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New Bibliographic Index "On the Siberian Route"

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New Bibliographic Index "On the Siberian Route"

The National Library of the Udmurt Republic has issued a new bibliographic index "On the Siberian Route" (in Russian), dedicated to the history of a major transport artery of the 18th-19th centuries that connected European Russia to Siberia and China.

The Siberian Route served as a passenger, trade and postal corridor. Running almost through the whole Empire, the Great Siberian Route had a huge socio-economic and cultural impact on the settlements located along it, including those on the territory of Udmurtia.


The Route was also known as the road to Siberian exile for convicts sent to prison. There were halting places for prisorners’ overnight stays at the post stations (according to data of 1857, they were located in the villages of Muki-Kaksi, Kozhil, Uzi, Bakchegurt, Debesy, Syumsi, Selty, Novye Zyatsy, Zura, Cheptsa).


The new bibliographic index comprises 325 bibliographic descriptions of books, articles from periodicals and collections on the history of the Siberian Route from the holdings of the National Library of the Udmurt Republic and other large libraries and universities of Russia. Some bibliographic records link to the full-texts of the documents  to the National Electronic Library of the Udmurt Republic.


The index consists of 7 parts, which contain information about the Siberian Route in general and its section that run through Udmurtia (history, maps, schemes), about the settlements along the route (history, material culture, trades), about political exiles sent to Siberia through the "Udmurt" section of the route, about museums and tourist attractions. The index also includes postcards with the reproductions of Russian artists, recordings of songs of coachmen and convicts performed by singers of the 20th century.


The index is intended for historians and ethnographers, teachers and students, librarians, journalists and everyone interested in Russian history.