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International Defense Review, Jane's IDR, Wehrtechnik, and some other magazines

skylancer-3441

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For some time during last year and earlier this year I was visiting Russian State Library, and had an opportunity to make photos of pages of several military-related magazines from 1950s-2010s stored there, such as

Interavia's IDR predecessor - five issues from 1965-1967;
International Defense Review 1975-1991, 1993;
Jane's International Defense Review 1993-1999, 2003-2007;
Jane's Defece Weekly 1984-1997;
Military Technology 1988-1995, 1999;
Soldat und Technik 1988-1992, 1995-2003;
Wehrtechnik 1969-1991, 1995-2007;
Wehrtechnische Monatshefte 1955-1959, 1963-1967;
l'Armee 1967-1969;
and several others, including some Soviet magazines (in Russian).

Also, there are photos of some pages from several volumes of Jahrbuch der Wehrtechnik, Jane's Weapon Systems, Jane's Armour and Artillery and Jane's AFV retrofit systems.

I tried to "process" those photos (i.e. put into separate folders, rename, rotate, cut and/or distort back to rectangular shape and apply color-correction where necessary) over the last couple of months, but realised that this would take months or years, so I've decided to make them available "as is" ASAP instead.
Still, I'm aiming at doing that "put into separate folders, rename, rotate" part to all of them, so while most of photos are uploaded, some of them are not - that would take couple more days, or in the worst-case scenario, weeks.

Those are not cover-to-cover photos, that would take much more time. Cover and table of contents if available are absolute minimum, with pictures or articles which caught my attention, if any.
Also, some of magazine's pages or photos were cut out, and as you can see in text above, there are certain gaps in RSL's collection, for example they do not have JIDR issues for 2000-2002.
 

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greenmartian2017

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Skylancer, thanks for doing this. Much appreciated.

My curiosity leads me to ask these questions: Were any of these holdings restricted? By that I mean that the person seeking access had to hold a permission to read type of qualification...

Would the engineering collectives have such libraries as well? And would such issues be restricted in access there as well?

If you can talk to that, please do.
 

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Publications related to (just manufacturing of? or more than that? no idea) explosives and drugs are restricted at RSL, in order to have access to those, someone - let's say student from university - should have an official letter from his faculty mentioning him and describing topic of his research.

It seems to be a common practice, although IIRC it's a grey area in legal terms as there are no law directly allowing such restrictions for non secret publications.
Article on this (in Russian, taking about library of Russian Academy of Sciences) -

Other things at RSL are restricted by the fact that they are still delivered only in the restricted collection's reading room, don't matter the content - could be something from 1940s or even early 20th century, - and would not be delivered in any other reading rooms,
and it's prohibited (although not impossible, I presume) to take photos of restricted access book's pages there (although it's not prohibited to write things down by hand via pen and paper or using mobile phone, and it's not prohibited to photograph restricted area's catalogue cards - my photos of those things are there https://cloud.mail.ru/public/9dEX/djuwzbp4V/карточки - library catalog cards in Russian/ДСП)

btw, that reading room is shared between restricted collection and collection on heavily illustrated books on Art (which presumably does not impose any restrictions on its visitors making photographs)
here - only back row of tables is for restricted collection's visitors, and there aren't many anyway, and behind it that 5-section catalogue cabinet with 3 paintings on top of it contains cards on restricted access books.


Basically, everything of which I've photographed as least table of contents - is not restricted in any way by now. Plenty of it, including all Soviet magazines (so, excluding magazines in Russian, published after 1991) I'm about to upload, - was - back in Soviet times,
even though most of them contain nothing but translations of articles from Western military magazines, or annotations and lists of those articles.

It's a relic of Soviet restricted access system, and while plenty of those things were moved into open access,
some weren't and would not until someone takes care of it and delivers a letter or something, from publisher (of restricted material) to library, on removal of restrictions. In practice sometimes that is physically impossible, as some of the publishers ceased to exist decades ago, or unwilling to spend time answering such requests.


No idea about engineering collectives.
 
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Those are not cover-to-cover photos, that would take much more time
That changed, as RSL imposed COVID-related restrictions on how many books visitor can order (as they put them on 3-day quarantine after visitor does not need those books any more, and that requires some space), and I decided to go from ~15-40 magazines per day down to ~5-10

Jahrbuch der Wehrtechnik vol.1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8 and 12 were photographed from cover to cover;
as well as 1-10 issues and supplements of JDW 1994 (vol.21) and two dozen issues from 1990;
two (out of two stored at RSL) issues of 1998 Jane's Intelligence Review plus supplement;
all 16 issues of Jane's Defence Upgrades 1997 (Vol.1) stored at RSL (out of 24 published) and 23 (out of 24 published) issues from 1998 (Vol.2);
as well as IDR 1975-04, 05, 06 and issues and supplements from 1989, 1990 and 1991-
were photographed from cover to cover.
(many of those are stored at "_tmp" folder
as some files are not renamed, yet.)
More photos to come starting from tomorrow, as two-week hiatus when I worked as construction worker (on scaffolding assembly and installation of wire mesh for plastering, to earn for living) have ended this Sunday, allowing me to visit RSL again.
 
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I see the first picture in your first attachment in this thread is "Armed Forces", a South African magazine.
This magazine in the early to mid '90's often had articles on local weapons projects and developments which could be of great interest. IE: Systems that had been shrouded in the secrecy common at the time. As an example, almost the only pictures and info known to this day about the ZA-35 SPAAG is from an article in one of those magazines.

Were there many of these magazines from that time period in the collection?
 

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No.
I've photographed and uploaded some pages from _all_ issues strored at RSL.
I can photograph those from cover to cover, tho, sooner if necessary.
No idea where to get more, as other library I'm aware of - National Public Library for Science and Technology (GPNTB) - does not have any issues at all.
 
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