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Textiles

This series contains samples of Doukhobor handmade textiles, including crochet rugs, woolen fabrics and woolen fabrics made for skirts.

Sound recordings

This series contains over 145 audio cassettes created by Steve Lapshinoff from around 1970-1980s including speeches, addresses, community events, radio programs about Doukhobors, interviews with Stephen Sorokin, John J. Verigin and others, choir performances, meetings of Planning and Research Committee for KCIR and possibly some sessions of the EKCIR meetings. Many recordings are in Russian and some in English.

USCC (The Union of Spiritual Community of Christ)

This series consists of various documents that were created by Union of Spiritual Community of Christ (USCC) and its members and that relate to the operations of the USCC and to the matters concerning the Doukhobor community from late 1908 until 1999, predominantly 1938-1960s. The USCC emerged in mid 1930s in efforts to unite the Doukhobor community under the name of the Society of Named Doukhobors which was guided Peter P. Verigin (Chistiakov). In 1938, the CCUB was dissolved due to bankruptcy. After the death of Peter P. Verigin in 1939, the leadership of the organization was continued by John J. Verigin, Peter’s grandson. The Society of Named Doukhobors change its name to the USCC in the early 1940s. The records are in Russian and/or English; some are printed and some are handwritten, some have accompanying transcriptions and/or translations; some are original documents and some are photocopies.
This series is divided in to four sub-series: 1: General Documents; 2: War related documents; 3: Financial records; 4: Ephemera and publications; 5: Event records.

Sons of Freedom

This series consists of records mainly created, received and accumulated by members of the Sons of Freedom as well as records created by members of the Doukhobor community and organizations, such as the Christian Community of Universal Brotherhood (CCUB), the Universal Spiritual Community of Christ (USCC) and the Christian Community and Brotherhood of Reformed Doukhobors (CCBRD) that relate to the Sons of Freedom. The records include: correspondence, writings, petitions, statements, messages, declarations, protocols, lists, legal documents, songs texts, essays, speeches, newspaper clippings, photographs, and publications. The records are in Russian and/or English; some are printed and some are handwritten, some have accompanying transcriptions and/or translations; some are original documents and some are photocopies. This series is divided in to nine sub-series: 1: Correspondence; 2: Writings; 3: Key people; 4: Prison related documents; 5: Land related documents; 6: Arson related documents; 7: General Documents; 8: Publications; and 9: Photographs.

Christian Community and Brotherhood of Reformed Doukhobors (CCBRD)

This series consists of records mainly created, received and accumulated by the members of the Christian Community and Brotherhood of Reformed Doukhobors (CCBRD). The documents in this series relate to operations of the CCBRD and to the matters concerning the Doukhobor community from 1899 until 2011, predominantly from 1950s until 1980s. This series relate also to the relationship between the CCBRD, the Sons of Freedom and the USCC. In 1949, Stephan Sorokin arrived in British Columbia became spiritual leader of the Sons of Freedom replacing John Lebedoff. Under his leadership, the organization formally became the CCBRD in 1956. This series contains documents illustrating administration of the organization, managing community and land, relationships and conflicts between parts of the community, leadership problems, Stephan Sorokin’s leadership, conflicts between Doukhobor community and the government of British Columbia and Canada, interest in immigrating out of Canada, and protests and imprisonment of the Sons of Freedom. The records also contain decisions, manifestos, legal and doctrinal arguments, memberships, land “claims” etc. The records include: administrative documents, forms, applications, individual and organizational correspondence, writings, petitions, statements, messages, declarations, protocols, lists, legal documents, songs texts, essays, speeches, newspaper clippings, photographs, and publications. The records are in Russian and/or English; some are printed and some are handwritten, some have accompanying transcriptions and/or translations; some are original documents and some are photocopies.

This series is divided in to ten sub-series: 1: Administration; 2: Membership; 3: Key people; 4: Stephan Sorokin correspondence and documents; 5: Sons of Freedom related documents; 6: Land documents; 7: Writings; 8: Publications and clippings; 9: General documents; 10: Photographs.

General Correspondence and Documents

This series consists of original correspondence from Doukhobors in various capacities writing about their experiences with the police or the legal system, other Doukhobors, factions, etc. Mostly dating from late 1940s-1980s. The series includes records relating to the CCUB, the USCC, the CCBRD, the Sons of Freedom, J. J. Verigin, and S. Sorokin. This series contains letters, legal documents, statements, writings, lists, affidavits, reports, song texts and poems, newspaper clippings and other accompanying documents.

