BIOGRAPHICAL SOURCES FOR RUSSIA

Except for the unique bibliography of biography as a discipline described at the end, this page serves as a hyper-linked outline or table of contents to the biographical resources for Russia contained in this guide. N.B. If sources fall into several categories, they are cross-referenced within the individual pages and not in this outline.

Guides to Russian Biographical Research Resources

Memoirs/Travel Writing

Russian Memoir Resources
Istoriia dorevoliutsionnoi Rossii v dnevnikakh i vospominaniiakh. Annotirovannyi ukazatel' knig i publikatsii v zhurnalakh.
Istoriia sovetskogo obshchestva v vospominaniiakh sovremennikov 1917-1957. Annotirovannyi ukazatel' memuarnoi literatury.
Sovetskoe obshchestvo v vospominaniiakh i dnevnikakh. Annotirovannyi bibliograficheskii ukazatel' knig, publikatsii v sbornikakh i zhurnalakh.
Ukazatel' vospominanii, dnevnikov i putevykh zapisok XVIII-XIX vv. (Iz fondov Otdela Rukopisei).
Vospominaniia i dnevniki XVIII-XX vv.: Ukazatel' rukopisei.
Russian Traveler Resources
Russian Travelers to the Christian East from the Twelfth to the Twentieth Century.
To Russia and Return: An Annotated Bibliography of Travelers' English-Language Accounts of Russia from the Ninth Century to the Present.
Foreign Descriptions of Muscovy: An Analytic Bibliography of Primary and Secondary Sources.
Prikliucheniia i puteshestviia: Rekomendatel'nyi ukazatel' literatury.
Russkie geografy i puteshestvenniki. Fondy arkhiva Geograficheskogo Obshchestva.

Encyclopedias for Russia

Guides to Russian Encyclopedias
Russkie entsiklopedii. Obshchie entsiklopedii. Bibliografiia i kratkie ocherki.
Terminologicheskie slovari. Bibliografiia.
Russian General Encyclopedias
Entsiklopedicheskii slovar'. + Novyi entsiklopedicheskii slovar'. aka the Brokgauz.
Entsiklopedicheskii slovar' Russkogo Bibliograficheskogo Instituta Granat.
Bol'shaia sovetskaia entsiklopediia.
Subject Encyclopedias for Russia
The Arts
Muzykal'naia entsiklopediia.
Muzykal'nyi Peterburg: Entsiklopedicheskii slovar' XVIII vek.
Teatral'naia entsiklopediia.
Russkii balet. Entsiklopediia.
Populiarnaia khudozhestvennaia entsiklopediia.
Literature
Kratkaia literaturnaia entsiklopediia.
Literaturnaia entsiklopediia.
History
The Modern Encyclopedia of Russian and Soviet History. + Supplement.= MERSH.
Morskoi entsiklopedicheskii slovar'.
Voennaia entsiklopediia.
Religion
Evreiskaia entsiklopediia: Svod znanii o evreistv i ego kul'tur v proshlom u nastoiashchem.
Polnyi pravoslavnyi bogoslovskii entsiklopedicheskii slovar'.
Khristianstvo. Entsiklopedicheskii slovar' v 3 tomakh.

Cemetery Guides and Necrologies for Russians

Russian Interments
Moskovskii nekropol'.
Peterburgskii nekropol'.
Russkii provintsial'nyi nekropol'.
Nekropol' neskolkih miest Kavkaza.
Istoricheskie kladbishcha Peterburga: Spravochnik-putevoditel'.
Vagan'kovo.
Novodevichii memorial. Nekropol' monastyria i kladbishcha.
Moskovskii nekropol'.
Voronezhskii nekropol'. Vypusk 1. Novostroiashcheesia kladbishche.
Foreign Interments
Russkii nekropol' v chuzhikh kraiakh. Vypusk 1. Parizh i ego okrestnosti.
Russkii zarubezhnyi nekropol': (1917-1967 g.g.).
Russkii nekropol' pod Parizhem.
Na pogoste XX veka.
Nezabytye mogily. Rossiiskoe zarubezh'e: nekrologi 1917-1997 v shesti tomakh.
Rossiiskie mogily na rimskom kladbishche Verano.
Kladbishcha kommun Ixelles i Uccle v Briussele. Alfavitnyi spisok russkikh zakhoronenii.
Russkie zakhoroneniia na voennom kladbishche Zeitinlik V Salonikakh.
Bibliography of Cemetery Guides
Moskovskii nekropol'. Katalog knizhno-illiustrativnoi vystavki.

