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Mikhail Ivanovich Chuvanov

Mikhail Chuvanov, USSR Bibliographer, book collector, Old Believer leader.


  • Chuvanov, Mikhail was born in 1891 in Usady near Moscow into an Old Believer family.

  • Career

    • Worked in printing shops before World War I. In the 1920s started his collection of books on literature and philosophy, and especially on Old Moscow and the Old Believers. Collected a unique library of some 20,000 volumes. Continued the traditions of such collectors of Old Believer descent as Tretiakov and Shchukin.

      His library has become a cultural landmark of Moscow. Chairman of the Moscow Old Believers Association.
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    Born 1891
    Died April 15, 1988
    (aged 97)