Register of the Innokentii Nikolaevich Seryshev Papers

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Title: Innokentii Nikolaevich Seryshev papers
Date (inclusive): 1891-1968
Collection Number: 2000C23
Contributing Institution: Hoover Institution Archives
Language of Material: Mainly in Russian.
Physical Description: 20 microfilm reels (3 linear feet)
Abstract: Correspondence, speeches and writings, printed matter, and photographs, relating to the Russian Orthodox Church abroad, Russian émigré affairs, and the promotion of Esperanto.
Creator: Seryshev, Innokentii Nikolaevich, b. 1883

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

Acquisition Information

Acquired by the Hoover Institution Archives in 2000.

Accruals

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Location of Originals

Originals in: Museum of Russian Culture, San Francisco.

Biography

Father Innokentii Seryshev was born on 14 August 1883 in the village of Bol'shaia Kudara, in the Trans-Baikal region. In 1902 he married Ekaterina Fedorovna Bondarenko. From 1906 to 1909 he was the village priest in Doronino, and from 1910 to 1913 in Shergol'dzhin, both in the Trans-Baikal region. It was in this period that he became interested in Esperanto, a language he spent most of the rest of his life promoting. From 1917 to 1919 he was a member of the board of directors of the Soiuz kul'turno-prosvetitel'nykh obshchestv Altaiskogo kraia.
From 1920 to 1922, Seryshev was in Japan, where he made a study of the Japanese educational system (published in his Strana samuraev, 1924). Thereafter, from 1922 to 1924, he lived in Harbin and Peking, where he taught in the railroad school and at the Chinese Esperanto College. In 1925 Seryshev emigrated to Australia, where he was a parish priest in Sydney and editor and chief writer for a number of secular and religious periodicals: Aziia, Put' emigranta, Tserkov' i nauka, and others (including some in Esperanto). He also compiled a biographical dictionary of prominent Russians, entitled Great, Outstanding, and Eminent Personalities of Russia (1945-1946). Seryshev died in Australia in 1976.

Chronology

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, <emph render="underline">Strana samuraev</emph>
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.

Subjects and Indexing Terms

Russkaia pravoslavnaia tserkov'.
Australia.
China.
Esperanto.
Japan.
Russia.
Russians in foreign countries.

box 1

Biographical File, 1918-[1965]

Scope and Contents note

Consists of bibliography of writings and periodicals edited, and scrapbooks containing correspondence, identity and travel papers, as well as other documents. Arranged alphabetically by physical form
box 1

Correspondence, 1915-1955

Scope and Contents note

Scrapbooks and loose correspondence filed alphabetically by correspondent
box 2-11

Speeches and Writings, 1920-1968

Scope and Contents note

Arranged chronologically by title
box 11-12

Subject File, 1891-1951

Scope and Contents note

Correspondence, clippings, scrapbooks, speeches and writings, arranged alphabetically by subject. Includes biographical dossiers on various significant Russian émigrés
box 12

Printed Matter, 1904-1969

Scope and Contents note

Primarily religious literature, including church and parish bulletins, arranged in alphabetical order by title
box 13

Photographs, 1916-1953

Scope and Contents note

Include paste-ups for Seryshev's publications as well as group photos of Russian and foreign Esperantists, including Seryshev
Box 1

BIOGRAPHICAL FILE, 1918-[1965]

 

Autobiography.

General note

See SPEECHES AND WRITINGS/"V zemnom plane moego vechnogo bytiia"
Box/Folder 1 : 1

Bibliographical list of Seryshev's publications, [1965]

 

Scrapbooks

Box/Folder 1 : 2

"Delo o deiatel'nosti i rabote sviashchennika Innokentiia Serysheva na Altae (Sibir') v dni po-Fevral'skoi revoliutsii i o poezdke ego v Iaponiiu po prichine padeniia Kolchakovskogo rezhima i nastupleniia rezhima bol'shevikov," . 1918-1948

