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The Slavic and East European Materials Project (SEEMP) acquires copies of unique, rare, and unusually bulky or expensive research material pertaining to the field of Slavic and East European studies; and preserves deteriorating printed and manuscript materials of scholarly value.

Geographic areas of interest include the countries of Eastern and Central Europe (Albania, Belarus, Bulgaria, Bosnia and Hercegovina, Croatia, Czech Republic, Estonia, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Republic of Macedonia, Moldova, Poland, Romania, Serbia and Montenegro, Slovakia, Slovenia, Ukraine), Russia, the Transcaucasian countries (Armenia, Azerbaijan, Georgia), and the Central Asian countries that were formerly part of the Soviet Union (Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan).

The Collection

SEEMP has focused the majority of its attention on acquiring and filming regional newspapers, both contemporary and historical. SEEMP has also filmed a collection of books, periodicals, and pamphlets produced and published by Ukrainian Displaced Persons. Another collection of note includes rare and unique pamphlets (1925–40) in the Yakut, Kumyk, and Chuvash languages of the former Soviet Union.

See the Collections section of this site for more details on these and other projects.

Access to Materials

All of SEEMP’s cataloged holdings are recorded in the OCLC database and in CRL’s online catalog. Both SEEMP members and institutional members of CRL may borrow material purchased by SEEMP.

In addition to borrowing materials, subscribers may purchase for their own use a positive copy of any negative microfilm acquired by the project for which there are no copyright restrictions.

Governance

SEEMP membership consists of institutions interested in Eastern Europe and the former Soviet Union who agree to subscribe to one of the membership categories. SEEMP is governed by a committee composed of the representatives of each full member institution. The committee meets once a year, usually in conjunction with the annual meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of Slavic Studies. Ballots are also cast by e-mail throughout the year.

Some SEEMP microfilm is available for purchase. For more information, see Microform Sales.

For questions or information about SEEMP, contact simon [at] crl [dot] edu (James Simon).

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