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Robert Szulkin papers

Identifier: 03-MWalb00401A

Scope and Contents

This collection contains materials related to the career of Robert Szulkin (1935-2016), Professor Emeritus of Russian Literature at Brandeis. Documents include teaching notes, and materials related to the Sakharov Archives.

Professor Szulkin taught at Brandeis from 1962-2000, holding various roles within the Department of German and Russian (now called the Department of German, Russian and Asian Languages and Literature). He also served as the Director of the Sakharov Archives during its time at Brandeis. Comprised of the personal papers of noted Russian physicist and human rights activist, Andrei Sakharov, and his wife, Elena Bonner, as well as extensive documentation of human rights violations in the Soviet Union and other countries and materials related to the activities of the KGB, the Sakharov Archives were donated to Brandeis in 1993. The Archives were transferred to the care of Harvard University in 2004, where they reside today.

Sources: "Remembering Professor Robert Szulkin," Brandeis Magazine Winter 2016/2017; The Andrei Sakharov Foundation website


  • Creation: 1970-2000

Conditions Governing Access

This collection is closed to researchers at this time.

Conditions Governing Use

Requests to reproduce or publish material from the collection should be directed to the Robert D. Farber University Archives & Special Collections Department, Brandeis University.


4 Linear Feet (2 record center boxes, 1 manuscript box)

80 Gigabytes (1 hard drive with a total storage capacity of 80GB)

Language of Materials



There is no discernable arrangement noted for this collection.

Physical Characteristics and Technical Requirements

The hard drive in this collection is from a PC and the model is a Seagate Ultra ATA Barracuda 7200.7, 80 GB capacity. The digital materials in this collection have not been digitized or reviewed for restrictions. Please contact the University Archives & Special Collections in advance to request access.

Custodial History

The paper files and hard drive were transferred to the Archives in one accession from the campus office of Professor Robert Szulkin by Alyssa Ring, Academic Administrator for the Department of German, Russian and Asian languages and Literature European Cultural Studies Program, in 2017.

Processing Information

Collection was maintained in the order in which it was received by the archives.

Internal documentation was consulted when recommending that the collection remain closed until it can be reviewed for restrictions.

Folder titles appear to be original to the creator.

Hard drive files have not been accessed since donation. Size of data and number of digital files on the drive is unknown. Extent statement was established based on the drive's total storage capacity. Digital files have not been appraised, arranged, or described.

Robert Szulkin papers
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Repository Details

Part of the Brandeis University Repository

415 South St.
Waltham MA

About Us

The Robert D. Farber University Archives & Special Collections Department at Brandeis University consists of two collecting units, the University Archives and Special Collections. University Archives documents the history and development of Brandeis University and its faculty, staff, students, and alumni. Special Collections features a broad array of unique primary source materials across a wide range of disciplines that support research, teaching and learning at Brandeis. Learn more about our collections