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Simon Fraser University Special Collections and Rare Books Sub-series
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Land documents

This sub-series consists of various documents relating to the Doukhobor owned land in British Columbia and in Saskatchewan, its use, management and development, land disputes with the CCUB, the Sons of Freedom, the USCC and the Canadian government, property taxes and legal matters. Documents in this sub-series include: applications and forms, property tax notices and eviction notices, land titles, land permits and licenses, correspondence, reports, statements, resolutions, legal notices, court proceedings and documents, maps, and clippings. The majority of the documents relate to the time period between 1950s-1980s, but many documents are accompanied by photocopies of earlier land documents from the time of early Doukhobor settlements in British Columbia and Saskatchewan. This file also includes many documents relating to the acquisition, development and use of land referred to as New Settlement Street in Krestova.


This sub-series consists of various writings by the Doukhobor individuals or about the Doukhobor community and their beliefs. The documents in this sub-series include: essays, poems, dairies, notebooks, articles, text of songs, speeches, reports, messages, clippings and other writings.

General print photographs

Sub-series consists of print photographs of miscellaneous people and places as well as objects such as statutes, paintings, and collages.

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.

Blaser family friends print photographs

Sub-series consists of photographs of friends of Blaser’s immediate family, including Sister Mary Seraphina, who was Blaser’s mother’s teacher and lifelong friend, and boyhood friends of Blaser’s.


This sub-series consists of 24 photographs of Stephan Sorokin. Many of the photographs are portraits or close-up of Sorokin at different ages, however, very few photographs are actually dated. Some of the photographs depict Sorokin with individuals or groups of people and some photographs were taken at events.

General writing records

Sub-series consists of correspondence, photographs, ephemera, notebooks, and other records generated from Doris French Shackleton’s career as a freelance writer and journalist.

Shackleton, Doris French


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.


Sub-series consists of handwritten, typed, and photocopied essays written by Blaser.

General works

Sub-series consists of journals and notebooks, speeches, statements, short stories, a translation, and grant applications completed by Blaser.

General correspondence

Sub-series consists of incoming and outgoing correspondence between Blaser and family, friends, colleagues, and unidentified correspondents. Records include handwritten and typed correspondence, as well as facsimile and email correspondence. Additional material includes newspaper clippings, notes, receipts, and other textual material sent to Blaser.

General works

Sub-series consists of articles, poems, manuscripts, and other works written by other authors. Some works are unpublished versions and drafts sent to Blaser and include both handwritten and typescript materials.

Color slides

Sub-series consists of slides of Blaser and friends as well as interior and exterior images of Blaser’s house on Trafalgar Street in Vancouver, B.C. Also includes slides that were utilized by Blaser in his teachings.

Correspondence of Jess Collins

Sub-series consists of correspondence of artist Jess Collins who was a close friend of Blaser. Records include handwritten and typed correspondence from Jess to a friend and to a publication.

General instruction records

Sub-series consists of materials relating to Wah's work as instructor at various institutions, including Selkirk College and the University of Calgary. Records include pedagogical resources, as well as instructional materials not related to one specific course, or where the course is not known.

Book manuscripts

Sub-series consists of manuscripts for unpublished and published books written by Blaser.

Drafts, Edits & Typescripts

Sub-series consists of drafts, edits, typescripts, and notes written by Thesen. Materials include handwritten notes, drafts, unpublished works, edited poems, prose, typescripts/manuscripts, correspondence, book cover proofs, research materials, notebooks, cassette tapes, and other materials.

Original manuscripts

  • MsC-128-0-2-1
  • Sub-series
  • [196-?]–[before 2010]
  • Part of Al Neil fonds

Sub-series consists of handwritten and typescript manuscripts, notes, fragments, and notebooks.

Neil, Al

General conferences

Sub-series consists of records related to Blaser’s attendance at various poetry conferences. Records include correspondence, conference programs, maps, flight records, notes, and other textual material.

The Judas hills records

Sub-series consists of records relating to Peter Trower's 2000 novel "The Judas Hills." Records include notes, outline and manuscripts from various stages of the novel's development (including first and final drafts), editorial comments by John Moore, Trower's storyboard sketches, and Trower's comments on the novel's cover design.

Published materials

Sub-series consists of published materials written by Blaser. Material includes The Holy Forest, chapbooks and broadsides, music lyrics, and individual poems.

Occupational health and safety subject files and photographs

Sub-series consists of records relating to the Canadian Farmworkers Union’s research and advocacy of occupational health and safety awareness and legislation, including correspondence, briefs prepared for government, newspaper clippings, and reference materials. Records also include awareness posters, blueprints of worker housing, educational materials, and photographs of child workers on farms.


Sub-series consists of typescripts written by other authors and sent to Thesen. Materials includes poems, handwritten notes, annotated typescripts, a thesis chapter, book chapters, and other published and unpublished materials.

Books and publication records

Sub-series consists of records relating to Delgado's activities writing and books, pamphlets, and booklets. Series contains drafts and covers of books, as well some pamphlets and booklets. Also included are research records and correspondence regarding the publication of his books. A large number of the files from accrual MsC 123a contain correspondence and contracts relating to the book "Encyclopedia of underwater and maritime archaeology," for which Delgado served as editor.

Programming and project reports, correspondence, and photographs

Sub-series consists of records relating to projects undertaken by the Deol Society, including ESL classes, the Health Improvement Project (which entailed the production of the film Caught in a World of Pesticides, produced by Mae Burrows and Helena Cynamon), and the production of the film Kicking the Habit. Records include project-specific grant applications, project descriptions, progress reports, as well as photographs of the production of Caught in a World of Pesticides.

Reviews & Interviews

Sub-series consists of reviews and an interview written by Thesen. Materials include handwritten notes, drafts, articles, reviews, an interview, edits and other textual materials.

General programming correspondence, photographs, and educational material

Sub-series consists of funding information, correspondence, and other planning material relating to Canadian Farmworkers Union programs such as educational programs and awareness campaigns. Records include grant applications, photographs of educational events, and an educational slide presentation with audio cassette soundtrack.

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