Guide to the Dennison I. Rusinow Papers, 1963-2000 UA.90.F84

ULS Archives & Special Collections

Summary Information

Repository
ULS Archives & Special Collections
Title
Dennison I. Rusinow Papers
Creator
Rusinow, Dennison I.
Collection Number
UA.90.F84
Date [inclusive]
1963-2000
Extent
3.0 linear feet (4 boxes)
Abstract
This collection contains the papers of Dennison I. Rusinow, adjunct professor of history, research professor in the Center for Russian and East European Studies at the University of Pittsburgh and preeminent scholar of the former-Yugoslavia. The focus of the collection is the late professor’s research materials and margin notes. These documents offer a perspective of the Cold War from Yugoslavia’s non-aligned vantage point. Additionally, Rusinow’s own thoughts, ideas and questions can often be found along the margins of the research itself. The political pamphlets and Tito box set are also unique. Both sets are original documents from Southeastern Europe collected during the late professor’s professional career abroad. Textual documents such as transcripts, manuscripts, correspondence, reports and course materials compose the majority of the collection, with the exception of a few sets of photographs and the Josip Broz Tito box set.

Preferred Citation

Dennison I. Rusinow Papers, 1963-2000, UA.90.F84, University Archives, Archives & Special Collections, University of Pittsburgh Library System

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Biography

Dennison Rusinow was a highly accomplished journalist, scholar and professor. In 1963, he began a 25-year career with the American Universities Field Staff (AUFS), as associate for Southeastern Europe and later associate director. His book on the political economic history of the former Yugoslavia, The Yugoslav Experiment, 1948-1974, published in 1977, earned him international acclaim as an expert on the former multi-ethnic nation. Before retiring in 2000, Rusinow had devoted the last 12 years of his professional life to the University of Pittsburgh as both an adjunct History professor and research professor at the University Center for International Studies.

Born on October 29, 1930, Rusinow grew up in St. Petersburg, Florida. At Duke University, he received a B.A. in Philosophy and History, graduating first in his class in 1952. As a Rhodes Scholar, he earned a second B.A. from New College at Oxford University. Immediately following graduation, he served a 3-year stint as an intelligence officer in the U.S. Navy. Returning to England after his service in the Navy, he earned a M.A. from New College at Oxford University in 1959. Finally, in 1963, he received his Doctorate of Philosophy from St. Anthony's College at Oxford while simultaneously serving a fellowship at the Institute of Current World Affairs, which included studying in Vienna and Belgrade.

Rusinow devoted more than 40 years of scholarship to Southeastern Europe. His areas of expertise included ethnic nationalism in Yugoslavia, the Cyprus conflict and Marshall Tito's regime. Prior to joining the faculty at Pittsburgh, he served as: adjunct professor of history at Dartmouth College in 1976, lecturer in international affairs at California Institute of Technology in 1970, lecturer in Balkan and Italian Studies at the Institute for Mediterranean Studies in Rome from 1969 to 1977 and adjunct assistant professor of history at Michigan State University in 1965.

In addition to his accomplishments in the university classroom, Rusinow's total scholarship included five books, numerous newspaper and journal articles as well as contributions to several edited volumes on the subject of Eastern Europe.

Following his retirement from the University of Pittsburgh in 2000, Rusinow took up residence back in St. Petersburg, Florida. On January 20, 2004, he died at the age of 73.

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Scope and Content Notes:

This collection documents Rusinow's professional career as both an associate for the American University Field Staff and as a university professor. Numerous types of textual documents such as correspondence, research, seminar transcripts, survey data, newspaper clippings, syllabi, resumes, presentation fliers, hand-written notes, un-translated materials, course materials, scholarly articles, manuscripts and other miscellaneous documents make up the actual content of the collection. The dates of said documents range from as early as 1963, when he began working for the AUFS, up through 2000, when he retired from the University of Pittsburgh.

