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  • Descriptive Summary
  • Administrative Information
  • Biographical Note
  • Scope and Content Note
  • Indexing Terms

  • Descriptive Summary

    Title: Innokentii Nikolaevich Seryshev papers,
    Date (inclusive): 1891-1968
    Collection number: 2000C23
    Creator: Seryshev, Innokentii Nikolaevich, b. 1883
    Extent: 20 microfilm reels (3 linear feet)
    Repository: Hoover Institution on War, Revolution, and Peace
    Stanford, California 94305-6010
    Abstract: Correspondence, speeches and writings, printed matter, and photographs, relating to the Russian Orthodox Church abroad, Russian émigré affairs, and the promotion of Esperanto.
    Language: Russian.

    Administrative Information


    Collection is open for research.
    The Hoover Institution Archives only allows access to copies of audiovisual items. To listen to sound recordings or to view videos or films during your visit, please contact the Archives at least two working days before your arrival. We will then advise you of the accessibility of the material you wish to see or hear. Please note that not all audiovisual material is immediately accessible.

    Publication Rights

    For copyright status, please contact the Hoover Institution Archives.

    Preferred Citation

    [Identification of item], Innokentii Nikolaevich Seryshev Papers, [Box no.], Hoover Institution Archives.

    Acquisition Information

    Acquired by the Hoover Institution Archives in 2000.


    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.

    Location of Originals

    Originals in: Museum of Russian Culture, San Francisco.

    Biographical Note

    1883 August 14 Born, Bol'shaia Kudara village, Zabaikal district, Russia
    1902 Married Ekaterina Fedorovna Bondarenko
    1906-1909 Priest, Doronino (Zabaikal district)
    1910-1913 Priest, Shergol'dzhin (Zabaikal district)
    1917-1919 Member, Board of Directors, Soiuz kul'turno-prosvetitel'nykh obshchestv Altaiskogo kraia
    1920-1922 Studied educational system in Japan
    1922-1924 Taught in the railroad school, Harbin, China
    1924 Taught in the Chinese Esperanto College, Peking, China
      Author, Strana samuraev
    1925-1965 Priest and editor of religious and secular periodicals (some in Esperanto) in Sydney, Australia
    1976 August 23 Died, Australia

    Scope and Content Note

    This collection consists of the papers of Rev. Innokentii Seryshev, a Russian Orthodox priest active in the first half of the 20 th century in Siberia, Japan, China and Australia. Of particular interest is his hobby: the study of Esperanto, of which he was a devoted adherent. Some correspondence and publications are in that language ( Oriento, La Pacifiko, and other works in the Speeches and Writings series), and there is a written work on its development in Russian and the USSR ("Esperanto v S.S.S.R.," Box 11, Folder 7).
    The materials in the collection reflect mainly his involvement in émigré and Church affairs, mainly in China and Australia, and include correspondence with prominent émigré figures as well as materials for a biographical encyclopedia of prominent Russians that included a large number of émigrés. Also valuable are his multi-volume memoirs, "V zemnom plane moego vechnogo bytiia."
    A significant part of the collection consists of periodicals edited and published by Seryshev, on both religious and secular themes, most of which are in mimeograph or similar format, and there is a large amount of writings on religious issues: sermons, apologetics, etc.
    Detailed processing and preservation microfilming of these materials were made possible by a generous grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities and by matching funds from the Hoover Institution. The grant also provides depositing a microfilm copy in the Hoover Institution Archives.

    Indexing Terms

    The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in the repository's online public access catalog.


    Russkaia pravoslavnaia tserkov'.
    Russians in foreign countries.