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.
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.
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. Shaped by Ukrainian Studies taught at Monash, which was the only university in Australia to offer Ukrainian Studies, the collection aims to represent historical and contemporary research encompassing the wider Ukrainian Studies community.
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.
In partnership with East View Information Services, the Ada Booth Benefaction funded the digitisation of the entire print run of Sovetskoe Zdravookhranenie (Soviet Healthcare) Digital Archive, and has been made available as Open Access to researchers globally.
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
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:
- American Bibliography of Slavic and East European studies (EBSCO)
- Central and Eastern European Online Library [CEEOL]
- East View Universal Databases (East View)
- Pravda Digital Archive 1912 - 2009
- Moscow News Digital Archive
- Soviet Women Digital Archive
- Ogonek Digital Archive
- Voprosy Istorii Digital Archive
- Current Digest of the Russian Press
- Donetsk and Luhansk Newspaper Collection
- Various Social Movements, Elections, Ephemera from East European and Eurasian countries (1991-2019)
- Socialism on Film (Adam Matthew)
- Stalin Digital Archive (Yale University Press and the Russian State Archive of Social and Political History)
See our full list of databases for Slavic and Eastern European Studies.