The collection has been organized into three series according to general topic. The first series contains Rusinow's research for some of the 76 AUFS reports he produced between 1963 and 1991. Personal documents and materials such as correspondence, resumes and seminar materials compose the second series.

The final series is devoted to Rusinow's career in academia. The documents in this series emphasize his term as professor at the University of Pittsburgh.

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Arrangement

  • Series I. Research Materials
  • Series II. Personal, Dennison I. Rusinow
  • Series III. Academic Career and Course Materials

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Administrative Information

Publication Information

ULS Archives & Special Collections, August 2007

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Access Restrictions

No restrictions.

Copyright

Property rights reside with the University of Pittsburgh. For information about permission to reproduce or publish, please contact the Archives Services Center.

Acquisition Information

Books and papers donated by Mary Rusinow in July 2003. Papers transferred to Archives in February 2005.

Processing Information

This collection was processed by Michael Behrmann August 2007.

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Controlled Access Headings

Personal Name(s)

  • Kukučín, Martin, 1860-1928
  • Rusinow, Dennison I.
  • Tito, Josip Broz, 1892-1980

Subject(s)

  • Cold War
  • Cold War -- Propaganda
  • Faculty papers
  • Nationalism -- Baltic States -- History
  • University of Pittsburgh
  • Yugoslavia
  • Yugoslavia -- Ethnic relations
  • Yugoslavia -- Foreign relations -- 1945-1980 -- Sources

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Previous Citation

Dennison I. Rusinow Papers, 1963-2000, UA.90.F84, University Archives, Archives Service Center, University of Pittsburgh

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Collection Inventory

Series  I. Research Materials 

Scope and Content Notes

The files in this series date from 1963 to 1968 and contain Rusinow's accumulated research. This research was likely used in the production of Rusinow's reports on Yugoslavia for the American University Field Staff. Radio Free Europe background analyses, current regional events reports as well as translations of eastern European media served as the principal sources for his AUFS research.

  BoxFolder
Ports, 1963-1969 101-03
  Folder
Communes, 1963-1968 4
  Folder
Media & Science, 1966-1968 5
  Folder
The Arts, 1963-1969 06-07
  Folder
Economic Reform, 1965 08-09
  Folder
Security Service, 1963-1968 10
  Folder
Nationalities, 1963-1969 11-12
  Folder
Skopje Earthquakes, 1963-1964 13-15
  Folder
Foreign Policy: Poland, 1963-1964 16
  Folder
Foreign Policy: Comecon Bloc, 1964-1965 17
  BoxFolder
Foreign Policy: U.S.S.R., 1963-1964 21
  Folder
Foreign Policy: Czechoslovakia, 1963-1964 2
  Folder
Foreign Policy: Hungary & Rumania, 1963-1964 3
  Folder
Foreign Policy: Bulgaria, GDR, China, 1963-1964 4
  Folder
Communism, 1964 05-06
  Folder
Slovenia, 1988 7

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Series  II. Personal, Dennison I. Rusinow 

Scope and Content Notes

Dating from 1984 to 2000, this series concerns itself with Rusinow's professional activities outside of teaching and journalism. Manuscripts, correspondence, resumes, hand-written notes, seminar materials and scholarly articles are all included within this series. The folders of correspondence primarily deal with professional matters, such as thank you notes, contract matters, and administrative issues but also some personal notes between friends and colleagues included as well.

