Holodomor Digital Collections
Mining employees on their way to work in the Donetsk coal mining region
Description
Creator
Williams, Whiting, 1878-1975, Photographer
Media Type
Image
Text
Item Types
Photographs
Newspaper illustrations
Description
In the original photograph, Williams presents a glimpse of Horlivka, the major center for coal mining in the “Donbas” region. According to the article caption, the men and a woman are on their way to work. The older man in the foreground is carrying his own lantern that he will take with him into the mines. The men’s trousers appear tattered. The woman’s skirt is frayed. It looks like she is carrying a book or ledger. Perhaps she is employed as a bookkeeper in a mine office.

In the illustration as presented in Answers, the woman, the male worker in the mid foreground, and much of the industrial setting behind them are cropped out.

For further information on: The situation for Urban Residents and Industrial Workers, 1932-1933, see "Context Note" under Related Features at right.
Notes
This photo, taken August, 1933, was used to illustrate “My Journey Through Famine-Stricken Russia,” (February 24, 1934, p.17), the first of two articles by Whiting Williams that ran in a London weekly titled Answers.

The original photograph and the published version are both shown here.
See Related Features menu to link to the article.
Inscriptions
Williams' caption on back of photograph: “Coal miners in Khorlovka, Donetz basin, Ukraine, USSR.”

Caption under photo in Answers: “Miners going to work in the Donetz coalfield. Although manual workers are given preferential treatment, their conditions are often desperate.”
Date of Original
August 1933
Subject(s)
Local identifier
PD204
Collection
Whiting Williams Collection
Language of Item
English
Geographic Coverage
  • Donetsk, Ukraine
    Latitude: 48.33576 Longitude: 38.05325
Copyright Statement
Copyright status unknown. Responsibility for determining the copyright status and any use rests exclusively with the user.
Recommended Citation
For original: Williams, Whiting. 1933. “Coal miners in Khorlovka, Donetz basin, Ukraine, USSR.” [Container 1, Folder 9 ] PG 89 Whiting Williams Photographs, Western Reserve Historical Society, Cleveland, OH. Retrieved from: http://vitacollections.ca/HREC-holodomorphotodirectory/3634047/data

For published version: Williams, Whiting. 1933. “Miners going to work in the Donetz coalfield. Although manual workers are given preferential treatment, their conditions are often desperate,” in “My Journey Through Famine-Stricken Russia,” Answers (weekly). London, February 24, 1934, p.17. Retrieved from: http://vitacollections.ca/HREC-holodomorphotodirectory/3634047/data
Location of Original
[Container 1, Folder 9 ] PG 89 Whiting Williams Photographs, Western Reserve Historical Society, Cleveland, OH.
Terms of Use
Reproduction of images is restricted to fair use for personal study or research. Any other use requires a contractual agreement with the Western Reserve Historical Society, Cleveland, OH. Contact the Society directly at:
https://www.wrhs.org/research/library/services/
Reproduction Notes
Reproduced by contractual agreement with the Western Reserve Historical Society, Cleveland, OH.
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Mining employees on their way to work in the Donetsk coal mining region


In the original photograph, Williams presents a glimpse of Horlivka, the major center for coal mining in the “Donbas” region. According to the article caption, the men and a woman are on their way to work. The older man in the foreground is carrying his own lantern that he will take with him into the mines. The men’s trousers appear tattered. The woman’s skirt is frayed. It looks like she is carrying a book or ledger. Perhaps she is employed as a bookkeeper in a mine office.

In the illustration as presented in Answers, the woman, the male worker in the mid foreground, and much of the industrial setting behind them are cropped out.

For further information on: The situation for Urban Residents and Industrial Workers, 1932-1933, see "Context Note" under Related Features at right.