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Correspondence from P.P. Verigin

This sub-series consists of the personal and Doukhobor community matters correspondence of P. V. Verigin sent to various members of the CCUB, including: A. Katelnikov, I. Shukin, V. Makhonin, N. Kotelnikov, V. Ribin, V. Makhonin, N. Kotelnikov, I. Kutniakov, V. Sukharev, I Tregubov ,Ivan Zebrov, Ivan Rylkoff, Ivan Kanigin, Ivan Dubasov and Mikhail Kazakoff, Leaders of CCUB and Youth Union. Some of the correspondence reflect Verigin’s plan for economic restructuring of the CCUB. All correspondence in this sub-series is mimeographed, except for one hand-written letter. Some of the records are original mimeographs, some are photocopies. Some mimeographs are signed only by P.P. Verigin while others were transcribed from originals by others. Transcriber is not always indicated. All records are in Russian.

Correspondence to P.P. Verigin

This sub-series consists of the correspondence sent to P. V. Verigin by various members of the CCUB, including: M. Streliaev, I. Shukin, V. Ribin, P. Biriukov, V. Bonch-Bruevich, I. Tregubov, I. Gorbunov-Posadov, G. Rezendort. Some letters refer to the planned arrival of Peter P. Verigin in Canada, others to matters of the Doukhobor leadership. Also, includes correspondence from War Resisters International. All correspondence in this sub-series is mimeographed; some records are originals and some are photocopies. All records are in Russian.

Popoff's writings

This sub-series consists of the various writings and notes of Eli Popoff relating to the nature of Doukhobor history, religion, beliefs, culture, education, singing and life-style choices. This sub-series includes texts of speeches, some translations and transcriptions of writings by other authors with the commentary by Popoff. Some of these writings were used as resources for the Iskra publication and some are related to the USCC. This sub-series also contains drafts and related material of works written by Popoff: Origin of Doukhobor Life Concept; What is the meaning of Doukkhobor; Recollections of Early Doukhobor Settlement in the Castlegar-Kinnard Area; Tolstoy in the Lives of Two Families; Katya; Origin of the Doukhobor Surnames.

Writings of others

This sub-series consists of the various writings: articles, poems and interviews created by other authors and collected by Eli Popoff. Material in this sub-series may have or may not have been published. Many writings in this sub-series are not dated.

Articles, notes, correspondence

This sub-series contains various records created and collected by Eli Popoff and Iskra staff such as notes, drafts of articles and issues of Iskra as well as material such as articles, clippings, notes and data collected as a research resource for the Iskra content. It contains both published and unpublished material.

Administrative records

This sub-series consists of administrative records created by the Editorial Board and management of the Iskra

Tolstoy connection

This sub-series consists of various records demonstrating Leo Tolstoy’s connection to the Doukhobor community and beliefs and his family relationship with Doukhobors, particularly Alexandra Tolstoy. This sub-series contains excepts of Tolstoy’s writings, clippings, brochures, Iskra articles about Tolstoy, published letter of Tolstoy to the Doukhobors and other related material.

Selkrik College

This sub-series consists of the records relating to Eli Popoff’s seminar series on the Doukhobor history, customs and beliefs at the Selkirk College in Castlegar, B.C. The records consist of original unpublished material written by Popoff.
The sub-series contains presentation notes, lectures material, correspondence, registration details and other related material.

Lectures general

This sub-series consists of the various resources related to lectures, seminars and Sunday school material prepared and collected by Eli A. Popoff that are focused on Doukhobor history and beliefs. The material includes writings, notes, song texts, clippings, curriculum material, correspondence, booklets, Iskra articles, and other related material. This sub-series also includes meeting minutes documenting organization of the Sunday schools.

Administrative records

This sub-series consists of the administrative records that relate to the operation of the USCC as organization. It includes the Executive Committee and Board of Trustees meeting minutes (protocols), agendas, correspondence, financial records, circular letters, land related material, USCC newsletters, records related to the membership and records relating to the USCC relations with other Doukhobor organizations.

USCC general records

This sub-series consists of the various records relating to the USCC and its executive members and their relationship with members of the Doukhobor community and Doukhobor and other organizations. This sub-series contains records related to trips that the USCC executive members took as representative of the USCC, including trips to Russia and relationship of with Russian Government in early 1990 and 2000s and joint cultural projects, such as restaurant at Tolstoy's estate. It also includes records related to the Doukhobor community, youth and sport organizations, history of Doukhobor leadership and other records.

