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Russian Studies at Texas A&M

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.

Moscow, view from Большой Краснохолмский (Big red hill) bridge, summer 2013

Moscow, view from Большой Краснохолмский (Big red hill) bridge, summer 2013, D. Chroust. I would walk this way to unwind after a full day’s research into Russian memoirs at the nearby Дом русского зарубежья им. Солженицына (Solzhenitsyn House for Russia Abroad).

Old map of Moscow bus routes

Old map of Moscow bus routes and Metro subway stations inside and around the Садовое кольцо (Ring road of orchards). For a dollar or less, you can ride around this entire ring road on a bus. The Kremlin is the partly-green triangle in the middle. Gorky Park is on the Moscow River at bottom left. The Big Red Hill Bridge, where I took a picture of the city, is where the ring road crosses the river at bottom right.

Red Square, Moscow.

Red Square, Moscow.

A doorway Moscow

A doorway in Замоскворечье (old Moscow across the river).

An alley of birch trees

An alley of birch trees, Gorki Leninskie.

Bridge over the Pakhra River

Bridge over the Pakhra River, Gorki Leninskie.

Buying train tickets at Klin station.

Buying train tickets at Klin station.

Home of young adult novelist Аркадий Гайдар (Arkadii Gaidar. 1904-1941), Klin.

Home of young adult novelist Аркадий Гайдар (Arkadii Gaidar. 1904-1941), Klin.

Peaceful scene in Ruza.

Peaceful scene in Ruza.

In the garden at a Russian dacha (summer house).

In the garden at a Russian dacha (summer house).