Complete Collection of Russian Chronicles

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Complete Collection of Russian Chronicles

AuthorArchaeographical Commission
Original title
Полное собрание русских летописей
CountryRussian Empire
Soviet Union
PublisherTypography of Edward Prats
Published1841 –
No. of books43 volumes

The Complete Collection of Russian Chronicles (Russian: Полное собрание русских летописей, romanizedPolnoe sobranie russkikh letopisei[1][2], abbr. PSRL[1][2]) is a series of published volumes aimed at collecting all medieval East Slavic chronicles, with various editions published in Imperial Russia, the Soviet Union, and Russian Federation. The project is ongoing and far from finished.

The chronicles were assembled by the Archaeographical Expedition of the Russian Academy of Sciences (starting in 1828). They were prepared for publication by the Archaeographical Commission, established in 1834 as part of the Ministry of National Enlightenment. The first volumes were published by a publisher "Typography of Edward Prats". The commission was charged to publish the collection on February 18, 1837.

The first ten volumes appeared between 1841 and 1863. New volumes have been brought forth piecemeal throughout the 20th and early 21st centuries. Some of the older volumes have also been reprinted, especially after 1997.

In 1977, Ludolf Müller discovered that thousands of textual variants in the Radziwiłł Chronicle and Academic Chronicle were not reported, or reported incorrectly, in Volume 1 of the PSRL.[3]

List of published volumes[edit]

Typography of Edward Prats[edit]

In 1871-72 the first two volumes were republished as the second editions.

  • Volume 1, second edition. Leningrad, 1926[5]
  • Volume 2, second edition. Saint Petersburg, 1908[5][2]

Typography of Skorokhodov and Typography of Aleksandrov[edit]


  1. ^ a b c d Ostrowski 1981, p. 12.
  2. ^ a b c Kloss 2007, p. 144.
  3. ^ Ostrowski 1981, p. 14.
  4. ^ Kloss 2007, p. 146.
  5. ^ a b Ostrowski 1981, p. 13.


  • Kloss, Boris (2007). Translated by DiMauro, Giorgio. "Copies of the Hypatian Chronicle and Their Textology". Harvard Ukrainian Studies. Harvard Ukrainian Research Institute. 29 (1): 129–147. JSTOR 41304504. Retrieved 23 May 2023.
  • Ostrowski, Donald (March 1981). "Textual Criticism and the Povest' vremennykh let: Some Theoretical Considerations". Harvard Ukrainian Studies. Harvard Ukrainian Research Institute. 5 (1): 11–31. JSTOR 41035890. Retrieved 6 May 2023.

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