Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences

Travel Report: Mark Grueter, History

April 16, 2014

Mark Grueter, a PhD candidate in History, received a Graduate International Research Travel Award to further his research in the United States. His report:

I recently traveled to New York City and Washington, D.C. to access library and archival collections that hold newspapers and other primary source materials relevant for my dissertation research on Russian anarchist networks in North America, 1911-1920. By the end of my trip to the US, I was in possession of the vast majority of documents needed to complete my research. I spent time at New York University, the New York Public Library, and the Library of Congress, while meeting and working with librarians and other professionals from these institutions.

In addition to reviewing material in the Tamiment labour archives of New York University, I met with NYU’s Slavic librarian, Diana Greene, who has taken an interest in my work, suggesting possible research approaches, while helping me locate key primary source texts. Establishing contact with an experienced Slavic librarian and specialist has proven to be an invaluable resource for me.

The New York Public Library holds several Russian anarchist newspapers that are critical for my study and are not available anywhere else in the world. Since the NYPL does not lend out this material, an in-person visit became necessary, and the trip has now enabled me to carry out my dissertation work.

At the Library of Congress, I obtained additional newspaper files and also searched the library’s extensive Paul Avrich Collection of anarchist publications and manuscripts. While the Avrich Collection did not produce any materials useful for my research, it was important for me to search through this archive, as Avrich was the leading historian on Russian anarchism, and his published work serves in many respects as the foundation upon which my research project is built. 


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