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Stephan S. Sorokin fonds
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Stephan S. Sorokin fonds

  • MsC-243
  • Fonds
  • 1897-2004, predominantly 1949-1984

This fonds consists of personal archive of Stephen S. Sorokin that includes incoming and outgoing letters from around 1949 until his death in 1984 many of which were sent from Montevideo, Uruguay where Sorokin lived for thirt- two years. This fonds also includes many original writings and spiritual messages addressed to the Doukhobor communities, the CCBRD and the Sons of Freedom. Records in this fonds also include draft of Sorokin’s book Three Days and Three Nights published in 1950, clippings and publications related to the Sorokin’s life and his leadership of the Doukhobor community. In addition, this fonds contains Sorokin’s personal files of passports and identity documents, number of original photographs taken during his visit to British Columbia villages in 1950s and recordings of his speeches and Doukhobor singing during that visit. It also contains court records relating to Sorokin’s filing a defamation suit against Trail Times’s journalist. Additional materials include audio and video recordings of Krestova Youth Choir performances during the Expo 1986.
This sous-fonds consists of six main series: 1: Correspondence; 2: Court records; 3: Writings; 4: Personal records; 5: General records; 6: Audio-Visual records; 7: Photographs from Sorokin’s visit.

Sorokin, Stefan S.


This series consists of correspondence of Stephan Sorokin in capacity as the leader of the CCBRD and a leader/spokesperson of the Sons of Freedom with various individuals of within the Doukhobor community and outside of it, including representatives of the Canadian government and other organizations. This series contains incoming and outgoing correspondence. Many of the letters are with or regarding of the imprisoned members of the Reformed Doukhobors community. Besides letters, telegrams, and open letters, the files in this series contain other records including Sorokin addresses to community, resolution, clippings, texts of poems, psalms and prayers, reports, meeting minutes of the Fraternal Council of CCBRD and other matters related to the CCBRD and the Sons of Freedom. Sorokin’s letters are sent from South America, mainly Montevideo, Uruguay.

Some of correspondents include: F. J. Mead, William Evans, Rankin, Dean & Munro, Joseph Podovinikoff, Walter Siegmeister, W. M. Moojelsky, A. Kolesnikov, I. I. Perepelkin, S. Tomilin, Petr Iliasov, Ivan Chernov, A. Reibin, Steve Lapshinoff, Joseph Ogloff, and Mikhail Chernenkoff.

In English and in Russian and some in Spanish.

[S. S. Sorokin & CCBRD - 1959]

Some of the correspondents include: V.S. Popoff, I. M. Chernov, W. M. Moojelsky, Petr Iliasov, A. Kolesnikov, Joseph Podovinikoff, I. I. Perepelkin, Vassily Pozdnikoff, V. Svetlishev, M. Khodikin, and Nikolai Novakshonov.

[S. S. Sorokin & CCBRD - 1960]

Some of the correspondents include: Fedor Cherienkov, Nikolai Posnikov, Petr Iliasov, I. I. Perepelkin, Nikolai Novakshonov, P. P. Elasoff, V. A. Selivanov, and W. Evans.

[S. S. Sorokin & CCBRD - 1962]

This file includes reports from W. M. Moojelsky’s court case in British Columbia and Saskatchewan. Some of the correspondents include: I. I. Perepelkin, Water Siegmeister (Brazil), Joseph Podovinikoff, and G. Khadikin.

[S. S. Sorokin & CCBRD - 1972]

This file also contains spiritual messages and writings directed to the Doukhobor community and particularly to imprisoned Doukhobor women in Agassiz and Kingston prisons. Some of the correspondents include: M. Chernenkov, P. Rezanzoff, V. Podovinikoff, Masha Malokhov, Masha Astafurov, Tina Jmaeff, and J. J. Verigin.

[S. S. Sorokin & CCBRD - 1952]

This file contains correspondence with government officials in Uruguay, Bolivia and Chile. Sorokin’s letters are written in Montevideo, Uruguay and Santiago, Chile. W. M. Moojelsky is often a person undersigning letters with Sorokin.

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