Novosti Collection

Photo of Mikhail Gorbachev from the Novosti Collection

Novosti is the former Soviet Press Agency, entrusted with the mission of promoting and embellishing the culture and society of the former USSR to the international community.

The Novosti Collection is a set of documents and photographs depicting elements of Soviet life for external use to 125 countries in over 30 languages. This material was in high circulation from 1917 until 1991 thanks to the Soviet Press Agency's exclusive ability to attach overseas offices to the Soviet Embassies of allied nations.

This collection offers a unique visual representation of the Soviet Union, as well as the USSR's records concerning Soviet perspectives on other nations, particularly Canada, and Canadian-USSR relations.