The records are in Russian and/or English; some are printed and some are handwritten, some have accompanying transcriptions and/or translations; some are original documents and some are photocopies.

Saskatchewan land settlement

Series comprises primarily government correspondence pertaining to the Doukhobor land settlement in Saskatchewan. Principal correspondents are the Department of the Interior (Ottawa), regional Dominion land offices in Saskatchewan (particularly the Dominion Lands Office in Yorkton, Saskatchewan), individual Doukhobor settlers, and the York Farmers’ Colonization Company Ltd. (headquarters Toronto) which arranged the land settlement of many Doukhobors in Saskatchewan. Items in the series evidence the legal and bureaucratic side of land settlement and reference: specific government acts and regulations; the granting of permission for ‘entry’ to settle land plots; notification of the cancellation of entry for land plots; liens placed against homesteads; individual settlers’ applications for patent on their homesteads following the payment of liens and the fulfillment of additional requirements. The majority of items are dated, handwritten on official letterhead and carry the dated stamp of the receiving office. Letter enclosures such as official forms are included. Series of correspondence pertaining to specific issues or individual settler cases emerge.

All items are in English; some carry fragments of Russian.

Writings

This series consists of the Doukhobor writings in various formats including: journals, dairies, notebooks, manuscripts, addresses to the community, notes, narratives, philosophical writings, song texts, letters, speeches, articles, newspaper clippings, excerpts and other types. These records reveal Doukhobor personal experiences as immigrants, their views on politics, religion and ideology, and their way of life. Some of these accounts are written by identified individual members of the Doukhobor community and many are anonymous.

General photographs

This series consists of photographic black and white, and color images depicting the Doukhobor Community in Russian, Saskatchewan and British Columbia from before 1886 until 1978, but predominantly 1900-1950s. The images portray various individual members of the Doukhobor community, families and groups in their traditional clothing. More often than not the individuals are unidentified. The images of individuals are often form the early decades of the 20th century. The images also depict various community and personal events, such as funerals, concerts, performances and religious rites as well as places, such as villages, towns, factories, etc. Many images consist of vernacular shots taken by participants, family, etc. and some are taken by identified local photographers.
This series includes images of important Doukhobor leaders including: Anastasia Holoboff, Peter P. Verigin (Chistiakov), Peter P. Verigin III (Yasterbov), Anna Markova, Lukeria Kalmykov, Stefan Sorokin, John J. Verigin, and many others.

Some images are in the format of a postcard, some are mounted on boards or contained in their original folding mounts.

Publications and ephemera

This series consists of single issues or clippings of serials, journals, magazines, newspapers, writings, chapters and excepts of books, articles and ephemera relating to the Doukhobor experiences in Russia and Canada. Material in this series are mostly a photocopy of original document and are in English and in Russian. A part of the material in this series was created and collected as supporting source material in the court cases that the Doukhobor community was involved in as well as in the research of the Kootenay Committee on Intergroup Relations (KCIR).

Circular letters

This series consists of circular letters to be read at an assembled meetings. The bulk of the letters dates between 1908-1912. Often they consist of direction from CCUB, such as livestock to sell, when to clear the fields, or when to come to a meeting. 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 or on the Office of the Peter V. Verigin letterhead. Most letters are signed by P.V. Verigin, except for some signed by Mikhail Kazakov and some that are unsigned. Most letters are mimeographed.

Speeches, writings, views

This series consists of documents that were written by P. V. Verigin himself or by other individuals relating his views and ideas. These documents include transcripts of speeches and interviews, petitions, opinion pieces on the Doukhobor community and faith as well as some of the letter-like documents with his opinions on education. It also contains 70 page manuscript in a notebook by F. I. Wishloff recording P.V. Verign’s speeches. All documents in Russian, except for a few documents supplied with English translation.

