At the heart of the Pushkin Center is the Pushkin Collection, a library presently containing more than 8000 individually catalogued journal articles, monographs and collections of articles about Pushkin, and editions and book-form translations. The collection, accumulated over more than forty years by Professor J. Thomas Shaw to assist in his own and his students’ research, is outstanding for the comprehensiveness of its holdings of periodical publications on Pushkin, and of individual articles published in books of scholarly journals. It is a gift to the University of Wisconsin. Various items in the collection — books and microfilms (which have been photocopied for reading in regular printed form) — have been received from the Pushkin Group at Pushkin House, St. Petersburg, Russia. New materials are continually being acquired through use of listings in scholarly bibliographical publications, such as the MLA International Bibliography, and through ongoing cooperation with Pushkin House; and systematic efforts are made to discover and fill lacunae of older materials. Though the catalogue is in no sense a bibliography, it has proved to be an important tool for anyone beginning a working bibliography on a particular Pushkin research subject.
Catalogued items include:
- Individual books and articles from journals
- Contents of important Russian serial publications on Pushkin
- Single-author and multi-author collections on Pushkin.
- Prime research editions of Pushkin
- Various translations in book form
- Pushkin aids (e.g. Slovar’ jazyka Pushkina, Pushkin: A Dictionary of Rhymes, Putevoditel’ po Pushkinu)
The Pushkin Collection is of works directly by or on Pushkin, not for accumulation of Pushkiniana as such, but for the purpose of making immediately available the publications directly needed for research on Pushkin’s works (with somewhat lesser interest in Pushkin the person).Collection holdings are not loaned out; items my be removed only for immediate photocopying within the same building.