Biographical Dictionaries - Interdisciplinary

Russian Biographical Dictionaries by Discipline

Biographical Sources for Russian/Soviet Literature
Russkie pisateli. 1800-1917. Biograficheskii slovar'. T. 1-4.
Russkie pisateli XX vek: Biobibliograficheskii slovar' v dvukh chastiakh.
Slovar' russkikh zarubezhnykh pisatelei.
Dictionary of Russian Women Writers.
Obzor zhizni i trudov pokoinykh russkikh pisatelei.
Slovar' psevdonimov russkikh pisatelei, uchenykh i obshchestvennykh deiatelei.
Free voices in Russian literature, 1950s-1980s. A bio-bibliographical guide.
Pisateli Udmurtii: Biobibliograficheskii spravochnik.
Biographical Sources for Russian/Soviet History
Istoriki Rossii. Kto est' kto v izuchenii otechestvennoi istorii: Biobibliograficheskii slovar'.
Kto byl kto v Velikoi Otechestvennoi voine. Liudi. Sobytiia. Fakty. Kratkii spravochnik.
Kto rukovodil NKVD 1934-1941. Spravochnik.
Russian America: A Biographical Dictionary.
Portrety istorikov. Vremia i sud'by.
Istoriki i kraevedy Moskvy. Nekropol'. Biobibliograficheskii spravochnik.
Istoriki-Slavisty SSSR. Biobibliograficheskii slovar'-spravochnik.
Istoricheskii slovar' rossiiskikh masonov XXVIII-XX vekov.
Gosudarstvennye deiateli Rossiiskoi Imperii. Glavy vysshikh i tsentral'nykh uchrezhdenii 1802-1917. Biobibliograficheskii spravochnik.
Biograficheskii spravochnik vysshikh chinov Dobrovol'cheskoi armii i Vooruzhennykh Sil Iuga Rossii. (Materialy k istorii Belogo dvizheniia).
Biographical Sources for Russian/Soviet Politics
Kto est' kto v rossiiskoi politike. (300 biografii).
Kadrovaia panorama 1998 goda. Naznacheniia, otstavki, vybory, politike.
Politicheskaia mysl' v Rossii. Slovar' personalii. (XI v.-1917 g.)
Biographical Sources for Russian/Soviet Music
Sovetskie kompozitory i muzykovedy. Spravochnik v trekh tomakh.
Ezhegodnik pamiatnykh muzykal'nykh dat i sobytii 1991. Spravochnoe posobie.
Biographical dictionary of Russian/Soviet composers.
Otechestvennye pevtsy 1750-1917. Slovar' v dvukh chastiakh.
Biographical Sources for Russian/Soviet Dance, Theater, and Film
Stsenaristy sovetskogo khudozhestvennogo kino 1917-1967. Spravochnik.
Who's Who in the Soviet Cinema. Seventy Different Portraits.
Estrada Rossii. Dvadtsatyi vek. Leksikon.
Stsenografiia 70-kh. Rekomendatel'nyi annotirovannyi ukazatel' literatury.
Ves' teatr za 75 let. Entsiklopedicheskii slovar'.
Biographical Sources for Russian/Soviet Art
A Dictionary of Russian and Soviet Artists 1420-1970.
Khudozhniki russkogo zarubezh'ia 1917-1939. Biograficheskii slovar'.
Akademiia khudozhestv XX vek. Sto imen. CD-ROM.
Arkhitektory moskovskogo moderna. Tvorcheskie portrety.
Zodchie Sankt-Peterburga XVIII vek.
Zodchie Sankt-Peterburga XIX-nachalo XX veka.
Rossiiskaia akademiia arkhitektury i stroitel'nykh nauk. Dela i liudi. Tom 1. 1992-2002.
Khudozhniki narodov SSSR. Biobibliograficheskii slovar' v shesti tomakh.
225 let Akademii khudozhestv SSSR. Katalog vystavki.
Akademii khudozhestv SSSR. 1983-1987.
Spravochnik chlenov i kandidatov v chleny Soiuza khudozhnikov SSSR po sostoianiiu na 1 iiunia 1967 goda.
Kto est' kto v sovremennom iskusstve Moskvy + Sovremennoe iskusstvo Moskvy 1995.
Kollektsionery staroi Moskvy. Illiustrirovannyi biograficheskii slovar'.
Biographical Sources for Russian/Soviet Academics and Scholars
Biobibliograficheskii slovar' otechestvennykh vostokovedov.
Slavianovedenie v dorevolitsionnoi Rossii. Biobibliograficheskii slovar'.
