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Abstract

In the mid-1970s, the Center for the Study of New Russian Literature in the Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures at UMass Amherst began collecting the self-published and underground literature of the Soviet Union as a means of documenting social and political dissent in the Communist state.

The Samizdat collection includes writings in several genres -- chiefly fiction, poetry, drama, and literary, social, and political criticism -- in handwritten, photocopied, and printed form, as well as photos, a passport application for Mikhail Baryshnikov, and memorabilia from an American production of one of the plays in the collection.

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English
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Samizdat Collection
1955-1983
12 boxes (6 linear ft.)
Call no.: MS 404
Historical Note

With the formal publishing houses and mimeograph and xerographic machines controlled by the state in the Soviet Union, dissident literature circulated in manuscript form, copied over and over by hand or typewriter. Despite these difficulties, samizdat (literally self-published) writing flourished in the 1970s and 1980s and exerted a significant cultural and political influence. Although individual works migrated to the west, often with the exiled writers themselves, very little was ever formally published due to the relatively limited market and low potential for profit.

In the mid-1970s, the Center for the Study of New Russian Literature in the Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures at UMass Amherst began collecting samizdat to document political and social dissent in the Soviet Union. Laszlo M. Tikos, Head of the Department, established the Center both to create an archive of the New Russian literature and a place for its systematic study.

Scope and Contents of the Collection

Writings by Russian dissident authors in many genres (chiefly fiction, poetry, drama, and literary, social, and political criticism) in handwritten, photocopied, and printed form (printed versions were made in the United States, West Germany, Spain and Argentina), all unpublished in the Soviet Union; also photos, a passport application for Mikhail Baryshnikov, and memorabilia from an American production of one of the plays in the collection.

Organization of the Collection
Collection inventory
Series 1. Literature

Dremluga, Vladimir: Sveditel' stva Protsessa

Box 1: 1
Dremluga, Vladimir: Sviatyna

Box 1: 2
Dremluga, Vladimir: Deviatyi Etazh Okhraniaiot

Box 1: 3
Gornyi, Vladimir: Palachi evo Master

Box 1: 4-13
Ingul, V.: V Puti

Box 1: 14
Friazino, Dorogatsev Iz: Shakespeare Sonnets

Box 1: 15
Friazino, Dorogatsev Iz: Skazka o Zhizni shekspira

Box 1: 16
Bokshtein, Ilya: Stikhi

Box 1: 17
Alnikin, Nikolai: Rifmovannye Konchiki

Box 1: 18
Alnikin, Nikolai: Spolokh

Box 1: 19
Aranzon, Leonid: Poems

Box 1: 20
Khalif, Lev: Tse, de, el

Box 1: 21-24
Kholin, I.: S. Minusom Edinitsa

Box 1: 25-27
Khudiakov, Genrikh: Koktesel'

Box 1: 28
Khudiakov, Genrikh: Komentarii/Avtograf

Box 1: 29
Khudiakov, Genrikh: Laertid

Box 1: 30
Khudiakov, Genrikh: Laertid/Primechaniia K Poeme Laertid

Box 2: 31
Khudiakov, Genrikh: Russian/English poems

Box 2: 32
Khudiakov, Genrikh: Ss Tt Ii KHkh

Box 2: 33
Khudiakov, Genrikh: Toska po Rodine

Box 2: 34
Khvostenko, A.: Toska po Rodine Verny"

Box 2: 35
Khvostenko, A.: Performance of Emergency Exit, 1979

Box 2: 35A
Kovshin, V.: Kolba Sveta

Box 2: 36
Kuklovskaia, Elizaveta: Byloe

Box 2: 37
Kuklovskaia, Elizaveta: Metel'

Box 2: 38
Kuklovskaia, Elizaveta: Skazki

Box 2: 39
Kuklovskaia, Elizaveta: Skauty

Box 2: 40
Limonov, Eduard: Avtoportret S Elenoi

Box 2: 41
Limonov, Eduard: Various poems

Box 2: 42
Malov, W.: Ot Kaaina K Hristu

Box 2: 43
Mamleev, Yuri: The Last Trace of Spinoza

Box 2: 44
Mamleev, Yuri: Kovor-Samolet

Box 2: 45
Mamleev, Yuri: Village Life

Box 2: 46
Mamleev, Yuri: Vstuplenie/Vobok

Box 2: 47
Mamleev, Yuri: Zhenikh

Box 2: 48
Mariia: Dlia chevo miy jivem na svete

Box 2: 49
Miatlev, I.: Ukrainskaia Epopeia

Box 2: 50
Miroliubov, Yuri: Babushkin Sunduk

Box 2: 51
Miroliubov, Yuri: Rodina Mat'

Box 2: 52
Moll, Viktor: Virshi

Box 3: 53
Monastyrskii, Andrei: Sochinenie 73-ovo Goda

Box 3: 54
Monastyrskii, Andrei: Stalin-stixotvoreniya

Box 3: 55
Monastyrskii, Andrei: Punktirnaya Kompozitskiya S Risunkami

Box 3: 56
Paley, Peter N.: Povesti dnei voennikh 1941-1945: Rodin

Box 3: 57
Perelshin, Valerii: Poema Bez Predmata

Box 3: 58-61
Romer, Victoria: Poems

Box 3: 62
Savinskii, Viktor: Na severnom dontse v nachale Veka

Box 3: 63
Savinskii, Viktor: Pobezhdaiushchaia

Box 3: 64
Shchapova, Elena: Stikhotvoreniia

Box 3: 65
Shchetinskii: Tiazhest'

