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Doukhobor collection
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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.

Speeches, writings, views

This series consists of documents that were written by P. V. Verigin himself or by other individuals relating his views and ideas. These documents include transcripts of speeches and interviews, petitions, opinion pieces on the Doukhobor community and faith as well as some of the letter-like documents with his opinions on education. It also contains 70 page manuscript in a notebook by F. I. Wishloff recording P.V. Verign’s speeches. All documents in Russian, except for a few documents supplied with English translation.


This series contains black and white photographs from various periods of P. V. Verigin’s life starting from around 1895 until his death and funeral in 1924. This series also contains photos of Verigin’s tomb in or after 1925. In specific, this series contains photographs of Verigin’s with his family, with close friends and with the Doukhobor communities in Verigin, Saskatchewan and in Brilliant, British Columbia during various events. There are photographs of Verigin demonstrating farming machinery, racing carriages, posing with community in the villages, as well as many photos from Verigin’s funeral and community visits to his tomb. One fine larger photograph, shows Verigin directing a steam tractor pulling a plow and harrow on the Prairie. In a letter to Tolstoy in December 1903, Verigin specifically describes buying these machines in the summer of 1903 in time for planting and harvesting at the end of that season. Other important images include 2 postcard size images labeled, “Machinery Sold to Doukhobors at Yorkton With Peter Verigin at X” and “A Doukhobor Outfit Ready to Move” showing the first two steam-driven tractors, with attached combines, to be brought into Yorkton by the Doukhobors, a move which some believe spurred jealousy among other farmers who agitated more strongly against the Doukhobors, and thus led to the calamitous reversals of policy by the Canadian government regarding conditions for Doukhobor settlement.

Writings about P.V. Verigin

This series consist of letters, writings and notes about P. V. Verigin’s life and work by various individuals and organizations, such as CCUB that interacted with him closely. Many of the documents refer to and were written after the death of Verigin in 1924. The file includes articles about Verigin’s return from exile in Siberia by A.V. Efanov and “P. V. Verigin and Molokan” by A. P. Kariakin. Series also includes Anastasia Hoboloff’s account of her dream about P. V. Verigin. Other documents are by I. Konkin, V.S.L., Larion Straukov, Ivan Okunov, S. Vereshagin, I. Tregubov. Some documents do not indicate authors. Documents are mostly in Russian.

John J. Verigin

This sous-fonds consists of correspondence, speeches and writings, by J. J. Verigin and about him, clippings, articles, publications, statement, brief, reports as well as photographs that provide insight to J. J. Verigin’s life as leader of The Union of Spiritual Communities of Christ (USCC) and the Doukhobor community. The sous-fonds is arranged into the following five series: Correspondence (1938-1984); Writings, speeches ([1939?]-1978); Documents about J. J. Verigin (1955-1982); Family related records (1944-1971) and Photographs (1939-[195-]).

Verigin, John J.


This series consists of the Doukhobor community matters correspondence received or send by J. J. Verigin as the Secretary or the Honorary Chair of The Union of Spiritual Communities of Christ (USCC), including letters, telegrams, open letters, declarations and proposals. The majority of the documents are in Russian.


This file consists J. J. Verigin’s correspondence on behalf of USCC. Some letters are send from the Joint Doukhobor Research Committee of USCC. This file contains both outbound and inbound correspondence, as well as open letters and declarations send to J. J. Verigin. Some of the senders and recipients include: Peter G. Zarubin, I. A. Popoff, Harry Gevatkoff, Peter G. Zarubin, V.S. Stupnikov, S. Sorokin, J. Lebedoff, M. Bayoff, F. Makortoff and the Christian Community and Brotherhood of the Reformed Doukhobors and the Fraternal Council, John Chernoff. All records are mimeographed or printed in Russian or English. Some Russian documents are accompanying by English translations.


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.

Writings, speeches

This series consists of writings authored or co-authored by J. J. Verigin and his conversations and speeches recorded by others.

Writings, speeches

This file consists of writings, appeals, record of conversations and speeches of J. J. Verigin, including his appeal to the Doukhobor community after the death of P. P. Verigin around [1939?]; a brief to William Bennett, Premier of BC prepared by the USCC leadership, including J. J. Verigin 1977; description of Verigin’s visit of Freedomites in Agassis in 1978; and his speech given at the Symposium in Castlegar in 1978. All documents are mimeographed in Russian.

Documents about J.J. Verigin

This series consist of documents written about J. J. Verigin in relation to his role as a leader of the USCC and his prominent role within the Doukhobor communities. The documents include: reports, accounts, opinions, statement, speech, biographies, song texts, hansard, newspaper and magazine clippings and articles. Most documents are in English, except one in Russian; all documents are printed.

Writings about J.J. Verigin

This file consists of reports and accounts of events with participation of J. J. Verigin, speeches mentioning him and his biography. The documents include speech by George Tarasoff; account of Doukhobors visit in Vancouver in 1967; statement clarifying J. J. Verigin’s role as material leader of the Sons of Freedom; a document titled: “Secret aims of J. J. Verigin’s visitors from Moscow” 1972; a document titled “J. J. Verigin’s activities – now intensified” 1975; short biographies of J. J. Verigin and Anna Markova followed by texts of songs.

Debates of the Legislative Assembly

This file includes excerpt from Debates of Legislative Assembly, BC that relate to the arson problems within the Doukhobor communities and Verigin’s role as the leader.

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.

Family related documents

This series consists of documents created by J. J. Verigin’s close family members, his uncle Peter P. Verigin the Second and his mother Anna Markova, also sister of Peter P. Verigin the Second. The series includes the correspondence of Peter P. Verigin the Second, also known as Yastrebov and annotated map of the Doukhobor settlement drawn by Anna Markova.

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.

Peter P. Verigin III documents

This file consists of transcription of original letter written by Peter P. Verigin (Yastrebov) III to Nikole Plotnikov in 1944 and excerpt from letter written by Peter P. Verigin III to Anna Markova in 1942. This excerpt was printed in issue no. 792 (1960) of Iskra. In addition, this file contains except from Iskra’s issue no. 781 (1960) that reports the death of Peter P. Verigin III in 1942. All documents are mimeographs in Russian.


This series consists of one party hand-colored and 25 black and white photographs of J. J. Verigin and his family taken at various events, such as funeral of Peter P. Verigin, funeral of Evodokia, funeral of Anna Fedorova, J. J. Verigin’s wedding and Jubilee 50th anniversary of Doukhobors in Canada. There are several composite photographs containing images that pre-date the composites in some cases by a couple of decades.

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