Checklist of Women Journalists in Imperial Russia
june pachuta farris
(with Rhonda Lebedev Clark, Barbara T. Norton,
and Mary F. Zirin)
This compilation is a work in progress, a starting point for further
research on women journalists in early as well as late imperial Rus-
sia. Although it aims at comprehensiveness, it is by no means com-
plete in any category. The majority of women listed are almost en-
tirely unknown, and for the handful of recognizable names, it is
often the case that we are much more familiar with their literary,
political, or other professional activities than with their journalistic
efforts. With the exception of publishers and editors, there are no
published sources that systematically list those who worked for the
(legal and illegal) periodical press in imperial Russia. The net must be
cast wide and deep to identify women journalists of prerevolution-
ary Russia and to link them to the specific journals and newspapers
to which they contributed.
The various bibliographies of prerevolutionary serial publications
cited in the preceding bibliographic essay [1, 3, 4, 5], as well as other
sources such as Svodnyi katalog russkoi nelegal’noi i zapreshchennoi
pechati XIX veka: Knigi i periodicheskie izdaniia, 3 t. (Moskva:
Gosudarstvennaia biblioteka SSSR, 1982), provide systematic access
to women registered as editors and publishers. The name index to
Beliaeva’s Bibliografiia periodicheskikh izdanii Rossii, 1901–1916,
for example, lists more than 850 women active in publishing and
editing. In the course of research for her dissertation ‘‘Forgotten
Voices’’ [53], Rhonda Lebedev Clark has extracted much of the rele-
vant data found in these bibliographies and contributed it to this
No such straightforward access is available to aid in identifying
women journalists who were neither editors nor publishers but were
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