Ada Booth Slavic Collection

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Ada Booth Slavic Collection

The Ada Booth Slavic Collection is home to the Library’s extensive holdings in Ukrainian, Russian, and other Slavic and Eastern European languages. The collection was established in 2011 thanks to a benefaction from the will of the late Ada Phyllis Booth (1921-2008), physicist and lecturer at the University of Melbourne with a lifelong interest in Slavic Studies, left-wing politics and European history. This generous gift has enabled the Library to build a world-leading Slavic language collection that integrates the Library's Slavic language materials acquired in the last decades, the development of an Ada Booth Rare Collection, and the large collection of Slavic language books from the estate of Ada Booth.

Collection areas

The items held in the Ada Booth Slavic Collection are a broad representation of Slavic, Eastern European and Eurasian Studies. The collection reflects the current areas of research and teaching at the University with a particular focus on modern and contemporary literature, history, politics, international relations, social studies and arts. A strong focus in collection development is on Slavic Australiana, Soviet studies, migrant and diaspora literature and culture.

Ukrainian Collection

The Ada Booth Slavic Collection is home to the leading academic Ukrainian collection in Australia. This is the fastest growing area of the collection with a very broad focus reflecting the many aspects of the country's dynamic history and rich culture from its beginnings to present day areas of study. The Ada Booth Librarian is collaborating closely with the Mykola Zerov Centre for Ukrainian studies at Monash University to ensure the high quality and relevance of the collection for students and researchers in Ukrainian Studies.

Russian and Soviet Studies

A significant part of the collection holds materials on history and culture of the Soviet Union and contemporary Russia. It contains extensive materials on communism and socialism, Avant-garde, literature and arts, Soviet cinema, and Political Studies.

Slavic Australiana

The Library actively collects materials and resources relating to Slavic-Australian history and culture, as well as examples of Slavic, Eastern European and Eurasian inspirations and influences on Australian history, politics, and culture. Many of these items were kindly donated to the Library by members of the community:

  • publications related to Slavic, Eastern European and Eurasian Studies
  • Australian diaspora and Émigré publications, including community newspapers, periodicals, monographs and ephemeral material
  • Australian music scores and recordings by artists of Slavic and Eastern European descent, or inspired by Slavic and Eastern European culture

Electronic Resources

The Library provides access to a great number of eBooks and electronic databases pertaining to Slavic, Eastern European and Eurasian Studies, funded by the Ada Booth Benefaction. These resources include:

  • East View Universal Databases (East View)
  • Pravda Digital Archive 1912 - 2009 (East View)
    - Moscow News Digital Archive (East View)
  • Socialism on Film (Adam Matthew)
  • Stalin Digital Archive (Yale University Press and the Russian State Archive of Social and Political History)
  • American bibliography of Slavic and East European studies (EBSCO

A full list of databases for Slavic and Eastern European Studies is available on the Databases by Subject Library Guide.


The Ada Booth Slavic Collection is located at the Matheson Library, Clayton campus.