Funds

The stock collection of the museum consists of over 20 thousand items of the main fund and over 28 thousand items of the scientific auxiliary fund.

Compilation is performed in two basic directions: history of architecture and urban development and history of industrial machinery of the Urals. The main fund is comprised of measurement drawings, architectural designs, personal archives of Ekaterinburg architects, still library (negatives and photos), technical certificates of Ekaterinbrug Technical Inventory Bureau, documents of Sverdlovsk department of the Union of Architects of Russia and the institutes “Uralgrazhdanproject” and “Uralgiprotyazhmash”, the materials on the history of architectural education in the Urals as well as publications displaying history of architecture and arts. This is also where the works of art are kept.

 

Measurement drawing fund contains the most valuable data on architectural monuments of the Urals located in Sverdlovsk, Perm, Chelyabinsk, Orenburg, Kurgan regions, Udmurtia and Bashkortostan. All the materials were gathered in the course of measurement practice by the students of Sverdlovsk Institute of Architecture, currently the Ural State University of Architecture and Art. They comprise photos and sketches of facades, landscape surveying, plans, sections, drawings of buildings’ fragments and brief descriptions of monuments.

 

Personal archives of prominent architects of Ekaterinburg gave birth to the acquisition of personal funds, the number of which exceeds two hundred items today: among them funds of N.V.Aleshchenko, N.S.Alfyorov, E.S.Balakshina, K.T.Babykin, V.V.Bezrukov, N.A.Vsevolozhsky, G.P.Valenkov, Yu.A.Vladimirsky, O.L.Volkhin, G.A.Golubev, I.A.Grushenko, S.V.Dombrovsky, B.M.Davidson, A.V.Desyatkov, V.G.Desyatov, P.D.Demintsev, V.V.Yemelyanov, N.I.Zhemanov, G.S.Zaikin, P.N.Zlobin, A.Z.Korotkovsky, P.I.Lantratov, A.M.Likin, R.M.Lotareva, A.I.Loskutov, I.V.Margiani, S.I.Orlov, V.A.Piskunov, A.F.Romanov, M.V.Reisher, V.D.Sokolov, T.P.Sretenskaya, K.A.Uzkikh, A.B.Fischzon and many others.

These personal funds contain curriculum vitae, characteristics, feedbacks, memoirs, designing materials, photos, scientific research, etc. reflecting careers and working stages of the 20th-century Ural architects.

 

The fund of the Ural State University of Architecture and Art contains the documents tracing the stages of faculties’ development, photos conveying the specific flavor of student life of 1970s – 1980s, such as May Day meetings and marches, subbotniks (community clean up days) and student construction brigades. “The Golden Book of the Best Graduates from the Ural State Academy of Architecture and Art” as well as numerous diplomas and awards witness the successes and achievements of the students and teachers of the University.

 

Scientific research in the field of history, theory of architecture and design in the Urals is represented by theses written by scholars and teachers of the Academy of Architecture and Art N.S.Alfyorov, Yu.A.Vladimirsky, A.A.Barabanov, A.V.Dolgov, L.A.Kozinets, R.M.Lotareva, A.A.Starikov and others.

 

Still library includes more than 14 thousand photos and negatives reflecting the history of housing development in Ural towns, the most significant architectural sites, such as industrial, public and residential buildings, urban layout. The museum contains an impressive collection of A.Sapozhnikov’s photos made at the turn of the 19th and 20th centuries (towns’ panoramas, works’ buildings, mines, industrial equipment, workers and employees of the Ural works). The collection of photo illustrations of Sverdlovsk architecture by A.Lubarsky numbers more than 2,5 thousand negatives. Yu.A.Vladimirsky’s collection includes more than 1,6 thousand negatives of Russian towns, ancient Ural works, interiors of the works’ shops, machinery. Glass negatives are of a particular value. They display the city’s architectural look of 1930s -1950s. Sverdlovsk Technical Inventory Bureau provided the museum with them.

 

Film and video collections of the Museum are devoted to the crucial events in the life of the Ural State Academy of Architecture and Art and the events occurring in the Museum – exhibition openings, meetings with architects and painters, presentations of new editions on the history of architecture. They also include the best films of the Academy’s graduates that won wide recognition in Russia and abroad.

 

Ekaterinburg Technical Inventory Bureau regularly submits technical certificates of demolished buildings to the Museum. This helps recreate the city’s architectural look of the previous periods, restore the image of architectural monuments related with some critical stages of Russian and regional history, for instance, the infamous Ipatyevsky House that became the  last shelter and execution place of the family of the last Russian Emperor.

 

The Museum Library contains collections of documents and articles, periodicals and monographs on the issues of architecture and design, history of mining and metallurgical machinery. Rare books collection is of a particular value, since it contains unique editions of the early 20th century, rare publications on museum topics.

 

The main Museum fund includes also paintings and graphic arts of famous Ural artists depicting industrial Urals and the country’s architectural monuments. Among them there are works by People’s Artist of the Russian Federation I.I.Simonov, Distinguished Artists of RSFSR A.F.Burak and V.V.Mozhayev, well-known Ural graphic artists S.S.Kiprin, V.Tetyutsky, and V.A.Novichenko.  The visual arts fund contains paintings by the teachers of the Ural State Academy of Architecture and Art A.P.Rodionova, Yu.R.Bershadsky, V.A.Melchakov as well as works by architects A.I.Zhdanov, O.L.Volkhin, A.I.Loskutov and others.

 

The major fund collections (the collection of large-scale machinery of the Ural works, machines and tools of V.V.Shakhmin’s stone-cutting workshop) are on display in the Museum exposition.

The scientific-auxiliary fund is comprised of models, drawings, photos made for sections of the exposition; copies of archive documents containing additional information on history of architecture and machinery of the Urals, mass printed editions.