World of Children – Artek Pioneer Camp Archives, 1944-1967 Online
• Dates (inclusive): 1944-1967
• Languages used: predominantly Russian
• EAD finding aids are available
• Location of originals: Russian State Archive of Social and Political History (RGASPI), Moscow
Artek’s Archive reflects the recreation camp’s history in the period between 1944 and 1967. It contains government documents on Soviet social and health policies, administrative, medical and financial records, transcripts of meetings, materials on educational and ideological work carried out in the camp statistical reports, food rations and provision standards, letters from Soviet and foreign children, diaries etc. These documents provide an insight into everyday life and mentality of Soviet children. The archive is a valuable resource for a wide circle of researchers in such fields as sociology, cultural studies, philology and political history. All earlier records were lost during the Second World War when Artek was under German occupation.