Conducts research and collects data on the global history of labour, workers, and labour relations

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In the beginning of the 20th century, Dutch expats worked and lived in Stoupky (now Artemovsk), Ukraine, near the Peter the Great salt mine.Leendert Willem van den Muyzenberg became director of this... [Collection highlight]
The Democratic Movement in Russia, 1985-2005 Collection is a personal collection of Aleksandr Ermakov, activist in the democratic and anarchist movements in St. Petersburg from the late 1980s to the... [Collection highlight]
OKNA ROSTA posters, also known as ROSTA, were designed between late 1919 and late 1921 during and immediately after the Russian Civil War. ROSTA was the name of the Russian Telegraph Agency founded... [Collection highlight]
The Institute received this library collection (approximately 2500 items) from the well-known Hungarian historian Miklos Kun who has published about Bakunin, Bucharin and the Prague Spring.As a long-... [Collection highlight]
Birobidzhan 1934-1940, A Soviet Jewish homeland. Nearly every archive that arrives at the IISH contains a small surprise. Among the papers of the British communist Alec Waterman (1909-1966) there... [Collection highlight]
In the course of 2001, two private libraries were added to the Russian collections at the Institute. The original owners were Boris M. Sapir (who worked at the IISH for many years) and David M.... [Collection highlight]
During the Interbellum, the ORT established vocational schools in Poland and the Baltic States and in a few cities of the Soviet-Union. Three photo's from: O.R.T. : Gezelshaft tsu farshpreyten... [Collection item]
A protest against the repression of the revolt of the Russian sailors by the Bolshevik authorities in Leningrad in 1921.  From the brochure: 'Kronstad the Paris Commune'. [Collection item]
One of the many examples of 'classic' anarchist texts translated into Yiddish.  [Collection item]
The Russian Social Revolutionary Party in exile in Londen also tried to gain members among the Jewish workers of the immigrant Eastside. To this end the party published their own Yiddish pamphlets... [Collection item]

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