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Stephan S. Sorokin fonds
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Audio-visual records

This series consists of audio-visual recordings of performances of Krestova Youth Choir during the EXPO 1986 as well as audio recordings of singing and Sorokin’s speeches during his visit to the Doukhobor villages in British Columbia in 1954.

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.

General records

This series consists of general records relating to the Stephen Sorokin, the CCBRD and Sons of Freedom including clippings, issues of publications, forms and applications, scrapbook with photographs and maps, ship manifests and notes. Many of the records in this series relate to the potential Doukhobor emigration to South America.
Some records are in Spanish.

Personal records

This series consists of personal records of Stephan Sorokin including identity documents issues by various governments of countries where Sorokin lived in or traveled through, such like Germany, Yugoslavia, Iran, Palestine, Canada, Uruguay and Bolivia. Most of these identity documents contain portrait photographs of Sorokin. This series also includes some correspondence and other related documents.

[Identity documents]

This file contains identification documents, some with photographs issued to Sorokin by various national agencies, including German, Iran, Yugoslavia, Palestine.

[Identity documents]

This file contains identification documents (some with photographs) issued to Sorokin by agencies of German government, Uruguay, Canada, Iran, Bolivia, Yugoslavia.

[New Israel movement

This file contains special issue of newspaper Russians in Argentine (1936), clippings, issue of Seiatel (1956), correspondence, and Sorokin’s letters to community, N. Dukhoveskov, S. Reibin, and A. Cherkasov.


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.

[Drafts of various writings and essays]

This file includes 1 prints of Sorokin’s portraits, draft essays – New Gospel; Hidden secret of wisdom of our life; Life – this intelligent self-consciousness of the son of men; New understanding; Recognition. Some writings are not dated.

[Personal document and letter]

This file contains Sorokin’s certificate of Association of Russian Writers and Journalists in U. S. Zone of Germany (1946) and personal letter from Judge W. Evans.

[CCBRD general documents]

This file contains correspondence, lists, meeting minutes, reports, declaration, clippings, publications, and other various documents relating to the CCBRD members and their community. Correspondents includes: J. Lebedoff, F. Lebedoff, A. J. A. Bell, and A. Reibin.

[Draft of Sorokin’s book and related correspondence]

This file contains a draft of book written in 1940s by S. Sorokin under the pseudonym Pantes Kiroson titled: Three days and three nights of life beyond the grave. This file also contains related correspondence and a sample draft of Through hell, to heaven, and back, a book by Vassily Solitsin which Sorokin’s family claims to be based on Sorokin’s book, thus was violating the copyright. In the correspondence, Steve Lapshinoff, on behalf of Sorokin’s family, demands withdraw of fraudulent copies.

[Sheet 14]

Nude individuals, views of village and water wheel, view of lake, group photos in the forests and in the field, large community groups.

[Sheet 15]

Individuals by the lake and in the forest, view of a village, view of a lake, view of a boat.

[Sheet 5]

Men working in the field, group images of women, Sorokin with other two men, images of community celebrations, group photos.

[Sheet 9]

Community events group photos, small plane and people on the plane, group photos in the forest.

[Sheet 10]

Sorokin with community, a man in the garden, group in the garden, by a house, near cars, community welcomes Sorokin.

[Sheet 18]

Close up images of Sorokin, community celebrations with Sorokin, large group images in the village, in the field, in the garden, feasting.

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