Soviet Information Bureau Photograph Collection

These 6,000 black and white photos were intended to document the reconstruction of the Soviet Union following World War II.
Participants of the executive committee of the World Federation of Trade Unions in Moscow dance the Yugoslav Kolo on the Moscow-Volga Canal.
Soviet Information Bureau Photograph Collection, Fung Library

Intended to document the reconstruction of the Soviet Union following World War II, these 6,000 black and white photos provide a visual record of daily life, culture, and news at the start of the Cold War.

Match between chess masters G. Lisitsyn and M. Taimanov in the Leningrad city chess title tournament.
Match between G. Lisitsyn and M. Taimanov in the Leningrad city chess title tournament.
Soviet Information Bureau Photograph Collection, Fung Library

Most of the photographs in the collection were taken by photographers working for the Soviet Information Bureau, the main propaganda arm of the Soviet state during World War II. The collection includes photos taken by notable photographers such as Evgeny Khaldey, Georgy Zelma, Arkady Shaykhet, Yakov Khalip, and Max Penson.

Subjects range from famous people, such as Joseph Stalin and Dmitriĭ Shostakovich, to ordinary people from all parts of the Soviet Union, including non-Russian speaking republics.

Images of historical interest depict:

  • the Battle of Stalingrad
  • post-World War II demobilization and reconstruction
  • Nazi war crimes trials in both Nuremberg and the Soviet Union
  • Victory Day parades on Red Square
  • Stalin’s 70th birthday celebration
  • Communist Party leaders
  • state visits by Field Marshal Montgomery, Lady Churchill, Iranian Princess Ashraf Pehlevi, Marshal Tito and others

Accessing These Materials

The photos in this collection are currently being digitized and will eventually be available via HOLLIS Images.

Original images in the collection are available for in-library use. Contact the Fung Library for access.

Contact

Svetlana Rukhelman