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.

Access

The collection is open for research.

Language:

English
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photocopied, and printed form (printed versions were made in the United States, West Germany, Spain and Argentina), all unpublished in the Soviet Union; also photos, a passport application for Mikhail Baryshnikov, and memorabilia from an American production of one of the plays in the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.