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[Witness accounts and open letters]

This file consists of open letters, letters and statements as well as timeline of events from 1936-1960. Authors of the records include J. J. Verigin, the USCC, S.D.O.KH and Masha Astoforoff.

[Relocation of Sons of Freedom]

This file consists of letter by Central Executive Committee of Named Doukhobors to the Doukhobor community; memorandum on Relocation of the Sons of Freedom written by UBC Consultative Committee on Doukhobor Problems; and a letter to editor of Nelson Daily News by Herbert Herridge.

[Witness questioning]

This file consists of lists of questions and witnesses, information about resolution of Named Doukhobors 1928, and S. Sorokin’s affirmations about Doukhobor beliefs. The file relates to the CCBRD and the USCC.

[Speech, statements, petitions]

This file consists of speech by P. V. Verigin, statement and petitions by Sons of Freedoms relating to beliefs, arson, eviction, and S. Sorokin

General documents

This sub-series consists of lists, timelines, statements, petitions, reports, correspondence, memos, and newspaper clippings that document various aspects of Doukhobor history in Canada. The matters contained in this sub-series include: arrival of Doukhobors in Canada, relationship between the Doukhobor community, Verigins and the Sons of Freedom, as well as relationship of the Doukhobors with the Soviets and with the Canadian government. 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.

[Markova's funeral and arson]

This file consists of photocopy of statements relating to Anna Markova’s funeral and arson activities. The statements were provided by S. Fominoff, H. Samorodin, I. Savinikoff, P. Khadykin, F. Hadikin, and the CCBRD. The file relates to the CCBRD and the USCC.

[Statements re: arson]

This file consists of statements by Sons of Freedoms group, Mary Malakoff and Mike Bayoff in regards to arson. The file relates to the CCBRD and the KICR.

[Witness accounts of arson]

This file consists of statements and witness accounts relating to the burning of John J. Verigin’s house and other properties. The file also includes excerpts from Iskra magazine (1961). The statements were provided by P. Zarubin, J. Shitnoff, F. Khodykin, W. Osachoff, I. Savenkoff, P. Ostrikoff, P. Perepolikin, F. Hadikin, L. Savenkoff, M. Malakoff, M. Astoforoff, P. Chernoff, K. Astoforoff, Annie and Nick Osachoff.

[Statements re: arson]

This file consists of statements by the Sons of Freedom members that related to arson, leadership, and other issues of the Doukhobor communities. Statements were provided by Peter Zarubin, Helen Markin, Vasya Hremaken, Nick Novokshunoff, Alex Datchkoff. It also includes writings about Doukhobor beliefs and an issue of Northwest Magazine (Sunday, Nov/ 13, 1983) focused on arson.

[Burning of Verigin's residence in Brilliant]

This file consists of letters and witness statements relating to the burning of J. J. Verigin’s house and its aftermath. The authors of the documents include: John, Annie and Nick Osachoff, John Zhitnoff, William Swetlishoff, Harry Gevatkoff, and Pete Efanoff.

[Magistrate William Evans documents]

This file consists of photocopy of correspondence and reports of Magistrate William Evans in regards to the land issues between the Doukhobor community, the Sons of Freedom, the USCC and the CCUB.

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.

[Land related documents]

This file consists of photocopy of outline of action, open letter, an excerpt from government publication, resolution, and a transcript of proceedings relating to the land issues, the USCC, the Sons of Freedom and the Canadian government. This file includes original copy of publication titled: The Truth about the Doukhobors (1947?).

[Clippings, articles]

This file contains photocopies of government publications and memos, resolutions and statements by the CCUB and Doukhobor community, and newspaper clippings that relate to the land issues and the Sons of Freedom, the CCUB, the USCC and the Canadian government. This file includes a copy of an excerpt from Aylmer Maude publication titled: A peculiar people: the Doukhobors (1900).

[Land allotment inquiry]

This file consists of excerpt from proceedings of the hearings related to the Doukhobor Land Allotment Inquiry Act. The document includes J. J. Verigin testimony. In addition, this file contains handwritten account of consecutive Verigins’ leadership and affidavit of Nastia Barisoff. The file relates to the CCBRD and the USCC.

[Dealing with the CCUB land]

This file consists of copy of documents illustrating the disagreements between the CCUB and the Sons of Freedom over land ownership and attempts to evict the Sons of Freedom. This file contains: memorandum of agreement, appeals, message, and an open letter.

Land related documents

This sub-series documents land disputes that existed between the Sons of Freedom, the CCBRD and the CCUB and the USCC. The documents include: open letters, memos, resolutions, appeals, statements, excerpts from publications, proceedings of the hearings, clippings, and articles. 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.

[Women statements and letters]

This file consists of correspondence and statements by the Doukhobor women relating to arson and imprisonment mostly between 1972 and 1986. Authors and subject of the documents include: Tanya Ostrikoff, Mary Malakoff, Mary Astoforoff, Tina Zmaeff, Vera Posnikoff, Polly Chernoff, Mary Braun. This file also includes telegram (1929) from S. F. Tolmie to Prime Minster McKenzie King regarding disruptions caused by the Doukhobors and their imprisonment.

[Protests against Sons of Freedom's imprisonment]

This file consists of forms, protests messages, lists, statements and petitions with signatures, letters and writings that express discontent with mistreatment and imprisonments of the Sons of Freedom calling it religious discrimination. Most of the documents are dated 1980-1983, one letter from Masha Astafuroff dated 1970, as well as some items that are not dated.

[Women in prison]

This file consists of letters, statements and declarations of women imprisoned in Oakalla prison. Most of records date between 1971 and 1982. Records are addressed to various prominent members of the Doukhobor community, government officials and editors of newspapers.

[Women committee]

This file consists of clippings, letters, petitions, and statements that relate to the Doukhobor and the Sons of Freedom women and men’s imprisonment in Agassiz and Kingston as well as to the matter of children’s removal. Documents are often signed by Doukhobor Mothers or Women Committee as well as by the individual members of these groups.

[Women in prison]

This file consists of statements provided by women imprisoned in Oakalla prison, including: T. Zmaeff, P. Chernoff, M. Malakoff, M. Astaforoff, A. Kootnikoff and men including: F. Hadikin, P. Perepolkin. In addition, the file contains newspaper clippings.

[Passmore Hall]

This file consists of statements by persons involved in the Passmore Hall incident.

Piers Island Drawings 1932

This file consists of photocopy of drawings depicting Piers Island penal institution where the Sons of Freedom were detained between the years 1932-1934. Drawings depict prison building complex inside and outside, as well as scene with the police taking away the children. Most drawing are dated in 1934. Drawing are signed by Joe Chernoff, Nicolai W. Grimiakin (Hrimakin?), A.W. Efanoff, This file also contains a report by Grace Berisoff titled “Abduction of the Sons of Freedom children by the Canadian Government in 1932” and a copy of letter from the BC Police Commissioner to Warden of the BC Penitentiary in New Westminster, BC.

[Prisoners' statements]

This file consists of a proclamation by the Oakalla prisoners addressed to S. Sorokin (1950) and a statement by Mary Malakoff and Mary Astoforoff addressed to Robert Bonnet and Magistrate Evans (1966).

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