Duchobory Archives

Biographical / Historical Note

The Duchobory, a peasant sect of Christian communists in Russia, were persecuted in the 1890s by the government for their conscientious objection to military service; Canada offered hospitality to them, but the drawback to their emigration was a lack of funds; Lev N. Tolstoj, who saw kindred souls in the Duchobory, lent them the prestige of his patronage and gave them the royalties from his novel `Resurrection'; in 1898 and 1899 some 7,000 Duchobory landed in Canada, accompanied by several close associates of Tolstoj, one of them being Leopold A. Sulleržickij.


Documents on the emigration of a group of Duchobory to Canada: letters and telegrams received by Leopold Sulleržickij from various correspondents, including V.G. Čertkov, Lev N. Tolstoj and a few Duchobory; drafts and copies of letters and telegrams sent by Sullerzickij; other letters; notebooks and notes by Sullerzickij; bills relating to the voyage.