Personal Libraries in the Slavonic Library Collection
Personal libraries of leading
figures of world Slavistics, which were given to or purchased by the Slavonic
Library in the first years of its existence, constitute the base of its book
collection. Though the books are dispersed in depositories due to the method of
storage and protection of library’s collection, it is possible to reconstruct
the individual libraries to some degree. These libraries then can serve as an
important source for biographical and bibliographical studies.
Personal library of Alfred L. Bem
The attempt to reconstruct the personal library of Alfred Liudvigovich Bem was motivated by the fact that he was one of the leading figures of the exile from the former Soviet Union and also for the reason that the central part of his library is held by the Slavonic Library.
In 2004 the co-operation between the Slavonic Library and Russian research centre Russkaia emigratsiia was established and resulted in an edited volume of studies and documents related to the work and life of Alfred Bem before his departure to the exile. Complete and critical list of content of the part of Bem’s library held by the Slavonic Library will be part of the volume.