On February 14 the exhibition of literature “Chuvash Republic: Chronicle of the Century” was opened at the National Library of the Chuvash Republic. The exhibition is dedicated to the 100th anniversary of the Chuvash Autonomous Region, revealing the rich history of the development and formation of the republic. It was based on materials from the rich collection of the National Library of the Chuvash Republic – more than 1000 books, photographs, newspaper and magazine publications, as well as archival documents and exhibits.

All materials of the exposition are distributed by years – 1920-1929, 1930-1939, 1940-1949, 1950-1959, 1960-1969, 1970-1979, 1980-1989, 1990 -1999, 2000-2009, 2010-2020.  In each section, decade after decade, significant events, achievements of Chuvashia are reflected. Readers will be able to learn how autonomy was born, how the republic survived in the harsh years of World War II and was restored in the post-war period, what changes occurred in it during the years of «perestroika», and how it is developing at the present stage. At the exhibition, readers will be able to turn to the 1st issue of «Suntala», get acquainted with the Decree «About  the Autonomous Chuvash Region», the first Constitution of the Czechoslovak Socialist Republic, and materials about prominent people who have made a significant contribution to the development of the region.

Another section of the exhibition «Chuvashia on the world map: the brink of cooperation» presented literature about the twin cities of Cheboksary and countries with which cultural, socio-economic relations are established.


The main exposition of the exhibition is in the Hall of new literature.

There are thematic exhibitions in the other halls of the library:

  • «State symbols of Chuvashia»
  • «LiteraryChuvashia»
  • «World of Chuvash culture»
  • «Physical education and sport: century-long road»
  • «The science of Chuvashia in faces»
  • «The history of Chuvashia in autographs»

Workers of science and culture, public figures, students and readers took part in the opening of the exhibition. Honored guests thanked the library staff for organizing the exhibition to the anniversary so important for the republic, noted its original design and rich content, encouraged the younger generation to study the culture and history of their people.

Soon the same virtual exhibition will be placed on the library website and will become available to remote users.

Within the framework of the exhibition, a republican referendum “Literary Chuvashia: the most readable book of the century” will be launched, which will last until October 2020. During the referendum, readers are invited to choose a book worthy of the title “Book of the Century” from the electronic collection “Literary Palette of Chuvashia: 100 Books to Read”.