The Russian Revolution of 1917

July 26, 2017

We are pleased today to host participants in “Ten months that shook the world: Russia’s revolutions in a global perspective. A workshop for Wisconsin educators” and to share with them some of the Libraries’ very strong holdings related to the events of 1917 and their aftermath.

Tsarist Russia

Древности Россійскаго государства: Дополненіе к III отдѣленію, Русскія старинныя знамена; Drevnosti Rossīĭskago gosudarstva. Москва: В Сvнодальной типографиіи, 1865. Special Collections. F541 R923 Cutter flat. Atlas v. 2, v. 4.

The Costume of the Russian Empire. London, 1803. Special Collections. Thordarson T 3048 oversize.

Bogdanovich, E. V. (Evgen ii Vasil evich), 1829 1914. Strielki imperatorskoi familii S. Peterburg: 1899. Bound in a soldier’s uniform. Special Collections. CA 5137.

Champney, Elizabeth W. (Elizabeth Williams), 1850-1922. Three Vassar Girls in Russia and Turkey. Boston: Estes and Lauriat, 1889. Special Collections. Cairns D980 C448.

McDonald, Etta Blaisdell, 1872- author. Boris in Russia. Boston: Little, Brown, and Company, 1910. 1925 edition. Special Collections. Cairns PS3525.C434 B67 1910.

World War I

Beck, James M. (James Montgomery), 1861-1936. The Evidence in the Case: an Analysis of the Diplomatic Records Submitted by England, Germany, Russia, and Belgium in the Supreme Court of Civilization, and the Conclusions Deducible as to the Moral Responsibility for the War. New York; London: G.P. Putnam’s Sons, 1914. Andrew Laurie Stangel Collection. Special Collections. CA 17439 no. 139.

Postcards about Russia and World War I. Special Collections. Stangel Collection. Postcards A 10, A 11, B gf0099, A 44, B gf 0096, A 9, B gf 0097, A 8, B gf 0095, B gf 0094, A 303.

Revolutionaries & revolution

Senn, Alfred Erich. The Revolutionary Word: a Guide to the Russian Underground Collection in Memorial Library of the University of Wisconsin-Madison. [Madison, Wis.]: The Libraries, 1987. Special Collections reference. DK265 A54262 1987.

“Iskra.” [Genève]: [publisher not identified], 1900-1905. Vol. 1. Modern orthography. Founded and edited by V.I. Lenin, Dec. 1900-Oct. 1903; by G.V. Plekhanov, Oct. 1903-Oct. 1905. Special Collections. Russian Underground I-210 1925 reprint.

Lenin, Vladimir Ilʹich, 1870-1924. K. Studenchestvu: Zadachi revoli︠u︡t︠s︡īonnoĭ Molodezhi. [Geneva?]: [publisher not identified], 1903-1905. Typescript. Lenin discusses the journals Iskra (1900-1905), Osvobozhdenie (1902-1905), and Student (1903). Special Collections. Russian Underground I-95.

Trotsky, Leon, 1879-1940. Tuda i Obratno. SPB.: Izd. “Shipovnik”, 1907. Exiles in Siberia. Special Collections. CA 8088.

Trotsky, Leon, 1879-1940. V Zashchitu Partii. S.-Peterburg: T-vo “Di͡elo”, 1907. Communism. Special Collections. CA 8087.

Lenin, Vladimir Ilʹich, 1870-1924. Razvitīe Kapitalizma v Rossīi: prot︠s︡ess obrazovanīi︠a︡ vnutrenni︠a︡go Rynka dli︠a︡ Krupnoĭ Promyshlennosti. S.-Peterburg: Knigoizdatelʹstvo “Pallada”, 1908. Special Collections. Russian Underground I-381.

Svobodnyĭ, M. Kuda Vedet Nas Lenin? Petrograd: Pechatnoe di︠e︡lo, 1917. Special Collections. Russian Underground I-169.

