Russian History Collection
The acquisition of Slavic and East European materials provides general support for a wide range of studies. UNC-Chapel Hill has a sizable Russian history collection, especially in the 18th and 19th centuries. Special efforts have been made to acquire reference materials, primary sources, and periodicals in this area. Among the more important acquisitions are a complete run of Polnoe sobranie zakonov (together with much of Svod zakonov), Sbornik Imperatorskogo russkogo istoricheskogo obshchestva, many ministerial histories (including all fifty-five volumes of Stoletie Voennogo ministerstva). Professor Samuel Baron's generous donation of 198 volumes of Chteniia obshchestva istorii i drevnostei rossiiskikh (Moscow University) made the library's set of this publication nearly complete. Comprehensive collection development in the area of contemporary Russian history began in 1987. Currently we have strong retrospective and current holdings in that area. Acquisition of the André Savine Collection of materials on the post-1917 Russian emigration considerably enhanced the Library's holdings of Russian émigré materials. The library also holds a number of large Microform Collections in Slavic and East European area studies.
Czech and Slovak Collection
The Czech and Slovak holdings are second only to the Russian language materials. The UNC-Chapel Hill Czech and Slovak collection ranks sixth or seventh in the nation, and has its particular strength in modern history. The holdings include multi-volume collections of laws and ordinances relevant to the Czech lands and Slovakia, parliamentary debates, census data, and materials published by the Royal Bohemian Society of Sciences and by Czech, Slovak, and Czechoslovak academies, universities and colleges.
Journals relating to Czech and Slovak history are widely held. UNC-Chapel Hill also has a comprehensive collection of Czech and Slovak belles-lettres, including publications of the Nobel Prize laureate Jaroslav Seifert (1901-1985), originally published in samizdat, and other
samizdat publications. The library also has a number of large Microform Collections in
Slavic and East European area studies.
The UNC-Chapel Hill Library does not develop its collection of Polish imprints on a comprehensive level. According to the cooperative collection development agreement with Duke and UVA, Duke University is responsible for building a comprehensive collection in this area. However, the UNC-Chapel Hill Library has a sizable collection of Polish materials comprising over 20,000 volumes. It includes major reference works, dictionaries, selective belles-lettres, poetry, and literary criticism. In the areas of History, Economics, and Political Science, the Library holds only major publications. For more comprehensive holdings please see the Duke University Library Catalog.
South Slavic Collection
UNC-Chapel Hill South Slavic holdings are especially strong in Serbian and Croatian literatures and linguistics. There is equal emphasis on classic and contemporary literature, resulting in collected works of all important authors, notably those of the Nobel Prize winner Ivo Andric (1892-1975). The holdings include sizable runs of literary magazines, among them the oldest continuous literary journal in the world, Letopis Matice srpske. Adequate holdings are also available in Slovenian, Macedonian and Bulgarian literatures. For further information see Cooperative Collection Development.