Scope and Contents note

Consists of correspondence, identity papers, travel certificates, orders, and related materials. Includes introductory note and index
Box/Folder 1 : 3

"Delo o prebyvanii sviashchennika Innokentiia Serysheva v Kharbine," . 1922-1948

Scope and Contents note

Consists of correspondence, writings and printed matter. Includes introductory note
Box/Folder 1 : 4

"Dela Sidneiskogo prikhoda i rol' sviashch. I. Serysheva v nem," . 1921-1949

Scope and Contents note

Consists of autobiographical note, correspondence, circulars, and related matter
 

CORRESPONDENCE, 1915-1955

General note

See also BIOGRAPHICAL FILE/Scrapbooks, SPEECHES AND WRITINGS (esp. "V zemnom plane moego vechnogo bytiia"), and SUBJECT FILE
 

General--Scrapbooks

Box/Folder 1 : 5

File 1, 1915-1944

Scope and Contents note

Correspondents include K. V. Baturin, Bishop Vasilii, Sergei Maslov, and V. Zenzinov. Includes index as well as related printed matter
Box/Folder 1 : 6

File 2, 1929-1949

Scope and Contents note

Correspondents include G. D. Grebenshchikov and S. I. Gusev-Orenburgskii. Includes index
Box/Folder 1 : 7

"Delovaia perepiska," . 1936-1952

Scope and Contents note

Correspondents include Bishop Serafim, N. N. Alekseev, A. V. Treichke
Box/Folder 1 : 8

"Sviaz' s redaktsiiami i izdatel'stvami," 1943-1947

Box/Folder 1 : 9

Agreneva-Slavianskaia, Margarita, D., 1947

 

Bulgakov, Petr I.

General note

See SUBJECT FILE
Box/Folder 1 : 10

Korzhenevskii, Pavel Vasil'evich, 1937-1948

Scope and Contents note

Includes postcards from Korzhenevskii's children
Box/Folder 1 : 11

Morita, Pavel, 1920

Box/Folder 1 : 12

Sergii, Bishop of Japan, 1920

 

Shkurkin, Pavel Vasil'evich.

General note

See SUBJECT FILE
Box/Folder 1 : 13

Zarochentsev, Mikhail Trofimovich, 1953-1955

Box 2

SPEECHES AND WRITINGS, 1920-1968

General note

For other works printed by his publishing house, see SUBJECT FILE

Scope and Contents note

Includes periodicals edited by Seryshev, nearly every issue of which contain one or more of his articles.
 

General

 

General

Box/Folder 2 : 1

Untitled compilation of articles and fragments of articles from various journals, n.d.

Scope and Contents note

Printed copy
Box/Folder 2 : 2

"Sbornik broshiur Izdatel'stva 'Oriento'," . 1935-1941

Scope and Contents note

Printed copy. Bound compilation of brochures (with table of contents) issued by Seryshev, some as supplements to his periodicals
Box/Folder 2 : 3

Scrapbook. "Stat'i I. Serysheva, pisannye iz Iaponii, po raznym voprosam, v esperantskikh zhurnalakh na Esperanto i v iaponskikh po-iaponski i po-russki, " 1920-1922

Scope and Contents note

Articles in periodical press include primarily works on Esperanto (in La Orienta Lumo, La Revuo Orienta, La Verda Ombro and other periodicals), as well as on current events (in Golos Iaponii)
Box/Folder 2 : 4

Tables of contents to some issues of periodicals edited and published by Seryshev

Box/Folder 2 : 5

"Liubopytnyi dokument," . 1921 January 1

Scope and Contents note

Typescript
 

"Lektsiia Episkopa Sergiia ob arkhiepiskope iaponskom Nikolae," [summary] . 1922

General note

See SUBJECT FILE/Bulgakov, Petr/Subject file
Box/Folder 2 : 6

"Sushchnost' velikogo narodnogo vosstaniia v Sibiri v godu," . 1919 1922

Scope and Contents note

Holograph
Box/Folder 2 : 7

"Iz vpechatlenii o Iaponii," . 1924

Scope and Contents note

Printed copy. Clippings from an unidentified Harbin newspaper ( Nasha zaria?)
 

