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Format: Full image Media: 622 reels of 35mm microfilm
Coverage Dates: 1871 - 1991
Sources Covered: 98 titles

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The Nationalities Division of the Russian National Library maintains the world's largest collection of Central Asian newspapers. ProQuest is pleased to present microfilm of many of the most important titles in the collection (click here for a complete list of titles).

In addition to the complete set of newspapers, individual titles are available. Please contact your ProQuest representative for a quote.

Coverage for most titles begins and ends in the 1910s, although some titles (Abdulquayum Nasyri's Quazan' Kalendary and Akmolinskiie Oblastnye Vedoimosti, for example) offer coverage beginning as early as 1871. Coverage for Shark Iulduzi spans 1931-1991. Together, the titles represent a significant achievement in preserving Imperial Period information.

The Central Asian Serials collection offers primary source materials written in Russian and in various languages of the nationalities of Central Asian republics of the Former Soviet Union (Tajik, Uzbek, Turkmen).

The following four serials are included in the 98 titles found in The Central Asian Serials collection.

  • Shark Iulduzi-Tashkent—1931-1991. 122 reels

Shark Iulduzi, the Uzbek language monthly from Tashkent, was a publication of the Union of Uzbek Writers. Originally, this serial was published under a number of different names. It started as Kurulush (1931-1934), then continued as Sovet Adabiianti (1935-1937) and Uzbekiston Adabiianti va Sanati (1938-1941). In 1946 the magazine finally got the name it kept throughout the rest of its publicationShark Iulduzi. All of these issues are now available.

The magazine features not only Uzbek writers, but also Russian writers in translation. The magazine's main focus is literature, but Shark Iulduzi represents the Uzbek society in the broader sense, covering the social, cultural and political life of Uzbekistan.

  • Kaspii—Baku. 1881-1917. 108 reels.

Kaspii was a Russian language Baku daily, founded by liberal Russians from Azerbaijan. The newspaper came under the control of Haji Zeinulabidin Tagiev, the Baku millionaire, and espoused Muslim liberal viewpoints under various editors, Russian and Muslim.

Kaspii chronicled the political, social and literary life of Baku, but also carried excerpts from newspapers published in Moscow and St. Petersburg, providing its readers with current news from these two Russian cities, as well as from the rest of the Russian Empire. The newspaper also published the official documents of the Baku City Council.

There were several different sections to this newspaper, some of them appearing on a regular basis, for example: Muslim life, current events in Baku, etc. The newspaper also published excerpts from various literary works.

  • Molla Nasredin—1906-1931. 5 reels.

Revived 1914 (25 issues), 1917 (26 issues), Tabriz 1921 (8 issues) and Baku (under Azeri government auspices), 1922-1931, when it turned into ALLAHS_Z, a weekly magazine, well known for its cartoons. Currently, the Azeri Academy of Sciences is publishing the entire run in Cyrillic script in 12 volumes. To date, however, only one volume has been released (Baku: Elm, 1988)

  • Turkistan Vilayatin Gazeti—1870-1884, 1910-1917. 9 reels.

Turkistan Vilayatin Gazeti appeared as a supplement to TURKESTANSKIE VEDOMOSTI. Up until 1906, T.V.G. was the sole organ of the press in Central Asia and afterwards continued as the dominant forum for the local population regardless of intellectual orientation.

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