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Russian Newspapers Published in the United States

Bibliographies, Reading Materials, and Online Catalogs for Diaspora Newspapers

Image of Russkoe slovo masthead from 1918
An issue in the LC collection of Russkoe slovo with a mailing label for Prof. B.A. Bakhmeteff, Russian Ambassador, Washington, D.C., dated June 4, 1918. Library of Congress Serial & Government Publications Division.

To learn more about ethnic newspaper publishing in the United States, including newspapers in the Russian language, consult some of the books annotated below. Some items contain bibliographic lists, whereas other sources are better for context than for bibliography.

Also annotated below are the print and online sources that were used to verify bibliographic information for Russian diaspora newspapers. The first source consulted is the Library of Congress Online Catalog, but printed bibliographies also are extremely useful, because émigré publications historically have been difficult to track. Titles may not have been included in traditional national bibliographic sources from the countries in which they are published for various reasons. They were produced by populations of exiles or non-citizens who were not fully included or opted not to participate in the general publishing and library arenas. Often, because the language of publication was different from the main language of a particular country, such publications were overlooked by compilers of standard bibliographic tools. A further complication is that periodicals changed places of publication, merged with other titles, or split into two different titles. Since the bibliographic control was not thorough at the time of publication, and many titles were short-lived and considered ephemeral, library collections and subsequent collection-based bibliographies are insufficient. All of these situations pertain to Russian newspapers in the United States from the 19th century to the present day.

The most comprehensive print bibliography on this topic is the first title listed below, Svodnyi katalog periodicheskikh i prodolzhaiushchikhsia izdanii russkogo zarubezh'ia v bibliotekakh Moskvy (1917-1996 gg.), by A.I. Bardeeva. It is important to keep in mind that no bibliography of émigré periodicals is complete. The titles below link to fuller bibliographic information in the Library of Congress Online Catalog. Links to electronic versions are provided when available.

Printed Books, Bibliographies and Articles

Online Bibliographies

Recommended Online Catalogs

Image of Russkie novosti masthead from 1893
An issue in the LC collection of Russkie novosti dated January 8, 1893. Library of Congress Serial & Government Publications Division.