Strana samuraev, 1924-1925

Box/Folder 2 : 8

Part I.

Scope and Contents note

Includes Takekuma Tokusaburo, Aborigeny ostrova Khokkaido - "Ainy", translated by I. Seryshev. Printed copy
 

Part II

Box/Folder 2 : 9

Holograph.

Scope and Contents note

Includes introductory note by Seryshev, 1948 May
Box/Folder 3 : 1

Printed copy

Box/Folder 3 : 2

Oriento, #1 . (July 1925)

Scope and Contents note

Printed copy. Includes table of contents to numbers 1-2 (typescript and holograph)
 

Tserkovnyi kolokol (periodical).

Scope and Contents note

Printed copy
Box/Folder 3 : 3

(#1) - (#2) 1932 May April

Box/Folder 3 : 4

(#1) - (#4) 1932 November 1933 February

 

Tserkov' i nauka (periodical).

Scope and Contents note

Printed copy
Box/Folder 3 : 5

(#1) - (#10) 1933 March 1933 December

Box/Folder 3 : 6

(#11) - (#22) 1934 January 1934 December

Box/Folder 3 : 7

(#23) - (#30) 1935 January 1935 August

Box/Folder 3 : 8

(#32) - (#37) 1935 October 1936 March

Box/Folder 4 : 1

Fragments of #43 ; #52 (1936) (1954)

Box/Folder 4 : 2

Polemicheskii biulleten', (#1) (periodical). 1933 July

Scope and Contents note

Printed copy
Box/Folder 4 : 3

Avstralaziia, (#1) - (#3) (periodical). 1933 November 1935 April-September

Scope and Contents note

Printed copy
Box/Folder 4 : 4

Aziia, (#1); (#2); (#3) (periodical). 1934 March 1935 January 1937 April [1935 December]

Scope and Contents note

Printed copy
Box/Folder 4 : 5

Informatsionnyi biulleten' Izdatel'stva "Oriento", #1 . (May 1935)

Scope and Contents note

Printed copy
 

Put' emigranta (periodical).

Scope and Contents note

Printed copy
Box/Folder 4 : 6

(#4) - (#3/9) 1935 October 1936 March

Box/Folder 4 : 7

(#4) - (#19) 1936 April 1937 February

Box/Folder 5 : 1

(#20) - (#29) 1937 March 1937 December

Box/Folder 5 : 2

(#30) - (#37) 1938 January 1938 August

Box/Folder 5 : 3

(#38) - (#46) 1938 September 1941 July

Box/Folder 5 : 4

La Pacifiko, (#1) - (#2) 1935 December 1936 September

Box/Folder 5 : 5

"Al'bom 'Avstralaziia'," . 1937-1940

Scope and Contents note

Typescript
Box/Folder 5 : 6

"Lektsionnyi al'manakh russkogo doma v Sidnee za 1943 god," . 1943

Scope and Contents note

Printed copy. Includes lectures by others
 

Album of Great, Outstanding and Eminent Personalities of Russia, 1945-1946

Box/Folder 5 : 7

Background materials.

General note

For additional photostats, see PHOTOGRAPHS

Scope and Contents note

Include clippings, correspondence, notes, photographs.
Box/Folder 6 : 1-7

Background materials

Box/Folder 7 : 1

Background materials

Box/Folder 7 : 2

Progress reports

Box/Folder 7 : 3-8

Drafts

Box/Folder 7 : 9

Printed copy, parts I-III

Box/Folder 7 : 10-11

Reviews.

