Lecture by Patricia Kennedy Grimsted, Senior Research Associate, Harvard Ukrainian Research Institute; Associate, Davis Center for Russian and Eurasian Studies
Patricia Kennedy Grimsted is a Senior Research Associate at the Ukrainian Research Institute and Associate of the Davis Center for Russian and Eurasian Studies and at Harvard University and an Honorary Fellow of the International Institute of Social History (Amsterdam). She received her Ph.D. in Russian history at the University of California (Berkeley) in 1964 and has taught at several universities. Among many fellowships and awards, and she received the Distinguished Contribution to Slavic Studies Award from the American Association for the Advancement of Slavic Studies in 2002.
She is the West's leading authority on archives in the former Soviet Union and since, and the author of several historical monographs, documentary publications. Her series of directories and related studies on Soviet-area archives, include the comprehensive post-Soviet collaborative edition, Archives of Russia: A Directory and Bibliographic Guide to Holdings in Moscow and St. Petersburg (Russian edn, 1997; English edn, 2000). She continues to consult for the English version of ArcheoBiblioBase, updating the earlier printed directory of Russian archives, maintained on Internet by the International Institute of Social History (Amsterdam), since 2015 in collaboration with the State Public Historical Library (GPIB) in Moscow.
Over the last two decades she has become a major authority on displaced cultural valuables from the Second World War and restitution issues. She has been consulting for the Jewish Claims Conference, as author of Reconstructing the Record of Nazi Cultural Plunder: A Guide to the Dispersed Archives of the Einsatzstab Reichsleiter Rosenberg (ERR), Internet edn Amsterdam: IISH, 2011; currently being expanded at www.errproject.org/guide.php. Her wide range of publications in this field include the monograph Trophies of War and Empire: The Archival Legacy of Ukraine, World War II, and the International Politics of Restitution (Cambridge MA: HURI, 2001). She is editor and major contributor of Returned from Russia: Nazi Plunder of Archives in Western Europe and Recent Restitution Issues (Institute of Art and Law, UK, 2007; paper edn with PKG ‘Afterword’–2013); and Spoils of War v. Cultural Heritage: The Russian Cultural Property Law in Historical Context, published as International Journal of Cultural Property 17, no. 2 (2010). Her full bibliography of related publications can be found at: <http://socialhistory.org/en/russia-archives-and-restitution/bibliography>.