Museums /Komi Republic National Museum
The Komi Republic National Museum (Komi Republic, town of Syktyfkar) shows the history of the Gulag in temporary exhibitions that are partly or entirely dedicated to the camps and exile in the Komi Republic. Since 1990 the Museum has created around 20 such exhibitions. Elements of most of these exhibitions have found entry into the permanent exhibition. The Museum’s archives include material on the history of the Gulag, exile, ‘special settlements’ and ‘labour colonies’ in the Komi Region, such as letters, documents, photographs from private archives, copies of documents from central and State archives, items of everyday life from prisoners and ‘special settlers’, as well as a collection of pieces of art (paintings, drawings, posters) made by prisoners. The Museum has not singled out the items concerning camp history, but assigned them to the general collection. Many of them are kept within dossiers or document files of various enterprises founded during the Soviet era. Several exhibits were collected during an expedition to the settlement Vozhael’ (location of the administration of the Ust-Vym camp) in 1989. They include items of everyday camp life, such as bars, doors, pots, bowls, bread-baking pans, as well as photographs of camp buildings and burial sites. In 2006-2008 E.N. Potolitsyna, a Museum employee, undertook several trips to the Kortkerosskii, Ust-Tsil’ma and Sosnogorsk regions of the Komi Republic. The results of these expeditions were presented in several local and travelling exhibitions (“Zhertvam repressii 1930-kh-1950-kh v Ust’-Tsilemskom raione” [“To the Victims of the Repressions in the 1930s-1950s in the Ust’-Tsilma Region”]; “Rodina, gde ty?” [“Motherland, where are you?”]; “Vera v gornile stradanii” [“Faith in the Crucible of Suffering”] et al); while the new materials Potolitsina collected (for the most part personal effects of special settlers) were assigned to the Museum’s collections. The Museum’s document archive is regularly expanded with material from the National and other state archives. Every year on 30 October the Museum hosts a meeting of former prisoners. (Information from March 2010). 
 
 
 
 
NameKomi Republic National Museum
 
LocationKomi Republic/
 
Address167000, Komi Republic, Syktyvkar,
ul. Kommunisticheskaya, 6
 
Status of museumMuseums//
 
SpecialisationMuseums//
 
Official contact detailsDirector: Irina Nikolaevna Kotyleva Tel. (7-8212) 241173 e-mail: nmrk@list.ru http://www.komi.com/nmrk
 
