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Harvard Project on the Soviet Social System

Transcripts and notes from interviews with Soviet refugees in the early Cold War era.

The Harvard Project on the Soviet Social System consists of summary transcripts and working notes from more than 700 interviews conducted with refugees from the Soviet Union during the early years of the Cold War.

A unique source for the study of Soviet society between 1917 and the mid-1940s, the collection includes vast amounts of one-of-a-kind data on political, economic, social and cultural conditions.

The project was compiled in English and organized according to a rigorous social science framework, making it accessible to a broad range of students and scholars.

Accessing These Materials

Much of the collection has been digitized. The online collection includes page images of the original documents, as well as transcriptions that can be searched using keywords to find material on topics of interest.

Users may also request to view the original transcript reports in hard copy or on microform.

These collections do not circulate, but special arrangements can be made for teaching and research purposes. Please contact the Fung Library for access.