Institute for European, Russian and Eurasian Studies records
Collection Scope and Content
Materials in this collection include correspondence of Director Dr. Franz Michael; Current News and Li Li-San papers; correspondence, seminars, annual report, executive committee, individuals of Institute for European, Russian & Eurasian Studies; and Photos of Phi Beta Kappa plaque dedication.
Much of this material was transferred by Dr. Franz Michael, Richard Thornton, and Institute for European, Russian & Eurasian Studies.
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Historical or Biographical Note
The primary mission of the Institute for European, Russian and Eurasian Studies (IERES, or the Institute) is to promote and support scholarly research on Europe and Eurasia. The principal disciplines involved are political science, economics and history. Cross-disciplinary work is strongly encouraged. Members of the Institute develop and participate in scholarly seminars and colloquia, publish and otherwise communicate their research to peer academics in public settings and to various branches and agencies of the U.S. government.
Scholars draw on the massive holdings of the Library of Congress and National Archives and a number of academic, governmental and private institutional collections. The George Washington University is home to the Slavic, East European and Asian Reading Room, a special collection of reference works and periodicals unequaled in other academic institutions in the area, and to the National Security Archive, the world's largest private repository of declassified government documents.
The Institute's history reflects the changes in the global arena since the early 1960's. In the aftermath of the Second World War, American colleges and universities were sadly deficient in scholars trained to conduct research on the Soviet Union, Eastern Europe, China and East Asia generally. Thus, they were also weak in their ability to educate their students and the public at large or to advise government leaders on policy toward these emerging regimes.
The Institute for Sino-Soviet Studies was founded in 1961 to help fill these voids by promoting and supporting scholarly research, policy analysis and undergraduate and graduate-level teaching in Soviet, Central and East European and East Asian affairs. After the Cold War ended, the Institute changed its name to The Institute for European, Russian and Eurasian Studies, and the new Sigur Center for Asian Studies was established in the Elliott School for International Affairs. Today, the Institute fosters study of the dynamic regions of Europe and Eurasia, efforts to overcome the Cold War, and the continued legacies of the Cold War divisions in Europe.
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Language of Materials
Collection includes correspondence, "Current News" newsletter, Li Li-San papers, seminars, and photos.
Organized into five series: Correspondence of Director Dr. Franz Michael; Current News and Li Li-San papers; Correspondence, seminars, annual report, executive committee, individuals; Photos of Phi Beta Kappa plaque dedication; and records.
Materials acquired through transfers from the Institute for European, Russian & Eurasian Studies.
- Cold War Subject Source: Library of Congress Subject Headings
- Economics Subject Source: Library of Congress Subject Headings
- Elliott School of International Affairs
- Foggy Bottom (Washington, D.C.) Subject Source: Library of Congress Subject Headings
- George Washington University
- George Washington University. Institute for European, Russian, and Eurasian Studies
- George Washington University. Institute for Sino-Soviet Studies
- Michael, Franz H.
- Phi Beta Kappa Subject Source: Library of Congress Subject Headings
- Political science Subject Source: Library of Congress Subject Headings
- Washington (D.C.) Subject Source: Library of Congress Subject Headings
- Guide to the Institute for European, Russian & Eurasian Studies records, 1964-1995
- University Archives, Special Collections Research Center, The George Washington University
- Language of description
- Script of description
- Language of description note
- Finding aid written in English