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Cassette tapes

This series contains 10 audio cassettes containing recordings of Russian music and recording of meetings and events.


This series consists of the personal and the Doukhobor community matters correspondence of P. V. Verigin sent to and received from various members of the CCUB.

Circular letters

This series consists of circular letters addressed to the CCUB members. All letters are mimeographed and none are issued on the CCUB letterhead. All records are in Russian, but a couple of them are supplied with handwritten translations in English.

Speeches, talks, writings, will

This series consists of mimeographed transcripts of speeches, interviews, talks, writings, messages and will of P. P. Verigin. Most of the records were transcribed/written down by individuals working with P. P. Verigin (transcriber is not always indicated). Some of the transcribers are: V. Sukharev, P. Biriukov, N. Dergaysov, I. Malov. There is only one handwritten message by Verigin himself. Verigin’s will was captured by Mikhail Verigin. In addition, this series includes photocopy of biographical manuscript of “Gloom shadow of Ivan the Terrible” that appears to be written by P.P. Verigin. Some of mimeographed records are original, some are photocopies. All records are in Russian except for some speeches that are supplied with handwritten translation in English.

Records about P. P. Verigin

This series consists of documents reporting details of events attended by P. P. Verigin or events related to him. These accounts relate to P.P. Verigin’s arrival in Canada, his visit to Saskatchewan, his visit to the Sons of Freedom in God’s Valley and P.P. Verigin’s wrath at Verigin communalists. In addition, this series contains index of documents written by or relating to P.P. Verigin and letter of E. G. Sherstobitoff requesting enlargement of Verigin’s photos. Most of the documents were transcribed/written down by individuals working with P. P. Verigin (transcriber is not always indicated). Some of mimeographed documents are original, some are photocopies. Most of documents are in Russian except for some supplied with handwritten or mimeographed translation in English.


This series contains black and white as well as partly hand-colored photographs from various periods of P. P. Verigin’s life starting from around 1880s until his death and funeral in 1939. In specific, this series contains photographs of Verigin mainly with his family and with close friends. There are several photographs from his funeral as well as P. P. Verigin vising his father’s tomb. There are several composite photographs containing images that pre-date the composites in some cases by a couple of decades.


This series consists of the Doukhobor community matters correspondence received or send by J. J. Verigin as the Secretary or the Honorary Chair of The Union of Spiritual Communities of Christ (USCC), including letters, telegrams, open letters, declarations and proposals. The majority of the documents are in Russian.

Writings, speeches

This series consists of writings authored or co-authored by J. J. Verigin and his conversations and speeches recorded by others.

Documents about J.J. Verigin

This series consist of documents written about J. J. Verigin in relation to his role as a leader of the USCC and his prominent role within the Doukhobor communities. The documents include: reports, accounts, opinions, statement, speech, biographies, song texts, hansard, newspaper and magazine clippings and articles. Most documents are in English, except one in Russian; all documents are printed.

Family related documents

This series consists of documents created by J. J. Verigin’s close family members, his uncle Peter P. Verigin the Second and his mother Anna Markova, also sister of Peter P. Verigin the Second. The series includes the correspondence of Peter P. Verigin the Second, also known as Yastrebov and annotated map of the Doukhobor settlement drawn by Anna Markova.


This series consists of one party hand-colored and 25 black and white photographs of J. J. Verigin and his family taken at various events, such as funeral of Peter P. Verigin, funeral of Evodokia, funeral of Anna Fedorova, J. J. Verigin’s wedding and Jubilee 50th anniversary of Doukhobors in Canada. There are several composite photographs containing images that pre-date the composites in some cases by a couple of decades.

Correspondence, clippings

This series is revealing of early 20th century perspectives towards the Doukhobors in Canada. The following persons are authors or subject to the records: J.A. Forin, Isabel Forin, George Hoyland, H.M. Manson, Aylmer Maude, Alice Nike, George Soukoreff, John J. Verigin, Vlaldimir Tcherkoff, Leo Tostoy, L.W. Verigin.


This series consists of The Makortoff family collection of 136 photographic images. Some of the photographic images in this collection are in the form of postcards. The images depict Makortoff family members as well as various individuals related to the family at various social functions. Often, individuals or groups were photographed in the garden, in the fields or in front of the farm dwellings. There are photographs depicting transportation modes of the time period including horse carts and automobiles.


This series consists of a photocopy of transcripts of 18 interviews with members of Doukhobor community. Transcripts are in Russian and English.


This series consists of 158 images taken by Peter Ogloff of Doukhobor community and Anna Markova’s funeral. The images are duplicates of the original images found on CD-ROMs (MSC121-6-3-0-0-1)


This series consists of 3 CD-ROMs containing original digital records of photographs of elders taken in 1975 and of Anna Markova funeral in 1978. [Stored with textual records]


This series consists of correspondence between Efanov and various individuals and organizations that were a part of the Doukhobor community and some from beyond the community. The series contains Efanov’s inbound and outbound letters as well as letters reproduced by him, but written by Stephan Sorokin. Some letters are undated and authorship is not clear. All are handwritten in Russian, except for a few letters in English.

