Angelina Viktorovna Kulikova,

Сhief Вibliographer, National Library of Russia, St. Petersburg, Russia, e-mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


Modern Russian Local History Reference Books for Children


 DOI: 10.31518/2618-9100-2021-1-20

 The article continues the systematic study of the formation and edition of local history reference publications in Russia. It discusses the problems of terminology, on which modern Russian specialists in reference literature rely in their investigations. The author suggests her own interpretation of the terms “local history reference publication” and “children’s and youth local history reference literature”. The analysis of youth local history reference books (guides, encyclopedias and reference books for little readers, as well as reference books describing the youth movements and subculture of the young generation in the regions) released in the last decade is presented. The main difference between the reference and local history literature on youth from other local history reference publications is that it is practically a bibliographic rarity. During the period from 1992 to 2021, no more than a dozen such publications were published. Their release is selective and, as a rule, motivated either by the initiative of the author, or by a significant regional event, or by the order of state (power) structures. However, the value of these publications is undeniable – both in informative and patriotic aspects. In addition, it is important to increase the number of copies, or to promote local history and reference information for children and young people through the Internet space. It is concluded that it is necessary to expand the repertoire of such literature in modern book publishing.

Publishing: 28/02/2021

The article has been received by the editor on 08.12.2020

Original article >

How to cite: Kulikova A.V. Modern Russian Local History Reference Books for Children // Historical Courier, 2021, No. 1 (15), pp. 239–248. [Available online:]

Links: Issue 1 2021

Keywords: modern publishing; local history reference publications; regional encyclopedias; local history guides; children’s literature; publications about children