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Doukhobor Collection
University of British Columbia, Special Collections and University Archives Division

Doukhobors; Pacifism; Russia; Caucasus; Sects; Conscientious objectors

The collection was created ca 1962. Following the establishment of the Slavonic Studies Department at the University of British Columbia, and faculty involvement in Doukhobor research and consultative committees in the 1940s and 1950s, the library staff began to develop and maintain clipping files, and to assemble all available printed information on the Doukhobors. Significant collections have been acquired from such prominent Doukhobors as Peter N. Maloff, John G. Bondoreff, Koozma J. Tarasoff, and William A. Makaseyeff. Organizations which have contributed material include the Union of Spiritual Communities of Christ ("Orthodox Doukhobors") and latterly, the Christian Community and Brotherhood of Reformed Doukhobors. In addition, valuable sound tapes of music and cultural events, recorded by Kenneth Peacock, and Russian-language interviews by Professor Alex Harshenin were obtained.

The collection includes printed and manuscript material relating to Doukhobor life in Canada and the former Soviet Union.There are numerous unique and rare items. In many cases, even copied material is rare and possibly unique. The chronological and geographic emphasis is on twentieth century Canada. Excluded are most Russian archival documents and films. The Kootenay Committee on Intergroup Relations (KCIR) proceedings (over 90 volumes) provide information on some of the longstanding problems affecting relations among groups of Doukhobor affiliation or origin and the surrounding communities. Present acquisition priorities are new or newly discovered material. Future plans are to acquire more films and videotapes.


450 monographs; 400 serials articles; 210 microfilms; 1+ film(s); 76 audiotapes; 3 picture files; 520 vertical files; 35 manuscripts. Currently, one Doukhobor serial is received.

Bibliographic Access
The collection is uncatalogued. It is accessible largely through Maria Horvath's Doukhobor Bibliography (see below) and the updated computer file based on the bibliography. The bibliography describes the collection up to the early 1970s. An online version of the bibliography is in preparation and will serve as the catalogue. Unfiled material is not accessible.

Physical Access
The collection is open to the public. For further information visit:

Interlibrary Loan: No.

Reprography: By staff only.

Reference Assistance: Yes.

Publications Describing Collection
University of British Columbia. Library. -- A Doukhobor bibliography, based on material available in the University of British Columbia Library. -- Compiled by Maria Horvath. Vancouver : University of British Columbia, 1968- . -- (Reference Publication; no. 22, 38, 43). Horvath, Maria. -- A Doukhobor bibliography, based on material collected in the University of British Columbia Library: books and periodical articles. -- Enl. rev. ed. of Part I, Reference Publication no. 22 (1968) Supplement (1970). -- Vancouver : University of British Columbia, 1972. - (Reference Publication; no. 38). Horvath, Maria. -- A Doukhobor bibliography, based on material collected in the University of British ColumbiaLibrary: part III, the Doukhobor file: audio-visual and unpublished writings by and about the Doukhobors. -- Vancouver : University of British Columbia Library, 1973. (Reference Publication; no. 43). McIntosh, Jack. "Update 1973-1993: excerpts from the Doukhobor bibliography, expanded and updated edition" Koozma J. Tarasoff and Robert B. Klymasz (eds.). -- Spirit Wrestlers: Centennial Papers in Honour of Canada's Doukhobor Heritage. -- Ottawa : Canadian Museum of Civilization, 1995. -- (restricted to English and W. European languages) -- pp.187-216.