Guide to the Research Collections

- Section -- II: -- THE HUMANITIES
- PART TWO
- 25 -- EUROPEAN AND RELATED LITERATURES
- NON-INDO-EUROPEAN LANGUAGES

NON-INDO-EUROPEAN LANGUAGES

The library also selectively obtains materials in the non-Indo-European languages of the Soviet Union.12 Of current publications only materials in the Finno-Ugric languages (Cheremis, Mordvins, Votyak, and Zyrian) employing the Cyrillic alphabet are collected. Printed matter in the Paleo-Asiatic languages of extreme northern Siberia is virtually unobtainable.

The Oriental Division maintains a large collection of materials from the 1920s and 1930s in the Altaic languages (Turkic), as well as a large collection of Georgian literature with some material in the other Caucasian tongues. The largest collection is in pamphlet form under the "n.c." classmark (materials not separately cataloged); the largest single group in this category consists of 70 volumes of Turkic pamphlets.