The Blavatnik Archive Foundation specializes in Soviet, Jewish, and world history with a special emphasis on WWI, WWII and the interwar period. Materials, spanning across a plethora of collections, comprise 113,000 individual assets. Mostly paper ephemera, materials include: postcards, posters, lithographs, Russian empire and Soviet era periodicals, photographs, as well as letters, diaries, and video testimonies. The latter are testimonies by Jewish veterans who fought in the Soviet Armed forces during WWII. While many assets are still in the cataloging process, over 10,000 individual assets are available online.
The website was specifically designed with scholars in mind, and creating an account allows to create private folders with specific materials, deep zoom, comparison and annotation of images from our and other repositories, and, search across every possible metadata set.
All of BAF’s materials are completely free of charge, and have been implemented in both academic works and materials – films, exhibitions, mass media – for the general public.