The Bishop Daniel Alexandrow (Aleksandrov) Papers, 1647 - 2003

Descriptive Identification

Repository
Foundation of Russian History,
1407 Robinson Road
Jordanville, NY 13361
Extent
5 cubic feet (9 manuscript boxes, 1 oversize box)
Creator
Alexandrow, Daniel 1930-2010
Language
EnglishRussianChurch Slavic
Abstract
This collection consists of materials collected by Bishop Daniel Alexandrow, born Dmitrii Borisovich Aleksandrov, and pertain to his life, his career as the leader of the Old Believer Communities within the Russian Orthodox Church Outside of Russia, and his interests in iconography, art, architecture, literature, and languages.

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Access Restriction

This collection is open for research according to the regulations of the Foundation of Russian History.

Use Restriction

Permission to quote (publish) from unpublished or previously published material must be obtained as described in the regulations of the Foundation of Russian History.

Biographical/Historical Commentary

Bishop Daniel Alexandrow (Aleskandrov) was born in Odessa, Ukraine in 1930 as Dmitrii Borisovich. In 1938, his father, Boris, was arrested and executed by the Soviet government. Following the capture of Odessa by Romanian forces in 1941, Alexandrow and his mother, Elena Dmitrevna Aleksandrova (nee Maksutova), remained in the occupied city. In the face of the advancing Red Army, Alexandrow fled from Odessa in 1944 with his mother and lived in a camp for Displaced Persons in Feldkirch, Austria. In 1949, Alexandrow immigrated to the United States, living for a time in Vineland, New Jersey. In 1950 he enrolled at Holy Trinity Seminary in Jordanville, New York, completing his course of studies in 1955. Alexandrow studied iconography while he was in seminary, and later under the tutelage of the famous iconographer Pimen Sofronov. Alexandrow also worked as a church architect, designing the Cathedral of Saint John the Baptist in Washington, DC. In 1965, Alexandrow was ordained to the priesthood, and in 1988 he was tonsured as a monastic, taking the name Daniel. On August 13 of that year Alexandrow was made a bishop of the Old Believer communities within the Russian Orthodox Church Outside of Russia, being assigned the see of Erie, Pennsylvania. From 1995 to 1997, Alexandrow served as administrator of the Diocese of Australia and New Zealand before returning to his see in Erie, where he died on April 26, 2010.

Scope and Content

The contents of this collection reflect the life and interests of Alexandrow, particularly his work as an architect and iconographer, and his studies of the Old Rite of the Russian Orthodox Church and Old Believers. Alexandrow was also a linguist, poet, and author. The documents in this collection pertain to iconography, theology, church history, literature, and languages, and include handwritten translations of poetry and prose, correspondence, writings, and artworks, as well as documents on Old Believers.

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