Museums /Anzhero-Sudzhensk Municipal Local History Museum
NameAnzhero-Sudzhensk Municipal Local History Museum
LocationKemerovo oblast'/Anzhero-Sudzhensk town
Addressul. Lenina 12
Status of museumMuseums//
Official contact details652470 Kemerovo oblast’ Anzhero-Sudzhensk ul. Lenina 12 Tel. (+7-38453) 23789 Director: Albina Petrovna Chuikova Head archivist: Galina Vasil'evna Slavnova
Description of museumThe Museum was founded in 1981. It is dedicated to the history of Anzhero-Sudzhensk and adjacent settlements.

Two stands in the permanent exhibition represent the theme of the Gulag. The first stand, “Repressii 30-kh” [“Repression in the 1930s”], features biographical material on arrested and exiled inhabitants of Anzhero-Sudzhensk (photographs and documents). The second stand is dedicated to the history of the deportations to Anzhero-Sudzhensk and the fates of special settlers. Contemporary photographs of camp objects and articles that were found at the former locations of the camp sections of the Anzhero-Sudzhensk division of the SevkusbassLag, are displayed next to the memoirs and biographies of prisoners. In addition the terror is also represented on the stands dedicated to the history of town and oblast’: “Grazhdanskaia voina” [“The Civil War”], “Anzhero-Sudzhenskaia chast’ osobogo naznacheniia” [“The Anzhero-Sudzhensk Special Purpose Section”] (about the suppression of the armed peasant uprising led by P.K. Lubkov) and “Kollektivisatsiia” [“The Collectivisation”].

The temporary exhibition “Oborotnaia storona pobedy” [“The Dark Side of Victory”] was created in 1995 on the occasion of the 50th anniversary of the victory in WWII. It was dedicated to the history of the deportation during the war, the labour-army, special settlers and the camps. Some of the materials of this exhibition subsequently became part of the permanent exhibition. For example, the exhibition in the ethnography hall, “Spletenie sudeb” [“Interlacing Fates”], now features exhibits about the dekulakised special settlers from Bashkiriia (1931), German special settlers, members of the labour army, and others.

The collection of materials on the theme of the Gulag was started in the early 1990s on the initiative of N.P. Goldaeva, a former Museum employee. The collection is being expanded by additions from the state archives and items found during Museum expeditions to the camp sections in the Iaiskii and Izhmorskii regions of Kemerovo oblast’ (sometimes in collaboration with the town’s grammar school No. 11). The Museum keeps photographic records of camp buildings and burial places. The collection on the theme of the history of the Gulag currently contains more than 500 items – everyday items from the camps, personal photographs, possessions and documents belonging to special settlers. They are kept in the general collection, grouped into thematic files and collections on individual former residents of Anzhero-Sudzhensk, prisoners and special settlers, and objects from the territory of former Anzhero-Sudzhensk division camp sections. The collection includes copies of documents on the prisoner-of-war camp No. 503, which was located in Anzhero-Sudzhensk: a list of those POWs who died in camp division No. 9; plans of camp division No. 11 cemetery (Germans and internees) and camp unit No. 8; photographs of the camp employees. In addition to that the Museum has drawn up a “Skhema razmeshcheniia lagernykh otdelenii i spetskomendatur g. Anzhero-Sudzhensk” [“Scheme of the positions of camp divisions and special commandant’s offices in the town of Anzhero-Sudzhensk”], on which the locations of well-known camp cemeteries are marked.
Beginning (year)1995
PersonsChuikova Albina Petrovna, Director
PersonsGoldaeva Nadezhda Petrovna, Member of staff
PersonsLubkov P.K., Leader of an armed peasant revolt
PersonsSlavnova Galina Vasil'evna, Head archivist
Web page?Yes
Museums /Anzhero-Sudzhensk Municipal Local History Museum