University of Texas, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History

A Guide to the Sidney Monas Papers, 1942-2010 (bulk 1960-2000)

Descriptive Summary

Creator: Monas, Sidney
Title: Monas, Sidney, Papers
Dates: 1942-2010
Abstract: The Sidney Monas Papers document the academic career of UT Professor Emeritus of History and Slavic Languages primarily from 1960 to 1990 through printed materials like academic journal articles and copies of book chapters, professional correspondence, manuscripts, notes, course material, several photographs, three 3.5" floppy disks, and an audiocassette.
Accession No.: 2013-093
OCLC No.: 849351940
Extent: 18 ft.
Language: Materials are written in English, Russian, French, German, and Italian.
Repository: Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin

Biographical Note

Sidney Monas was born on September 15, 1924 in New York, NY. Monas served in the US Army during World War II. He was captured and held as a prisoner-of-war for five months by the German army.

After the war, Monas received a bachelor’s degree in Public and International Affairs at Princeton University in 1948. He then attended Harvard University, where he received a master’s degree in 1951 and a Ph.D. in History in 1955.

From 1955 to 1957, he taught history at Amherst College and the University of Massachusetts at Amherst. He was an Assistant Professor of History at Smith College from 1957 to 1962. From 1962 to 1969, Monas acted as a professor of History and Foreign/Comparative Literature at the University of Rochester, as well as the Director of Graduate Studies in the Department of History. During this time, he also traveled to Hebrew University in Jerusalem as a visiting Fulbright professor of Russian History from 1966 to 1967.

Monas joined the University of Texas at Austin in 1969 as a professor with a joint appointment in the Departments of History and Slavic Languages. He served as the chairman of Slavic Languages from 1969 to 1975. Monas helped to develop the British Studies seminar at UT.

Monas served as the editor of the Slavic Review from 1985 to 1991.

Monas is the author of The Third Section: Police and Society in Russia under Nicholas I (1961). He has been a reviewer, editor, and translator of Russian works in history and literature, perhaps most famously the 1966 Signet Books translation of Fyodor Dostoevsky’s Crime and Punishment.

Monas today holds the title of Professor Emeritus for the UT Department of Slavic and Eurasian Studies, the Department of History, and the Center for Russian, East European & Eurasian Studies.


Louis, William Roger. Burnt Orange Britannia. London: Tauris, 2005.

Scope and Contents

The Sidney Monas Papers document the academic career of UT Professor Emeritus of History and Slavic Languages primarily from 1960 to 1990 through printed materials like academic journal articles and copies of book chapters, professional correspondence, manuscripts, notes, course material, several photographs, three 3.5" floppy disks, and an audiocassette.

The papers contain both unedited and copyedited manuscript drafts of works by Monas or his students (though some are untitled or of unclear authorship), in addition to published print versions of Monas’ essays and reviews. These documents reflect Monas’ study and/or translation of Russian creative works such as Osip Mandelstam’s poetry, the diaries of N. N. Punin, and others. Also of note are manuscripts of short stories written by Monas as an undergraduate at Princeton in the late 1940s.

The papers also contain many reprints of academic journal articles (sometimes annotated by Monas or inscribed by colleagues) on topics of Slavic literature, poetry, and history. These materials were collected over the course of Monas’ research, translation work, and editorship with the Slavic Review. Similarly, there are a number of photocopied book chapters, primarily in Russian and English.

Correspondence consists of mostly professional and occasionally personal letters and printed e-mails with colleagues in the field of Slavic studies, graduate students, publishers, and family or friends. Professional correspondence is typically filed among article reprints (often those written by the major correspondents).


Organization and Arrangement

The papers are physically arranged as received. This inventory has been arranged alphabetically by box into two series:
  • I. Original writings and course material
  • II. Correspondence and writings by others


Access Restrictions

This collection is open for research use.

Use of audio material by appointment only; please contact sound archivist for more information.

Use of digital material by appointment only; please contact digital archivist for more information.

Social security numbers and financial material are restricted to protect confidentiality and privacy.

Use Restrictions

These papers are stored remotely. Advance notice required for retrieval. Contact repository for retrieval.

