The Post-Soviet Nationalities Collection


Columbia holds outstanding―and growing―collections of published materials in the indigenous languages of Central Asia, the Caucasus, and the minority peoples of the Russian Federation.  Built initially under the guidance of the late Edward Allworth, the collection today consists of almost  33,000 monographs as well as extensive periodical literature and numerous newspapers on microfilm, in sixty of the Indo-European, Uralic-Altaic, Transcaucasian, and Palæo-Siberian languages of the former Soviet Union―from Abazin to Yakut.   Professor Allworth felt that research into the artistic, cultural, linguistic, social and political affairs and accomplishments of these peoples required access to original sources in indigenous languages. 

Edward Allworth, 1920-2016

To locate older titles in a particular language in CLIO, in the search dialogue box, type: offsite plus the three or four-digit langauge code from the list below.

Language Name CLIO Prefix Title Count
Abazin ABAZ 44
Abkhaz ABKH 195
Adigey ADIG 167
Altai ALTA 109
Avar AVAR 78
Azerbaijani (Azeri) AZER 3,587
Balkar BALK 166
Bashkir BASH 813
Buriat BURI 110
Chechen CHEC 143
Cherkess CIRC 63
Chukchi CHUK 6
Chuvash CHUV 479
Crimean Tatar CRIM 90
Dargwa DARG 53
Dido DIDO 1
Dungan DUNG 14
Even EVEN 6
Evenki EVNK 8
Gagauz GAGA 17
Georgian GEOR 4021
Gilyak GILY 2
Ingush INGU 58
Kabardian KABA 257
Kalmyk KALM 158
Kamchadal ITEL 2
Karachai KARC 79
Karaim KARM 2
Karakalpak KARK 159
Kazakh KAZA 3940
Language Name CLIO Prefix Title Count
Khakass KHAK 43
Khanty KHAN 9
Komi KOMI 208
Kumyk KUMY 63
Kurdish* KURD 2,201
Kyrgyz KIRG 2333
Lak LAK 36
Lezgian LEZG 70
Mansi MANS 4
Mari (Cheremis) MARI 314
Mongolian* MONG 1318
Mordvin MORD 144
Nanai NANA 5
Nenets NENE 1
Nogai NOGA 53
Oirat OIR 72
Ossetic OSSE 414
Rutul RUTU 1
Shor SHOR 3
Tabasaran TABA 13
Tajik TAJI 2,345
Turkmen TURK 1,419
Tuvan TUVA 233
Udmurt (Votyak) UDMU 139
Uighur UIGH 192
Uzbek UZBE 4,858
Volga Tatar VOLG 1,123
Yakut YAKU 217
Yukaghir YUKA 2

*An asterisk following the language name indicates that there are substantial holdings in this language at CUL that are separate from the Post-Soviet Nationalities Collection. The non-SNC holdings represent material in the given languages that were published outside the borders of the former Soviet Union.

For more information about the Collection, please contact the Librarian for Russian, Eurasian & East European Studies: Robert H. Davis, Jr., 309 Lehman Library, 420 West 118th Street, New York, NY 10027