The archive project


A key goal of the Center is serving as repository of a comprehensive, permanent collection of materials pertaining to Belarus and the Belarusian Diaspora abroad. These include published works (monographs , journals, etc.), unpublished manuscripts, letters, documents, memorabilia, art, crafts, and more.

Click on “Selecting Current Archival Holdings” for a listing of the larger individual collections, including pending donations. The Center solicits and welcomes the donation of additional materials .

Acccess to archive

The Center’s archive is in the process of being catalogued and digitized by a professional archivist. Once catalogued, materials will normally be made available to researchers and other interested parties via interlibrary loan and/or the Internet (for digitized materials). For further information concerning the Interlibrary Loan program, contact your local library or for assistance. The College’s Interlibrary Loan Department will be happy to assist with questions or other matters about the program.

Due to issues of fragility, a considerable portion of the holdings are available for research only through personal visits to the Center. Prospective users who are in the United States may visit the Archive, located at the Southwestern College Library, 100 College Street, Winfield, Kansas. Winfield is some 40 miles southeast of Wichita, the nearest airport. Visitors are encouraged to contact CBS Associate Executive Director James Sheppard ( in advance to coordinate their visits and access to the Archive.

Selected Holdings

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.