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Russian and East European Historical Newspapers


Gazety Rossii (1703 - 1917) -- searchable database, containing bibliographic descriptions of all the newspapers published on the territory of the Russian Empire (within its 1913 borders) in the Russian language, from 1703-1917 inclusively. Additionally the catalog includes newspapers published in foreign cities containing large populations of the Russian diaspora: Lviv, Chernovtsy, and Kharbin. Included also are newspapers published by military units. This new online resource should save researchers a significant amount of time in identifying newspaper titles that may be useful for their research.

Index to Russian Newspapers

Russian National Bibliography
Select Letopis' gazetnykh statei and Statii iz rossiiskikh gazet to search the weekly index of Russian newspaper articles, which has been published from 1936-present.  Together, these indicecs include thousands of bibliographic entries annually on articles from every major newspaper in the USSR and, later, in the Russian Federation.

To find other newspaper indices, conduct a subject search of the Duke library catalog or WorldCat for the following Library of Congress defined subject headings:

  • Russian newspapers -- Indexes
  • [Title of newspaper] -- Indexes, for example: Pravda (Moscow, Russia) -- Indexes 
  • [Cities] -- Periodicals -- Indexes, for example: Saint Petersburg (Russia) -- Periodicals -- Indexes

Russian Historical Newspapers

Commerical Resources (Eastview)
Institutional subscription provides annual access to a database of central and regional newspapers from Russia, Ukraine, Central Asia, Caucasus, and Baltics. Cross-searchable with Current Digest of Post-Soviet Press, Pravda, Izvestiia, and Literaturnaia gazeta,

  • Russian Central Newspapers (In Russian)
    Contains around 40 actively publishing Russian central newspapers and weekly magazines, covering the entire spectrum of domestic news, as well as the currents of Russia’s economic and cultural life.
  • Current Digest of Post-Soviet Press (in English)
    The Current Digest of the (Post-)Soviet Press was founded in 1949. Presents weekly selections of Russian-language press materials, carefully translated into English. 1949-present
  • Moscow News Digital Archive (In English)
    The oldest English-language newspaper in Russia. Date Coverage: 1930-2014
  • Pravda Digital Archive  (in Russian)
    The most widely read and referenced Russian-language news source from the Soviet era, converted from microfilm and made available online in full-text and full-image. Date Coverage: 1912-to date
  • Izvestiia Digital Archive (in Russian)
    Full-text and full-image articles of the longest-running Russian newspapers; from 1917-1991 the official organ of the Presidium of the Supreme Soviet of the USSR. Coverage: 1917-present
  • Literaturnaia gazeta (in Russian)
    Considered the most open among newspapers of the Soviet era, this former organ of the Union of Soviet Writers remains popular among the intelligentsia in today’s Russia. Coverage: 1929-1941, 1944-present.
  • Argumenty i fakty Digital Archive (in Russian)
    Popular weekly writing on all subjects in plain language. Coverage: 1983-present.

Open Access Resources