Index Terms

Subjects (Persons)
Arrowsmith, William, 1924-1992
Bakhtin, M. M. (Mikhail Mikhaĭlovich), 1895-1975
Chinnov, I. N. (Igorʹ Nikolaevich)
Dostoyevsky, Fyodor, 1821-1881
Emerson, Caryl
Kuzminsky, Konstantin K.
Mandelʹshtam, Osip, 1891-1938
Monas, Sidney -- Archives.
Punin, N. N. (Nikolaĭ Nikolaevich)
Pushkin, Aleksandr Sergeevich, 1799-1837
Rossman, Vadim Joseph, 1964-
Solzhenit︠s︡yn, Aleksandr Isaevich, 1918-2008
Subjects (Organizations)
Harvard University. Russian Research Center
Hebrew University of Jerusalem
University of Rochester
University of Texas at Austin.
German literature.
Russian essays--Translations into English.
Russian literature.
Russian poetry.
Slavic studies--History.
Soviet Union.
Translation and translators
Austin (Tex.)
Saint Petersburg (Russia)--Intellectual life--History.

Separated Material

A bound student dissertation has been separated to the Library Unit.

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Sidney Monas Papers, 1942-2010 (bulk 1960-2000), Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin.

Processing Information

This collection was processed by Vanessa Attia, May 2013.

Detailed Description of the Papers


I. Original writings and course material

2013-093/1 Comp. Lit U. of Tex.
Postmodernism (HIS 366N)
Notes - manuscript drafts of "The revelation of St. Boris: Russian literature and individual autonomy," 1961-1962
2013-093/2 Mandelstam (UT Press), 1976-1990
Russian Research Center, Harvard University, seminar notes, 1971-1972
2013-093/3 Sid’s articles
Translations, 2005, undated
2013-093/4 Archaic Greece, tyrants and emergence of individualism in SU [?]
Igor tale, 1968
Manuscript drafts of "Bureaucracy under Nicholas I"
Manuscripts and published articles, 1966-1971
Monas [manuscripts and published articles]
Sid’s articles, 1979-1983
Sid’s translations
Sid’s writings, 1991, undated
Sid’s writings, 1971-1994, 2001, 2010
Soviet Literature, 1966, undated
Wayne Frankel, 2005
2013-093/5 Articles by Monas and others, 1977, undated
Bibliography, notes, Russia, 1825-1917
Copyedited manuscript of chapter on Pushkin
Draft manuscripts and teaching report
Humanities course materials and assignments
M.V. Alpatov [notes]
Manuscript on Marx and Engels
Monas articles on Osip Mandelstam and others, 1969-1975, undated
Monas copies of published articles
Monas manuscript on Yuri Druzhnikov
Poems by Monas
Published articles by Monas and others
2013-093/14 Bakhtin and postmodernism - manuscripts by Monas and others, article reprints, syllabi, clippings
2013-093/6 Published reprints of articles by Monas, Petersburg Apocalyptic manuscript
Monas HIS 350L
2013-093/7 Correspondence, published and manuscript writings by Monas, 1947-1970s
Monas COMPLIT 381/RUS 383
Punin Diaries Russian manuscript, UT Press/Jim Burr, parts 1 through 7
Punin Diaries Russian manuscript, UT Press/Jim Burr, parts 8 through 12
2013-093/10 Article copies, speech manuscript
Article in progress, USA/USSR, 1985
2013-093/11 Article reprints, “Khrushchev as Art Critic” by Monas
Articles and stories by Monas
Bibliography, Russian History and Civilization
Copies of Monas’ notes
Writings by Monas:
Russian typewritten manuscripts [1 of 2]
Russian typewritten manuscripts [2 of 2]
2013-093/12 Institute of Modern Russia Culture
Manuscript essays by Monas, 1957-1962
Manuscript essays and articles by Monas
Monas seminar talk, 1972
"Tolstoy and Tolstoyism," Sidney Monas, January 16, 1950
Manuscripts and article reprints (Monas and others)
Sid’s writings – draft manuscripts, notes, articles, reprints
Article reprints: "Ehrenburg’s Life, Solzhenitsyn’s Day,""Engineers of Martyrs: Dissent and the Intelligentsia"
"A Jew’s Christmas"
Sidney’s work, 1981-1993
Unidentified manuscript drafts
Sid’s notes on books
Book photocopy and Russian text
Spiral-bound Russian text
Bahktin current masters
2013-093/13 Course material/syllabi, correspondence, assorted


