Fonds F 715 - Bloudoff family fonds

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Bloudoff family fonds

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F 715

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  • 1993-2015 (Creation)
    Barrow, Robert Leslie, 1951-
  • ca. 1946-1993 (Collection)
    Bloudoff, William Jr., 1907-2003
  • ca. 1900-1946 (Creation)
    Bloudoff, Peter Alexavitch, 1886-1946

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54 photographs : glass plate negatives, b&w ; 12.5 x 18 cm or smaller

1 computer optical disc (of 50 photographs) (568.000 MB) : .tif

1 computer optical disc (of 11 photographs) (145.000 MB) : .jpeg

2 photographs : print, b&w ; 19 x 33 cm; 13 x 18 cm

1 computer optical disc (of moving image records) (3040.000 MB)

2 audio cassettes (1 hr., 15 min., 6 sec.)

0.020 m of textual records

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Biographical history

Peter Alexavitch Bloudoff, son of Alec Bloudoff, was born at Bashkichet, Georgia, Russia on July 12, 1886. His mother died when he was a young boy. He emigrated from Russia in January, 1889 as part of the first group of Doukhobors from Russia to arrive in Canada. He subsequently settled in the Doukhobor communal village of Kamenka, North-West Territories, which was part of the North (Swan River) colony. After the village of Kamenka disorganized, Bloudoff was granted title to land at NE 22-33-31 W1 on February 26, 1915.

In addition to homesteading, Bloudoff was employed as a salesman for merchants in Pelly, Saskatchewan including Campbell Bros., a Ford dealership, and as a foreman for the Saskatchewan Department of Highways. He also served as Reeve for St. Philips Rural Municipality No. 301 for the periods 1922 to 1928 and 1930 to 1934. Bloudoff's hobbies included photography, taking photos primarily of family, fellow Doukhobors and the Arran community; beekeeping; woodworking and wool spinning.

Bloudoff married Fanny Makieff and together they had five children: Mike; George; Nellie; Peter Jr. and Fred. Peter Bloudoff died in 1946.

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Robert Leslie Barrow was born at Swan River, Manitoba to Tom and Elsie (Hogg) Barrow on January 20, 1951. He received his early education at Swan River and completed a photographic technician certificate program at Red River Community College in 1975.

Barrow was employed as a photographic technician with the Government of Manitoba's Information Services Photo Lab (1975-1976), as a photographer with the University of Winnipeg's Western Canada Pictorial Index project (1977-1979), and as a photographer with the Manitoba Museum's (formerly known as the Manitoba Museum of Man and Nature) audio/video department (1980-2003). Since 2003, Barrow has been self-employed as a freelance photographer. Included among Barrow's photographic exhibitions and creative projects is A Doukhobor Camera which was presented at the Manitoba Museum in 1994.

Barrow continues (2016) to reside in Winnipeg.

Custodial history

Robert Barrow donated some of these records to the Provincial Archives of Saskatchewan in one accession in 2015: 2015-046 (April 15, 2015).

Robert Barrow donated some of these records to the Provincial Archives of Saskatchewan, in one accession in 2013: 2013-220 (February 13, 2016).

Scope and content

This fonds consists of glass plate negatives created by Peter Bloudoff of the Arran, Saskatchewan district, approximately between 1910 and 1922. Subjects of Bloudoff's images include residents of the Arran district, Doukhobor families, and students and teachers of Racing Lake School District No. 2206 near Arran.

The fonds also consists of digital images of photographs originally accumulated by William Bloudoff Jr., nephew of Peter Bloudoff, of Pelly, Saskatchewan and later acquired and scanned by Robert Barrow of Winnipeg, Manitoba. The photographs, taken approximately between 1900 and 1955, primarily depict members of the Bloudoff family and other Doukhobors in the Pelly district.

As well, the fonds consists of records created and compiled by Robert Barrow. Records created by Barrow include photographs, sound recordings and video of interviews with William Bloudoff Jr. and Fred Bloudoff, son of Peter Bloudoff, conducted in 1992 and 1993, as well as photographs of a community home building on the site of the former Doukhobor village at Uspenie (alt. sp. Oospennie) near Arran, Saskatchewan. Records compiled by Barrow include correspondence pertaining to Peter Bloudoff's employment, land grant and title certificates issued to Peter and Fred Bloudoff, and research files pertaining to the subject matter of the Peter Bloudoff negatives.

No series have been identified in this fonds.

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Records are in good physical condition.

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Records are open for research use.

Terms governing use, reproduction, and publication

Use, publication and/or reproduction are subject to terms and conditions of the Copyright Act. Please consult reference archivist for assistance.

Finding aids

SAFA 697 consists of a fonds description and item descriptions for photographs, sound recordings and moving image records.

Associated materials

Copies of the glass plate negatives and related photographs are in the holdings of The Manitoba Museum, located in Winnipeg, Manitoba. The copies were produced at the time of an exhibition of Peter Bloudoff's photographs.

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No further accruals are expected.

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To consult the records, visit or contact the Regina office.

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Location for retrieval: Regina - Hillsdale


Archival staff replaced the original file folders with acid-free folders.

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