A Register of the Aleksandr Kallinikovich Svitich Papers

Finding aid prepared by Vladimir von Tsurikov
Hoover Institution Archives
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Title: Aleksandr Kallinikovich Svitich Papers
Date (inclusive): 1921-1965
Collection Number: 2008C81
Contributing Institution: Hoover Institution Archives
Language of Material: Polish
Physical Description: 3 microfilm reels (0.45 linear feet)
Abstract: These papers provide insight into the life of the Orthodox Church in Poland in the Interwar period. Aleksander K. Svitich, a theologian and member of the faculty of the Vilno Theological Seminary, served on the editorial board of Za svobodu, a Russian émigré newspapers, to which he contributed numerous articles, at times using his pen name Tuberozov. Reflected in these papers are also Svitich's research interests.
Physical location: Hoover Institution Archives, Stanford University
Creator: Svitich, Aleksandr Kallinikovich

Access

The collection is open for research

Publication Rights

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Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], Aleksandr Kallinikovich Svitich Papers, [Box no.], Hoover Institution Archives.

Acquisition Information

Acquired by the Hoover Institution Archives in 2008

Accruals

Materials may have been added to the collection since this finding aid was prepared. To determine if this has occurred, find the collection in Stanford University's online catalog at http://searchworks.stanford.edu/ . Materials have been added to the collection if the number of boxes listed in the online catalog is larger than the number of boxes listed in this finding aid.

Alternative Forms of Material Available

The entire collection is available on Microfilm

Location of Original Materials

Holy Trinity Orthodox Seminary, Jordanville, New York

Chronology

1890 March 15 Born, Vilno, Russian Empire
19?? Graduated, Theological faculty, Warsaw University
19?? Professor, Vilno Theological Seminary
1921-1932 Editorial board member (pen name Tuberozov), Za svobodu
1930-1933 Editor, V ograde tserkovnoi
1950 Arrived in the U.S.A.
1959 Author, Pravoslavnaia Tserkov' v Pol'she i ee avtokefaliia
1963 August 17 Died, Denver, CO

Scope and Content of Collection

These papers provide insight into the life of the Orthodox Church in Poland in the Interwar period. Aleksander K. Svitich, a theologian and member of the faculty of the Vilno Theological Seminary, served on the editorial board of Za svobodu, a Russian émigré newspapers, to which he contributed numerous articles, at times using his pen name Tuberozov. Reflected in these papers are also Svitich's research interests.
The Subject file contains documents pertaining to the activities of the Orthodox Church in the Unites States. Noteworthy are the correspondence of Archbishop Arsenii (Chakhovtsev), and Archbishop Irinei (Bekish), and documents relating to the Russkaia pravoslavnaia tserkov' zagranitsei.
Detailed processing and preservation microfilming for these materials were made possible by a generous grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities and by matching funds from the Hoover Institution and the Holy Trinity Seminary. The grant also provides depositing a microfilm copy in the Hoover Institution Archives. The original materials remain in the Holy Trinity Seminary Archives as its property. A transfer table indicating corresponding box and reel numbers is appended to this register. Any views, findings, conclusions or recommendations expressed in these materials do not necessarily represent those of the National Endowment for the Humanities.

Arrangement

The collection is organized into five series: Biographical file, Correspondence, Speeches and writings, Subject file, and Printed matter

Related Material

Archbishop Apollinarii (Koshevoi) Papers, Holy Trinity Orthodox Seminary
Vladislav Albionovich Maevskii Papers, Holy Trinity Orthodox Seminary
Konstantin Nikolaevich Nikolaev Papers, Holy Trinity Orthodox Seminary
Nikolai D. Talberg Papers, Holy Trinity Orthodox Seminary

Biography

Aleksandr Kallinikovich Svitich was born March 15, 1890, the son of a Russian Orthodox priest, in Vilno, still part of the Russian empire at that time. Following the usual path of children of clergy, he pursued a theological education, graduating from the Theological Faculty of Warsaw University in 1930 and teaching at the Vilno Theological Seminary. Svitich served on the editorial board of Za svobodu, a Russian émigré newspaper, to which he contributed numerous articles, at times using his pen name Tuberozov, and edited V ograde tserkovnoi from 1930 to 1933. As legal adviser to the Orthodox Church in Poland, Svitich actively defended the interests of the Orthodox Church versus the Catholic Church in Poland.
Forced to leave Poland for Serbia in 1937, he settled in Belgrade, where he advised the Russian Orthodox Church outside Russia in legal matters. In 1938 Svitich participated in the Second Russian Orthodox All-Diaspora; in 1945, he immigrated to Germany, where he lived in displaced persons camps before arriving in the United States in 1950. Reflecting on his years in Poland and his activities in the Orthodox Church there, he published a historical monograph in 1959 on the Orthodox Church in Poland and the issue of church autocephaly titled Pravoslavnaia Tserkov’ v Pol’she i ee avtokefaliia.
Aleksandr Svitich died on August 17, 1963, in Denver, Colorado.

Subjects and Indexing Terms

Eastern Catholic Church.
Orthodox Eastern Church--Poland--History--20th century.
Poland--History.
Russian Orthodox Greek Catholic Church of America.
Russkaia pravoslavnaia tserkov' zagranitsei.

Box: 1

Biographical file, 1927-1950 and undated.