II. Correspondence and writings by others

2013-093/1 Academic Committee on Soviet Jewry
Arrowsmith, William [cassette tape], 1992-2006
Article reprints, correspondence, Russian texts
Articles, 1974, 1986
Bibliographies of Slavic books
Book pages with personal notes to Sid
Book reviews
China trip, 2009
D – correspondence, 1986, 2006
Eastern European Jewish affairs and deconstruction paper, Vadim Rossman
Ed Wrench
George Gibian [photo]
Gianna, 2001, 2004
Going to storage [Article reprints]
Henry George Fischer, 1981-2005
Igor Chinnov
Ivan the torrikk [?]
J. Berryman
Jane Roberts, 2005
Letter to Yuri Nagibin
Pereleshin letter
Philippe Stern
Ping, Zhu
R – Raphael-Leff
Rossman, 2002
Rossman, Vadim
Russian architecture
Russian dissent
Tolstaya-Segal (Jerusalem)
U: Ulam
V: Vico studies
Vienna, 1971
Weinberg, K.
Who's Who
Willson Coates, 1976
Correspondence and related journal articles:
Translations, 2010
A-B, 1963-1973
A-C, 1965-1966
C-D, 1963-1971
E-F [photo], 1965-1971, 1990
G-J, 1965-1973, 2000
K-M, 1971-1973
N-R, 1962-1973
S, 1964-1973
2013-093/2 Article by Caryl Emerson
Business (non U. of R.) [correspondence], 1966-1967
Caryl Emerson, 1989
Copy of Russian monograph
Correspondence and article reprints, 1995
Correspondence of U. of Texas, 1966-1970
Correspondence, 1970
D - Professional correspondence and article reprints, 1976-1979, 1992
Deb [personal/family correspondence], 1976
Friends and family [correspondence], 1966-1967
History of Russia Series (Yale U. Press), 1953-1965
I – Article copies
J - Personal correspondence
Japan correspondence, 1983, 1990
Jorge Luis Borges
K - Professional correspondence and article copies, 1969-2000
Kharms [?], D., 1992
L - Correspondence and article copies, 1979-1989
Letters of recommendation (colleagues), 1966
Letters of recommendation (students), 1965-1966
Manuscript [unidentified]
Manuscripts by others
Mitzman, Arthur
N.Y. Press – Mandelstam, 1972-1975
National Endowment for the Humanities – evaluations
NEH – Div. of fellowships
Personal and professional correspondence
Photocopied monographs and articles, journal and professional pamphlet publications
Professional correspondence and manuscript drafts, 1968
Professional correspondence, 1968-1970
Rochester - Texas – Bruhaha [correspondence], 1969
Student paper [?]
The Millennium proofs
The National Humanities faculty
Typed manuscript, "Einstein’s (Anti-)Theatrical Art from Kino-Fist to Kino-Tragedy"
U. of R. (friends), 1966-1967
W. Chalsma [?] – Anthology of Émigré Poetry
"William Arrowsmith: An Afterword" print
2013-093/3 Academic journals, 1955
Anna Lisa Crone, 1999-2006
"Barbara’s Foreword," manuscript, undated [sent from Gil Rappaport]
Brown, John
C, 1977-2007
Caryl Emerson, 1979-1986
Colleagues, old friends [art clippings, articles]
Conferences, 1990s and 2002
Correspondence with articles, 2006
Correspondence, manuscript, copy of Monas journal article
Dolora, 2002, 2005
E - Correspondence, 1978
Edward Manouelian
Ehrlich, Sergei, 2005
Eliade, Mircea, "The Old Man and the Bureaucrats"
Eric Chapelle, 2005
Etkind, Efin and Alexander, 2002
J – Correspondence and copies of articles by others, 1974-1992
Letters from Russia, 1973-1974
Lowenthal, Richard, 1960-1963
M, 1960-1979
Manuscript of The Revolution of Moral Consciousness: Nietzsche in Russian Literature, 1890-1914 by Edith W. Clowes
MC [Professional correspondence], 1972-1980
Morris in Latvia manuscript, Morris Halle [sent from Gil Rappaport], 1984
N [fellowship applications and professional correspondence], 1974-1998
New Literary History correspondence, 1974
NOB, Norman Brown, 1972-1983
Oral history project on emigres, 1979
Partial manuscript of Russian Intellectual Antisemitism in the Post-War Communist Era by Vadim Rossman
Robert O. Preyer correspondence and photos, 2000
SUNY Press – Gumilev, 1971
The Journal of Modern History correspondence, 1970
2013-093/4 A Concise Russian Review: Grammar with exercises
Basic ref. to German Lit.
Constantine Kuzminsky, 1972
E. Genovese, 1968
F – printed material, 1962-1986
