Lot 244: TLS in Cyrillic, signed "N. Khrushchev," two pages, 8 x 11.25, September 29, 1948. Letter to Comrade G. M. Malenkov, in part (translated): "In 1948, Ukrainian book publishing houses must release 1,661 book titles, with a total printing of 36.6 million copies. The book product publishing plans were prepared on the basis of a printing paper stock allocation for the republic in the amount of 4,400 tons and the maximum use of insignificant carryovers from 1947. But the fulfillment of this plan is threatened with failure. According to a resolution of the USSR Council of Ministers…530 tons of paper that we obtained in 1947 from the 1946 stock has been withheld and transferred to the Union Government reserve. In addition, the receipt of paper towards stock is taking place erratically, with long interruptions…We have been forced to use the paper received, primarily to publish classical works of Marxism–Leninism, as well as textbooks for schools, junior colleges, and institutions of higher learning, thereby depriving other publishing houses of the ability to release artistic and technical literature. In order to ensure the fulfillment of the plan for book product publications in 1948, eliminate interruptions and standstills in the operation of printing houses, and create the necessary prerequisites for normal publishing house operation in early 1949, the Central Committee of the CP(b)U hereby requests: 1. That the transfer of 530 tons of paper to the Union Government reserve that the Ukrainian SSR received in 1947, which was shipped and purchased for its 1946 stock, can be cancelled. 2. That instructions be issued to the USSR Gospian to ship 1,200 tons of printing paper to the Ukrainian SSR…to ensure the publication of three volumes of The Writings of V. I. Lenin and one volume of The Writings of I. V. Stalin, as well as a number of high-priority works for the 2nd Congress of Ukrainian Writers." Scattered creases and tears to filing holes on the left edge, otherwise fine condition. Accompanied by a full translation.
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