During the upheaval of the Russian Revolution, half of the books were seized by the Bolsheviks and nationalized according to the Decree of the Council of People's Commissars of 1918, eventually landing in the archives of Moscow's national Lenin Library
19) Later that month, the Lenin Library Learned Council rejected Schneersohn's claim, explaining among other arguments, that Schneersohn's 35 crates were considered 'ownerless property' because he "had not obtained a required 'Mandate' for a private book collection over 500 volumes .
31) There is confusion and contradictory evidence as to whether a copy of this list was ever given to the Lenin Library (GBL) before 2013.
For decades, a rite of passage for young scholars was their first acquaintance with the kartoteha in the Lenin Library
or the Saltykov-Shchedrin State Public Library (now the Russian State Library [RSL] and National Library of Russia [NLR], respectively).
About 30-40 percent of the Lenin Library
, for example, was in the spetskhran (Greening, 1995).
The Russian State Library, formerly known as the Lenin Library and, prior to 1925, as the Rumiantsev Museum Library, bears witness to a long and interesting history, having survived war, revolution, and the political and social upheavals that often accompany such events.
He continued to direct the Lenin Library (the government changed the name of the library to honor the Bolshevik leader in 1925) until his arrest in 1930 in connection with the Platonov Affair, in which the Soviet government accused approximately 120 scholars of attempting to restore the monarchy.
Though it has the serious disadvantage of frequently interrupting the film's emotional flow, this narrative device offers some curious glimpses of what Russia has become, from the inadequacies of the Lenin Library
to the fate of elderly pensioners.
The sociologist Richard Sennett, who was raised on children's books from the Little Lenin Library
, attacks today's "flexible capitalism" not for exploiting the workers or paying poorly but for fostering instability and rewarding personal adaptability.
While the Lenin Library
had faithfully propagated the cult of Lenin for six decades, just days after the August 1991 coup, library director Igor Filipov ruled that the library was not a political arena and thus should not "promote one ideology above any other.
It is interesting and somewhat ironic to realize that many of the historical materials collected under Rumiantsev's aegis in due course became the basis of what was formerly known as the Lenin Library
Kochelev's notes, now housed in the Lenin Library
in Moscow, suggest that Stay Still