Communist International. Congress (1st: 1919: Moscow, Russia). Manifesto Of the Communist International; Manifesto of the First Congress of the Communist International, Held at Moscow, March 2-6, 1919. [Place of publication not identified]: [publisher not identified], 1919. Issued March 10th and signed Charles Rakovsky, N. Lenin, G. Zinoview, Leon Trotzky, Fritz Platten. Text received direct from Moscow; translated by Ida Ferguson. Special Collections. Transfer A 20110.

Appignanesi, Richard. Introducing Lenin And the Russian Revolution. Trumpington: Icon, 2000. Graphic book. Memorial Library DK265.15 A66 2000.

Postcards from the Russian Revolution. Introduction by Andrew Roberts. Oxford: Bodleian Library, 2008. Memorial Library. DK265.15 P67 2008

Also of interest: issues of Shrapnel’ = Шрапнель (1905). Digitized by the University of Wisconsin Digital Collections as part of a project to enhance access to our holdings of Russian satirical journals. Special Collections. Russian Underground XII 61/1 [probably oversize]; also XII 61 [v. 2] oversize.

Post-World War I relief efforts

American Relief Administration. (1919). Bulletin. Esp. no. 2 (15 Oct 1920), pp. 32-36, “Into Russia in [sic] behalf of starving babies.” Memorial Library. D638 U5 A18 ser 2., 1-8.

Russell, William F. (William Fletcher), 1890-1956. Schools in Siberia: One Way to Stand by Russia. Philadelphia, London: J.B. Lippincott Co., 1919. Memorial Library Cutter Collection. IK65 R91

Golder, Frank Alfred, and Lincoln Hutchinson. On the Trail of the Russian Famine. Stanford University, Calif.: Stanford University Press, 1927. Memorial Library. HC335 G57

Organization of American Relief in Europe, 1918-1919, including Negotiations Leading up to the Establishement of the Office of Director General of Relief at Paris by the Allied and Associated Powers. Stanford University, Calif.: London: Stanford University Press; H. Milford, Oxford University Press, 1943. Documents selected and edited by Suda Lorena Bane and Ralph Haswell Lutz. Memorial Library. D637 B3.

Accounts, memoirs, reflections

Various publications of the Russian Information Bureau in the U.S. Memorial Library Cutter Collection. F5466 R924. Many were written by A. J. (Arkady Joseph) Sack.

Adams, Sam N. The Forgotten Army: the Experiences of Private Sam: Vladivostok, Siberia, 1918-1919. [Place of publication not identified]: Adams, 1977. Memorial Library. D640 A22 A32

Cantacuzene, Julia, Princess, 1876-1975. Revolutionary Days; Recollections of Romanoffs and Bolsheviki, 1914-1917. Boston: Small, Maynard & company, 1919. The author is Julia Grant, granddaughter of Ulysses S. Grant. Memorial Library DK 265 K3 c. 2.

Cantacuzene, Julia, Princess, 1876-1975. Russian People; Revolutionary Recollections. New York: C. Scribner, 1920. Memorial Library DK 265 K32.

Poole, Ernest, 1880-1950. “The Dark People”, Russia’s Crisis. New York: The Macmillan Company, 1918. Memorial Library Cutter Collection. F5466 P78.

Gilbreath, Olive. Miss Amerikanka: a Story. New York; London: Harper & brothers, 1918. Special Collections. Cairns PS3513 I4318 M57 1918.

Bryant, Louise, 1885-1936. Six Red Months in Russia, an Observer’s Account of Russia before and during the Proletarian Dictatorship. New York: George H. Doran Company, 1918. Special Collections. Cairns F5466 B84.

Dorr, Rheta Childe, 1866-1948. Inside The Russian Revolution. New York: The Macmillan Company, 1917. Special Collections. Cairns F5466 D73 Cutter.

Lloyd George, David, 1863-1945. From Terror to Triumph, Soviet Labor Laws. Girard, Kan.: Appeal to Reason, 191—. Little Blue Books series. Special Collections. CA 15206 no. 67 oversize.

