Troitskaia Lavra i Prep. Sergii Radonezhskii; al'bom fotografii]

Collection History

The Library acquired the majority of the albums in this digital presentation during the early 1930s. Many were originally part of Romanov palace libraries nationalized by the Soviet government and sold abroad for hard currency.


Subjects include Russian Orthodox churches, monasteries, and ecclesiastical art; views of cities, as well as small provincial towns; secular architecture; tsarist- and Soviet-era political exiles; and the diverse peoples of the Russian Empire. A number of albums include portraits of the Tsar or the imperial family; state occasions, military maneuvers, and relaxation at the imperial hunting lodge are all depicted. Represented as well are military operations, particularly during the Russo-Turkish War of 1877-78. Russian Revolutionary-era photos are extensive, ranging from the immediate aftermath of the February Revolution, to the Stalinist period.

Many of the imperial association albums-that is, those presented as gifts to the royal family-are of superior technical and artistic quality, and in several cases mounted in bindings that are themselves works of art, incorporating silver, wood, and other decorative elements.

Related Resources

Hee-Gwone Yoo."Holdings of rare photographs and plate books at the Slavic and Baltic Division of The New York Public Library." Rosia yongu (Russian Studies), vol. 12, no. 1 (2002): [323]-332.

Collection Data

Dates / Origin
Date Created: 1850 - 1916
Library locations
Slavic and East European Collections
Shelf locator: Slav. Reserve Photo
Religious articles
Troitse-Sergieva lavra
Content: According to Pierre Apraxine, this album is "bound album of 26 albumen prints (+/- 8 x 10 1/2"), most with captions pasted under the images. Some with elaborate details. Title and a list of contents appear on typewritten pages pasted on the first blank pages of the album. Not contemporary, as is red cover. Album documents the holy treasures of the monastery, mainly the objects having belonged to St. Serge of Radonej, and several well-known icons. It includes: --views of monastery and church --the reliquary of St. Serge, --icon of Trinity and Icon of Virgin and Child --icon of St. Serge, having worked miraculous cures during cholera epidemic of 1848 --Virgin and Child, Smolensk --St. Nicholas --Gospel having belonged to St. Serge, XIV-e century (no. 1) --prayerbook, written by St. Nicholas, used by St. Serge, 1381 (no. 15) --wooden vessels used by St. Serge and St. Nikon, his disciple (nos. 5 & 6) --chausubles of St. Serge (nos. 7 & 8) --other clothes of St. Serge --sandals of St. Serge --Icon of the Vision of the Virgin, above south door of altar of Church of the Trinity, paraded in wars (Poland, Sweden, Napoleonic, Crimea) --Icons of Virgin Mary, savior (XI c.), Jesus, Virgin, St. John the Baptist, "Panagiya" Important document for the aspect and condition of the treasures of the Monastery. The photos themselves are copy prints, (see dimensions written on original photos being reproduced)."
Physical Description
Extent: 26 mounted photos ; 38 1/2 cm.
Type of Resource
Still image
NYPL catalog ID (B-number): b11614046
Universal Unique Identifier (UUID): c664df10-c6bd-012f-1549-58d385a7bc34
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