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Florovsky, Georges, 1893-1980
Georges Florovsky Papers
Manuscripts Division
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1892-1986 (mostly 1950-1969)
88 boxes and 42.6 linear feet
Storage Note:
  • Firestone Library (scamss): Boxes 1-83; B-000795; B-000796; B-000797; B-000798; B-000799


The Georges Florovsky Papers consists of works, correspondence, documents, photographs, and memorabilia of clergyman, teacher and author, Georges Florovsky.

Collection Description & Creator Information

Scope and Contents

Consists of works, correspondence, documents, photographs, and memorabilia of Florovsky, reflecting his career at various academic institutions, such as Saint Vladimir's Theological Seminary in New York (1948-1956) and Harvard Divinity School (1956-1964), teaching patristics and Russian religious thought, and later at Princeton (1964-1972), teaching Slavic languages and literatures. The collection contains articles and papers written in several languages, mostly Russian and English, but also French, German, Rumanian, Italian, and Greek; card files; his notes and bibliographic references; and bibliographies of his writings. Much of the material concerns his work in the World Council of Churches, as a member of the Executive Committee and the Commission on Faith and Order. Correspondence pertains, among other things, to his involvement in the Fellowship of St. Alban and St. Sergius in London, the Parisian emigre community, and activities at Harvard. Correspondents include Svetlana Allilueva, Nikolai Arsenev, Nicholas Berdiaev, Father Sergius Bulgakov, Peter Struve, and George Vernadsky. In addition, there are several boxes of Florovsky family correspondence. Correspondence is largely in Russian, with occasional letters to Florovsky written in English, German, Greek, and French.

Collection Creator Biography:

Florovsky, Georges, 1893-1980

Georges Florovsky, clergyman, teacher and author, was born in Odessa, Russia. Ordained as a priest in 1932, he held many academic posts in the United States.

Collection History


Purchased from the author.


No materials were separated from the collection during 2014 reprocessing.

Processing Information

This collection was processed in 1995. Finding aid written in 1995. Correspondence was reprocessed by Lindsay Ceballos (GS) in 2014. Arrangement and description were enhanced and selective reprocessing was conducted by Kelly Bolding and Faith Charlton in 2016, with assistance from Isabella Litke (GS) and Fiona Bell '18.

Access & Use

Conditions Governing Access

The collection is open for research. Teaching materials (housed in Boxes 5-7) are closed for 75 years from the date of creation due to the presence of student records.

Conditions Governing Use

Single copies may be made for research purposes. To cite or publish quotations that fall within Fair Use, as defined under U. S. Copyright Law, no permission is required. For instances beyond Fair Use, it is the responsibility of the researcher to determine whether any permissions related to copyright, privacy, publicity, or any other rights are necessary for their intended use of the Library's materials, and to obtain all required permissions from any existing rights holders, if they have not already done so. Princeton University Library's Special Collections does not charge any permission or use fees for the publication of images of materials from our collections, nor does it require researchers to obtain its permission for said use. The department does request that its collections be properly cited and images credited. More detailed information can be found on the Copyright, Credit and Citations Guidelines page on our website. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us through the Ask Us! form.

Physical Characteristics and Technical Requirements

For preservation reasons, original analog and digital media may not be read or played back in the reading room. Users may visually inspect physical media but may not remove it from its enclosure. All analog audiovisual media must be digitized to preservation-quality standards prior to use. Audiovisual digitization requests are processed by an approved third-party vendor. Please note, the transfer time required can be as little as several weeks to as long as several months and there may be financial costs associated with the process. Requests should be directed through the Ask Us Form.

Credit this material:

Georges Florovsky Papers; Manuscripts Division, Department of Special Collections, Princeton University Library

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Firestone Library
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Princeton, NJ 08544, USA
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Storage Note:
  • Firestone Library (scamss): Boxes 1-83; B-000795; B-000796; B-000797; B-000798; B-000799