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  • Access
  • Publication Rights
  • Preferred Citation
  • Acquisition Information
  • Alternative Forms of Material Available
  • Location of Original Materials
  • Chronology
  • Scope and Content of Collection
  • Arrangement
  • Biography

  • Title: Archbishop Apollinarii (Koshevoi) papers
    Date (inclusive): 1874-1935
    Collection Number: 2008C43
    Contributing Institution: Hoover Institution Archives
    Language of Material: English
    Physical Description: 2 microfilm reels (0.3 linear feet)
    Abstract: Diaries, correspondence, and speeches and writings, relating to the Russian Orthodox Church and to Russian émigré affairs.
    Physical location: Hoover Institution Archives, Stanford University
    Creator: Apollinarii, Abp. of North America and Canada, 1874-1933.


    The collection is open for research

    Publication Rights

    For copyright status, please contact the Hoover Institution Archives

    Preferred Citation

    [Identification of item], Archbishop Apollinarii papers [Box no.], Hoover Institution Archives.

    Acquisition Information

    Acquired by the Hoover Institution Archives in 2008

    Alternative Forms of Material Available

    A portion of the collection is available on Microfilm

    Location of Original Materials

    Holy Trinity Orthodox Seminary, Jordanville, New York


    1874 October 16 Born, Valok, Poltava guberniia, Russia
    1888 Graduated, Romenskoe dukhovnoe uchilishche
    1894 Graduated, Poltavskaia dukhovnaia seminariia
    1898 Tonsured monk and ordained hierodeacon
    1905 Graduated, Kievskaia dukhovnaia akademiia
    1917 Ordained bishop of Belgorod
    1922 Sent to Jerusalem to oversee the Russian Ecclesiastical Mission
    1924 Arrives in New York, Bishop of Winnipeg
    1927 Bishop of North America and San Francisco
    1929 Archbishop of North America and Canada
    1933 June 19 Died, New York, NY
    1965 Reburial, Holy Trinity Monastery, Jordanville, NY

    Scope and Content of Collection

    These papers reflect the ecclesiastical career path of Archbishop Apollinarii (Koshevoi), beginning with his educational formation in pre-Revolutionary Russia to emigration, first in Serbia, then Jerusalem, Palestine, and, finally, as Archbishop of North America and Canada. His assignments, both in Jerusalem and North America, coincided with difficult jurisdictional controversies, especially on the North American continent. His Correspondence reveals a lively exchange with both clergy and parishioners in the U.S. and Canada, and includes directives, ukazy, and ecclesiastical documents forwarded to him from the ecclesiastical administration of the Russian Orthodox Church Outside Russia in Belgrade, Serbia.
    Detailed processing and preservation microfilming for these materials were made possible by a generous grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities and by matching funds from the Hoover Institution and the Holy Trinity Seminary. The grant also provides depositing a microfilm copy in the Hoover Institution Archives. The original materials remain in the Holy Trinity Seminary Archives as its property. A transfer table indicating corresponding box and reel numbers is appended to this register. Any views, findings, conclusions or recommendations expressed in these materials do not necessarily represent those of the National Endowment for the Humanities.


    The collection is organized into six series: Biographical file, Diaries, Correspondence, Speeches and writings, Russian Ecclesiastical Mission File, and Printed matter


    Andrei Vasil’evich Koshevoi was born in Valok, Russia, in the Poltava guberniia, on October 16, 1874. He grew up in a pious Russian Orthodox family, went through the traditional theological education, graduating from the Romenskoe dukhovnoe uchilishche in 1888 and the Poltavskaia dukhovnaia seminariia in 1894. Early on, Koshevoi chose his path, and in 1898 he was tonsured a monk by his spiritual mentor Archbishop Antonii (Khrapovitskii), given the name Apollinarii, and subsequently ordained. He then continued his education at the famous Kievskaia dukhovnaia akademiia, graduating in 1905.
    In 1917, Apollinarii (Koshevoi) was consecrated bishop of Belgorod, having spent the preceding years teaching and carrying out administrative functions at theological institutions. Archbishop Apollinarii arrived in Serbia in 1920, as a result of the Russian Revolution, and was sent to Jerusalem in 1922 to oversee the activities of the Russian Ecclesiastical Mission. Two years later, he arrived in New York, having been assigned as vicar bishop to Metropolitan Platon (Rozhdestvenskii). Although his time in the United States coincided with difficult jurisdictional controversies, he played an important role in the formation of Russian Orthodox parishes there. From 1929 to 1933, he was archbishop of North America and Canada; he died in New York in 1933.

    Subjects and Indexing Terms

    Russia--Emigration and immigration.
    Russians--United States.
    Russkaia pravoslavnaia tserkov'.