Siberian Digital Photo Collection

This digital collection of Siberian scenes is presented by the UC Berkeley Slavic Collections.

Donors

The Institute for Slavic, East European and Eurasian STtudies received a gift of these photographs from Vera and Robert Eby. The photos were donated to the Institute in the name of their son, James Peter Eby, who at the time of the donation was an undergraduate majoring in Russian History at Berkeley.

James Peter Eby is a descendent of the Kropotkin family whose other descendents in the United States include Elizabeth Sidorov (nee Princess Elizabeth Kropotkin), Alex Alden, Vera Sidorov Eby, and Christopher Eby. This collection of photographs has been in the possession of the Eby family for some time. They are now being reframed and will be housed in the offices of the Institute for Slavic, East European and Eurasian Studies and in the History Department of UC Berkeley.

The Collection

The original photographs have been turned into digital representation by the Photographic Services Department of the UC Berkeley Library. They are presented for study in standard and high resolution. We recommend that the high resolution images be viewed only by those with high speed connections to the internet.

Little is known about the circumstances under which these photographs were taken, however the Eby family has verified that the photographs date from the late nineteenth century. Several scholars have viewed the photographs and suggested preliminary identifications. Their comments are represented underneath the individual images.


Photo 1: Wealthy family with peasants
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Photo 2:
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Photo 3:
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Photo 4:
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Photo 5:Middle class man in a cart
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Photo 6: Residences (3 windows) and
storage facilities (one window)
Shop sign says: Sklad" (words indecipherable) orudii
(initials indecipherable) Shishkina
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Photo 7: Winter hunting party:
Russians and perhaps Germans
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Photo 8: Wealthy woman with peasant in troika
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Photo 9:Children bathing in a pond
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Photo 10: Old Believers(?) eating peas
Man is Russian; woman is probably not
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Photo 11: A sledding party
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Photo 12:
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Photo 13:Peasant women: perhaps returning from harvest
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Photo 14: Windmills, perhaps a rural milling establishment
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Photo 15: Flour mill of E.M. Mel'nik
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Photo 16: Man in Buryat or Turkic dress
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Photo 17: Wealthy woman with escort in cart
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Photo 18: Gypsies on horseback
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Photo 19: Bazaar
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Photo 20:
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Photo 21:Shop sign says "Gostinyi dvor L.G.(?) Kozlova)
Sign on left also indicates a proprieter named Kozlov
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Photo 22: A hunting party
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Photo 23: River steamboat "Volshebnik"
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