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Museum Collection

The collections of the National M.A. Sholokhov Museum-Reserve contains over 70000 museum items.

The documentary collection (over 15000 items) contains manuscripts and other documents referring to the life and work of M.A. Sholokhov, the culture of the Don country, social and political life and local history. Among them there are autographs, letters, notes, diplomas, maps, schemes, cuttings, etc. The most valuable things are the writer’s autographs, his correspondence, documentary records telling about M.A.Sholokhov working as deputy.

The book collection (over 20000 items) includes the first editions of the works by M.A. Sholokhov, the works published in foreign languages, books with the writer’s autographs, books about his literary work, booklets, albums, atlases, journals and newspapers.

The collection of the photo-film-audio documents (20000 items) includes negatives, photographs, slides, lantern-slides, tape-records, films, video and gramophone records. The richest photo material reflects the life and creative work of the writer in different years. The art of cinema is represented by the unique collection of documentaries, feature films made on Sholokhov’s works and video films about the Museum-Reserve. The audio records preserve the voice of the writer, literary radio programs on his literary work, and folk Cossack songs.

The collection of material monuments (over 10000 items) contains the memorial belongings of the writer and his wife, the materials of local history, objects of the Cossack everyday life.

In the fine arts collection (over 5000 items) there are paintings, drawings, sculptures made on the base and after the works by M.A. Sholokhov.

Each item is unique in its way possessing its artistic and scientific value. The most part of them are displayed in the permanent and travelling exhibitions.