  Folder
Correspondence, 1984-1989 8
  Folder
Correspondence, 1990-1993 9
  Folder
Correspondence, 1994-1999 10
  Folder
Newspaper Articles about Rusinow, 1990 11
  Folder
Rusinow CVs, undated 12
  Folder
"Revolution of Westernization", undated 13
  Folder
Hand-written Notes, undated 15-17
  Folder
Miscellaneous Newspaper Clippings, 1987-1992 18
  Folder
"Political Landscape of a Communist Nation in Transition: Slovenia, 1988-1989" by Peter Jambrek, 1989 19
  Folder
"Uncertain Path: The Problem of Democratic Transition and Consolidation in Slovenia" by Rudolf Martin Rizman, 2000 20
  Folder
"The Macedonian Question's Shifting Face" by S. Victor Papacosma, 1993 21
  Folder
"The Yugoslav Labyrinth" by E.A. Hammel, 22
  Folder
"Serbian Intellectuals and the National Question: 1961-1991" by Audrey H. Budding, 1994 23
  Folder
Steering Committee of the International Conference on the Former Yugoslavia Report, 1994 24
  Folder
"The European Union and the Challenge of Enlargement" by Ronald H. Linden, 1999 25
  Folder
"Yugoslavia's Hyperinflation, 1993-1994" by James Lyon, 1995 26
  Folder
The War against Croatia: A Chronology of Aggression, 1992 27
  Folder
Political Pamphlets from Eastern European Countries, 1989-1991 28
  Folder
Yugoslav Federation Agreement, 1994 29
  Folder
Un-translated Material, 1988 30
  Folder
Survey Data, 1989 31-33
  Folder
Mostar e Dintorni, 1988 34
  Folder
Martin Kukučín, 1860-1928, undated 35
  Folder
Transcript of Yugoslav Conference, National Identity Seminars, 1993-1994 02-03
  Folder
Transcript of Yugoslav Conference, Nationalism Seminars (Pitt), 1993-1997 4
  Folder
Transcript of Yugoslav Conference, Nationalism Seminar (Ohio State), 1989 5
  Folder
Transcript of Yugoslav Conference, Lectures & Meetings, 1993-1994 6
  Folder
Transcript of Yugoslav Conference, Miscellaneous, undated 7

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Series  III. Academic Career and Course Materials 

Scope and Content Notes

This series contains materials from Rusinow's second career as a university professor and researcher. The bulk of the documents relate to Rusinow's thirteen years of teaching the University of Pittsburgh. In addition to course syllabi, much of his original course materials for his classes are available. The Tito box set, found in Box 4, contains propaganda posters and blown-up photographs documenting the Yugoslav leader's life and accomplishments.

Subseries  1. University of Pittsburgh 

  Folder
University of Pittsburgh Materials, 1987-1998 8
  Folder
Course Evaluations, 1995 9
  Folder
Lecture Flyers, 1988-2000 10
  Folder
HIS 2005/2211 Eastern Central European Readings, 1990-1998 11-12
  Folder
HIS 1000 Uses and Abuses of History, 1997-2000 13
  Folder
HIS 1046 Nationalism and Communism, 1997 14
  Folder
HIS 103/PS 124 Nationalism and Communism, 1990 15
  Folder
HIS 1005 Yugoslavia, 1992-1994 16
  Folder
HIS 1006 Yugoslavia, 1990 17
  Folder
HIS 1005 The Idea of Europe, 1993-1998 18
  Folder
HIS 12 Europe's Unities and Diversities, 1989 19
  Folder
HIS 033/733 East European Civilization, 1988 20
  Folder
HIS 7200 Eastern Europe, 1992 - 1993 21
  Folder
PS 103 Eastern Europe in World Politics, 1989 22
  Folder
HIS 139/PS 112 Politics of Eastern Europe, 1989 23
  Folder
HIS 037/737 20th Century Eastern Europe, 1986 24
  Folder
HIS 1240/PS 1346 Political Eastern Europe, 1991-1997 25
  Folder
HIS 1042 Nationalism, 1991 - 1994 26
  Folder
HIS 933/733 Unknown,undatedFolder 30 - 31Miscellaneous Course Materials, undated 29
  Folder
Miscellaneous Syllabi, undated 32

Subseries  2. Other Academic Institutions 

  Folder
Dartmouth College, 1976 33
  Folder
Center for Mediterranean Studies, Rome1970-1977 34

Subseries  3. Josip Broz Tito Box Set, 

  BoxFolder
Josip Broz Tito Box Set, undated 41

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