Floppy disk – Sony "100STRWG.DOC + cyhelv*.* fonts"
George Ivask, 1969-1975
Hegel, 1963-1967, 1980
Hyde - Translation of D.H. Lawrence, 1967
Ilya Leven, 2002-2006, 1974-1979
Irena Doronina Anastasyev, 2002
Istanbul University
Items of interest, 1987-1988, 2008, undated
J – correspondence and printed material, 1958, 1972, 1981
Joyce, James, 1995
K [articles, publications], 1946, 1961-1980
Kaganov [photos], 1989-1992, 2006, 2008
Kahler, 1991-1993
Kline, George
Kuzminsky, K, 1977
L, 1970-1986 and undated
Literature and psychology, 1995-1996, undated
Michael Herzen, 1995
Michael Kats, 2002
2013-093/5 Aigi, Gennadi [?]
Amalrik literature and revolution
Articles and images
Articles by others – copies and reprints, 1964-1988, 1993, undated
Articles/monographs and reading notes
Coleman, Roger, 1986-1992
Milukov [?]
Notes to Shklavsky [?]
Professional correspondence, 2005
Spiral-bound printed Russian text
Translations [?]
"The Artist in Society," 1968
University of Texas department publications
Writings by others, notes
2013-093/14 Correspondence, journal article reprints, chapter photocopies
Journal article reprints, chapter photocopies, course syllabi
2013-093/15 Untitled typed manuscript on Marx’s poetry
"Metaphor’s Role in Poetry"
"The Cycles of Blok’s Unexpected Joys" manuscripts and notes, 1988
Manuscripts, notes, article reprints, correspondence [1 of 3]
Manuscripts, notes, article reprints, correspondence [2 of 3]
Manuscripts, notes, article reprints, correspondence [3 of 3]
Printed Russian text, article reprints
Student dissertation – W.S. Merwin and the Postmodern Environment, Cliff Toliver, 1997
U – professional correspondence, 1970, 1994-1995
Untitled manuscript on Russian anti-Semitism
V – professional correspondence, 1975-1989
W – professional correspondence and programs, 1969-1982
2013-093/16 V.F. Xodasevic in Moscow and Petersburg, 1914-1922, Richard D. Sylvester
2013-093/5 Russian text in campus mail folder
Articles and chapters by others
2013-093/6 A – personal and professional correspondence, articles, 1970-1998
American Historical Review
Article manuscripts by others / Slavic Review
Articles by others
B – Writings by others, correspondence, 1970-1998
Biennale essays, 1977
C – Writings by others, correspondence, 1985-1991
Chukovsky [?]
CLIO, 1990
Columbia seminars, 1970-1974
Edited manuscripts, research proposals, correspondence, 1970-1983
Harper & Row
Hebrew University, 1992
Humanities Research Center
Jane Hayward Chamberlain thesis, articles, syllabus
Personal and professional correspondence, articles, 1992-1995
Printed e-mail correspondence, 2001-2003
Russian texts (unidentified) – proofs, photocopies, notes
[RESTRICTED] Student paper, Sara Solomon, "The Road to Bloomsday: How the Irish Responded to James Joyce, 1914-1941," 1991
Student paper, 1992
Vahan D. Barooshian, 1969-1974
Vekhi/Landmarks: A Collection of Articles About the Russian Intelligentsia manuscript with copyediting
Writings by others, 1982
2013-093/7 Bibliography index cards
Caryl Emerson, 1979-1991
F - professional and personal correspondence, 1974-1982, 1996
G – professional correspondence, 1970-1985
Manuscripts, writings by other, journal publications, 1984-1990
Punin, 1994-2000
Q - professional correspondence and writings by others, 1994-2004
R – professional correspondence, 1969-1991
S – professional correspondence and writings by others, 1970-1989
Student dissertation, Naught of Words: A Novelistic Inquiry into the Irrepressible Quest for Silence and Emptiness, Lito E. Porto, 2000
Student dissertation, Eccentric Cities: Nikolai Gogol’s Saint Petersburg and Jan Neruda’s Prague, Linda Mayhew, 2005
T – professional correspondence, 1971-1994
University of Rochester, 1969-1975
2013-093/8 Computer-printed photographs, Images of space: St. Petersburg in the visual and verbal arts edited manuscript
Copies of photographs, Russian text
Empire State College, 1974
E – professional correspondence and writings by others, 1970-1984
Floppy disk – ASC II IBM / Kaganov Sight Riven
