Voices of Pre-Industrial Siberia: Collections of the Pushkin House

The Pushkin House archive has been one of the largest collections of Siberian indigenous voice recordings in the world. Equipped with accompanying archival and photographic records, this collection provides a unique insight into the lives of Siberian peoples before collectivization, urbanization, and industrialization.

The project aims to digitize, contextualize and share a collection of tape recordings of indigenous people of the North kept at the Institute of Russian Literature (Pushkin House). This large and unique collection of indigenous voices from the 1920s to the 1980s has never been professionally digitized, and is stored in poor conditions. This project will digitize the Siberian Arctic collection, document it by cross-referencing archival records, and digitally share the results both through new media technologies and visits to indigenous source communities.

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Location: Russia, Eastern Europe, Europe Organiser(s): Modern Endangered Archives Programme (MEAP) Project partner(s): University of Aberdeen; The Institute of Russian Literature (The Pushkin House) of the Russian Academy of Sciences Funder(s): Arcadia Funding received: $50,000.00 Commencement Date: 01/2022 Project Status: Active
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