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  • Location of Original Materials
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  • Arrangement

  • Title: Giles Udy collection
    Date (inclusive): circa 2004-2011
    Collection Number: 2011C62
    Contributing Institution: Hoover Institution Library and Archives
    Language of Material: English
    Physical Description: 483 digital files (135 Megabytes) (0.1 Linear Feet)
    Abstract: Photographs of the sites of forced labor camps near Noril'sk, Russia.
    source: Udy, Giles
    Physical Location: Hoover Institution Library & Archives


    The collection is open for research; materials must be requested in advance via our reservation system. If there are audiovisual or digital media material in the collection, they must be reformatted before providing access.


    For copyright status, please contact the Hoover Institution Library & Archives.

    Acquisition Information

    Acquired by the Hoover Institution Library & Archives in 2011.

    Preferred Citation

    [Identification of item], [digital file name], Giles Udy collection, Hoover Institution Library & Archives

    Location of Original Materials

    The original photographs in their native file format remain with Giles Udy.

    Biographical Note

    Giles Udy is an independent academic and a member of the Council of the Keston Institute, formerly Keston College. His long-term work is on the history of the gulag camps of Norilsk, but he has also published research on the impact of Soviet Communism in British politics between the wars.
    See also: Giles Udy website, copyright 2008 by Giles Udy, http://www.gilesudy.com/

    Scope and Content of Collection

    This collection of born-digital, chiefly color photographs of Noril'sk is accompanied by Udy's notes, which describe the geography, history, and function of the subjects depicted. The images are of landscapes and buildings; virtually no people are shown.
    Three types of files are in the collection: PDF files containing photographs by Udy, JPG files that appear to be chiefly historical photographs acquired by Udy, and DOC files containing Udy's descriptions of the general subject content of the photographs. The files available to researchers are the only versions available at Hoover; no higher quality files were received by Hoover.
    To protect his copyright, Udy provided most of the photographs to Hoover in PDF format with an embedded copyright statement.
    The dates of the collection are based on the "date modified" field of the few JPG files provided to Hoover.
    The directory structure, folder names and file names were retained by Hoover almost exactly as received from Giles Udy. The directory structure consists of folders with descriptive names; it is the basis of the container list. Many of the file names are also descriptive, though many others follow this alphanumeric form: DSCN1234.pdf. Because the descriptive folder and file names were very long, occasionally exceeding the file system limit of some operating systems, and contained many characters not recommended for file names, Hoover staff slightly altered some file names while retaining their descriptive nature. The creator's full file names were documented and can be provided on request.


    The collection is organized in a single series, Photographs of Noril'sk.

    Subjects and Indexing Terms

    Forced labor -- Soviet Union
    Soviet Union -- Pictorial works
    Udy, Giles