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Doukhobor collection
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Alex Datchkoff

This file consists of statement by Alex Datchkoff concerning divisions and issues within the Doukhobor community.

Anastasia Bojey about Verigin

This file consist of carbon copy of document signed by Anastasia Bojey [Bozhia] written on Christian Community of Universal Brotherhood, Peter Verigin Office letterhead. This document provides Anastasia’s account of her dream in which she took a train journey with P. V. Verigin.

Anna Markova documents

This file consists of pencil drawn map of the Don area Doukhobor settlement by Anna Markova and accompanying handwritten notes and an envelope addressed to Eli A. Popoff, 1971. All documents are handwritten in Russian.

Arson related documents

This sub-series documents the Sons of Freedom involvement in arson and bombing, including of the burning of J. J. Verigin’s house in Brilliant, BC. The sub-series consists of witness statements, articles and newspaper clippings. This sub-series includes printed, mimeographed and handwritten documents in Russian and/or English. Some are original documents and some are photocopies. In some cases, Russian handwritten document is supplied with a Russian and English version mimeograph.

Articles by William Carson

This file consists of articles and essays written mostly by William Carson that focus on the Doukhobor community and its problems. His view appears to be favorable of the Doukhobor’s way of life and he expresses disapproval of the society’s and the British Columbia government attitude towards the Doukhobors. In some cases, the authorship of documents is unclear. William Carson was a head of the association called “The Human Rights Association” that tried to raise funds for the defense of the jailed Freedomites.

At work

This file consists of images that depict the individuals usually dressed in traditional Doukhobor clothing.

CCUB (Christian Community of Universal Brotherhood)

This series consists of various documents that were created by the Christian Community of Universal Brotherhood (CCUB) and its members and that relate to the operations of the CCUB and to the matters concerning the Doukhobor community from 1898 until 1960, predominantly from 1907 until 1939. The documents relate to the leadership of the organization, administration of office and membership, land and financial matters, relationship with the Canadian government agencies and the Sons of Freedom, beliefs and ideology of the Doukhobors. The CCUB was established by the Doukhobors that settled in Saskatchewan in the early 1900s. Most members of the organization moved to the West Kooteney region of British Columbia between 1907-1912. The organization was led by Peter V. Verigin (Lordly), spiritual leader of the Doukhobors, until his death in 1924. Peter P. Verigin (Chistiakov) took over the leadership of the CCUB in 1927. In the mid 1930s, in efforts to unite all the Doukhobors, Chistiakov created organization known as the Society of Named Doukhobors that was renamed the Union of Spiritual Communities of Christ (USCC) in 1940s. In 1938, the CCUB as an organization was dissolved due to bankruptcy and the Union of Spiritual Communities of Christ (USCC) replaced it.
This series is divided in to four sub-series: 1: Circular letters; 2: Correspondence; 3: Meeting minutes; 4: Documents; 5: Writings; 6: Financial records.

CD ROMs

This series consists of 3 CD-ROMs containing original digital records of photographs of elders taken in 1975 and of Anna Markova funeral in 1978. [Stored with textual records]

Circular letters

This series consists of circular letters to be read at an assembled meetings. The bulk of the letters dates between 1908-1912. Often they consist of direction from CCUB, such as livestock to sell, when to clear the fields, or when to come to a meeting. The letters also deal with the logistics of the move to British Columbia. Most of the letters were issued on the Christian Community of Universal Brotherhood (CCUB) letterhead or on the Office of the Peter V. Verigin letterhead. Most letters are signed by P.V. Verigin, except for some signed by Mikhail Kazakov and some that are unsigned. Most letters are mimeographed.

Circular letters

This series consists of circular letters addressed to the CCUB members. All letters are mimeographed and none are issued on the CCUB letterhead. All records are in Russian, but a couple of them are supplied with handwritten translations in English.

Circular letters

This sub-series consists of circular letters to be read at an assembled meetings. The bulk of the letters dates between 1908-1911. Often they consist of direction from the CCUB, such as livestock to sell, when to clear the fields, or when to come to a meeting. The letters also deal with the logistics of the move to British Columbia. Most of the letters were issued on the Christian Community of Universal Brotherhood (CCUB) letterhead, but there are some without any letterhead and some on the Office of the Peter V. Verigin letterhead. Most of the letters are original mimeographs and only a few photocopies. All records are in Russian.

Clippings

This series consists of clippings from various British Columbia newspapers between 1956-1971 depicting matters related to the Doukhobor community and other matters relating to Efanov‘s political interest, such as political cartoons, Winston Churchill and J. F. Kennedy. Many clippings depict marriage announcement of the Doukhobor members or their descendants.

Clippings and broadside

This file consists of clippings (1925-1926) that came from British Columbia newspapers and relate to the matters of Doukhobors and handwritten note that relates to article from the clippings. In addition, this file includes broadside titled: We appeal to the public (ca.1947?) by George S. Soukoreff and John J. Verigin. The broadside describes division and strife in the West Kootenay region of B.C. between Sons of Freedom Doukhobors and those represented by the Union of Spiritual Communities of Chrtist (USCC).

Clippings, articles

This file consists of newspaper and magazine clippings and articles relating to organizational activities of the USCC and J. J. Verigin as its leader. Clippings come from English and Russian language publications, including Iskra. One of the articles contains J. J. Verigin report on his trip to the U.S.S.R. in 1972. All printed and photocopied records are in English or Russian.

Correspondence

This series consists of the personal and the Doukhobor community matters correspondence of P. V. Verigin sent to and received from various members of the CCUB.

Correspondence

This series consists of the correspondence received and send on behalf of the CCUB by its executive members including: I. Konkin, K. Ribin T. Slaykin, S. Vereshagin, M. P. Glukhov, P. Birukoff, S. V. Kuchin, I. P. Shukin, V. P. Ribin, G. V. Vereshagin, P. G. Aniutushkin, M. W. Cazakoff, I. I. Ivin and V. Makhoni, T. S. Samorodin, V. A. Sukharev [Soukoreff], N. M. Plotnikoff and others. Some correspondence was an exchange between the mentioned members and some was sent out to various governmental agencies in Canada and other organizations. The correspondence relate to the matters of Doukhobor communities in B.C. and Saskatchewan and operations of the CCUB. In specific, some documents relate to financial issues, farming, Doukhobors attitudes toward military service and legal matters. Some letters refer to P. P. Verigin (Chistiakov and some addressed to him. Most documents are mimeographed, except for a few handwritten ones. Many documents are originals and there are also some photocopies of documents. Majority of the documents are in Russian and a few in English.

Correspondence

This series consists of the personal and Doukhobor community related correspondence of P. V. Verigin that dates from early 1900s until his death in October of 1924. Besides P. V. Verigin correspondence, part of File 1 is also correspondence by Anastasia Holoboff and Fodosia Verigin that dates from 1900s until 1959. Some letters are handwritten and some are mimeographed. All in Russian, except for a few in English.

Correspondence

This file consists of very early and important letters and telegrams received and send by J. J. Verigin that relate to the recovery and reorganization of the Doukhobors in the tumult following Peter P. Verigin’s death, bankruptcy of the CCUB, and further fragmentation of the Doukhobors during the war. Some early letters are written to or received from N. Arishenkoff (Arishenkov). Other senders and recipients include J. B. Cowell, the Christian Community and Brotherhood of the Reformed Doukhobors (CCBRD), Joe Clark (Minister of External Affairs Canada). The majority of documents are handwritten in Russian, except for a couple of printed documents in English.

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