Culture in Transit Adds An Important Soviet Jewry Collection to DCMNY

by Caroline Catchpole, Culture In Transit Digitization Specialist

The sixth collection from Culture in Transit has now been published on METRO's Digital Culture site. The Student Struggle For Soviet Jewry Poster Collection comprises 177 hand drawn and printed posters from Yeshiva University Archives and is part of their wider Student Struggle for Soviet Jewry (SSSJ) records collection.

yu_370-1.JPGThe Soviet Jewry movement was an international human rights campaign that advocated for the right of Jews in the Soviet Union to emigrate. It lasted until the dissolution of the Soviet Union in 1991 and the SSSJ was a pioneer in this movement. The collection contains printed posters that served as publicity for the organization and its mission and also a large number of unique, hand drawn placards used by participants at rallies and protests in support of Soviet Jewry. The larger SSSJ collection, that the posters are a part of, contains photographs, printed material, case files of Soviet Jews, administrative records, and audio and video recordings held by Yeshiva University Archives.

We're delighted to add such an important and impressive collection to Digital Culture, allowing it to be accessed by far wider audiences. The collection also offered a chance to experiment with our mobile copy-stand, a key component in our mobile digitization service we've been developing during the project. In the coming months the collection will be harvested by the Digital Public Library of America (DPLA), as all the Culture in Transit collections are, allowing visibility for the collection on an international platform.

Culture in Transit is made possible by a grant from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation.