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Program: Technological Innovation and Cooperation for Foreign Information Access
Award Number: P337A020008
Grant Period: 10/01/2002 - 09/30/2005
World Area: Russia/Eastern Europe
2002:  $85,000
2003:  $85,000
2004:  $85,000
Total:  $255,000
Institution: University of Kansas
Project Director: Maria Carlson
2139 Wescoe Hall, 1445 Jayhawk Blvd.
Lawrence, Kansas 66045-7590
Tel: 7858642350
Fax: 785-864-4298
Email: mcarlson@ku.edu
The Access to Russian Archives project will create a digital database of regional and national guides to the Russian Archives. The project will digitize both the printed and handwritten guides to the approximately 105 central and regional archives in Russia. This digital database will provide the most comprehensive access to the holdings of the entire Russian archive system in one simple, user-friendly electronic format. Creation of this database will allow students and scholars from anywhere in the world to quickly and efficiently identify important archival holdings related to their research or areas of interest.

Since 1991, it has been much easier for Slavic scholars to gain access to archives. Unfortunately, even as access to the archives themselves has opened up, prospective researchers continue to face a lack of access to information about and indices of holdings of individual archives, or the ability to do comprehensive searches in all archives simultaneously. Rosarkhiv, which administers the Russian archive system, holds guides to both the central and regional archives in Russia that provide a summary of the holdings of each archive. Many of the regional guides were published in very limited runs of fewer than 500 copies and some were never published but created for in-house use only and are therefore inaccessible outside of Russia, or in some cases, even outside of the specific archive.

After the guides are digitized, the text will be marked up utilizing standardized Extensible Markup Language (XML) tagging, making the information fully searchable. The end result will be the creation of a major research tool that will literally revolutionize the way we access materials housed in Russian archives.
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Disciplines: Subjects:
Area studies
Art/art history
Foreign languages and literature
Liberal arts/general studies
Physical sciences
Political science
Religious studies
Area Studies
Interdisciplinary Studies