V. I.   Lenin



Published: First published in 1933 in Lenin Miscellany XXIV. Printed from the original.
Source: Lenin Collected Works, Progress Publishers, 1975, Moscow, Volume 44, page 331a.
Translated: Clemens Dutt
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15. I. 1920

Deputy People’s Commissar for Education

Please issue orders for our state libraries (the Rumyantsev Museum, the Petrograd Public Library, and others) immediately to begin collecting and keeping all whiteguard newspapers (Russian and foreign). Please give me a draft of the order proscribing that all military and civil authorities are to collect and hand over these newspapers to the state libraries.[1]

V. Ulyanov (Lenin)
Chairman, C.P.C.

P.S. Perhaps you would find it appropriate in these orders (or better separately?) to order and check on the collection of complete sets of our newspapers since 1917.


[1] At its meeting on January 17, 1920, the Council of People’s Commissars endorsed a decision for the collection of whiteguard literature. The decision was published (in part) in Pravda and in Izvestia No. 15, January 24, 1920.

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