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Book/Printed Material Prosvetitel' Vostochnoĭ Sibiri. Просветитель Восточной Сибири.

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  • Prosvetitel' Vostochnoĭ Sibiri.

Other Title

  • Просветитель Восточной Сибири.

Translated Title

  • Father Ioann Veniaminov of Eastern Siberia and Alaska.


  • This hagiographic text tells the story of Father Ioann Veniaminov (1797-1879), who later became Saint Innokentii of Alaska. Veniaminov was one of the greatest of the Russian Orthodox missionaries to Alaska, then known as Russian America. A native of the city of Irkutsk in Siberia, Veniaminov volunteered to go to Alaska in 1823. He settled with his wife and family in Unalaska where he built a church and school and began his lifelong task of studying the native languages of the region. He created alphabets for several native languages, particularly the Unangan dialect of Aleutian and the languages of the native peoples of the Fox and Pribilof Islands, as well as the languages of the Kodiak Archipelago. In 1840, following the death of his wife, Veniaminov took the monastic name Innokentii and was made bishop of the newly created diocese of Kamchatka, the Kuril Islands, and the Aleutians. He later served as metropolitan of Moscow, the second-highest position in the Russian Orthodox Church. He was glorified (canonized) by the Russian Orthodox Church in 1977. The book is part of a series of popular biographies written for a general audience; it was condensed from an earlier and more detailed work about Innokentii's life.The book is preserved in the collections of the National Library of Russia in Saint Petersburg. It was digitized for the Meeting of Frontiers digital library project in the early 2000s. World Digital Library.


  • Barsukov, Ivan, 1841-1906 , contributor.


  • -  Innokentii, Saint, Metropolitan of Moscow and Kolomna, 1797-1879
  • -  Missionaries
  • -  Missions
  • -  Russian Orthodox Church
  • -  Russian Federation
  • -  Moscow
  • -  United States of America
  • -  Alaska
  • -  Unalaska


  • -  Sostavleno po knige I. Barsukova: "Innokentiĭ Mitropolit Moskovskiĭ i Kolomenskiĭ, po ego sochinenii︠a︡m, pis'mam i rasskazam sovremennikov". Moskva, 1883.
  • -  S portretom Preosvi︠a︡shchennogo Innokentii︠a︡.
  • -  Original text at: National Library of Russia
  • -  Составлено по книге И. Барсукова: "Иннокентий Митрополит Московский и Коломенский, по его сочинениям, письмам и рассказам современников". Москва, 1883.
  • -  С портретом Преосвященного Иннокентия.


  • 58 pages ; 19 x 12 cm

Source Collection

  • Rare Books from the National Library of Russia

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  • 2018693996

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