Festivals, events and choir records

This sub-series consists of the various materials relating to the organization of Doukhobor cultural events or the Doukhobor cultural representative groups participating in provincial or national events.
These events include: Tolstoy unveiling festival, 75th anniversary and Centennial celebration of Doukhobor arrival in Canada, Expo ’86 as well as various performance by Doukhobor choirs, including Heritage Choir, Tri Choir, Centennial Choir, United Doukhobor Centennial Choir, Friendship Choir, and Youth Choir. In addition, this sub-series contains material related to the cooperation with Kenneth Peacock of National Museum of Man in Ottawa in efforts to preserve Doukhobor songs and hymns. This sub-series contains grant correspondence and applications, festival planning records, financial records, events programs, songs text, meeting minutes of the choirs’ committees, photographs and other related records.

Symposiums records

This sub-series consists of the original source materials, hand-written first draft of English translation, working notes, reference documents and correspondence related to the Joint Doukhobor Research Committee symposium meetings from 1974-1982. This sub-series includes a rare copy (1 of 3) of complete Symposium summary typed in Russian.

General committees and conferences records

This sub-series consists of the records that relate to various committees and conferences that Eli Popoff participated in and attended on behalf of USCC. The records include correspondence, brochures, conferences materials, clippings, financial records, notes, writings, meeting minutes and other material. The records include documents of Moscow Peace Conference, Canada-USSR Friendship Society, peace conferences, Committee on Future, Doukhobor Centenary Conference and others. The records contain material relating to interactions with Russian and other governments, possible migration, peace initiatives, travel exchanges and perestroika.

Migration Committee

This sub-series consists of the records of Committee on Future and Committee on Migration. The Committee on Migration was established to investigate possibility of Doukhobors’ return to the land of their forefathers in the Soviet Union. The USCC Executive Committee and the Doukhobor Future Committee (DFC) decided to create two steering Committees. One committee to research the possibility of Doukhobor revival through the development of a desired lifestyle in Canada and the other committee to research such revival in the Soviet Union

MRA Conferences

This sub-series consists of the records related to the Moral Re-Armament Conferences held in Caux, Switzerland in the 1990s. The records include promotional material, booklets, brochures, photographs, publications, diary, Canadian Newsletter published by Moral Re-Armament and other related material.

Conventions

This sub-series consists of the USCC annual convention delegate package records that include conventions agendas, procedures, meeting minutes, memorandums, correspondence, reports, trustee reports, participant lists, financial statements, annual reports and report from other Doukhobor organizations relating to schools, choirs, women’ clubs, youth organizations, Iskra publication, etc. These records are rare as convention packages were strictly issued in small numbers for the use of delegates only. Records are mostly in English and some in Russian.

Customs and traditions records

This sub-series consists of the various records relating to the Doukhobor history, customs and traditions including wedding and funeral practices, Doukhobor beliefs and symbols, ritual proceedings, dietary requirements and other related materials. These records document religious and traditional requirements expected of the USCC members. This sub-series includes, brochures, forms, minutes, writings, notes, instructions, songs texts, correspondence, clippings, articles and other materials.

Circular letters

This sub-series consists of circular letters to be read at an assembled meetings. The bulk of the letters dates between 1908-1911. Often they consist of direction from the CCUB, such as livestock to sell, when to clear the fields, or when to come to a meeting. The letters relate to the CCUB operation in British Columbia and Saskatchewan (Station Vering). 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, but there are some without any letterhead and some on the Office of the Peter V. Verigin letterhead. Most of the letters are original mimeographs and only a few photocopies. All records are in Russian.

Correspondence

This series consists of the correspondence received and send on behalf of the CCUB by its executive members including: I. Konkin, K. Ribin T. Slaykin, S. Vereshagin, M. P. Glukhov, P. Birukoff, S. V. Kuchin, I. P. Shukin, V. P. Ribin, G. V. Vereshagin, P. G. Aniutushkin, M. W. Cazakoff, I. I. Ivin and V. Makhoni, T. S. Samorodin, V. A. Sukharev [Soukoreff], N. M. Plotnikoff, Cecil Koochin and others. Some correspondence was an exchange between the mentioned members and some was sent out to various governmental agencies in Canada and other organizations. The correspondence relates to the matters of Doukhobor communities in B.C. and Saskatchewan and operations of the CCUB. In specific, some documents relate to financial issues, farming, Doukhobors attitudes toward military service and legal matters. Some letters refer to P. P. Verigin (Chistiakov and some addressed to him. Most documents are mimeographed, except for a few handwritten ones. Many documents are originals and there are also some photocopies of documents. The majority of the documents are in Russian and a few in English.

