Fonds F 370 - Koozma J. Tarasoff fonds

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Koozma J. Tarasoff fonds

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  • Textual record
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F 370

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  • 1942-2004 (Accumulation)
  • 1882-2004 (Creation)
    Tarasoff, Koozma J., 1932-

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Physical description

64.060m of textual records (+ unprocessed)
93 maps
722 photographs (+ additional records)
5 microfilm reels
5 prints (+ additional records) : posters
2 computer optical discs : CD-ROM
1 audio disc : 45 rpm (6 min. 47 sec.)
2 objects
266 sound recordings

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Biographical history

Koozma John Tarasoff was born to John and Anastasia Tarasoff on February 19, 1932, on a farm near the Doukhobor community of Pokrovka, Saskatchewan. Tarasoff's paternal grandfather Koozma participated in the historic Doukhobor "burning of firearms" in Tsarist Russia on June 29, 1895, joining the large migration of Doukhobors to Canada in 1899. His son, John, was born in Canada, and worked as first as a farmer and later as a carpenter after moving his family to Saskatoon in 1943. Anastasia, from the village of Slavanka, Azerbaidjan immigrated to Saskatchewan in 1926 and shortly after married John Tarasoff. The Tarasoffs had two sons: John (b.1928), and Koozma. As youngsters in Pokrovka, both children spoke Russian as their first language.

Interested in baseball in his youth, Tarasoff travelled to the Ozark Baseball Camp in 1952, where he was befriended by Tyrus (Ty) Cobb. Tarasoff and Cobb corresponded regularly for about three years, and Cobb arranged a professional try-out for Tarasoff.

While pursuing his studies, Tarasoff held an active role in certain Doukhobor cultural and student organizations. From 1953-1958, he was editor and publisher of a monthly, English-language Doukhobor publication, The Doukhobor Inquirer (which became The Inquirer in c. 1956.) The Inquirer was the official publication of the Union of Young Doukhobors, Saskatoon.

Tarasoff matriculated from the Saskatoon Technical Collegiate Institute in 1952. He received his Bachelor of Arts in English, Psychology and Philosophy from the University of Saskatchewan, Saskatoon (1957), his Master of Arts in Anthropology and Sociology from the University of British Columbia (1963) and completed course work for a doctorate in Sociology at Carleton University (1974-1976).

For a period of sixteen years beginning in 1963, Tarasoff worked for various departments within the Government of Canada and the Government of Saskatchewan. He was a Socio-Economic Research Officer for the Saskatchewan Department of Welfare in Regina (1963-1967), while also doing free-lance contract work for the National Museum of Canada on various ethnological topics. He was employed as a Senior Human Resources Studies Coordinator for the Canada Department of Forestry and Rural Development, Western Region (1967-1969) and was a Senior Socio-Economic Research Officer for the Canada Department of Regional Economic Expansion (DREE), (1970-1976). From 1976-1979, Tarasoff was Senior Socio-Economic Research Project Manager for the Canadian Council on Rural Development.

Since 1980, Tarasoff has worked extensively as a consultant, writer, lecturer, photojournalist, conference organizer and advisor on multiculturalism and cross-cultural and international exchange. He has written books and reports on a wide variety of topics, including rural development, cross-cultural communications, multiculturalism, Canadian Indians, community studies, peace and disarmament, Soviet-West relations, museum curatorship, behavioural change, and the Doukhobors.

Tarasoff's most recent work, Spirit Wrestlers: Doukhobor Pioneers' Strategies for Living was published in 2002. Koozma Tarasoff currently (2005) resides in Ottawa, Ontario.

Custodial history

Tape S-1147 was purchased from CBC Radio Saskatchewan in October 1995. It was accessioned as S95-66 (October 31, 1995).

Scope and content

The fonds consists of records created, accumulated and used by Koozma Tarasoff resulting from his personal life; his academic education; his baseball activities in the 1950s; his activities within Doukhobor communities in Saskatchewan and British Columbia and his extensive Doukhobor-related research; his work as an ethnologist for the Saskatchewan and federal governments; his involvement in pacifist organizations; and his ongoing research in socio-ethnological fields.

The types of records included are correspondence; research materials; publications; published and unpublished manuscripts; newspaper clippings; theses; essays; recorded oral history interviews; sound recordings of conference proceedings, festivals, Doukhobor musical performances; photographs; personal diaries; reports; maps; questionnaires; computer data printouts; reference manuals; subject files; and interview transcripts

An extensive personal library is included in the fonds, together with an index to these holdings.

Material found in S-A 989 relates primarily to the Doukhobor series.

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Physical condition

Records are in good physical condition.

Immediate source of acquisition

Koozma Tarasoff donated these records to the Saskatoon office, Saskatchewan Archives in 31 accessions between 1954 and 2004: Saskatoon 191 (November 19, 1954); S79-25 (March 5, 1979); S86-252 (June 1, 1986); S87-31 (March 3, 1987); S87-105 (August 6, 1987); S88-29 (February 1, 1988); S89-29 (March 27, 1989); S89-42 (May 25, 1989); S89-62 (July 14, 1989); S90-53 (July 12, 1990); S93-6 (January 29, 1993); S93-87 (December 17, 1993); S94-54 (June 7, 1994); S94-67 (July 27, 1994); S94-103 (December 23, 1994); S95-17 (April 3, 1995); S95-38 (July 27, 1995); S96-21 (April 23, 1996); S96-62 (November 7, 1996); S98-27 (June 1, 1998); S98-72 (September 30, 1998), S99-52 (October 14, 1999); S99-103 (January 1, 2000); S2000-39 (August 10, 2000); S2000-70 (December 22, 2000); S2003-28 (April 11, 2003); S2003-33 (June 18, 2003); S2003-67 (October 2, 2003); S2004-27 (June 7, 2004); S2004-63 (January 7, 2004); and S2004-64 (November 29, 2004).


