Five editions connected with Sevvostlag (North-Eastern Camp) that located on the territory of Dalstroy (Far North Construction Trust). Among them are richly illustrated magazine (1946), jubilee collection of essays (1967) and six issues of three newspapers (1940-1946).
It all began when the 1920s expeditions to the little-known region of North-Eastern Siberia gave an impulse to gold mining in this region - and therefore road construction. Dalstroy was a base for further long-term, integrated development of almost uninhabited territories. The first hundred of the Soviet inmates appeared in that region in 1932 and by 1940 this number was doubled. New administrative center Magadan and other settlements arose around Dalstroy. The publishing power of this ‘great construction’ was relatively higher than other camps had because of the special status and huge financing of Dalstroy.
1. Kolyma. Organ Glavnogo upravleniia stroitel’stva Dal’nego Severa [i.e. Kolyma. Organ of the Head Administration of Far North Construction]. Magadan: Sovetskaia Kolyma, 1946. 112 pp.: ill., 6 ills. 28x20 cm. In original illustrated wrappers. Good. Tears of the spine and the last page, covers with p. 1-8 detached from the block, mounted picture on p. 5 lost, soiling.
An inscription ‘This magazine will tell you about far Kolyma area’ on the inner side of front cover are followed by ink captures under some photos: “We visited this theater 3 times” on p. 35, “We reached this shore on September 30, 1947, at 11 am” on p. 53, “We knew this woman personally” on p. 91, “We walked several times in this lobby” on p. 96.
Very rare. One of 12 000 copies produced. Drawings by Ivan Parkhomenko (1916-1997) who worked in Kolyma in 1938-1949, designed Magadan streets, parks and created portraits of Dalstroy shock-workers. Photographs were taken by V. Antoshin, V. Gordeev, N. Gribkov, Sh. Gurovich, N. Lobovikov, G. Philippovich.
Special issue of the monthly magazine dedicated to the 15-year development of Dalstroy. The journal was published in 1936-1999, excluding a period of 1948-1949. The copy features photomontages on built factories and houses, supplies of equipment and tractors to construction, the success of the Kolyma publishing industry, including compositions where different local periodicals, books and posters gathered. The photographs of agriculture, sports and cultural events are included.
2. Oktiabr’ na Kolyme. Sbornik posviashchaetsia 50-letiiu Sovetskoi vlasti [i.e. October on Kolyma. A Collection Dedicated to the 50th Anniversary of the Soviet Rule]. N.p.: Otdely propagandy i agitatsii Verkhnekolymskogo i Srednekolymskogo raikomov KPSS, .  typewritten and printed pages with illustrations at the end. 28,5x20,5 cm. In original cardboards with gilt lettering and small image of gilt deer on the front cover. Rubbed, bumped, signature and inscription on the blank leaf, signature on t.p.
This typewritten edition gathered essays on how Kolyma was inhabited and developed. It comprises archived materials on pre-revolutionary exiles to these places, memoirs on arrival of the first inmates (revised) and statistical data on Kolyma economics in the further period. Compilers brought together information on all well-known revolutionaries contributed to the Kolyma region, supplemented them by portrait and view photographs.
3. Sovetskaia Kolyma [i.e. Soviet Kolyma] May 1, 1940; May 1, 1944, October 1, 1944. Magadan: Tip. Glavnogo upravleniia Dal’stroia, 1940-1944. Overall 3 issues. In very good condition, some tears of edges.
Very rare. The major newspaper of Dal’stroi published in 1935-1954. It contained a chronicle of civil construction and mining industry of this camp.
4. Na ostrie karandasha. Veseloe prilozhenie k gazete “Sovetskaia Kolyma” [i.e. On a Knife Edge. A Jolly Supplement for ‘Soviet Kolyma’ Newspaper] #2, 3 for 1943. Magadan: Sovetskaia Kolyma, 1943. In very good condition, some tears of edges.
This rare satirical supplement appeared as the last page of ‘Soviet Kolyma’ newspaper (as we may see in May issue for 1940), then was printed separately. Including local jokes and caricatures, the periodical published photomontage caricatures of prisoners and mentioned certain names (for example, issue #3).
5. Gorniak Indigirki. Organ politotdela IGPU Dal’stroia [i.e. Indigirka Miner. Organ of Political Department of Indigirka Mining Administration of Dalstroy] October 20, 1946. Ust’-Nera: IGPU, 1946. 2 pp.: ill. In very good condition, some tears of edges.
Very rare survival of camp miners’ periodical. The edition has been published since 1945 under different titles: ‘Indigirka Miner’, ‘New North’ and ‘Northern Dawn’ - up to now.
Not in Worldcat.