Content: According to William C. Brumfield, "typical views include administrative buildings, churches, local ethnic types, prisoners (some mention crimes, punishments) convicts at work. Photos numbered in no particular order, with English captions, with some corrections by a person (the photographer?) who was present during the photography, and thus knew the subject matter/sites. Four per page of 4 1/4" x 5 1/2" prints (128 total, some on verso). No photographer given. Photos presumably taken around time of Chekhov's visit and composition of his famous expose Journey to Sakhalin (189_). Remarkable materials from one of Russia's most notorious penal colonies. Of exceptional interest, in spite of the fading of some of the prints. The photographs themselves are generally well-executed. Priority for preservation; high quality copy negatives essential."
Content: Title supplied by cataloger, based on seller-assigned title.
Funding: DOE Title II-C "Russian Illustrated Books and Photographs" Project.
Citation/reference: The collection is mentioned in the magazine Bostonia, no. 3(May/June, 1990), p. 53-59.
Extent: 128 mounted photographs : ill. (map) ; 11 x 15 cm.