Register of the Giles Udy collection

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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.


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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,

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


Photographs of Noril'sk circa 2004-2011

Physical Description: 483.0 digital_files

Scope and Contents note

Arranged by location or subject, and accompanied by notes written by Udy

Photographs of camps and settlements west of Noril'sk circa 2004-2011

Physical Description: 132.0 digital_files
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Alevrolitnyĭ mining camp/penal camp

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Zapadnyĭ settlement

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Kayerkan settlement

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Kalargon penal camp cell block


Photographs of Lake Lama camp circa 2004-2011

Physical Description: 59.0 digital_files

General note

This was a pine syrup extraction camp 100 kilometers east of Noril'sk
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Baltic officers memorials on shore of Lake Lama

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Former NKVD rest house nearby

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Miscellaneous views

General note

Provided as background interest

Photographs of Medvezhiĭ Rucheĭ settlement circa 2004-2011

Physical Description: 31.0 digital_files
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Medvezhiĭ Rucheĭ settlement

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Nickel mining sites and buildings

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Tundra looking south from nickel mine dumps

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Photographs of Mt. Schmidt circa 2004-2011

Physical Description: 39.0 digital_files

Scope and Contents note

Includes old city, new city and mines

Photographs of Noril'sk old city circa 2004-2011

Physical Description: 49.0 digital_files

General note

The old city dates from the mid-1930s to early 1950s
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Residential and administrative buildings

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Industrial sites

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General note

The prison dates to before 1950

Photographs of Noril'sk old city memorial area by old camp graveyard circa 2004-2011

Physical Description: 80.0 digital_files
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General site views

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Polish memorial

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Baltic memorials

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Russian memorials

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New Jewish memorial

General note

This dates to 2005
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New memorial

General note

This dates to 2005-2006
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Photographs of Noril'sk - Dolgoe Ozero (Long Lake) and causeway between old and new cities circa 2004-2011

Physical Description: 11.0 digital_files

Photographs of Noril'sk new city circa 2004-2011

Physical Description: 75.0 digital_files

General note

This was designated as a city in 1956 but began earlier. The early buildings were built chiefly by prisoners
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Entrance to new city from causeway across lake

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City center

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Gulag-era buildings

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Camp 5-6 administration building

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Miscellaneous sites of interest

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Photographs of Noril'sk from outside the city circa 2004-2011

Physical Description: 3.0 digital_files
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Sample Google Earth screenshots of Noril'sk industrial archaeology circa 2004-2011

Physical Description: 4.0 digital_files

General note

Provided to indicate what can be done to identify the original sites of the Norillag/Gorlag camp complex from memoirs, original maps and drawings, combined with on-site and satellite investigation