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Kulganek I. Mongolian Folklore Materials in the Orientalists Archive at the St. Petersburg Branch of the Institute of Oriental Studies // Manuscripta Orientalia. Vol. 4, No 4, December 1998. P. 52-54.

Various historical circumstances underlie the fact that an enormous number of Mongolian-language materials have entered the Orientalists archive housed in the St. Petersburg Branch of the Institute of Oriental Studies. A great deal of them represents Mongolian folklore materials which were collected by several generations of Russian scholars and travellers. The expedition of D.-G. Messerschmidt (1685— 1735) to Western Siberia, Dauria and Mongolia in 1720— 1727, two expeditions of G. F. Miller (1705—1783) to the east of the Lake Baykal in 1735 and 1741, the travels of P.-S. Pallas (1741—1811) to Orenburg region and Siberia in the 1768—1774 yielded valuable acquisitions to the Russian Academy of Sciences. Another lot of Mongolian folklore materials entered the Academy under Chr. D. Fraehn (1782—1851), who was the first director of the Asiatic Museum (at present, St. Petersburg Branch of the Institute of Oriental Studies). Under C. G. Zalemann (1849—1916), also head of the Asiatic Museum, these materials were supplemented by new precious acquisitions among which were rich folklore collections acquired from the Russian Committee for the Investigation of Central and Eastern Asia. At the beginning of the twentieth century, vast collections were gathered by the renowned Buriat scholars, Ts. Zhamtsarano, B. Baradiyn, and N. Ochirov. A series of archives was also formed from materials donated by relatives, colleagues, and friends of these scholars. All these acquisitions significantly enriched Mongolian studies in Russia…


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