On September 3, 2012, the Presidential Library has begun a series of events arranged within a framework of thematic year dedicated to the people of Russian Federation. In that end electronic collection entitled “The Russian people” was prepared, gathering the documents that at length and consistency investigate this multivalued concept. The people are presented as a source of power, as a population, as an ethnos, as a society, as a driving force of history. The collection specially focuses on biographic materials related to various figures of Russian history and culture.
A core of the collection consists of digital copies of official documents, statistic materials, photographs, newsreel, scientific and popular science monographs, theses and abstracts, periodicals, items from archives and museums.
The documents are divided into thematic sections provided with brief annotations revealing their content. Every section begins with the materials of general character, while the rest of the documents arranged in accordance with logical hierarchy of the section in alphabetic order of authors and titles, by subject matter either by a chronology of the designated events. The collection includes over 3000 documents and will continue to expand.
The materials of “The Russian People” collection were selected from the stocks of the largest Russian libraries, archives, educational institutions and other organizations, such as: the Altai Regional Universal Scientific Library named after V. Y. Shishkov, Altai State University, the Amur Regional Scientific Library named after N. N. Muraviev-Amursky, the Archive of Foreign Policy of the Russian Foreign Ministry, the Library of Natural Sciences of the Russian Academy of Sciences, the Library of Congress of USA, the Library of the Russian Academy of Sciences, the Vladimir Regional Universal Scientific Library named after M. Gorky, the St. Petersburg Gymnasium № 116, the State Public Historical Library, the Tobolsk State Archive, the State Archive of the Russian Federation, the State Archive of Tyumen Region, the Far Eastern State Scientific Library, the Moscow Regional State Scientific Library named after N. K. Krupskaya, Moscow State University named after M. V. Lomonosov, the National Library of Belarus, the National Library of the Republic of Karelia, the National Library of the Komi Republic, the National Library of Ukraine, the National Library of the Republic of Buryatia, the National Parliamentary Library of Ukraine, the Omsk State Regional Scientific Library named after A. S. Pushkin, the official website of the President of Russia, the Penza Regional Library named after M. U. Lermontov, the Russian State Library, the Central Institute of Bibliography, the Russian National Library, the Russian State Film and Photo Archive, the Russian State Historical Archive, the Russian State Pedagogical University named after A. I. Herzen, the Ryazan Oblast Universal Scientific Library named after V. Gorky Samara Regional Universal Scientific Library, St. Petersburg State Polytechnic University, St. Petersburg State University, the Pacific State University, the Tobolsk State Historical and Architectural National Park and Museum, the Tula Regional Universal Scientific Library, the Tyumen Regional Scientific Library named after D. I. Mendeleev, the Russian Federal Security Service, the Foundation for Study of the Heritage of P. A. Stolypin, the Center for Information Technologies and Systems of the Executive Authority, the Central Naval Library, the Central State Archive of Film and Photo Documents of St. Petersburg, the “XXI Century” Centre-Studio of National Movies, as well as the documents from private collections.
The section contains biographic materials on outstanding Russian statesmen, political figures, military men and church leaders, scientists, cultural and art workers.