Board on Which the History of Mikhail Nikitich Romanov's Imprisonment Is Recorded. Nyrob


The historic settlement of Nyrob in the northern Urals is 40 kilometers to the north of the regional center of Cherdyn. Mentioned in written sources as early as 1579, Nyrob soon became known as a place of exile. It was there, in 1601, that Tsar Boris Godunov (1552–1605) exiled Mikhail Nikitich Romanov, whom he suspected of being a rival to power. Mikhail Nikitich was the uncle of Mikhail Fedorovich Romanov, who in 1613 became the first tsar of the Romanov dynasty. The death of the elder Romanov from harsh treatment while in captivity in 1602 endowed Nyrob with special significance for the Romanovs, who constructed a number of shrines there. The episode is recounted on the tablet shown here, created in 1846 for a chapel at the site where Mikhail Nikitich Romanov  was imprisoned in a pit. The image is by Russian photographer Sergei Mikhailovich Prokudin-Gorskii (1863–1944), who used a special color photography process to create a visual record of the Russian Empire in the early 20th century. Some of Prokudin-Gorskii’s photographs date from about 1905, but the bulk of his work is from between 1909 and 1915, when, with the support of Tsar Nicholas II and the Ministry of Transportation, he undertook extended trips through many different parts of the empire. During his travels Prokudin-Gorskii made several trips to the large territory around the Ural Mountains. His 1912 visit to the area of the Northern Urals included the historic settlement of Nyrob.

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Доска, на которой записана история заключения Михаила Никитича Романова. [Ныроб]

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Glass negative (presented as a digital color composite)


  • Prokudin-Gorskii’s photographic work survives primarily in two forms: 1,901 black-and-white triple-frame glass plate negatives, made with color separation filters, which Prokudin-Gorskii used to make color prints and lantern slides; and 12 albums of sepia-tone prints, made from the glass negatives, which Prokudin-Gorskii compiled as a record of his travels and studies. The Library of Congress purchased the glass plate negatives and the albums from the Prokudin-Gorskii family in 1948. In 2004, the Library of Congress had digital color composites made from all the surviving glass negatives using a software algorithm to automatically align the color components. As with most historical photographs, title and subject identifications are corrected and enhanced through new research. Current information on the collection is at

Last updated: September 28, 2016