Series MsC-121-0-10 - Government documents

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Government documents

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  • 1873-1987 (Creation)

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2.44 m of textual records

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This series consists of mainly photocopies of documents created by various government bodies: federal, provincial and local between 1873 and 1987 relating to the Doukhobor communities in Canada. These records also include correspondence, open letters, statements, reports, messages and telegrams send by the Doukhobor communities to the government officials. This series also includes some photocopies of newspaper clippings, articles, chapters of publications, trial proceedings and maps.
Most of these documents are housed in other archives and contain file reference numbers. This collection was created by members of the Doukhobor community during their research of the Doukhobor history and Doukhobor relations with the Canadian governments. The files indicate photocopy requests by Steve Lapshinoff, Makortoff, Chernoff, and Sam Shlakoff. In addition, many of the records relate to the Kootenay Committee on Intergroup Relations (KCIR) and court cases and proceedings that Doukhobor communities were involved in.

Most documents are in English and some in Russian.

This series consists of 4 sub-series: Verigins, Immigration, Land and General documents

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Records have been received from different sources and at different times over a period of time from 2001 till 2018. Part of the collection records was collected and donated by Steve Lapshinoff, other parts were acquired from various collectors.


Since records in this series did not appear to have been maintained in any meaningful order and came from various sources, the archivist arranged the records according to the main subjects of the content. No chronological arrangement was imposed within files, original order was maintained as found in the files. The names of the files were maintained as found in the original documents or when original files had no names, the archivist assigned a file name based on the file content.

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  • Archival box - standard: MsC 121-Box 72-91