FW, Freud, Bakhtin, Dost. – manuscript and notes
Inventory of Russian language books
Manuscripts, notes, writings by others, university correspondence
Notes, US Consolate of Instanbul book donation, Russian text
Personal, 1972-1975
Photocopies of Russian nationalist journals, 1992-1993
Russian and English manuscripts, and photocopied chapter
Russian poetry
Russian text and notes
Solzhenitsyn’s Outdoors
Student papers (Hayden White, L.E. Porto, unknown)
Student papers, 1975
Transl. Inst. (SC and others)
University of Texas Press photographs (Punin)
Writings and article publications by others, Russian Research Center seminar notes
Writings by others – manuscripts, journal/conference publications, photocopies
Writings by others and photocopied Russian texts
Writings by others, manuscripts and copies [1 of 2]
Writings by others, manuscripts and copies [2 of 2]
Writings by others, photocopies
2013-093/9 Applicants, Slavic grad. stud. [?], 1984
Correspondence, 1997
CV, correspondence, articles, family photos, 1990-1997
Hannah W. manuscripts
Lito Porto
Mill, J.S. – Nature – HIS 284 closed
Miscellaneous [correspondence, articles]
N – manuscripts, correspondence
P – correspondence, article reprints
Personal, 1951-2006
Personal and professional correspondence, 1996
Russian text [Mandelstam?], photocopies [1 of 2]
Sabine McCormick
Schwartz, Murray
Silber [?] – Erwin [clippings]
Zholkovsky, 1989
2013-093/10 Article reprints
Article reprints, Russian text photocopy
Burton Raffel
Delos – article reprints
Graduate assembly, 1970, 1975
Professional correspondence and article copies, 1996-1997
Russian text [Mandelstam?], photocopies [2 of 2]
Russian text, photocopy
Russian texts photocopies, correspondence
UT Press
V.F Kadasevich Derzhavin, Russian text, photocopy
X – articles reprints, copies
Y – Writings by others, reprints and manuscripts
Z – article reprints
2013-093/11 Antsiferov
Article reprints, manuscripts
B – article reprints, photocopies
Columbia University Slavic seminars
E - article reprints
O – Ovid’s Metamorphosis of Myth
Russian Research Center, 1955-1959
Russian Research Center, 1961-1972
Russian text photocopy, 1972
S – article reprints, correspondence
St. Petersburg in Russian Lit., G. Kaganov and S. Monas
U – article reprints, photocopies
2013-093/12 Bound photocopies of Russian text
Hebrew University of Jerusalem, "Contemporary Russian Nationalism – History Revised," Mikhail Agursky
Russian text printed materials
Manuscript, correspondence
2013-093/13 Arrowsmith, 1957-1983
Bakhtin: Theorist of Dialogue journal of essays, Grani
Caryl Emerson paper and card
Correspondence, 1989
H – professional correspondence, 1970-1982
History Department
I – Writings by others
L.E. Porto, "The Changing Face of ‘Fear Itself,’" 2004
Notes, articles, correspondence, 1996-1997
O – professional correspondence, vitae, 1970-1990
Orlovsky, Dan
P – professional correspondence, 1971-1993
Papers on The Unbearable Lightness of Being
Photocopy of Russian text
Photocopy of Russian text, bibliography on index cards
Russian and English manuscripts, article reprints, correspondence
Student thesis, "Fairy Tales Revised," Tatiana Karmanova, 1995
The Nassau Lit and other printed material, 1942-1947, undated
"Unreal City: St. Petersburg and Russian Culture" manuscript
William Arrowsmith memorial service, 1992
Writings by others, 1990, undated
2013-093/14 A.S. Pushkin, writings by
Alexander Yanov
Future projects – A. Yanov, Y. Reis
G – Writings by others
Kazahog, Ipuzopuü
Russian articles, 1983-2009
Russian articles, 1985-1992
Russian poets
Russian texts, photocopies
"Soviet Ideology in Transition," Alexander Yanov
S – Sukhovo-Kobylin
2013-093/16 Article and chapter photocopies, manuscripts, student dissertations
2013-093/17 Grigory Kaganov, Images of Space translation book proof
Article reprints, untitled edited manuscript
Spiral-bound course packet
Photocopied Russian, German, and English texts
2013-093/18 Journal article reprints [inscribed, annotated]