Diane Koenker (1947- ) was an emeritus professor of Russian, East European, and Eurasian Studies in the department of History at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign before becoming the Director of the School of Slavonic and East European Studies (SSEES) at the University College London in 2018. She is internationally recognized for her work on the 1917 Russian Revolution and early Soviet Union, as well as her work on labor history, social history, and the history of leisure and consumption. During her time at Illinois, professor Koenker chaired the Department of History (2011-2015), directed the Russian and East European Center (1990-1996), and served as the Director of Graduate Studies (2008-2010). Professor Koenker has also been recognized for her excellence in teaching, receiving numerous teaching awards. She also served as the President of the Association for Slavic, East European, and Eurasian Studies (ASEEES) in 2013 and she was the editor of the Slavic Review from 1996-2006. Her research has been funded by the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation, the Mellon Foundation, International Research and Exchanges Board, the National Endowment for the Humanities, and the Fulbright-Hays Program, to name a few. Professor Koenker has published numerous books, and articles, including Moscow Workers and the 1917 Revolution (1981), Strikes and Revolution in Russia, 1917 (1989), Republic of Labor: Russian Printers and Soviet Socialism, 1918-1930 (2005), and Club Red: Vacation Travel and the Soviet Dream (2013).
The papers of Diane Koenker consist of correspondence, writings, research files, conference papers, teaching materials, talks, Revelations from the Russian Archives: Historical Archival Records, photographs, slides, and publications. Please contact the archives because some files will be restricted.
This collection is organized into eight series. Series 1: Correspondence and Subject Files, listed alphabetically; Series 2: Course Materials, 1978-2017, arranged by course number; Series 3: Talks, arranged chronologically; Series 4: Administrative Service, organized alphabetically; Series 5: Correspondence with William G. Rosenberg, arranged alphabetically; Series 6: Revelations from the Russian Archives: Historical Archival Records, arranged according to Koenker's coding system; Series 7: Photographs and Slides, arranged with photographs first, followed by slides.; Series 8: Publications and Reviews of Koenker's Work, arranged chronologically with reviews listed last.