For Collection S-A 690: The arranging archivist divided the records into five series, and reflected original order wherever possible in the fonds. File titles provided by Tarasoff have been employed in most instances, although some words have been re-arranged to provide title consistency. Some file titles were provided by the archivist based on contents of the file and its placement within the fonds. The archivist imposed the numbering system, although file or project numbers assigned by Tarasoff (or government departments) have been maintained in the file title.
For F 370, Series 2 (pt.) and Series 6: Arrangement reflects both original order and archival intervention. The content of the records in this accrual suggested additions to Series II in S-A 690 Doukhobor series, and a new Series 6: Research and Writings series. Box listings of the records were prepared by Koozma Tarasoff for the bulk of the records in the fonds. These provided the titles for most of the records as well as the basis for series and sub-series definition.
Certain records have been retained in textual records to preserve context. See series descriptions.

Language of material

  • English
  • French
  • German
  • Latin
  • Russian
  • Ukrainian

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Language and script note

Certain records are in Russian, German, Ukrainian, Spanish, Latin, and French languages have been identified by the arranging archivists throughout the fonds. Certain correspondence files found in collection S-A 690 in the Russian language have been described in English; a more detailed listing is available for these records. Oral history interviews in Russian have English language summaries available where indicated in the listing. For records located in F 370-2 and F370-6 language of content was captured. Please consult the reference archivist for assistance.

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Restrictions on access

Some of these records are subject to access restrictions.

Terms governing use, reproduction, and publication

Use, publication and/or reproduction of records may be subject to terms and conditions of the Copyright Act and/ or a donor agreement.

To consult the records, visit or contact the Regina and Saskatoon offices.

Finding aids

SAFA 222 (old guide GS 215, collections S-A 690 and S-A 989) consists of a fonds level description and series and file level descriptions of textual records, photographic records, sound recordings and microfilm. One additional tape S-1147 is located in Saskatoon Audio Holdings database. Item level description of DISC R-525 is included in guide. Listings of certain photographs are at the file level in Collection S-A 690. See also photographs S B 5486, S B 7612.0. See also textual records at S-Q 240.
Records contained in F 370 Series 2 (pt.) and Series 6, which are accruals to the old guide GS 215 are available as textual listings in SAFA 222 and electronically in the textual files database.
Three appendices are provided as part of the initial description of material in the fonds (S-A 690). These contain A: Numerical Listing of All Audiotapes in the Tarasoff Papers; B: General descriptions of the contents of certain document in Russian contained in the fonds; and C: English Summaries of Oral History Interviews Conducted in Russian.
Although the records in collection S-A 907 are not fully processed, file lists are available.

Uploaded finding aid

Associated materials

Associated material: Doukhobor Research collection, University of British Columbia Library, Rare Books and Special Collections (CAIN No 141669)

Doukhobor History Photograph collection, British Columbia Archives (CAIN No. 195039). [See S-X 51 in the SAB Tarasoff fonds for an unpublished manuscript guide to this collection.]
Related material: Textual: S-X 48; R-E95; R-E516; R-F165
Photographs: S-B 9494; S-B 9584; S-B 9710; S SP-A 7604.1-3; S SP-A 8347.1-27; S SP-A 8732.1-4; and S SP-B 16677.1
Tape R-5885: An interview with Tarasoff used in the film “In Search of Utopia - The Doukhobors.”

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Further accruals are expected.
Records which are not fully processed exist in this fonds. Access to these records is limited at this time. Please consult reference archivist for details

General note

Location for retrieval: Saskatoon - Murray; Regina - Hillsdale.

Physical description

The total hours of audio recordings are not available; however, the oral history interviews alone comprise of several hundred hours of recordings.

Physical description

The total extent of additional photographic materials could not be determined in Collection A 690, Series IV E. sub-series 2 and 3. Part of sub-series 1 is also unknown. These records include slides, negatives, contact prints and photo albums.

Physical description

For textual records in GS 215, extents are not always stated for published items and oversized materials.

Physical description

The quantity of posters is not available for some series.


Newspaper clippings within the fonds have been identified by archival staff for future conservation treatment.

Alpha-numeric designations

Textual records: old guide GS 215 (S-A 690 and S-A 989); S-A 907; S-A 976; S-A 1047; S-Q 240; S-X 51; S-X 227
Tapes: S-898 to S-1117; S-1128 to S-1143 and S-1147
Phono disc: DISC R-525
Photographs: S-B 5486, S-B 7612.0
Compact Discs: S-CD 8 and ACD R-16,079

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Saskatchewan Archives. Archival Description Manual 2004.



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  • English

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  • Latin


Introduction to finding aid GS 215.
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