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Biography of the Trustee of the Bobrovnikov Orenburg Academic District in the Documents of the Department of Manuscripts and Rare Books of the Scientific Library of Kazan University


Rafikova G. E.



Introduction. The Department of Manuscripts and Rare Books of the N. I. Lobachevsky Scientific Library of Kazan Federal University contains a genealogical study of M. N. Petrovskaya, the granddaughter of professors N. A. Bobrovnikov (1854 — 1921) and M. P. Petrovsky (1833 — 1912), compiled in 1990 — 1996 and transferred by her to Kazan University in 1996. One of the parts of the manuscript is devoted to the biography of the trustee of the Bobrovnikov Orenburg Academic District.

Materials and methods. The research was carried out on the basis of a wide range of handwritten and printed sources. It is based on the scientific principles of historicism, objectivity and consistency. The author productively applied systematic and comparative methods, as well as the method of content analysis. Their use contributed to the successful implementation of the research plan.

Results and discussion. In this article, the author reconstructs the biography of N. A. Bobrovnikov on the basis of manuscripts and literature from the funds of Kazan University, paying special attention to his activities as a trustee of the Orenburg Academic District.

Conclusion. The contribution of N. A. Bobrovnikov to the development of public education of the foreign population of the Russian Empire is very significant. His activity as a trustee of the Orenburg Academic District contributed to the opening of both male and female gymnasiums and colleges, especially technical and craft-oriented; primary education also received widespread development.

Keywords: N. A. Bobrovnikov, biography, the Orenburg Academic District, trustee of the Academic District, public education

For citation: Rafikova GE. Biography of the Trustee of the Bobrovnikov Orenburg Academic District in the Documents of the Department of Manuscripts and Rare Books of the Scientific Library of Kazan University. Bulletin of the Research Institute of Humanities under the Government of the Republic of Mordovia. 2024;16(1):52—60. EDN RIZQUK



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The article was submitted 01.11.2023; approved after reviewing 09.01.2024; accepted for publication 12.01.2024.


Information about the authors:

Gulnara E. Rafikova, Leading Researcher of the Institute of Tatar Encyclopedia and Regional Studies of the Tatarstan Academy of Sciences (56 Pushkina Str., Kazan 420115, Russia), Candidate of Historical Sciences, ORCID: https://orcid.org/0009-0000-8569-1397, grafikova@mail.ru


Conflict of interest: the author declares no conflict of interests.


The author has read and approved the final version of the manuscript.