Slavianovedenie v SSSR: Izuchenie iuzhnykh i zapadnykh slavian: Biobibliograficheskii slovar'.
Directory of scholars in Slavic studies in Institutes of the Russian Academy of Sciences.
Biobibliograficheskii slovar' otechestvennykh tiurkologov: Dooktiabr'skii period.
400 biografii uchenykh: O serii "Nauchno-biograficheskaia literatura" 1959-1986.
Nauchnaia elita. Kto est' kto v Rossiiskoi Akademii Nauk.
Biograficheskii slovar' professorov i prepodavatelei Imperatorskago Kazanskago Universiteta (1804-1904).
Istoriko-filologicheskii fakul'tet Khar'kov skago universiteta za pervyia 100 liet ego sushchestvovaniia (1805-1905).
Imperatorskii S.Peterburgskii universitet v techenie pervykh piatidesiati liet ego sushchestvovaniia.
Biograficheskii slovar' professorov i prepodavatelei Imperatorskago S.Peterburgskago universiteta za istekshuiu tret'iu chetvert' vieka ego sushchestvovaniia (1869-1894).
Biograficheskii slovar' professorov i prepodavatelei Imperatorskago S.Peterburgskago universiteta za istekshuiu tret'iu chetvert' vieka ego sushchestvovaniia (1869-1894).
Biograficheskii slovar' professorov i prepodavatelei Imperatorskago Moskovskago universiteta za istekaiushchee stolietie, so dnia uchrezhdeniia ianvaria 12-go 1755 goda....
Professora i doktora nauk Moskovskogo gosudarstvennogo universiteta im. M.V. Lomonosova. Biograficheskii slovar'. 1997.
Uchenye-Udmurty: Biobibliograficheskii spravochnik.
Biographical Sources for Russian/Soviet Linguistics
Vostochnoslavianskie iazykovedy. Biobibliograficheskii slovar'.
Kto est' kto v sovremennoi rusistike.
Russkoe i slavianskoe iazykoznanie v Rossii serediny XVIII-XIX vv. + Russkoe i slavianskoe iazykoznanie v Rossii serediny XIX-nachala XX vv.
Biographical Sources for Religion and Philosophy in Russia
Filosofy Rossii XIX-XX stoletii (biografii, idei, trudy).
Politicheskaia mysl' v Rossii. Slovar' personalii. (XI v.-1917 g.)
Russkie pisateli emigratsii: biograficheskie svedeniia i bibliografiia ikh knig po bogosloviiu, religioznoi filosofii, tserkovnoi istorii i pravoslavnoi kul'ture. 1921-1972.
Logika. Biobibliograficheskii spravochnik. (Rossiia-SSSR-Rossiia).

Russian Archive Guides as Biographical Resources


Biographical Resources for Victims of War/Repression


Biographical Resources for Russian/Soviet Judaica

 

Biographical Resources for Russian Emigres


Bibliography of the Study of Biography

Biografika v sisteme nauk o cheloveke: Stanovlenie, etapy razvitiia i mezhdistsiplinarnyi kontekst otechestvennogo biografovedeniia. Ukazatel' literatury.
Belen'kii, I.L. Moskva: RAN, 1999. 219 p.
UIUC Call Number: Russian Reference 016.947 B411b

This unusual source is a bibliography of works about the various disciplines and issues that comprise the interdisciplinary nature of the study of biography, or biografika, as the Russians call it. Including citations for books, journal and newspaper articles, dissertations and manuscripts, the work is divided into 2 main sections: biografika issues and the interdisciplinary context of those issues. The two sections are further subdivided into more defined categories such as the history of biografika, biographical genres, biography of various professions, genealogical issues and more philosophical topics related to biografika. Although this source will not help you to find biographical information, it may be of interest to those who would like to learn more about biography as a human research endeavor.

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