Diaries, journals and writings

This series consists of writing, commentaries, notes, songs texts, diaries and notebooks written by Efanov between 1911 and 1971. The dairies account for the majority of content in this series and provide significant insight to Efanov’s point of view. In addition, this collection of original Doukhobor diaries is the most extensive such collection in existence, as far as is known.
Four of these diaries exist in photocopies at UBC; one (only) of the photocopied diaries is the subject of Julie Rak's Negotiated Memory: Doukhobor Autobiographical Discourse (Vancouver: University of British Columbia Press, 2004). Most diaries are hand-written in notebooks of various sizes, though one group of at least 10 (some appear to be in multiple volumes), are written on toilet paper pads from prison. Most records are handwritten in Russian language, except for a document in English.

Writings, articles by others

This series consists of printed articles, writings, song texts, news articles reproductions, essays, letters, lists of publications, newspapers clippings all written by others and collected by Efanov. The subject matter of these records focuses on Doukhobor issues with the British Columbia government, Doukhobor’s protests, Doukhobor’s ways of life and beliefs and the Sons of Freedom. In some cases, authorship of the documents is unclear, but some of known authors include: I. Sysoev, J.E. Podovinikoff, Russell M. Verigin, Jack Sawatsky and Ray Herbert, G. Khadyin, I. Konkin, S. Sorokin, R. E. Morgan, W. Carson. Most documents are printed in English with a few exception in Russian.


This series consists of clippings from various British Columbia newspapers between 1956-1971 depicting matters related to the Doukhobor community and other matters relating to Efanov‘s political interest, such as political cartoons, Winston Churchill and J. F. Kennedy. Many clippings depict marriage announcement of the Doukhobor members or their descendants.

Audio -visual records

This series contains video recording and sound recordings related to Doukhobor culture, art and singing in Canada, Georgia and Russia.

Personal records

This series contains personal records of Eli Popoff, including photographs of his family members as well as personal awards and certificates.


This series consists of the various writings by Eli Popoff and other authors some of which may not have been published. The series consists of articles, essays, interview transcripts, notes, song texts, speeches, and other records that related to the Doukhobor history and culture.
Series 1 is divided into two sub-series: 1: Popoff’s writings; 2: Writings of others

Iskra records

This series consists of administrative records created by the Iskra’s editorial board and publishing activity, as well as various records collected as resources and research material for the Iskra publication.
This series includes article drafts, notes, correspondence, clipping, issues of periodicals, songs, texts, articles, speeches, reports, meeting minutes, agendas, teaching material, and other related records.
This series is divided into three sub-series: 1: Articles, notes and related; 2: Administrative records; 3: Tolstoy Connection.

Teaching records

This series consists of the writings, notes, songs texts, clippings, chapters, flyers, booklets, correspondence and articles prepared for Sunday school teachings, for lecture series at Selkirk College and for other teaching events.

This series is divided into two sub-series: 1: Selkirk College; 2: General lectures.

Songs texts records

This series consists of the songs, hymns and psalms texts, music sheets and other material related to Doukhobor songs and music as vital part of Doukhobor culture and traditions. Large number of these files are original and translated Doukhobor songs, many of which are unpublished. Some of material was used as source for singing by Eli's wife Dorothy and others. A number of files in this series were created in collaboration with Kenneth Peacock of National Museum in Ottawa.

USCC Records

This series consists of records relating to the USCC as organization and Eli A. Popoff’s role in the organization from personal perspective and as a member of the Executive Committee of the USCC. This series contains various records, including administrative, correspondence, conferences, committees, symposiums, conventions, cultural and events records.
This series consists of nine sub-series: 1: Administrative records; 2: USCC general records; 3: Festival, events and choir records; 4: Symposiums; 5: General committees and conferences records; 6: Migration committee; 7: MRA conferences; 8: Conventions; 9: Customs and traditions.


This series consists of the Eli A. Popoff’s personal correspondence and his correspondence as a representative of the USCC which overlap on many occasions. These documents include correspondence with prominent Doukhobors, supporters of the Doukhobor cause in various countries, people interested in Doukhobor history and various organizations and departments of the Federal or Provincial governments. The correspondence is often accompanied by various materials, including writings, brochures, ephemera, promotional material, and clippings.

Publications, clippings, ephemera

This series consists of various published materials such as issues of newspapers, journals, magazines, copy of chapters and articles, clippings, brochures, flyers, booklets, calendars, newsletters, some correspondence and writings relating to the publications. This series also contains events, festivals, choir and other Doukhobor related promotional materials such as posters, flyers and event programs as well as 3 photographs of the choir.

Writings and personal records

This series consists of personal financial records including bank and pension documents, correspondence and various financial statements. In addition, this series contains Legebokoff’s writings, notes, articles, Iskra clippings, translations, presentations, interviews and other related records and correspondence.
Many records relate to the Doukhobor beliefs and customs.

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