Early 20th Century Historical Sources on the Siberian Student Community

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DOI 10.28995/2073-0101-2018-1-38-47

Oksana V. Ustinova

Tyumen Industrial University, Tyumen, Russian Federation

Yulia V. Putilina

Tyumen Regional Academy for Professional Growth, Tyumen, Russian Federation

Early 20th Century Historical Sources on the Siberian Student Community


The article examines the early 20th century historical source base on the Siberian student community of the pre-revolutionary period. It argues that the sources complex of the period is heterogeneous in structure, nature, and content. It determines that the life of Siberian students, as depicted in the early 20th century sources from state archives, was recorded principally in the following aspects: approved and regulated university activities (admission, scholarships, training, participation in registered student organizations, fraternities, academic clubs, etc.) and oppositional, political, ideological activities of students prohibited by both central and local authorities and, in some cases, by university administration that followed the instructions. More details on pressing issues of student life (poverty, employment issues, etc.) unfold in the periodicals. There was a series of analytical and op-ed articles in the Sibirskii student (‘Siberian student’) and Sibirskie voprosy (‘Siberian issues’) magazines, in the Sibirskaya zhizn' (‘Siberian life’) and Utro Sibiri (‘The morning of Siberia’), and some others. The article shows that, apart from poverty and domestic issues, the informal student life, as lived outside educational institutions and politics (that is, love, friendship, attitude toward family, marriage, taste and theater preferences, fashion, and so on), went unreported. Some aspects of this life were pictured in fiction, published, for instance, in the Tomsk student press. But although they give some idea of the Siberian students’ view and ways of life, these sources don’t record facts of life.

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Students, universities, Siberia, historical sources, fonds, archives, periodicals, letters, reports, leaflets.


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Ustinova Oksana Vyacheslavovna, PhD in Sociology, associate professor, Tyumen Industrial University, Tyumen, Russian Federation, +7-902-813-33-43, This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Putilina Yulia Viktorovna, Tyumen Regional Academy for Professional Growth, leading specialist, Tyumen, Russian Federation, +7-919-938-11-11, This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Submitted 2.08.2017, published:

Ustinova O. V., Putilina Yu. V. Istoricheskie istochniki nachala XX v. o sibirskom studenchestve [Early 20th Century Historical Sources on the Siberian Student Community. In Russ.]. IN: Vestnik arhivista / Herald of an Archivist, 2018, no. 1, pp. 38-47. doi 10.28995/2073-0101-2018-1-38-47

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