Sous-fonds MsC-121-3 - John J. Verigin

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John J. Verigin

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  • 1938-1984 (Creation)

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5 cm of textual records
25 photographs : b&w print
1 photograph : col. print

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John J. Verigin was born in Orlovka, Georgia on December 6, 1921. He lost his father prior to his birth and was separated from his mother, Anna Petrovna Markova, at age six. Brought to Canada in 1928 by his grandfather, Peter P. Verigin, John Verigin acted as his assistant until his death, after which time he was proclaimed Secretary of the USCC at 18 years of age. He served as the Honorary Chairman of the USCC from 1960 to 2008, in effect becoming the longest serving leader in the Doukhobor history. During his 70 years of service, John J. Verigin received many honours (which he proudly accepted in the name of the people he served), including the Freeman of the City of Grand Forks, the Order of British Columbia, the Order of Canada, and the Soviet Order of Peoples' Friendship. He died on October 26, 2008 and was laid to rest near his mother.

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This sous-fonds consists of correspondence, speeches and writings, by J. J. Verigin and about him, clippings, articles, publications, statement, brief, reports as well as photographs that provide insight to J. J. Verigin’s life as leader of The Union of Spiritual Communities of Christ (USCC) and the Doukhobor community. The sous-fonds is arranged into the following five series: Correspondence (1938-1984); Writings, speeches ([1939?]-1978); Documents about J. J. Verigin (1955-1982); Family related records (1944-1971) and Photographs (1939-[195-]).

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Records have been received from different sources and at different times over a period of time from 2001 till 2018.


Records in this sous-fonds have been arranged by the archivist according to the source or donor of records and then chronologically.

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  • English
  • Russian

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  • Cyrillic

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11 Sep., 2019 - ED

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  • Archival box - standard: MsC 121-Box 8 & Box 20