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   Innokenti Nikolaevich Seryshev Papers, ca. 1914-1970.

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[Collection Name]. Rare Book and Manuscript Library. Columbia University.

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Summary Information

At a Glance

Bib ID:4078053 View CLIO record
Creator(s):Seryshev, Innokentiĭ Nikolaevich, 1883- .
Title:Innokenti Nikolaevich Seryshev Papers, ca. 1914-1970.
Physical description:10 linear feet (20 boxes).
Language(s):In Russian, Lithuanian, Polish, and Esperanto
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Scope and Content

The collection includes correspondence, manuscripts, documents, photographs, subject files, and printed materials. Seryshev carried on a voluminous correspondence in Esperanto, as well as Russian and English, with individuals in many countries. This material mostly dates from the late 1920s. Photographs of Seryshev's correspondents have been left with the letters to which these photos were attached. The main manuscript is a lengthy autobiography by Father Seryshev, illustrated with photos, postcards, and documents, called "V Zemnom plane moego vechnogo bytii︠a︡", describing in five volumes and appendices his life and travels in pre-revolutionary Siberia, in Japan (1919-1922), in China (1922-1925), and in Australia, where he settled after 1926. An earlier manuscript entitled "Peshkom po i︠a︡ponskim shkolam", also covers the Japanese period in Seryshev's life. Among materials relating to Seryshev's activities as a promoter of Esperanto, mention should be made of his manuscript "Esperanto v SSSR i ee satelitakh", to which much primary material is adjoined. Printed material includes "Siberio" (1914), a collection of articles on Siberia, translated into Esperanto and edited by Seryshev; various Russian-language periodicals brought out by Father Seryshev in Australia; and Esperanto textbooks in Russian, Polish, and Lithuanian.

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[Collection Name]. Rare Book and Manuscript Library. Columbia University.

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About the Finding Aid / Processing Information

Columbia University Libraries. Rare Book and Manuscript Library; machine readable finding aid created by Columbia University Libraries Digital Library Program Division

Processing Information

Papers Accessioned 1954

Papers Accessioned 1955

Papers Accessioned 1957

Papers Accessioned 1962

Papers Processed 08/--/81

Papes Accessioned 1966

Papers Accessioned 1968

Papers Accessioned 1969

Papers Accessioned 1971

Machine readable finding aid generated from MARC-AMC source via XSLT conversion June 26, 2009 Finding aid written in English.
    2009-06-26 File created.

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Subject Headings

The subject headings listed below are found in this collection. Links below allow searches at Columbia University through the Archival Collections Portal and through CLIO, the catalog for Columbia University Libraries, as well as ArchiveGRID, a catalog that allows users to search the holdings of multiple research libraries and archives.

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China--Intellectual life--20th century.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Emigration and immigration--Australia--20th century.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Emigration and immigration--Far East--20th century.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Emigration and immigration--Soviet Union--20th century.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Esperanto--Textbooks for Lithuanians.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Esperanto--Textbooks for Poles.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Esperanto--Textbooks for Russians.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Japan--Intellectual life--20th century.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Russkai︠a︡ pravoslavnai︠a︡ t︠s︡erkov.́PortalCLIOArchiveGRID

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History / Biographical Note


Orthodox priest and Esperanto enthusiast.

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