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Slavic & Eastern European Studies: Ada Booth Slavic Collection

A guide to Slavic Studies resources at Monash University Library, including the Ada Booth Slavic Collection

Ada Booth bookplate

Location and access

The Ada Booth Slavic Collection is located on Level 1 in the Sir Louis Matheson Library, Clayton.

Use Search to discover materials in the collection by searching for the exact phrase Ada Booth Benefaction in "any field"

Items in the collection are available for loan. 

Contact the Ada Booth Librarian Deanna Ramsey


Rare Books Collection

Rare and fragile materials relating to Slavic and Eastern European Studies are housed in the Library's Rare Books collection and can be requested for viewing in the Library's Special Collections Reading Room. The collection includes original Bolshevik and Soviet political posters, propaganda and original avant-garde editions.

Ada Booth Slavic Collection

The Ada Booth Slavic Collection was established in 2011 as a result of the Library being named the beneficiary of the estate from the will of the late Ada Phyllis Booth (1921-2008), physicist and lecturer at the University of Melbourne.

The collection's ongoing development, including the purchase of electronic and other resources relating to Slavic studies, is funded through this benefaction.

The Library also received the large collection of Slavic language books which Ms Booth had collected over her life. These items, together with the Library's Slavic language materials built up over many years, and all new purchases of such material, now go to this collection.


Collection Overview

Reflecting research which has been undertaken at Monash University, the main subject areas covered by the collection are Russian, Ukrainian and other literatures, Slavic linguistics as well as Translation Studies topics in Slavic languages. Other strengths of the collection include histories of Russia and Eastern Europe, politics and art. There are also many reference texts such as dictionaries and encyclopedias. Monash University Library has the best collection of materials in Australia pertaining to Ukrainian Studies.

The books and journals in the collection are mainly in Ukrainian, Russian, Polish, Serbian and Croatian. There are also titles in other Slavic languages.

While materials in Slavic languages are held at the Matheson Library, materials relating to Slavic studies in English and other languages are held elsewhere in the Library, including in the Rare Books Collection and at Caulfield Library.

The Ada Booth benefaction has also enabled the Library to purchase several electronic databases pertaining to Russian and Ukrainian Studies.


Some of the databases made available through the Ada Booth Benefaction 

For a full list of databases relating to Slavic and Eastern European Studies refer to the Databases by Subject Library Guide.