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Project for the Study of Dissidence and Samizdat

By Ann Komaromi

The Electronic Archive “Project for the Study of Dissidence and Samizdat” (PSDS) includes the database of Soviet samizdat periodicals, electronic editions of selected samizdat journals, illustrated timelines of dissident movements, and interviews with activists. The Project aims to make rare materials more widely available and to provoke questions about the trajectories of groups and individuals within the varied field of Soviet dissidence and nonconformist culture.

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Contributors to this Electronic Archive include:

MEMORIAL: An International Historical, Educational, Human Rights And Charitable Society. See their research program for the “History of Dissidence in the Soviet Union” .

Forschungsstelle Osteuropa, the Research Centre for East European Studies.

“Reading Habits and Dissent during the Period of Stagnation in the Soviet Union, 1960s-1980s” , a project of Josephine von Zitzewitz and Gennady Kuzovkin.

The Yuli Kosharovsky Collection, Jerusalem, Israel.

The Association Remember and Save, Archive of the Jewish Aliya Movement in the Soviet Union. Haifa, Israel.

The Petro Jacyk Resource Centre at the University of Toronto includes the Igor Belousovitch Collection of Samizdat and Independent Press. See also the description of Czech & Slovak collections including samizdat and materials about dissidence.

St. Petersburg Memorial , Information and Research Centre.

IS[R]A , International Samizdat [Research] Association.

Related Sites of Interest include:

The Andrei Belyi Center hosts a Samizdat Archive with issues of «Часы» (The Clock), «Архив» (Archive), and others.

A searchable edition of Вести из СССР (News Brief USSR).

An electronic English edition of A Chronicle of Current Events (Хроника текущих событий).

The Virtual Museum of the Gulag , a project of the St. Petersburg Memorial , Information and Research Centre.

«Антология самиздата» Anthology of Samizdat, ed. V.V. Igrunov (Moscow, 2005), vols. 1-3.

The Bukovsky Archives with a section on "The CPSU and the Suppression of Dissent."

The Digital history project “Gulag: Many Days, Many Lives” at George Mason University, working with the Gulag Museum at Perm 36 and the International Memorial Society.