Scope and Contents note

Address of gratitude, Peretrukhin-Svitich controversy file, arranged alphabetically by physical form
Box/Folder: 1 : 1

Address of gratitude of the Russian Orthodox deanery of the French occupation zone in Germany, 1950

Box/Folder: 1 : 2

Peretrukhin-Svitich controversy file, 1927-1934 and undated.

Scope and Contents note

Includes related materials
 

Correspondence, 1926-1949.

General note

See also Subject file/Orthodox Eastern Church--Poland--History--20th century/All-Polish council

Scope and Contents note

Cards and letters, arranged alphabetically by name of correspondent.
Box/Folder: 1 : 3

Dionisii (Valedinskii), Metropolitan, 1930-1931

Box/Folder: 1 : 4

Iakubovich, Viacheslav, Reverend, 1926-1931 and undated

Box/Folder: 1 : 5

Ioann (Pommer), Archbishop, 1930

Box/Folder: 1 : 6

Mikhailovskii, Vladimir, 1926

Box/Folder: 1 : 7

Savva (Sovetov), Archbishop, 1949

Box/Folder: 1 : 8

Shavel'skii, Georgii, Reverend, 1930

Box/Folder: 1 : 9

Za svobodu, 1926-1931

 

Speeches and writings, 1926-1961 and undated.

General note

See also Subject file/Orthodox Eastern Church--Poland--History--20th century/All-Polish council

Scope and Contents note

Articles, clippings, letter to the editor, notes, arranged chronologically by title.
 

General

Box/Folder: 1 : 10

Letter to the editor, 1961

Box/Folder: 1 : 11

Notes, undated

 

Newspaper articles

Box/Folder: 1 : 12

General, 1953-1959 and undated

 

Za svobodu

Box/Folder: 1 : 13

1926

Box/Folder: 1 : 14

1927

Box/Folder: 1 : 15

1928

Box/Folder: 1 : 16

1929-1930

Box/Folder: 1 : 17

"Edinaia, sviataia, sobornaia i apostol'skaia tserkov'," undated.

Scope and Contents note

Typescript
Box/Folder: 1 : 18

"Nasushchnieishaia nuzhda," undated.

Scope and Contents note

Typescript
Box/Folder: 1 : 19

"Vybornoe nachalo v zhizni pravoslavnoi tserkvi," undated.

Scope and Contents note

Typescript
Box/Folder: 1 : 20

"Znachenie sobornosti v pravoslavnoi tserkvi (v zashchitu sobornosti v zhizni tserkvi)," undated.

Scope and Contents note

Typescript
Box/Folder: 1 : 21

"Cherez Golgofu k voskreseniiu," Rossiia, No. 5090, 1953.

Scope and Contents note

Printed copy
Box/Folder: 1 : 22

"Tserkov' s pervykh vekov khristiianstva i ee sobornoe ustroenie," 1953.

Scope and Contents note

Typescript, with introductory remarks and notes
 

Subject file, 1921-1965 and undated.

Scope and Contents note

Bylaws, clippings, correspondence, minutes, notebook, pamphlets, reports, research notes, resolutions, arranged alphabetically by subject
Box/Folder: 1 : 23

Eastern Catholic Church, clippings, research notes

Box: 2

Orthodox Eastern Church--Poland--History--20th Century

Box/Folder: 2 : 1

General, clippings

Box/Folder: 2 : 2

All-Polish council.

Scope and Contents note

Includes newspaper articles by Svitich and other authors, clippings, related correspondence, notes, and resolutions
Box/Folder: 2 : 3

Persecutions of Orthodox Christians, 1938-1940.

Scope and Contents note

Notebook entitled "Gonenie na Pravoslavie v Pol'shie" with pasted clippings
 

Russian Orthodox Greek Catholic Church of America

Box/Folder: 2 : 4

Bylaws, The Russian Church of Our Lady of Kazan, Sea Cliff, N.Y., undated

 

Correspondence

Box/Folder: 2 : 5

Arsenii (Chakhovtsev), Archbishop, 1935-1937.

Scope and Contents note

Includes correspondence with Metropolitan Feofil (Pashkovskii), and Bishop Leontii (Turkevich)
Box/Folder: 2 : 6

Irinei (Bekish), Archbishop, 1965

Box/Folder: 2 : 7

Minutes, Ninth All-American council, 1955

 

Russkaia pravoslavnaia tserkov' zagranitsei

 

General

Box/Folder: 2 : 8

Parish bylaws, 1946-1955.

Scope and Contents note

Printed copies
Box/Folder: 2 : 9

Skvortsov, Vasilii Mikhailovich. Reports to ecclesiastical councils, 1921-1931

Box/Folder: 2 : 10

"Krizis upravleniia Russkoi zarubezhnoi tserkvi," undated

Box/Folder: 2 : 11

Tserkovnye zakony kasaiushchiesia Russkoi pravoslavnoi tserkvi zagranitsei, 1947.

Scope and Contents note

Printed copy
Box/Folder: 2 : 12

Poland--History. Clippings, 1957

Box/Folder: 2 : 13

Teodorovich, Terentii, Reverend, 1950-1953 and undated.

Scope and Contents note

Clippings and three prints
Box/Folder: 2 : 14-15

Printed matter, 1930-1933 and undated.

Scope and Contents note

Catalog and clippings