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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: Archimandrite Amvrosii papers
    Date (inclusive): 1920-1977
    Collection Number: 2008C45
    Contributing Institution: Hoover Institution Archives
    Language of Material: Russian
    Physical Description: 6 microfilm reels (0.9 linear feet)
    Abstract: Correspondence, speeches and writings, and photographs, relating to the Russian Orthodox Church and to Russian émigré affairs.
    Physical location: Hoover Institution Archives, Stanford University
    Creator: Amvrosii, Archimandrite (Konovalov), 1890-1971.


    The collection is open for research

    Publication Rights

    For copyright status, please contact the Hoover Institution Archives

    Preferred Citation

    [Identification of item], Archimandrite Amvrosii (Konovalov) 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


    1890 Born Victor Andreevich Konovalov, St. Petersburg, Russia
    1920 Evacuated to Constantinople
    1963 Author, Istina i apostasiia
    1971 Died, Jordanville, NY

    Scope and Content of Collection

    This collection contains the papers of Viktor Andreevich Konovalov, a self-proclaimed missionary of Canada in emigration, and later a Russian Orthodox monk and abbot of the Pokrov Skete in Bluffton, Alberta, Canada. Konovalov's rich Correspondence includes letters to and from prominent hierarchs of the Russian diaspora, located throughout the world, and provides a significant source for information on Russian Orthodoxy in North America in the Interwar years as well as in the immediate aftermath of World War II. In addition, Konovalov's papers present a valuable record of the functioning and economic struggles of the Pokrov Skete in Alberta, Canada.
    The Speeches and Writings file reflects the personal interests of Fr. Amvrosii, which included eschatological research as well as studies of holy fathers and church history. The Subject File materials relating to the history of the Russian Orthodox Church Outside Russia, including an almost complete collection of "Tserkovnyia viedomosti," the official ecclesiastical periodical of the Russian Orthodox Church Outside Russia during the Interwar years.
    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 five series: Biographical file, Correspondence, Speeches and writings, and Photographs


    Victor Andreevich Konovalov was born in St. Petersburg in 1890, joined the White Army during the Civil War in Russia in 1918, and was forced to evacuate to Constantinople in 1920. From 1921 to 1923 Konovalov was actively involved in the Russian Orthodox Church in Constantinople. He soon immigrated to Canada, where he became a self-proclaimed missionary. Konovalov subsequently became a Russian Orthodox monk and abbot of the Pokrov convent in Bluffton, Alberta, Canada.
    Archimandrite Amvrosii (Konovalov) died in 1971 at Holy Trinity Monastery in Jordanville, N.Y.

    Subjects and Indexing Terms

    Russkaia pravoslavnaia tserkov'.