Collection materials in format
The Estonica Collection contains deposit copies of Estonian material printed in the Russian empire between 1828 and 1917.
The Estonica Collection contains deposit copies of Estonian material printed in the Russian empire between 1828 and 1917. The collections received those Estonian books and prints that were not seen to have scholarly value. Works that were considered useful for research were placed into the library's Humanities Collection.
The collection includes alphabet books and reading books, almanacs and calendars, devotional literature, fiction and poetry, song books and various guide books, in total around 6,000 volumes and 100 volumes of periodicals. The collection has been organised systematically.
In addition, the collection has 250 newspaper volumes, some of which have been microfilmed. The Estonian newspapers between 1918 and 1940 are also included in the collection.
The second part of the collection, Estonica II, also contains literature published during Estonia's era of independence. It consists of works purchased from the estate of a society called Helsingi Eesti Seltsi.
Temporal coverage of the collectionmodern age (turn of the 18th and 19th century to the 20th century) modern times (1900-)
Spatial coverage of the collectionEastern Europe
Main collectionSpecial Collections
Parent collectionThe legal deposit collections from the period of Russian rule
Restrictions of useOnly for Special Collections Reading Room
Aa The Bible and its sections
Ab Hymn books, prayer and gospel books
Ac-Ad Devotional songs
Af Liturgical handbooks
Ag Commentaries, reading guides and dictionaries for the Bible
Ah Sermon books and devotional books
Ai Orthodox books
B Philosophy and education
Ca General history
Cb Estonian history
D Printing houses, Publishing operations, Book trade
E History of literature
F Alphabet books and reading guides
G Grammar books and dictionaries
H Social studies
K Economy and technology
L Geography and natural sciences
M Medicine and health care
N Fiction and poetry
O Albums and yearbooks
P Songs and opera texts
R Self-help books
S Almanacs and calendars
U Unclassified small booklets
More information about cataloguing
Alphabetised car catalogue is available in the Special Collections Reading Room and in digitised form in Doria (see the links below).
Mostly a deposit copy collection, formed in 1828–1917, supplemented by acquisitions made in the 20th century.
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