On January 26, 2023 the Honorary Member of the Russian Academy of Arts, PhD in History Germaine Pavlova - O’ Neal is marking her 85th anniversary.

Germaine Pavlova - O’Neal was born in Leningrad in 1938. In 1961, she graduated fr om N. Krupskaya State Institute of Culture as the librarian-bibliographer and later defended her PhD thesis at the History Department of St. Petersburg State University.   

Germaine Pavlova – O’Neal started her professional activity in 1956, for more than 20 years she worked for the Research Library of the State Hermitage including 15 years of work as the Library’s Chief Custodian. In 1977, she emigrated to the United States wh ere she was qualified as the Public Librarian of the New York State University (Olbany, 1978). Since 1978 till 1985 Germaine Konstantinovna  worked for the National Library of New York, she systematized the storage procedure for Russian literature and identified a great number of the previously unattributed books including those from the former Imperial collections (in the Winter Palace and other royal residencies). In the period of 1986-1998 she occupied the position of the Head of the Research Library of George C. Marshall  Center for European Security Studies (Germany), from 1998 till 2001 headed Donovan Research Library (Fort Benning, Georgia, USA).

Her numerous articles (in English) on the history of book production in Russia have been published both in Russia and the United States. She is an author of monographs “The Hermitage Imperial Library. 1762-1917” (USA, 1988) and “Florian Gilles and the Imperial Hermitage. The Life and Fate” (St. Petersburg, 2010). She has been a participant of research conferences in New York, Geneva, Moscow and St. Petersburg (the State Hermitage, the Russian Academy of Arts) including the traditional Alpatov Readings (2013).   

The Russian Academy of Arts has congratulated  Germaine Pavlova-O’Neal on her Jubilee. The Letter of Greetings, in particular, runs:

   “Dear Germaine Konstantinovna,

     On behalf of the Presidium of the Russian Academy of Arts and on my behalf I congratulate you on your Jubilee and wish you excellent health, further success in your study of the history of arts, personal happiness and family well-being”.

             Zurab Tsereteli, President of the Russian Academy of Arts 

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