We have over 60,000 books on Russia, Eastern Europe and Eurasia. It’s the 2nd largest collection (just behind UT Austin’s) between the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and the University of California at Los Angeles.
George Sabo’s collection (some 16,000 books) brought many rare and beautiful Russian editions from the 19th- and 20th-centuries to Texas A&M. Sabo (1896-1983) came from a Carpatho-Rusyn village in the Kingdom of Hungary and became a book vendor to American university libraries in the Cold War. Many of his books came from émigrés who fled to Europe after the Russian Revolution in 1917.