Patricia Kennedy Grimsted

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Patricia Kennedy Grimsted (born 1935) is a historian focused on the dispossession and restitution of cultural materials during and after World War Two. She is a leading authority on archives in the former Soviet Union and its successor states.[1][2][3]

Grimsted is an associate at the Davis Center for Russian and Eurasian Studies[4] and a senior research associate at the Ukrainian Research Institute,[5] both at Harvard University, and an honorary Fellow of the International Institute of Social History in Amsterdam.[1] Her books have been called "the best guide" to archives of the former Soviet Union.[6]

Selected Works[edit]

  • Archives of Russia: a directory and bibliographic guide to holdings in Moscow and St. Petersburg. M.E. Sharpe (2000)
  • A Handbook for archival research in the USSR. International Research and Exchanges Board (1989)
  • The foreign ministers of Alexander I: political attitudes and the conduct of Russian diplomacy, 1801-1825. University of California Press (1969)
  • Archives and manuscript repositories in the USSR: Moscow and Leningrad. Princeton University Press (1972)
  • Trophies of war and empire : the archival heritage of Ukraine, World War II, and the international politics of restitution (2001)
  • The "Lithuanian Metrica" in Moscow and Warsaw: reconstructing the archives of the Grand Duchy of Lithuania : including an annotated edition of the 1887 inventory compiled by Stanisław Ptaszycki. Institute of History of the Polish Academy of Sciences (1984)
  • Returned from Russia: Nazi archival plunder in Western Europe and recent restitution issues. Institute of Art and Law (2007)
  • Spoils of War Returned: U.S. Restitution of Nazi-Looted Cultural Treasures to the USSR, 1945 - 1959, Prologue, Fall 2002, Vol. 34, No. 3

External links[edit]

  • ArcheoBiblioBase, a database of information about nearly 700 archives in the Russian Federation
  • ARCAblog interview with Grimsted


  1. ^ a b "Patricia Kennedy Grimsted", International Institute of Social History (Amsterdam), retrieved 2013-06-15 
  2. ^ Boxer, Sarah (16 August 1999). "International Sleuthing Adds Insight About Bach". The New York Times. p. 1. 
  3. ^ Bohlen, Celestine (14 December 2002). "A Stray Record of Stalinist Horrors Finds Its Way Home". The New York Times. p. 9. 
  4. ^ "Patricia Kennedy Grimsted", Davis Center for Russian and Eurasian Studies, Harvard University, retrieved 2013-06-15 
  5. ^ "Patricia Kennedy Grimsted", Ukrainian Research Institute, Harvard University, retrieved 2013-06-15 
  6. ^ Serhy Yekelchyk (2004). Stalin's Empire of Memory: Russian-Ukrainian Relations in the Soviet Historical Imagination. University of Toronto Press. p. 199. ISBN 978-0-8020-8808-6. Retrieved 14 June 2013.