Trinity Seminary Meeting
On April 22, a meeting was held at the headquarters of the Synod
of Bishops of the Russian Orthodox Church Outside of Russia in New
York City introducing the academic resources at Holy Trinity Seminary.
Representatives of the New York Public Library, Columbia University
library, the Bakhmetev Archives, the General Theological Seminary
and other surrounding institutions attended the gathering.
The main goal was to acquaint those present with the academic resources
at Holy Trinity Seminary. Deacon Vladimir Tsurikov, Assistant Dean
and Director of Archives and Library Services of Holy Trinity Seminary,
and Edward Kasinec, Head of the Slavic and Baltic Division of the
New York Public Library and Advisor to the Holy Trinity Seminary
Archives presented a very informative introduction to these resources.
Holy Trinity Seminary’s holdings are not only limited to extensive
collections in theology, history and philology, but garnering particular
interest are the collections of emigre periodicals of the period
between the two World Wars located both in the Archives and the
Library, as well as personal papers of renowned figures of the Russian
diaspora and documents dating to the Russian civil war period. Deacon
Vladimir Tsurikov drew attention to the flourishing iconographic
school at Holy Trinity Seminary, witnessed by the introduction of
the handcrafted mosaics. In his conclusion, Dn. Vladimir expressed
his hope that the growing interest of the academic community in
these resources will continue to grow.
Edward Kasinec spoke on the importance of the preservation and discovery
of many rare and valuable collections of the Holy Trinity Seminary
and Monastery. Recognizing the positive work by the Seminary in
this field over the course of recent years, Mr. Kasinec expressed
his full support going forward and noted the present difficulties
in relation to the expansion of the library and archives.
The meeting was followed by a tour of the Cathedral of Our Lady
of the Sign, where the guests were had the opportunity to venerate
the holy Kursk-Root Icon of the Mother of God.