Photographs

This series contains black and white photographs from various periods of P. V. Verigin’s life starting from around 1895 until his death and funeral in 1924. This series also contains photos of Verigin’s tomb in or after 1925. In specific, this series contains photographs of Verigin’s with his family, with close friends and with the Doukhobor communities in Verigin, Saskatchewan and in Brilliant, British Columbia during various events. There are photographs of Verigin demonstrating farming machinery, racing carriages, posing with community in the villages, as well as many photos from Verigin’s funeral and community visits to his tomb. One fine larger photograph, shows Verigin directing a steam tractor pulling a plow and harrow on the Prairie. In a letter to Tolstoy in December 1903, Verigin specifically describes buying these machines in the summer of 1903 in time for planting and harvesting at the end of that season. Other important images include 2 postcard size images labeled, “Machinery Sold to Doukhobors at Yorkton With Peter Verigin at X” and “A Doukhobor Outfit Ready to Move” showing the first two steam-driven tractors, with attached combines, to be brought into Yorkton by the Doukhobors, a move which some believe spurred jealousy among other farmers who agitated more strongly against the Doukhobors, and thus led to the calamitous reversals of policy by the Canadian government regarding conditions for Doukhobor settlement.

Writings about P.V. Verigin

This series consist of letters, writings and notes about P. V. Verigin’s life and work by various individuals and organizations, such as CCUB that interacted with him closely. Many of the documents refer to and were written after the death of Verigin in 1924. The file includes articles about Verigin’s return from exile in Siberia by A.V. Efanov and “P. V. Verigin and Molokan” by A. P. Kariakin. Series also includes Anastasia Hoboloff’s account of her dream about P. V. Verigin. Other documents are by I. Konkin, V.S.L., Larion Straukov, Ivan Okunov, S. Vereshagin, I. Tregubov. Some documents do not indicate authors. Documents are mostly in Russian.

Correspondence

This series consists of the personal and Doukhobor community related correspondence of P. V. Verigin that dates from early 1900s until his death in October of 1924. Besides P. V. Verigin correspondence, part of File 1 is also correspondence by Anastasia Holoboff and Fodosia Verigin that dates from 1900s until 1959. Some letters are handwritten and some are mimeographed. All in Russian, except for a few in English.

Objects and textiles

This series contains examples of Doukhobor wood crafts and embroidery as well as objects commemorating the death of Peter V. Verigin.

Photographs

This series consists of photographs and photocopy of photographs relating to the Sons of Freedom protests, including arson and nude demonstrations. In addition, the file includes two microfiches dated 1983 and 1984 from Selkirk College library with listing of book titles regarding local natural resources.

Correspondence

This series consists of outgoing and incoming correspondence of Tom McGauley with various individuals of Doukhobor community, other researchers into Doukhobor history, and government representatives involved with the Doukhobor community. This file also contains photocopies of Doukhobor correspondence collected as research material. Some of the correspondence includes additional records including notes, chapters, proposals, etc

Publications, clippings

This series consists of single issues various serial publications and newsletters, copy of books chapters, newspaper clippings and leaflets related to the Doukhobors of British Columbia, their conflicts with the government and conflicts within the Doukhobor community. Timeline covered by the series related predominantly to the 1980s and 1990s, but many articles and clippings related to events of the previous decades. This series also includes almost full run of Istina, the Sons of Freedom newsletter published by Mike E. Chernenkoff.

Writings

This series consists of unpublished writings of members of the Doukhobor community, book drafts, historical and prison accounts, statements, speeches, essays and research notes.

General records

This series consists of various records relating to the Doukhobor communities including USCC, CCBRD and Sons of Freedom. It includes reports, transcripts of testimonies, chronologies, phone directories, events programs, Doukhobor leadership messages to community.

Posters

This series consists 4 posters related to the McGauley’s research on the Doukhobors. Most posters are not dated, but there were created most likely in late twentieth century.

Media

This series consists of sound recordings of interview with Hugh Herbison, sound recording of Stephan Sorokin’s funeral and a recording of the CBC program on Doukhobors’ tapestry.

Photographs

This series contains images of Doukhobor meeting that took place in Grand Forks in 1958 and images of Peter V. Verigin with large group of Doukhobors during a celebratory events in 1924.

Writings

This series contains writings by Koozma J. Tarasoff related to Doukhobor culture, history and ethnicity and peace ideology in light of their settlement in Canada. This series also contains writings of others related to similar themes.

Organizations

This series contains records of various Doukhobor organizations and committees, including newsletters, minutes, correspondence, brochures, forms, publications, and founding records.

General records

This series contains general material, mostly correspondence that related to the history of Doukhobor community in Canada.

Publications, clippings, ephemera

This series contains material related to Doukhobor cultural activities and history, Doukhobor immigration to Canada and Vancouver and response of all level of government to Doukhobors.

Pins and stamps

This series contains Soviet commemorative lapel pins, three Soviet kopiejka coins (1, 5, and 10) and 2 postal stamps.

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