Meeting minutes

This sub-series consists of mimeographed CCUB convention minutes held in Nadezhda, Verigin Station and Spasskoye between 1908-1912, and photocopies of the CCUB meetings minutes held in Brilliant, BC and Verigin Sask. between 1925-1928. Nadezhda and Verigin minutes contain income and expenditure statements. Most of the Brilliant and Verigin meeting minutes contain by-law documents.

Documents

This sub-series consists of the various documents created by operations and activities of the CCUB and its executive members. Most of the documents relate to the legal aspects of the CCUB and Doukhobor community in terms of land holdings, loans, crops, population, attitude towards war, etc. Other documents relate to the administration and ideological structures of the CCUB and the community. The documents include: forms, reports, statements, lists, certificates, correspondences, protocols, congress proceedings, legal counsel correspondence, and notices. The following people and subgroups are mentioned: John Obed Smith, P. Kazakoff, N. Khabykin, I. Makhonin, I. Podovinnikoff, P.P. Verigin, W. M. Malakoff, W. Blackmore, P. V. Verigin, M. V. Cazakoff (Kazakoff), S. Vereshchagin, S. Reibin, James Merv, J. P. Trofimenkoff, G. Zbeetnoff, W. Perepolkin, J. Tarry, Sun Life Assurance Company, National Trust Company, Great-West Assurance Company, Named Doukhobor Society of Canada, Youth Union. There is considerable number of original printed forms, mimeographs and manuscript documents, but there are also many photocopies. Documents are both in English and Russian.

Writings

This sub-series consists of the reports, writings, speeches, talks, addresses, mandate, manual, texts of songs created on behalf of the CCUB by its executive members. These documents relate to the history and ideology of the Doukhobor communities and its leaders and were written for the benefit of the communities. This sub-series contains both original mimeographed and manuscript documents as well as photocopies of documents. Most documents are in Russian and a few in English.

Financial records

This sub-series consists of documents of financial nature that include: correspondence, reports, statements, receipts, purchase orders, bills of sales, accounting books. These documents were created by the CCUB executive members in branch offices in British Columbia, Saskatchewan, Manitoba and Washington State in USA. These sub-series also contains legal documentation that relate to the financial operations of the CCUB and its members. Most of the documents in this sub-series are original mimeographs, some with handwritten notes, as well as there is some handwritten documents. Most documents are in Russian and some are in English.

General documents

This sub-series consists of various documents that were created by the USCC and its members and that relate to the operations of the USCC and matters relating to the Doukhobor community from late 1930s until 1984. The documents include: reports, meeting minutes, protocols, petitions, correspondence, legal documents, forms, essays, articles, and clippings.

War related documents

This sub-series consists of records relating to the Canadian government requirement of men registration for the military conscription purposes in 1940 and the Society of Named Doukhobor members efforts to be exempt from conscription based on their doctrine and beliefs.

Financial records

This sub-series consists of records relating to financial operation of the USCC and the Doukhobor community in British Columbia and Saskatchewan. The sub-series includes: accounting ledger, correspondence, bills, receipts, notes, statements and reports.

Ephemera and publications

This sub-series consists of broadsides, ephemera, pamphlets, invitations, calendar, publications, newsletters, newspapers and magazines created by the USCC and its executive members, as well as by agencies outside of the Doukhobor community, but that relate to the Doukhobors. These records documents the history of the Doukhobor community as well as their culture, ideology and beliefs.

Event records

This sub-series consists of pamphlets, correspondence, reports, booklets, programs, newspaper special editions and supplements, and calendars that document various event celebrated by the Doukhobor communities as well as the Doukhobor history and culture.

Correspondence

This sub-series consists of correspondence of the Sons of Freedom as well as correspondence of other Doukhobor organizations, such as the CCUB, the USCC, the CCBRD and individuals of the Doukhobor community that relate to the Sons of Freedom activities and beliefs.

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