Fonds RBSC-ARC-1663 - Peter Faminow fonds

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Peter Faminow fonds

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  • Textual record

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  • 1925 - 2002 (Creation)

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95.5 cm of textual records; 14 photographs; 14 audio reels; 4 audio cassettes.

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Peter Faminow (1917-2002) was born in Alberta to Russian-born Doukhobor parents, Sam and Elizabeth Faminow. He received his grade school and high school education in Lundreck, Alberta, and attended Willamette University in Oregon before studying law at University of Saskatchewan and University of Alberta. He met his wife, Frances Sopp, at Willamette. While studying law, Faminow became actively involved in the Doukhobor youth movement. He would later help organize the 1958 Conference on Peace through Non-violence, author a column called 'Dasha' in the Doukhobor publication Mir, and serve as the secretary-treasurer of the Union of Doukhobors in Canada. He was also a member of a fact-finding mission to the Doukhobor residential school in New Denver, and was part of a committee of Doukhobors to recommend a resolution to that issue. After relocating with his wife and daughters (Sarah, Polly and Megan) to North Vancouver to practice law, Faminow served as a councillor and alderman for the District of North Vancouver between 1960 and 1974 and ran once for Reeve. He also ran once as a New Democrat in the Federal election of 1963. In 1987, Peter Faminow filed a case in the B.C. Supreme Court regarding the issue of secondary suites in North Vancouver, B.C. and succeeded in having the bylaws for allowing the rental of secondary suites changed.

Custodial history

Records were gathered by Faminow's daughter Polly Faminow. They were initially packaged and shipped to the Royal B.C. Museum and Archives before being transferred to Rare Books and Special Collections in the spring of 2009.

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Fonds consists of personal and business records of Peter Faminow, related to his personal and family life, career as a lawyer and a politician, and his interests and involvement in the Doukhobor community. Records include correspondence, clippings and scrapbooks, photographs, audio recordings, papers, speeches, and other textual records. The fonds is arranged into the following series: Family records, Records related to education, Records related to law practice and career, Doukhobor related files, Scrapbooks and clippings, and Audio recordings.

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Records were prepared for transfer and in some cases organized into files by family members. This general arrangement has been retained, and grouped into series by the archivist according to either aspect of life or type of material as appropriate.

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See also the Doukhobor Research Collection at Rare Books and Special Collections.
A number of publications related to the Doukhobors were also donated with the fonds. They can be found by searching the UBC Library catalogue.

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No further accruals are expected.

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Photograph identifier: BC-2132

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