Russian and Slavic Studies



Jane Marie Pinzino


Coordinator for Scholarly Resources, Humanities

Librarian Phone Number

(504) 247-1560

Librarian Email

Book Chair

Elio C. Brancaforte, Ph.D.

Dept Chair

Brian J. Horowitz, Ph.D.

Program Description

The Department of German and Slavic Studies offers a B.A. degree in both Russian language and literature and Russian Studies, and the faculty consists of three professors and two adjunct instructors. Undergraduate courses are offered in Russian language and literature, Russian art and architecture, and Jewish culture. Courses are also offered in Slavic linguistics and Czech language and culture at the undergraduate level. Areas of faculty research generally fall within the subject areas of the courses. (Note: The History Department offers courses in Russian history to the graduate level including a Ph.D. in Russian history, and the Political Science Department offers several undergraduate courses focusing on Russian politics. Materials on Russian history and politics are also selected by the History and Political Science bibliographer).

Subject Resource Guide


Materials on Russian language and literature, Russian architecture, which support undergraduate teaching and the research needs of the faculty are sought. Materials on other Slavic languages and cultures are sought selectively and at the request of the faculty. Materials which support undergraduate and graduate teaching and research to the Ph. D level and research in Russian history, politics and other social sciences that focus on Russian and the Soviet Union are also sought.


Scholarly monographs, monographic series, and serials are sought. Scholarly and exhaustive reference works are also sought.


Published, printed titles as well as available remote access Web resources are sought. Other formats are sought at the request of the faculty.


Russian and English language materials are collected. Materials in other languages are collected selectively at the request of the faculty. For Russian history and politics, primarily Russian language materials are collected.

Chronological Period

Materials on Russian literature of the 19th and 20th century are collected; other periods are collected selectively. Materials on modern Russian language are collected. Russian architectural materials focusing on medieval times up to the early 20th century are sought. Materials focusing on Russian history, politics, and other social sciences of the 18th-20th centuries are sought; items focusing on the history of medieval Russia are sought selectively. Items on older forms of Russian and Slavic languages are collected selectively and usually at the request of the faculty.

Imprint Date

Generally, materials with a current imprint date are collected, including current reprint editions. Selectively, older materials and material reprinted on demand are collected, usually at the request of the faculty.

Geographical Considerations

Materials focusing on Imperial Russia, the Soviet Union, and Russia. Materials on other Slavic languages and literatures of Eastern Europe and the non-Russian former nations of Imperial Russia and the Soviet Union are collected at the request of the faculty. Historical, political, and other social science, the Russian Federation are sought, and such material on other successor states of the Soviet Union are sought selectively. Historical materials focusing on medieval Russia (Muskovy, Novgorod) are sought selectively.

Related Collections

Cooperative Resources

The Howard-Tilton Memorial Library is one of 14 members of a cooperative consortium of southern research libraries called KUDZU, which includes a shared online catalog. Loan requests through this system receive priority processing and expedited two-day delivery. The library is also a member of the cooperative Center for Research Libraries (CRL) in Chicago, through which we may borrow a wide range of rare materials for our users. Undergraduate students, graduate students, and faculty may borrow materials directly from the main library nearby at Loyola University of New Orleans through a reciprocal agreement called TU/LU. Graduate students and faculty may borrow materials at other New Orleans area academic libraries, and at other academic libraries throughout the state, through the LALINC consortium. For more information about cooperative borrowing privileges inquire at the library's Check-Out Desk.

Supply Sources

An approval plan with the book vendor, MIPP, is utilized and a some items are acquired from YBP. Publication notices are also received from Coutts and Harrasowitz. Firm orders acquire additional materials from MIPP, YBP, and various other suppliers in North America, Europe, and the Russian Federation, when requested items are in their stock.

Endowed Funds

There are presently no endowed funds for German and Slavic studies.

Selection Tools

Reviews from Slavic and East European Journal, the Slavonic and East European Review, Russian Linguistics, Choice, Slavic Review, etc.