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Microform Collection: Plenums of the Central Committee

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Plenums of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union, 1941-1990

This collection documents the plenums of the Central Committee of the CPSU from the Stalin era until the demise of the Soviet Union. During each plenum a team
of stenographers compiled an "uncorrected stenogram" or verbatim transcript of the proceedings. However, speakers were permitted to revise and extend their remarks. These corrected versions, called the "author's copy," were then collated into the "corrected copy." After additional editing, usually with an eye to aintaining ideological consistency, the remarks were distributed to members of the Politburo, the CPSU Secretariat and members of the Central Committee as a final "edited copy."

This publication contains nearly all versions -- from uncorrected stenogram to edited copy -- of Central Committee plenums. Of particular interest to scholars, the author's copies often contain the handwritten corrections of the participants as well as the inclusion of newly drafted remarks. Of great significance, the collection includes files of documents that were used or distributed during the plenums. Frequently, these documents were classified as secret" or "top secret."

The collection provides the record of debate and the highest level of documentation for both foreign and domestic policies of the Soviet Union. Included are extensive records concerning:
  • The power struggles within the Kremlin
  • Problems within the Warsaw Pact
  • Difficulties with Yugoslavia
  • The Sino-Soviet Split
  • Arms Control negotiations with the West
  • Intervention in Czechoslovakia, 1968
  • Agricultural and Industrial production in the USSR
  • Internal Dissent Perestroika and Glasnost

Opus 1 contains the records of the plenums of the Central Committee from 1941 to 1966. Opus 3 documents those between 1966 and 1986, and Opus 5 covers the years of Mikhail Gorbachev's leadership, 1986-1990.

Yale owns all 181 microfilm reels and 659 microfiche of the collection. Scholars can consult these sources in the Microtext Reading Room, which is in the basement of Sterling Memorial Library.

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