The Richard Lourie collection includes manuscripts, correspondence, printed materials, research materials, notebooks, audio materials, photographs, financial materials, and legal materials.
Collected manuscripts include novels, short essays, screenplays, short stories, articles, and book reviews translated and authored by Lourie.
Translated novels include The Anti-Soviet Soviet Union by Vladamir Voinovich (1986); Moonrise, Moonset by Tadeusz Konwicki (1987); My Century by Alexander Wat (1988); Good Night by A. Sinyausky; and more. Translated short essays include "Crossing the Abyss" by Vladamir Voinovich; and "The Sources of Political Terror" by Roy Medvedev. The translated screenplay is titled "Mother Russia" by Alexander Gelman (1990).
Original novels include The Autobiography of Joseph Stalin; Zero Gravity (1987); A Hatred of Tulips (2007); King of the Forest: Vladimir Putin and his Russia (2014); Sakharov: A Biography; Hunting the Devil; and Russia Speaks: An Oral History from the Revolution to the Present; among others. Essays and articles include "Berlin;" "The North Form and Shelter Island;" "Topless Beaches and Bottomless Pockets;" and more. Screenplays include "Grace Under Pressure;" "Miami Vice" episodes (1987); the HBO mini-series "Mother Russia;" "Russian Homeland;" and more. Book reviews include Against the Grain, An Autobiography by B. Jeltsin; American Evil by Joyce Johnson; Hitler’s Niece by Ron Hansen; and A Werewolf Problem in Central Russia by Victor Pelevin (1998); among others.
Correspondence, dating approximately 1979 to 2008, relates to authors, editors, publishers, agents, and film programmers with whom Lourie worked. Notables include Timothy D. Allman, Czeslaw Milosz, Vladamir Voinovich, and more.
Printed materials include reviews of books and translations by Lourie, various newspaper clippings, notes, and articles concerning his works dating approximately 1973 to 2005.
Research materials regard George Krimsky and the Soviets, Andrei Sakharov, The Autobiography of Joseph Stalin, and police interviews and date approximately from the 1970s to the 2000s
Other items in the collection include multiple notebooks and cassette tapes, as well as photographs of historical figures such as Catherine the Great, Alexander I, and Peter the Great. Also included are some legal contracts and financial statements.