The Center maintains a strong and growing collection of archival materials pertaining both to historical and contemporary Belarus, as well as Belarusians in-country and in the worldwide Diaspora. These include books, newspapers, hand-written documents, music, and ethnographic materials. Particularly noteworthy collections include:
A complete set of Belarusian Review, the leading English-language journal pertaining to Belarus and Belarusians worldwide. This valuable reference work was donated by its founder, Mr. Joseph Arciuch.
The private collection of Mr. Anatoli Chrenouski of Montreal, Canada. The collection of Mr. Chrenouski, past President of the Belarusian Association of Quebec, contains the journal Pramien, the Association’s organ. Additionally, the collection includes hundreds of books, maps from various historical periods, newspapers, and an irreplaceable collection of 78 rpm phonograph records of Belarusian popular and folk music from decades ago.
The collection of Belarusian author Konstantin Akula. The collection comprises a set of Mr. Akula’s own works; two typewriters on which he produced them; hand-written and typed documents, including letters; portraits; photo albums; and other of the writer’s personal correspondence.
The collection of Mr. Nicholas Prusky. This includes, inter alia, sets of the Belarusian periodicals Belarusian World and Belarusian Digest, which he published.
Contemporary Belarusian literature, DVDs, and musical recordings collected recently in Belarus and Poland by one of the Center’s visiting scholars.
Later in 2011 the Center will receive extensive holdings of a prominent, recently deceased Belarusian author.