Box 4: 66-75
Volokhonskii, Anri: Zapasnoi vykhod

Box 4: 76-78
Staritsky, Maria: Sbornik obsheupotrebitel' novo Vyrazhenii

Box 4: 79
Bakhchanian, Vagrich: 1968-1974

Box 4: 80
Tetenov, Nikolai: Pamphlets

Box 4: 81
Altman, Moses: The Undying Swan

Box 4: 82
Miroliubov, Yuri: Prabkino uchenie

Box 4: 83
Kuklouskaia, Elizaveta: Liricheskie stikhi

Box 5: 84
Saptir, Genrikh: Stikhi raznikh let,

Box 5: 85
Saptir, Genrikh: Molchanie

Box 5: 86
Erofeev, Benedikt: Moskua-petushki

Box 5: 87
Bodak, Rostislav: Poems, plays, essays, 1970-1976

Box 5: 88-90
Paley, Peter N.: Povesti dnei voennikh 1941-1945

Box 5: 91-92
Gresserov, P.S.: Ot troiki do samoleta-chast'

Box 6-7: 93-102
Gresserov, P.S.: Ot troiki do samoleta-Epilog

Box 6-7: 103
Paley, Peter N.: Povesti dnei voennikh 1941-1945: Zolushka iz Kieva

Box 8: 104
Len, Vladislav. : Inokhodets Misha Baryshnikov. Application for a passport, Mikhail Baryshnikov
1973
Box 8: 105
Len, Vladislav: Avtobiografiia

Box 8: 106
Len, Vladislav: Obereutiana. Moskva, 1974

Box 8: 107
Len, Vladislav: Vozhestvenne stikhi. Moskva, 1972

Box 8: 108
Len, Vladislav: Kniga poslanii. Moskva, 1976

Box 8: 109
Len, Vladislav: Kniga poslanii. Moskva, 1976 B" (play) Moskva, 1970

Box 8: 110
Mamonova, Tatyana: Stikhi (Leningrad, 1978)

Box 8: 111
Mamonova, Tatyana: (Stikhi, 1977)

Box 8: 112
Chasy; Almanakh: (microfilm strips)

Box 8: 112a
Series 2. Literary Criticism

Smith, G.S.: Modern Russian Underground Song

Box 9: 113
Erofeev, Benedikt: Vasilii rozanov

Box 9: 114
Korn, Aleksandr: Vsemipno-prostornaia vechnost, Moskva, 1978

Box 9: 115
Series 3. Social and Political Criticism in Current Events

Zwarun, A.A.: International Sakharov Hearing. Eng. ed.

Box 9: 116
Zwarun, A.A.: International Sakharov Hearing. Russian

Box 9: 117
Belonol'skii, A.: International Sakharov Hearing. Russian na Fone Proshlovo Rossii SSR"

Box 9: 118
Cahiers du samizdat

Box 9: 119
Contemporary soviet law

Box 9: 120
Evangel' skoe slovo

Box 9: 121
Index on censorship, 3/74

Box 9: 122
Suslov, Aleksandr: Plakun gorod, part 1

Box 10: 124
Suslov, Aleksandr: Plakun gorod, part 2

Box 10: 125
Suslov, Aleksandr: Rasskazy

Box 10: 126
Committee to Help: Aleksei Khvostenko

Box 10: 127
Marko, Kurt: Aleksei Khvostenko The Case of Leonid Plyushch"

Box 10: 128
Osteuropa, 10/75

Box 10: 129
Otradin, N.: Poputnye Zametki

Box 10: 130
Pyatnitskii, V.: Svoboda est' Svoboda

Box 10: 131
Savinskii, Viktor: Dlia Lektika Sovremennosti

Box 10: 132
Savinskii, Viktor: Raznyshleniya o polozhenii religii

Box 10: 133
Solzhenitsyn, Aleksandr: Schlesinger and Kissinger

Box 10: 134
Wischnewskaja, Julia: V.N. Voinovich

Box 10: 135
Series 4. Bibliography

Miroliubov, U.P.: Bibliography

Box 10: 136
Pereleshin, Valerii: Polnaya bibliografiya

Box 10: 137
Pereleshin, Valerii: Polynaya bibliografiya c Kitai-skovo

Box 10: 138
Administrative information
Provenance

Acquired from Laszlo Tikos, 1975 and later.

Related Material

See also the Basia Jakubowska-Schlatner Solidarity Collection and the Michael Bernhard Solidarity Collection (MS 575) for Polish underground literature.

Processing Information

Processed by SCUA staff.

Acknowledgments

Encoding funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

Copyright and Use (More informationConnect to publication information)

Cite as: Samizdat Collection (MS 404). Special Collections and University Archives, University of Massachusetts Amherst Libraries.

Search terms
Subjects
  • Underground literature--Soviet Union.
  • Writers--Soviet Union.
Names
  • Dremluga, Vladimir.
  • Khudiakov, Genrikh.
  • Kuklovskaia, Elizaveta.
  • Len, Vladislav.
  • Mamleev, Yuri.
  • Mamonova, Tatyana.
  • Miroliubov, Yuri.
  • Monastyrskii, Andrei.
  • Suslov, Aleksandr.