The State Memorial and Natural Preserve "Museum-estate of Leo Tolstoy "Yasnaya Polyana"
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Academic research

Academic research is one of the most significant activities of our museum.

Research assistants working for different museum departments do research. But it is the main focus for the work of the Academic Research Department. 

One of the main tasks of the Department is preparation and publication of the scholarly annotated bibliography of Tolstoy’s personal library in five volumes. In May 2012 Tolstoy’s Personal Library was listed in UNESCO Memory of World Register. So preparation of the Catalogue volumes is  one of the priorities of our work.

The research workers also organize conferences, seminars, and public lectures focused on various aspects of Tolstoy studies. The Biannual International Conference Leo Tolstoy and World Literature, held at Yasnaya Polyana, and the annual International Seminar of Translators of Russian Literature have already become traditional events. Collections of scholarly articles and the proceedings of the conferences and seminars are regularly published. In collaboration with the Russian State Library and British Council, supported by the Andrew Mellon Foundation, the department prepared the portal of the materials on Tolstoy including his personal library (

Our researchers take part in various conferences in Russia and abroad, deliver lectures about Tolstoy’s life and work both at Yasnaya Polyana and in the Universities of France, Norway, Canada, USA etc., and have their articles and monographs published in Russia and abroad. 

Tolstoy’s Personal Library Listed in UNESCO Memory of World Register>>


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