Medieval Slavic Manuscripts and Culture

Tag: Charles E. Gribble

Donated: Brief History of Saratov (Russia)


Among the recently cataloged books for the Hilandar Research Library (HRL)  is a title that was previously owned by a faculty member of The Ohio State University. From the collection of Charles E. Gribble, Professor Emeritus, Department of Slavic and East European Languages and Cultures, comes the book ‘Pages of the Chronicle of Saratov,’* which gives a brief history of the city of Saratov, its historical significance, its administrative,  urban and cultural growth, and brief sketches of individuals who had an impact on the city’s development.

front cover of the book: dark green, with an outline of of rectangle in brown topped by outline of 3 domes; authors name in brown just inside the domed area; title in gold in old style manuscript letters in the rectangular part.

Страницы летописи Саратова (Moscow, 1987)

The HRL has among its microform holdings 294 manuscripts from the collection of Saratov State University’s Research Library,** which has been a very fertile source for manuscript research since the HRL acquired the microfilms as part of a Title II-C grant of the National Education Act that was submitted in 1993-1994. Страницы летописи Саратова describes the establishment of the university, and the names of several individuals are referenced, who appear to be connected to the provenance of some of the Saratov manuscripts.

Researchers in the HRL have reported on the significance of the Saratov manuscripts in issues of the RCMSS/HRL newsletter Cyrillic Manuscript Heritage for a number of years. Here is a sample of some of the research:

Victor Alexandrov, “Tracing the Slavic Syntagma of Blastares,” CMH 11 (May 2002): 5, 8.

Adelina Angusheva-Tihanov, “Tracing Byzantine Rhetorical Sources of the Sermons of Gregory Camblak,” CMH 21 (June 2007): 5.

Brian J. Boeck, on the Life of St. Philip, Metropolitan of Moscow, see CMH 14 (December 2003): 4.

Margaret Dimitrova, “Prayers for Newborns, Mothers and Midwives,” CMH 11 (May 2002): 8, 11.

Margaret Dimitrova, “Bulgarian Scholar Receives Fulbright to Examine HRL Collection,” CMH 25 (June 2009): 4-5, 8.

Eve Levin, “Researching Physical and Spiritual Approaches to Healing,” CMH 13 (May 2003): 4, 7.

William R. Veder, “Saratov Collection Provides Missing Key,” CMH 9 (May 2001): 6.


*Б. И. Казаков, Г. Д. Казакова, и Л.Н. Любомирова, Страницы летописи Саратова (Саратов: Привожское книжное издательство, 1987).

**Note that the contractual agreement between the HRL and SGU allows only for the viewing of the microfilms on site – no reproductions from the HRL films may be made without the permission of SGU.


Found in the Archives: Newsletter of the Hilandar Project


Among the archives of the Hilandar Research Library and the Resource Center for Medieval Slavic Studies are copies of a newsletter that was published sporadically from 1979-1986. The inaugural issue of the “Newsletter of the Hilandar Project at The Ohio State University” was edited by Charles E. Gribble, now professor emeritus of the OSU Department of Slavic and East European Languages and Cultures. Issue number 1 appeared in January 1979 with the following stated purpose:image of the first page of the newsletter - a densely typed 8.5 x 11 inch page

“This is the first issue of a new publication designed to keep both scholars and the general public informed of the work going on in the Hilandar Project at The Ohio State University…. We will try to provide a running bibliography of publications, both books and articles, which treat materials contained in the Hilandar Collection, or which touch on related topics.”

The issue includes a description of the formal dedication of the Hilandar Room in the William Oxley Thompson Memorial Library on December 2, 1978, and reproduces the remarks made on that occasion by Father Mitrofan of Hilandar Monastery, Riccardo P. Picchio (Yale University), Richard Pope (York University, Toronto), and Dr. Predrag Matejic. The speech that Father Mitrofan gave at the banquet that evening is also included in this issue.

Issues No. 2 (Oct. 1979) and No. 3 (Aug. 1980) were also edited by Charles E. Gribble.