The Marshall Center, established in 1993, inherited a unique collection of materials from the former U.S. Army Russian Institute (USARI). Established in 1947, USARI supported the Department of the Army’s Foreign Area Officer (FAO) program, training thousands of specialists from all military services in Russian language and graduate-level studies in Soviet and Eastern European Studies. The Marshall Center continues to support the program, with Foreign Area Officers regularly participating in Marshall Center resident courses.
The Marshall Center Archives houses the USARI Student Reports, Soviet Posters, and Roots of the Marshall Center. There are over 500 student reports, in Russian and English, submitted in partial fulfillment of course requirements; more than 65 Soviet-era posters depicting the Soviet revolution, its leaders, and its culture; and also news articles and bulletins that provide some information on the roots of the Marshall Center.
Our Research Library also contains thousands of documents in its Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty Legacy Collection (RFE/RL). During the Cold War, Radio Free Europe/ Radio Liberty played a crucial role in providing independent information to countries behind the Iron Curtain. RFE/RL compiled and accumulated various high-quality materials in English and Russian, spanning from 1959 to 1994. The Marshall Center’s RFE/RL collection supplements larger holdings of the Hoover Institution Archives at Stanford University and the Open Society Archives at Central European University in Budapest. Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty journalists continue to report the news in 22 countries where there is no free press. Visit their current site at Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty.