works from the following categories:

  1. Bibliographies, reference works (including biographical dictionaries of writers, historians, philosophers, political figures, etc.);
  2. Primary source materials (with emphasis on diaries, memoirs, correspondence);
  3. Fundamental and comprehensive research;
  4. Works dealing with theory, methodology, organization and history of a topic.




  • Russian literature (1750 to 1917).
  • Soviet literature (1917 to 1991).
  • Russian literature (1991 to present).
  • Literary texts of 18th century prose fiction.


Russian intellectual history, i.e., history of ideas (including philosophy, philosophy of history and philosophy of law), history of historical writing (1700 to present).

History of Imperial Russia, stressing political, social, religious aspects (1700 to 1917, with special focus on 1917 and the beginning of the century, where we require comprehensive coverage of primary sources dealing with political, intellectual, and social aspects of the 19th and 20th centuries).

Special attention to be paid to: documentary publications dealing with political and social movements and parties as well as prominent political and public figures (e.g., bio-bibliographical dictionaries).

Soviet Union and post-Soviet Russia:

  • dissent
  • history (emphasis on political, social, and intellectual history of Soviet Russia, 1917-1991); memoirs and reference works on post-soviet Russia.
  • government
  • foreign policy and foreign relations



  1. Reprints.
  2. Translations into Russian from other languages.
  3. Unrevised new editions.
  4. Maps.
  5. Music scores.
  6. Journals and supplements to journals.
  7. Yearbooks.
  8. Popular and non-university materials.


David Jenkins
123D Hesburgh Library
(574) 631-9036