Al'bom Dukhovnoĭ Missii

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

Timon, F. M. (Photographer)
Dates / Origin
Date Created: 1881 (Questionable)
Place: S.l.
Publisher: s.n.
Library locations
The Miriam and Ira D. Wallach Division of Art, Prints and Photographs: Photography Collection
Shelf locator: Slav. Reserve (Photo) (Albom Dukhovnoi Missii)
Missions -- Palestine
Russka︠i︡a pravoslavna︠i︡a ︠t︡serkovʹ
Russkai︠a︡ pravoslavnai︠a︡ t︠s︡erkovʹ. Russkai︠a︡ dukhovnai︠a︡ missii︠a︡ v Ierusalime
Photograph albums
Content: No text; photographs have no captions.
Biographical/historical: Photographs taken in 1881 during the visit of Grand Duke Sergei Aleksandrovich to the Mission in Jerusalem.
Ownership: On front panel is mounted wood-carving of the Mission with legend reading: Al'bom Dukhovnoi Missii.
Funding: Slavic Recon Project.
Physical Description
Extent: [48] mounted photographs : ill. ; 32 x 45 cm.
Binding of Red plush with olive wood panels, with inlaid mosaic border, on sides.
Type of Resource
Still image
NYPL catalog ID (B-number): b17037291
Barcode: 33433080049939
Universal Unique Identifier (UUID): 0f03b250-c6d9-012f-c239-58d385a7bc34
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