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[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).

[Doukhobor suffering]

This file consists of statements, list of people, an outline of daily events in prison (diary) in 1964, songs texts, articles, a declaration and a petition that relate to the Sons of Freedom suffering, especially in prison. In particularly, this file contains a list of deceased Sons of Freedom, list of Agassiz prisoners, a declaration to J. J. Verigin from Agassiz prisoners, and a statement of M. E. Chernenoff. This file contains documents relating to the CCBRD and the KCIR.

Prison related documents

This sub-series consists of various records documenting the Doukhobor incarceration experiences over several decades. The records relate to the Doukhobor beliefs and ideology, influence of their leaders, Doukhobor justification for the participation in unlawful activities that ultimately resulted in incarceration, as well as the hardship and suffering of the community as a whole caused by incarceration. Some documents refer to the mistreatment of the Doukhobors by the Canadian government. Many authors of the documents are women. The documents include: correspondence, statements, petitions, lists, accounts of events, drawings, songs texts, declarations, slogans, writings, articles and clippings. The records are in Russian and/or English; many are handwritten and some with accompanying transcriptions; some are original documents and some are photocopies.

[S. Sorokin and leadership related documents]

This file consists of correspondence and an article by Martin A. Larson “The Doukhobors.” The addresses and authors of the correspondence include: S. Sorokin, R. R. Reynald, Helen Prodan, The CCBRD, Francis Otel, V. M. Chernov, I. I. P., A. Reibin, I. Shukin and P. P. Verigin and government officials. This file contains documents relating to the CCBRD.

[S. Sorokin and leadership related documents]

This file consist of various documents that related to Sorokin’s arrival in Canada and him becoming leader of the part of the Sons of Freedom. Many documents refer to the Christian Community and Brotherhood of the Reformed Doukhobors, J. J. Verigin, P. P. Verigin, John Lebedoff, the Canadian government officials, Emmett Gulley, the Doukhobor children’s removal, imprisonment of the Sons of Freedom, and leadership issues. The documents includes correspondence, articles either transcribed from clippings or clippings themselves, open letters, press releases, messages, statements, writings explaining Doukhobor history, ideology and hardship experienced in Canada.

Michael Verigin

This file contains correspondence, writings, statements, protocols related to Michael Verigin (Orekoff) and his attempts to become the next leader of the Doukhobor community. Michael Verigin was a third cousin of Peter V. Verigin in the female line. The majority of the documents in this file are from 1930s and 1940s, and the authorship of documents is not always clear. Some documents are signed by the Elders of the Spiritual Community of Christs, including Michael Verigin, as well as by A. Kolesnikoff, I. Lebedoff, A. Bell, S. Savinkoff, V. Zuboff, P. Tarasoff, F. Pozdniakoff. This file also includes a letter by L. N. Tolstoy (1900).

[S. Sorokin and leadership related documents]

This file consists of correspondence, open letters, clippings and transcribed articles, protocols, proclamations and statements that relate to Sorokin’s arrival in Canada and his becoming the leader of the part of the Doukhobor community as well as the tensions that these events caused in the community. This file contains documents relating to the CCBRD.

[Fred Samsonoff]

This file consists of brief account of the Doukhobor history in Canada from 1895 until 1947 that mentioned P. V. Verigin, P.P. Verigin, and J. J. Verigin.

[Bill Sarsin]

This file consists of a statement by Bill Sarsin about the Sons of Freedom and the CCBRD.

[Pauline Poznikoff]

This file consists of statements by Pauline Poznikoff and newspapers clippings that relate to issues present in the Doukhobor community as well as a copy of anonymous letter to W. Perepelkin.

[S. Sorokin and leadership related documents]

This file consists of letters, telegrams, statements, protocols, news releases, articles, account of events, lists, statements and petitions with signatures that relate to the Doukhobor community, the Sons of Freedom activities, Sorokin’s arrival in Canada and Doukhobor leadership issues. Authors and addressees of documents include: S. Sorokin, N. K. Novokshonoff, The CCBRD, “Brotherhood Union”, John Perepelkin, the Sons of Freedom, John Chernoff, Mike Zarubin, W. Stupnikoff, Central Committee Society of Friends, Anton Kolesnikoff, G. Andrews, and Judge Sullivan. This file contains documents relating to the CCBRD.

[Mary Malakoff]

This file consists of correspondence and statements by Mary Malakoff and other members of women’s committee. The documents illustrate conflicts within the Doukhobor community, the Sons of Freedom, the CCBRD, the USCC. This file contains documents relating to the CCBRD.

[Mary Malakoff]

This file consists of personal letters, open letters and statements by Mary Malakoff. Letters are addressed to Steve Lapshinoff, Stephan Sorokin, Mike Chernenkoff, Lucy, Joe Ogloff. This file contains documents relating to the CCBRD.

[Peter Maloff]

This file consists of account of visit to Peter P. Verigin before his death provide by L. Hoodikoff and P. Konkin as well as newspaper clippings regarding Sons of Freedom protests.

[Joe Podovinnikoff]

This file consists of correspondence, newspaper clippings and articles that relate to Podovinnikoff interactions with the Sons of Freedom and the Doukhobor community and other individuals. Documents in this file refer to Michael Verigin, J. J. Verigin and B. M. Moojelsky. This file contains documents relating to the CCBRD.

[Letters to John Lebedoff]

This files consists of letters and appeals addressed to John L. Lebedoff from the members of Sons of Freedom that served time in prison. This correspondence was meant to urge Lebedoff to fulfill the promises he made to the community.

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