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ITEM Identifier: DCMC-2018-001-00

Rochelle Goldberg Ruthchild collection of print materials on the women's rights movement in Russia


Pamphlets, books, periodicals, and organizational reports documenting activism and public debates surrounding women’s rights and health in early 20th-century Russia.


  • Creation: 1896-1984
  • Creation: Majority of material found in 1900-1915

Language of Materials

Collection materials in English and Russian.

Conditions Governing Access

Collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

For access to materials on microform, please consult Davis Center Collection staff.


36 microfilm reels
72 microfiche

Contains materials documenting public debates and activism on women's health, rights, education, and suffrage in early 20th-century Russia. Published materials include pamphlets, monographs, journals, almanacs, organizational reports, and congress proceedings. Contains works by prominent Russian feminist activists, including Mariia Pokrovskaia and Praskov'ia Arian. Also contains four English-language PhD dissertations from the late twentieth century on topics pertaining to women in Russia and the Soviet Union.

Biographical / Historical

Rochelle Goldberg Ruthchild is an American historian of Russian and Soviet women's and gender history.


The collection is arranged into five series:

  1. Periodicals, 1899-1917
  2. Annual reports of women’s organizations, 1895-1917
  3. Congress proceedings, 1908-1915
  4. Books and pamphlets, 1900-1928
  5. Dissertations, 1978-1985

Custodial History

The microfilm reproductions in this collection were gathered by Rochelle Ruthchild between 1966 and 2011 from 23 archival repositories in present-day Russia, Finland, England, Canada, the Netherlands, and the U.S.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Donated by Rochelle Goldberg Ruthchild in 2017.

Related Materials

Poliksena N. Shishkina-Iavein Digital Collection, 1890-2009 (inclusive), 1901-1917 (bulk) Davis Center for Russian and Eurasian Studies Collection at H.C. Fung Library, Harvard University. (Hollis #: 990136069120203941)

Rochelle Goldberg Ruthchild Papers, 1966-2014. MC 915. Schlesinger Library, Radcliffe Institute, Harvard University. (Hollis #: 990057898390203941)

Rochelle Goldberg Ruthchild Additional papers. 2019-M158. Schlesinger Library, Radcliffe Institute, Harvard University. (Hollis #: 99153840618903941)


Ruthchild, Rochelle Goldberg. Equality and Revolution: Women's Rights in the Russian Empire, 1905-1917. Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania : University of Pittsburgh Press, 2010.

Ruthchild, Rochelle Goldberg. Women in Russia and the Soviet Union: an annotated bibliography. New York : G.K. Hall ; Toronto : Maxwell Macmillan Canada ; New York : Maxwell Macmillan International, c1993.

Processing Information

Initial processing by Khanzada-Marie Kurbanova (2019). Description and processing by Maya Garcia (2020).

Rochelle Goldberg Ruthchild research materials on the women's rights movement in Russia, 1896-1984 (inclusive), 1900-1915 (bulk) : Guide
Davis Center for Russian and Eurasian Studies Collection, H.C. Fung Library
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Repository Details

Part of the H.C. Fung Library, Harvard Library, Harvard University Repository

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