NEW YORK: April 22, 2004

Holy 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.

Deacon Vladimir Tsurikov

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.

Edward Kasinec

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.