ARKHANGELSK. In 2001, the first volume was issued. The editor in chief, Vladimir Bulatov, handed me a copy of “The Pomor Encyclopaedia, Volume 1 – History of the Arkhangelsk North“. It’s a beautiful work. Not the modern type of encyclopedia with small colour photos spread out over glossy pages. No, the paper is matte, the photos are small and black & white (plus some illustration pages in colour) - but the content is rich. Enormous amounts of short biographies, articles about sauna, Gulag, Vikings, written by scholars. Chief editor Bulatov (1946-2007) was himself a historian, and rector of Pomor University in Arkhangelsk. He knew where to find material for the encyclopedia.
Volume two and three were about economy and biology, respectively.
Later this year the fifth volume of the Pomor Encyclopedia is planned to be issued. It will be about CULTURE.