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Sakhalin, the island of exile: photograph collection of the Russian island penal colony during the late 19th and early 20th centuries

Collection Data

Description
Views of administrative center of Alexandrovsk and Derbinsk on Sakhalin Island.
Dates / Origin
Date Created: 1894 - 1905
Library locations
The Miriam and Ira D. Wallach Division of Art, Prints and Photographs: Photography Collection
Shelf locator: SLV 110
Topics
Sakhalin (Sakhalinskai︠a︡ oblastʹ, Russia)
Prisoners -- Russia (Federation) -- Sakhalin (Sakhalinskai︠a︡ oblastʹ)
Political prisoners -- Russia (Federation) -- Sakhalin (Sakhalinskai︠a︡ oblastʹ)
Genres
Photographs
Notes
Content: According to William C. Brumfield, "typical views include administrative buildings, churches, local ethnic types, prisoners (some mention crimes, punishments) convicts at work. Photos numbered in no particular order, with English captions, with some corrections by a person (the photographer?) who was present during the photography, and thus knew the subject matter/sites. Four per page of 4 1/4" x 5 1/2" prints (128 total, some on verso). No photographer given. Photos presumably taken around time of Chekhov's visit and composition of his famous expose Journey to Sakhalin (189_). Remarkable materials from one of Russia's most notorious penal colonies. Of exceptional interest, in spite of the fading of some of the prints. The photographs themselves are generally well-executed. Priority for preservation; high quality copy negatives essential."
Content: Title supplied by cataloger, based on seller-assigned title.
Funding: DOE Title II-C "Russian Illustrated Books and Photographs" Project.
Citation/reference: The collection is mentioned in the magazine Bostonia, no. 3(May/June, 1990), p. 53-59.
Physical Description
Extent: 128 mounted photographs : ill. (map) ; 11 x 15 cm.
Type of Resource
Still image
Identifiers
TMS Object Number: SLV 110
Universal Unique Identifier (UUID): 7c1ac6e0-c6c5-012f-d142-58d385a7bc34
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