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Yudin Collection at the Library of Congress: A Resource Guide

History of the Yudin Collection at the Library of Congress

Frances Benjamin Johnston, photographer. Herbert Putnam, three-quarter-length portrait, standing, facing left, in library, holding book. ca. 1900. Library of Congress Prints & Photographs Division.

The Library of Congress initially learned about Yudin's collection through an advertisement placed by Yudin in The Washington Post in 1903. In 1902 the Library of Congress had hired a Russian émigré, Alexis Babine, to work as a specialist in Slavic literature. Due to his language and cultural expertise, Babine was instrumental in negotiating the acquisition of the Yudin collection in 1906.

When the collection arrived at the Library of Congress in early 1907, Herbert Putman, the Librarian of Congress at the time, remarked it was the year's most significant acquisition. The acquisition also caught the attention of then President Theodore Roosevelt, who echoed Putnam's sentiment. Below are resources on the acquisition of the Yudin collection by the Library of Congress, including primary sources related to Alexis Babine. Also listed are resources on the history of the Yudin collection since its acquisition by the Library of Congress.

The following titles link to fuller bibliographic information in the Library of Congress Online Catalog. Links to additional online content are included when available.

The subscription resources marked with a padlock are available to researchers on-site at the Library of Congress. If you are unable to visit the Library, you may be able to access these resources through your local public or academic library.

Resources on the Library's Acquisition of the Yudin Collection

Resources on the History of the Yudin Collection at the Library

Resources on Alexis Babine