Notes of the Priest Vasilii Verbitskii, a Missionary to the Kuznetsk District of the Altai Spiritual Mission, for the Year 1860


In the early 19th century, the Russian Orthodox Church turned its focus to the more remote regions of Siberia, particularly the Altayskiy Kray (Altai). One of the priests sent to the region was Vasilii Verbitskii (1827–90), who established a new mission in the Kuznetsk district of the Altai in 1858. Verbitskii, who had studied science and worked as a teacher before joining the priesthood, took a great interest in the local flora and fauna as well as the language of the local people. He published a number of works on these subjects. Verbitskii was recognized by the Russian Geographic Society for his detailed writing about the geography of the region, and scholars praised his work on the legends and traditions of the native people of the Altayskiy Kray. Verbitskii also published a two-volume dictionary of two local dialects. In addition to his scholarly work, Verbitskii kept journals for 19 of the 37 years he spent as a missionary, describing the challenges and rewards of missionary life. Presented here is a booklet with Verbitskii’s notes for the year 1860. Published in Moscow in 1861, the work 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.

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Записки миссiонера Кузнецкаго отдѣленiя Алтайской Духовной Миссiи, священника Василiя Вербицкаго. За 1860 годъ

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24 pages ; 23 x 15 centimeters

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