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This online archive includes ten items from the Oregon Historical Society collection, several of them difficult to obtain elsewhere. They include pamphlets, open letters and public announcements by Brother Ambrose Moorman on Old Believer matters; a 1973 report by John Hudanish on the state of the Old Believer community in Woodburn, a copy of the Manual for Educators of Russian Old Believers in Oregon, and more.
A mid-length biography of Bishop Daniel of Erie, the ROCOR prelate who is bishop to the Erie, PA Old Ritualist Church of the Holy Nativity. Descendants of the bezpopovtsy Pomortsy who emigrated from Poland to Pennsylvania in the 1880s form the historic core of the congregation.
Blog maintained by monks of the Holy Nativity of the Mother of God Skete in Voltaire, North Dakota.
Maginnis, Tara. "Old Believer Dresses." The Costumer's Manifesto
Maginnis, a costume designer at the University of Alaska (Fairbanks) theater department, presents photos and brief descriptions of about 30 modern Old Believer women's and girls' outfits found in a thrift shop in Fairbanks.
Our Lady of Tikhvin Center
St. Benedict, Oregon
(St. Benedict is located within the town of Mt. Angel, Oregon)
(See "Museums & Archives" section for a full description of this Museum).While the Museum itself maintains no web site, Paul Wigowsky (who is not directly affiliated with the Museum) has published his personal collection of photographs showing some of the Museum's displays, available here: http://wigowsky.com/products.html
Extensive parish website maintained by the Old Rite Russian Orthodox Church of the Nativity (under the omophorion of the Synod of Bishops of the Russian Orthodox Church Outside of Russia). Descendants of the bezpopovtsy Pomortsy who emigrated from Poland to Pennsylvania in the 1880s form the historic core of the congregation. Besides the usual parish news and announcements, articles include a history of Znamenny Chant, appropriate behavior at Old Rite services, and an ever-growing list of Old Rite publications translated into English. In English.
Scheffel, David. "Old Believers." Canadian Encyclopedia.
Brief (under 200 words) general encyclopedia article relating primarily to the Fairview/Hines Creek community of Old Believers in Alberta, Canada.
Scheffel, David. "Old Believers." Encyclopedia of Canada's Peoples.
Scheffel neatly lays out the history of the Old Believer presence in Canada, starting with the 1908 consecration of a "bishop of Canada" by the Belia Krinitsa hierarchy (at a time when there were most likely no Old Believers in Canada). The story continues with the arrival of about 100 popovtsy Old Believers who joined other Russian refugees in emigrating to Canada under the sponsorship of the Canadian Pacific Railway in the 1920s, and concludes with the founding and slow growth of Chasovennye communities from the 1960s to the present. He notes throughout the pressure exerted by Canadian immigration authoritities to keep the stream of immigrants down to a trickle. He desribes economic and community life; kinship patterns, family structure, and the role of women; education, religion and relations with non-Old Believers.
"Sofronov Pimen Maksimovich." Starover-Pomorets. Starovercheskoe Obschestvo im. I.N. Zavoloko.2004.
This Russian-language biography of iconographer Pimen Sofronov dwells more on his life in Europe than his years in North America. It goes into somewhat greater detail than other sources listed here.
Wigowsky, Paul J. Collection of Old Believer History and Traditions
Wigowsky, a Russian-speaking schoolteacher with many years experience teaching Oregon Old Believer students, has put together an extensive and generally reliable site describing Old Believer faith, history and traditional ways. One of the best resources available for school-age researchers.
Wigowsky, Paul J Freedom for an Old Believer.
This 181 page novel, written by a Russian-speaking schoolteacher familiar with the Oregon Old Believer community, recounts the adventures of a fictional Old Believer couple. The couple leaves rural China in the 1950s, emigrates to Brazil in 1964 and emigrates again to Oregon where the husband dies in the eruption of Mt. St. Helens. The author goes to great lengths to portray Old Believer life, including much historical background and many details of custom and belief. Most of the incidents are drawn directly from the real-life experiences of the Oregon community. Other material (expositions of dogma, folk tales, religious stories) are drawn from secondary sources and fit less comfortably into the narrative.