Scope and Contents note

Includes newspaper clippings and correspondence, 1945-1954
Box/Folder 8 : 1

Review of V. Krymov, Drozofily i my, 1948

Scope and Contents note

Typescript
Box/Folder 8 : 2

"Religiia i nauka," . 1948

Scope and Contents note

Typescript
Box/Folder 8 : 3

"Strastnaia sedmitsa," . 1948

Scope and Contents note

Typescript
Box/Folder 8 : 4

"Mozhet byt' ili navernost'," . 1949 April

Scope and Contents note

Typescript
Box/Folder 8 : 5

"Problema mehdunarodnogo iazyka," . 1949 August

Scope and Contents note

Typescript
Box/Folder 8 : 6

"Paskha," . 1949 September

Scope and Contents note

Typescript
Box/Folder 8 : 7

"Mysli o sektantstve," . 1949 November

Scope and Contents note

Typescript
Box/Folder 8 : 8

"Chetvertoe imerenie prostranstva," . [1950 January]

Scope and Contents note

Typescript
Box/Folder 8 : 9

"Zagrobnaia zhizn'," . 1950 September

Scope and Contents note

Typescript
Box/Folder 8 : 10

"Bog, mir, chelovek," . 1951

Scope and Contents note

Typescript
Box/Folder 8 : 11

Missionerskii listok, 1951 September - [1966]

Box/Folder 8 : 12

"Sbornik propovedei, besed i tem dlia dukhovnykh lektsii v pomoshch' pravoslavnym pastyriam," . 1951 December

Scope and Contents note

Typescript
Box 9

"V zemnom plane moego vechnogo bytiia," . 1952 February - 1968

Scope and Contents note

Typescript. Includes photographs of author and others
Box/Folder 9 : 1

Volume 1: "V Sibiri."

Scope and Contents note

Missing pp. 281-282, 355-356
Box/Folder 9 : 2

Volume 2: "V Iaponii"

Box/Folder 9 : 3

Volume 3: "V Kitae"

Box/Folder 9 : 4

Volume 4: "V Avstralii"

Box/Folder 10 : 1-2

Volume 4: "V Avstralii

Box/Folder 10 : 3-4

Volume 4: "V Avstralii."

Scope and Contents note

Appendices (correspondence, documents and photographs)
Box/Folder 10 : 5

Volume 5: "Moi lektsii, doklady, stat'i"

Box/Folder 10 : 6

Conclusion, table of contents, bibliography of Seryshev's works

Box/Folder 10 : 7

"Rabota russkikh emigrantov na internatsional'nom poprishche esperantizma," . 1952 December

Scope and Contents note

Typescript
Box/Folder 10 : 8

Lechebnyi sbornik, #2 . (1954)

Scope and Contents note

Printed copy. Compiled and edited by Seryshev.
Box/Folder 11 : 1

V chasy dosuga, v minuty razdum'ia, (#18-19) 1955-1957

Box/Folder 11 : 2

"Istoriia Sidneiskogo prikhoda ot ego osnovaniia do pribytiia pervogo episkopa," . 1956 July

Scope and Contents note

Typescript
Box/Folder 11 : 3

Kriticheskii sbornik #3: Teosofiia, okkul'tim i khristianstvo, 1959 February

Scope and Contents note

Printed copy
Box/Folder 11 : 4

Mia "Cigna Kanto"/ Moia lebedinaia pesn', 1960 March

Scope and Contents note

Printed copy
Box/Folder 11 : 5

Voco de Esperantulo/ Golos Esperantista, , unnumbered issue. 1962 (#1) and undated

Scope and Contents note

Printed copy
Box/Folder 11 : 6

Sperto de mia vivo, 1962 May

Scope and Contents note

Printed copy
Box/Folder 11 : 7

"Esperanto v S.S.S.R. i v ee satelitakh: Chast' 2-ia,", 1962 August

Scope and Contents note

Typescript
Box/Folder 11 : 8

Opisanie zhini matushki Ekateriny Feodorovny Seryshevoi, , 1964

Scope and Contents note

Printed copy
Box/Folder 11 : 9

Apologeticheskie uroki Vetkhogo Zaveta, parts 1-7, 1966-1967

Scope and Contents note

Printed copy
Box/Folder 11 : 10

Kritika knigi frantsuza ateista Leo Taksil' "Zabavnaia Bibliia," . 1968 August

Scope and Contents note

Typescript
Box/Folder 11 : 11

"Na knizhku 'Vo svete pisaniia' ukrainskogo eks-iereia G. Dobrovol'skogo, ushedshego v sektu baptistov, moi kriticheskii otvet," . 1968 August

