Archibald Cary Coolidge: A Promoter of Russian Studies in the United States.



The article is dedicated to the contribution of Harvard professor Archibald Cary Coolidge and his students into the rise and development of Russian studies in American Universities. The author believes that it was due to their personal interest and enthusiasm that the Russian language began to be taught in the USA universities. The article provides information about Coolidge’s biography, his approach to teaching Russian, and his work aimed at popularizing Russian and introducing it into the American higher education curriculum.

General Information

Keywords: Slavonic languages department, Harvard University, creation of the library, public speeches, Russian historical breakfast, lectures about Russia.

Journal rubric: Linguodidactics and Innovations.Psychological Basis of Learning Languages and Cultures.

Article type: scientific article


For citation: Zenkevich I.V. Archibald Cary Coolidge: A Promoter of Russian Studies in the United States. [Elektronnyi resurs]. Âzyk i tekst = Language and Text, 2016. Vol. 3, no. 3, pp. 78–85. DOI: 10.17759/langt.2016030307. (In Russ., аbstr. in Engl.)


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Information About the Authors

Irina V. Zenkevich, senior lecturer of the Department of Linguodidactics and Intercultural Communication, Moscow State University of Psychology and Education (MSUPE), Moscow, Russia, ORCID:, e-mail:



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