Description of museumThe Komi Republic National Museum (Komi Republic, town of Syktyfkar) shows the history of the Gulag in temporary exhibitions that are partly or entirely dedicated to the camps and exile in the Komi Republic. Since 1990 the Museum has created around 20 such exhibitions: “Komi krai (oblast’, ASSR) v 1917-1940 godakh” [“The Komi Krai (Oblast, Autonomous Republic) from 1917 until 1941”] (1990-1991); “Politicheskie repressii 1930-kh- nachala 1950-kh godov” [“Political Repression in the 1930s to early 1950s”] (1990-1991), the photo exhibition “GULAG v Komi” [“The Gulag in Komi”] (1994); “10 let Syktyfkarskomu ‘Memorialu’” [“The 10th Anniversary of the Syktyvkar Branch of ‘Memorial’”] (1999); the travelling exhibition “Nemtsy v Respublike Komi” [“Germans in the Komi Republic”] (2000); “V poiskakh Eldorado” [“In Search of Eldorado”] (2002-2003); “Ia razdelil sud’bu strany (detiam GULAGa posviashchaetsya)” [“I Shared the Fate of the Country (dedicated to the children of the Gulag)”] (2002-2003), “Vorkuta-Leningrad. Istoriia soprotivleniia v zerkale Komi v 50-kh-80-kh godakh“ [“Vorkuta-Leningrad. The History of Repression Reflected through Komi, 1950s-1980s”] (2003); “Neizvestnyi Nalimov” [“The Unknown Nalimov”] (2004); “Skvoz’ zamki prokhodiat muzy” [“The Muses Cannot Be Locked Out”] (2004); “Zhenskii portret v inter’ere epokhi. XX vek” [“The Female Portrait of an Epoch. The 20th century”] (2004); “I sledy poterialis’ v snegakh” [“And the Tracks were Lost in the Snow...”] (2005); “Rodina, gde ty?” [“Motherland, where are you?”] (2006); “Sud’ba pod znakom Ost” [“Fate Beneath the Sign ‘Ost’”] (2006); “My deti strashnykh let Rossii” [“We are the Children of Russia's Terrible Years”] (2007); “Mezhdu strok. Tysiacha pisem o voine i mire” [“Between the Lines. One Thousand Letters About War and Peace”] (2007); “Na rubezhe epokh. V.A. Savin i sovremenniki” [“At the Turn of the Times. V.A. Savin and his Comtemporaries”] (2008); “Vera v gornile stradanii” [“Faith in the Crucible of Suffering”] (2008); “Svetlyi mir ia sama sotvoriu” [“I Myself Create The Happy World”] (2009) and others. Elements of most temporary exhibitions have found their way into the permanent exhibition and as such represent the ‘Gulag component’ of regional history. The Museum creates temporary exhibitions. For example, the exhibition 'Victims of the Repressions of the 1930s-1950s in Ust-Tsilma district' opened as a result of the historical and ethnographical expedition of 2006. Starting in 2001, the Museum has presented an ‘express-exhibition’ on the history of repression each year on 30th October. The Museum’s archives include material on the history of the Gulag, exile, ‘special settlements’ and ‘labour colonies’ in the Komi Region, such as letters, documents, photographs from private archives, copies of documents from central and State archives, items of everyday life from prisoners and ‘special settlers’, as well as a collection of pieces of art (paintings, drawings, posters) made by prisoners. The Museum has not singled out the items concerning camp history, but assigned them to the general collection. Many of them are kept within dossiers or document files of various enterprises founded during the Soviet era. Several exhibits were collected during an expedition to the settlement Vozhael’ (location of the administration of the Ust-Vym camp) in 1989. They include items of everyday camp life, such as bars, doors, pots, bowls, bread-baking pans, as well as photographs of camp buildings and burial sites. In 2006-2008 E.N. Potolitsyna, a Museum employee, undertook several trips to the Kortkerosskii, Ust-Tsil’ma and Sosnogorsk regions of the Komi Republic. The results of these expeditions were presented in several local and travelling exhibitions (including “Rodina, gde ty?” [“Motherland, where are you?”]; while the new materials Potolitsina collected (for the most part personal effects of special settlers) were assigned to the Museum’s collections. The results of the expedition were also presented at conferences and in print.
The Museum’s document archive is regularly expanded with material from the National and other state archives. Over the last decade the Museum has started new collections on the following topics: “Germans in the Komi Republic”; “Children who Experienced the Repressions”; “Repressed Clergy”; as well as personal collections on A.P. Popov and E.V. Markova. The Museum hosts concerts featuring schoolchildren who recite poetry by the former prisoners Anna Barkova and Varlam Shalamov. Every year on 30 October the Museum hosts a meeting of former prisoners. For 2010 the Museum plans an exhibition on repressed Stalin Prize laureates.
 
Opening timesFixed opening times
 
How did the "Gulag" subject appear in the collection The first exhibition organised by the Museum’s employees opened in the settlement of Vozhael’ (the location of the administration of the UstVymLag) in 1989.
 
Related activities on the subjectIn 2006-2008 several expeditions were undertaken to the Kortkerosskii, Ust-Tsil’ma and Sosnogorsk regions of the Komi Republic. The Museum hosts concerts featuring schoolchildren who recite poetry by former prisoners.
 
Years during which the museum worked on the subject Systematic work began in 1989 and is ongoing.
 
Beginning (year)1989
 
Acquisition and description of subject-related collections New exhibits are collected during historical and ethnographic exhibitions; the Museum’s document archive is regularly expanded with material from the National and other state archives.
 
Current state of collectionThe display is open to visitors; every day temporary exhibitions on the Gulag are organised on the occasion of the Memorial Days.
 
PersonsKotyleva Irina Nikolaevna, Director
 
PersonsNalimov Vasilii Petrovich, Exhibition dedicated to him
 
PersonsPotolitsyna Elena Nikolaevna, Staff member, curator
 
PersonsSavin Viktor Alekseevich, Exhibition dedicated to him
 
Persons
 
Web page?Yes
 
 
Museums /Komi Republic National Museum