The Blavatnik Archive is a nonprofit foundation dedicated to preserving and disseminating primary sources that contribute to the study of 20th-century Jewish and world history, with a special emphasis on Soviet history and World War I, World War II, and the interwar period. The Archive was founded in 2005 by the American industrialist and philanthropist Len Blavatnik to reflect his commitment to cultural heritage, promote interest in historical events and people, and expand his support for primary source–based scholarship and education.
Following an initial acquisition of 10,000 Judaica-themed postcards and 74 posters in 2005, the Archive has substantially expanded the thematic scope of its holdings, as well as the range of media types within its collections. Major additions were made through the Veteran Oral History Project (2006–2014), and through the 2014 acquisitions of 52,000 World War I postcards; 22,000 National Socialist Party ephemera; 5,000 World War II ephemera; and 1,300 Leningrad Siege postcards. Currently, the Archive’s holdings of nearly 113,000 items include video interviews, postcards, photographs, posters, drawings and illustrations, diaries, letters, official documents, leaflets, periodicals, and books.
- Judaica Posters
- Anti-Semitism Postcards
- Leningrad Siege Postcards
- Boris Efimov Illustrations (WWII and Cold War)
- Boris Kudoyarov WWII photographs