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CCUB (Christian Community of Universal Brotherhood)

This series consists of various documents that were created by the Christian Community of Universal Brotherhood (CCUB) and its members and that relate to the operations of the CCUB and to the matters concerning the Doukhobor community from 1898 until 1960, predominantly from 1907 until 1939. The documents relate to the leadership of the organization, administration of office and membership, land and financial matters, relationship with the Canadian government agencies and the Sons of Freedom, beliefs and ideology of the Doukhobors. The CCUB was established by the Doukhobors that settled in Saskatchewan in the early 1900s. Most members of the organization moved to the West Kooteney region of British Columbia between 1907-1912. The organization was led by Peter V. Verigin (Lordly), spiritual leader of the Doukhobors, until his death in 1924. Peter P. Verigin (Chistiakov) took over the leadership of the CCUB in 1927. In the mid 1930s, in efforts to unite all the Doukhobors, Chistiakov created organization known as the Society of Named Doukhobors that was renamed the Union of Spiritual Communities of Christ (USCC) in 1940s. In 1938, the CCUB as an organization was dissolved due to bankruptcy and the Union of Spiritual Communities of Christ (USCC) replaced it.
This series is divided in to four sub-series: 1: Circular letters; 2: Correspondence; 3: Meeting minutes; 4: Documents; 5: Writings; 6: Financial records.

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.

[CCUB circular letters - P. V. Verigin and C. Reibin]

This file contains 3 circular letters from Peter Verigin (Feb. 17, 1909; Mar. 17, 1913; Aug. 23, 1917) and one from S. Reibin (Jan. 25, 1910). The Verigin's letters contain directions for running the activities of the CCUB and Reibin's letter reporting on the business activities of the CCUB in Station Verigin along with financial statement.

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.

[Correspondence of CCUB executives]

This file consists of correspondence received and send on behalf of the CCUB by I. Konkin, K. Ribin T. Slaykin, S. Vereshagin, T. Samorodin, I. Malkhazov. The file includes letters to the Ministry of Education in Victoria, the Ministry of Interior in Ottawa, and lawyer Mr. Bouzer and a letter to editor of New Russian Word (1921). The correspondence relates to the matters of Doukhobor communities in B.C. and Saskatchewan and operations of the CCUB. Some letters refer to P. P. Verigin (Chistiakov). All letters are mimeographed and all, except one, are written on the CCUB letterhead. All documents are in Russian.

[Cecil Koochin - business correspondence]

This file contains correspondence of Cecil Koochin (Kuchin) and other executive members of CCUB (I. Glagoliv, J.P. Shukin, W. A. Soukoreff, G. M. Hadikin, W. P. Reibin) with government official, bankers, lawyers. Koochin was the business manager for various Doukhobor industries and real estate. He was involved with reconstructing of Doukhobor finances when Peter P. Verigin took over leadership of the Dukhobors. These records document the financial troubles which led to the bankruptcy of the CCUB and the loss of their business and lands by the time of Peter P. Verigin's death in 1938.

[CCUB - business correspondence]

This file contains correspondence of Cecil Koochin (Kuchin) and other executive members of CCUB: J. W. Sherbnin, V. Sherstobitoff, N. Popoff, J. Malakhoff, J. P. Shukin, and W. P. Reibin regarding financial matters of CCUB communities in BC and Saskatchewan.

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