Documents Exchanged Between the State Archive of the Russian Federation and Archive of Holy Trinity Seminary

New York, NY. December 10, 2010

On December 10, 2010 microfilm copies of several documents were exchanged between the State Archive of the Russian Federation (GARF) and Archive of Holy Trinity Seminary in the General Consulate of the Russian Federation in New York City. As a result of a joint effort directed at preservation of archive documents by GARF and the Russian Church Abroad, rare documents became accessible for researchers both from Russia and abroad. One cannot overlook the symbolic significance of this event as the first exchange between the Seminary and GARF took place in September of 2010 in Moscow as part of the State Archive 90th anniversary celebration, while the recent exchange occurred during the 90th anniversary of the Russian Orthodox Church Outside of Russia, which is currently celebrated in the ROCOR Synod in New York City.

During the latest exchange, Holy Trinity Seminary transferred to GARF microfilmed copies of documents from the collection of Vladislav A. Maevsky (1893-1975), a renowned Church historian, writer and public figure of the Russian emigration, as well as microfilmed copies of materials from the personal archive of Priest Stephen Lyashchevsky (1899-1986), which includes works in Biblical archeology and in history of the Russian Church Abroad not yet familiar to the general public. GARF handed over to Holy Trinity Seminary microfilms of records of Archpriest Georgy Shavelsky (1871-1951), a Russian military chaplain, and of Saint Righteous Father John of Kronstadt.
During the assembly held in the Consulate on the occasion of the archives exchange, the attendees were addressed by several speakers among whom were General Councilor of the Russian Federation Andrey K. Yushmanov, His Emminence Hilarion, Metropolitan of Eastern America and New York, First Hierarch of the Russian Church Abroad, His Emminence Alexander, Metropolitan of Astanai and Kazakhstan, who is currently visiting the USA in connection with the 90th anniversary celebration of ROCOR, Dean of Holy Trinity Seminary Archpriest Vladimir Tsurikov, head of the Russian Archive Agency A. N. Artizov, and director of the State Archive of the Russian Federation S. V. Mironenko. As a token of gratitude for assisting in the organization of the exchange, Dean of Holy Trinity Seminary presented General Councilor of the Russian Federation with a copy of a unique document from the year 1863, an invitation to the Russian Imperial Navy to visit the city of Baltimore, which attests to a rich history of diplomatic relations between Russia and the United States.

On the following morning, representatives of Russian archive services together with director of Holy Trinity Seminary Archive archpriest Vladimir Tsurikov visited the Synod of the Russian Church Abroad where they were received by Metropolitan Hilarion, First Hierarch of the Russian Church Abroad. Metropolitan Hilarion expressed interest in the exchange and readiness to support the development of future relations with Russian archive services. He remarked that those relations would doubtlessly enrich Russians who reside abroad as well as citizens of the Russian Federation, help preserve Russian cultural heritage and strengthen connections of the Russian diaspora with their homeland. On that same day the guests departed for Jordanville with the intention of visiting Holy Trinity Monastery and the Seminary.

GARF and Holy Trinity Seminary have enjoyed a productive partnership for what is already a considerable amount of time. Their cooperation resulted in a 2006 joint exhibition dedicated to Metropolitan Anthony (Khrapovitsky) as well as a 2007 exhibition in Pavlovsk devoted to Princess Vera Konstantinovna. Similar events are also planned for the future.

Holy Trinity Seminary expresses its cordial gratitude to the General Consulate of the Russian Federation for its hospitality and a flawless organization of the exchange ceremony.