Scope and Contents note

Typescript
Box/Folder 11 : 12

"Ob"iasnenie liturgii dlia molodezhi," . 1968 December

Scope and Contents note

Typescript
Box/Folder 11 : 13

"Potemkinskie potemki: Kriticheskii otvet na broshiuru starovera K. V. Potemkina 'Raz"ediniaiushchaia sila'," . 1968 December

Scope and Contents note

Typescript
Box/Folder 11 : 14

"O reforme nashego eparkhial'nogo zhurnala," . 1968 December 25

Scope and Contents note

Typescript
 

SUBJECT FILE, 1891-1951

Box/Folder 11 : 15

Bebutova, Olga.

Scope and Contents note

Consists of letters from Archbishop Feodosii to Seryshev, 1951, and receipts pertaining to Seryshev's activity in advancing financial aid to Bebutova
 

Bulgakov, Petr, Rev.

Scope and Contents note

Materials from Bulgakov's archive sent to Seryshev, consisting of his correspondence, writings, and collected materials
Box/Folder 11 : 16

Biographical file.

Scope and Contents note

Includes brief notes and chronology of Bulgakov's life
 

Correspondence

 

General

Box/Folder 11 : 17

General and unidentified, [1908]-1928 and undated

Box/Folder 11 : 18

Scrapbook.

Scope and Contents note

Includes letters to Seryshev, Patriarch Tikhon and others, 1922-1930 and undated. Also includes photograph of Bulgakov and biographical introduction by Seryshev, dated 1948
Box/Folder 11 : 19

Sergii, Bishop of Japan, 1920-1930

Box/Folder 11 : 20

Seryshev, Innokentii, 1920-1930

Box/Folder 11 : 21

Tikhon, Patriarch, 1891-1923

Scope and Contents note

Includes letter by S. Bulgakova to Seryshev introducing this correspondence, 1939
Box/Folder 11 : 22

Subject file - Sergii, Bishop of Japan.

Scope and Contents note

Includes summary of speech by him written by Seryshev and related letter by Bulgakov to the newspaper Novaia zaria, 1931
Box/Folder 11 : 23

Writings, 1908-1930

Scope and Contents note

May include pieces not by Bulgakov
Box/Folder 11 : 24

Miscellany

Box/Folder 12 : 1

Japanese students.

Scope and Contents note

Diary of a Japanese student studying the Russian language, 1919-1920
Box/Folder 12 : 2

Russians--Australia.

Scope and Contents note

Scrapbook includes correspondence with A. A. Faminskii, 1939, and others, clippings, broadsides and other materials relating to Russians in Australia in the 1920s-1930s
Box/Folder 12 : 3

Shkurkin, Pavel Vasil'evich.

Scope and Contents note

Correspondence, 1927-1941, clippings, photograph and collected materials relating to the biography of this orientalist
Box/Folder 12 : 4

Miscellany.

Scope and Contents note

Includes newspaper clippings, mainly on church affairs
Box/Folder 12 : 5-8

PRINTED MATTER, 1904-1969

Scope and Contents note

Consists mainly of religious literature, including a large amount of bulletins issued by various parishes and organizations in China and Australia, some published by Seryshev, as well as mimeographed and typed reports on religious and church-related subjects
Box 13

PHOTOGRAPHS, 1916-1953

Box/Folder 13 : 1

Photostats for use in Seryshev's Album of Great, Outstanding and Eminent Personalities

Box/Folder 13 : 2

Postcards, depicting various subjects, including indigenous peoples of Australasia.

Scope and Contents note

Include many printed by Seryshev, with titles in Esperanto
Box/Folder 13 : 3

Esperanto groups (including Seryshev) in Barnaul, Russia, , and Peking, 1916 1924