Novoye Russkoye Slovo (NRS), a respected Russian-language newspaper established in New York in 1910 by the Russian immigrant intelligentsia, announces its ambitious initiative to digitize its extensive historical archives. Led by Yury Mosha, the CEO of NRS, this project aims to preserve and make accessible the cultural legacy encapsulated within the newspaper’s century-long records.
Since its launch in 1910, Novoye Russkoye Slovo has constantly strived for journalistic excellence, diversity of attitudes, and professional integrity. The newspaper has featured works from globally renowned Russian-speaking authors such as Ivan Bunin, Alexander Solzhenitsyn, Sergey Dovlatov, Joseph Brodsky, and Boris Pasternak. Today, the repository of Novoye Russkoye Slovo’s archives is preserved in libraries and archives worldwide. However, it remains accessible only through scans of the physical copies of the newspaper issues.
Yury Mosha and the editorial team of Novoye Russkoye Slovo recognize the importance of preserving this rich cultural heritage and making it accessible for future generations of readers. The archive digitalization project serves this purpose, aiming for easy readability, searchability, and global accessibility of the NRS historical records. A dedicated team of experts will transcribe and digitize these archives entirely and publish them on the NRS website. This initiative is key to preserving the diverse American media landscape, as well as showcasing the historical role of immigrant media outlets in the USA.
Yury Mosha emphasizes the significance of digitizing the archives, especially in engaging today’s tech-savvy generation. “A digitized archive will encourage more young people to explore and appreciate Novoye Russkoye Slovo,” says Yury Mosha.. “Our aim is to provide easily accessible resources for research, education, and cultural preservation.”
The newspaper has already started working on the project and produced the first segment of the digitized archives. However, to complete the colossal mission, NRS seeks support from patrons and donors. “We welcome donations of any size,” underlines Yury Mosha. He is convinced that every contribution plays a big role in this endeavor.
Individuals interested in contributing to the preservation of the newspaper’s invaluable heritage and supporting the digital archiving project can contact NRS directly. The newspaper is profoundly grateful for the consideration and support extended to Novoye Russkoye Slovo.