castle Paper Currency & Banknotes in the André Savine Collection

About the Paper Currency & Banknotes in the André Savine Collection

The Paper Currency & Banknotes database features detailed descriptions and images of over 600 numismatic pieces found in the André Savine Collection. Pieces in the numismatics sub-collection consist primarily of paper currency and other forms of scrip such as banknotes, loan obligations, and coupons. Items featured in this database represent various periods of Russian history, including rare paper currency issued by the Russian White Army while in control of southern Russia during 1918-1920. The numismatics sub-collection also includes currency from other Ukraine, Poland, and Switzerland.

For Russian and Ukrainian currency in the Paper Currency & Banknotes database, all descriptive text from both the obverse and reverse sides has been transliterated from the vernacular according to the Library of Congress transliteration tables for Cyrillic alphabets. In addition to descriptive information, this database provides both a mid-size (600 x 340) and high-resolution (160K - 3.72MB) image of the obverse and reverse sides of each piece. Images can be viewed by clicking on the thumbnails provided at the bottom of each record. For additional information on searching this database, please refer to the Searching the Paper Currency & Banknotes Database site.

All paper currency and banknotes represented in this database were discovered during the unpacking and initial processing of the André Savine Collection after its arrival at the University Library in 2002. Upon its discovery, each piece was recorded in an inventory spreadsheet that describes the characteristics of each piece as well as its original location within the collection.

The numismatic pieces in this database are just one of the many sub-collections of unique materials that make up the André Savine Collection. The Paper Currency & Banknotes database also represents the first module of the proposed Russia Beyond Russia Digital Initiative (RBR). The conceptual model of this initiative is to create and link digitized sub-collections from within the André Savine Collection using a database application that provides users with fully searchable, machine-readable, electronic text via the Internet. For example, the Taxi Drivers sub-collection is comprised of the archives of the Union of Russian Taxi Drivers in Paris, many of whom were former White Army officers and enlisted men. The proposed design of the RBR Digital Initiative would allow access to information on these persons from the 'Archives' module in which the data is stored as well as from the 'Militaria' module which contains information specific to the Russian White Army in exile. In June 2005, the UNC University Library received a grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation to begin building the Core Module of the RBR Digital Initiative. For more information, please contact Kirill Tolpygo, Interim, Librarian for Slavic and East European Resources.