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The University Library's Slavonic manuscripts are not held as a separate collection. In order to identify manuscripts of interest, readers should use the resources listed below. The majority of Slavonic-language holdings are in Russian.

Examples of the Library's holdings are: the papers of Donald Mackenzie Wallace, who wrote extensively on Russia and was the Times' foreign correspondent there, papers relating to the Crimean War (including those of Alexander William Kinglake, the official British historian of the war), the Archives of the Department for Slavonic Studies, and a collection of anti-Bolshevik posters.


Janus provides access to hundreds of catalogues of archives held in Cambridge, and can be accessed through the link here. Using the advanced search page, readers can use the drop-down menu to restrict their search to a specific collection.

Archives Hub

The Archives Hub covers archives held at nearly 200 institutions across the UK, and can be accessed through the link here. Due to its wide coverage, readers interested only in the University Library's holdings should go into the Search screen and specify this collection from the drop-down list.

Non-electronic resources

While the majority of the Library's manuscript holdings can be found through the electronic resources above, there are some that only feature in locally held physical lists such as the List of Additional Manuscripts. Staff in the Manuscript Room will be happy to advise readers further.