Ransome, Arthur, 1884-1967. Russia in 1919. New York: B.W. Huebsch, 1919. Memorial Library Cutter Collections F5466 R17. Also his The Crisis in Russia. London:G. Allen & Unwin ltd., 1921. Memorial Library Cutter Collection. F5466 R17 C.

Price, M. Philips (Morgan Philips), 1885-1973. The Soviet, the Terror and Intervention. Brooklyn, N.Y.: Socialist Publication Society, 1918. Memorial Library Cutter Collection. F5466 P93 S.

Power, Rhoda D. Under Cossack & Bolshevik. London: Methuen & Co., ltd., 1919. Memorial Library Cutter Collection F5466 P87.

Bryant, Louise, 1885-1936. Mirrors of Moscow. New York: T. Seltzer, 1923. Including essays about Lenin, Trotsky, etc.; also women’s movement. Special Collections. Cairns F5466 B84 M.

Wells, H. G. (Herbert George), 1866-1946. Russia in the Shadows. London: Hodder and Stoughton limited, 1920. Memorial Library. DK265 W37.

Wells, H. G. (Herbert George), 1866-1946. Россія во мглѣ [Russia in the shadows. Russian.] Софія: Россійско-болгарское кн-во, 1921. Memorial Library. DK265 W3715 1921. More information about this item in : Russia Beyond Russia: The André Savine Digital Library.

Price, M. Philips (Morgan Philips), 1885-1973. My Reminiscences of the Russian Revolution. London:G. Allen & Unwin, ltd., 1921. Memorial Library Cutter Collection. F5466 P93 M.

Williams, Albert Rhys, 1883-1962. Through the Russian Revolution. New York:Boni and Liveright, 1921. Memorial Library DK265 W46.

Porter, Anna. A Moscow Diary. Chicago: Charles H. Kerr, 1926. Special Collections. Cairns DK601.2 P67 1926.

Goldman, Emma, 1869-1940. My Disillusionment in Russia. Garden City, N.Y.: Doubleday, Page & Co., 1923. Special Collections. Cairns DK 265 G43.

Goldman, Emma, 1869-1940. My Further Disillusionment in Russia. Garden City, N.Y.: Doubleday, Page & Co., 1924. Special Collections. Cairns DK265 G44 1924.

Dreiser, Theodore, 1871-1945. Dreiser Looks at Russia. New York: H. Liveright, 1928. Special Collections 20th Century Dreiser. Also Memorial Library DK267 D7. Dreiser was initially invited to Moscow for a week-long observance of the tenth anniversary of the October Revolution. He asked, and was granted, permission to make a extended tour of the country.

Aksenov, Vasiliĭ, 1932-2009. The island of Crimea [Ostrov Krym. English]. Translated from the Russian by Michael W. Heim. 1st ed. New York: Random House, 1983. Memorial Library. PG3478 K7 O813 1983.

Karasik, Mikhail, 1953-. Pasport Grazhdanina Soi͡uza Sovetskikh Sot͡sialisticheskikh Respublik Karasik Mikhail Semenovich XX-MK No 270353. [St. Petersburg]: [M.K. Publishers], 2001. An oversize mock-up of a red Soviet passport. Special Collections Private Press. Press Karasik.

Music of the Revolution and the Soviet Period

Menashe, Louis editor. History of the Soviet Union in Ballad and Song: Vol. 1, Songs of the Revolution & the Civil War. New York City: Folkways Records, 1964. Audio recording. Music Library. Control LP — ask staff for assistance AFV0434. Also available as streaming audio through Smithsonian Global Sound – see .

Fairclough, Pauline. Classics For the Masses: Shaping Soviet Musical Identity under Lenin and Stalin. New Haven: Yale University Press, 2016. Music Library. ML300 .F35 2016.


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For more information about the Libraries’ Russian holdings, please contact Andy Spencer — Slavic, East European, Middle Eastern & Central Asian Studies Librarian in Memorial Library (, 608-262-0343).