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  • Title: David Chubov Papers
    Date: 1905-1963
    Collection Number: 2000C17
    Contributing Institution: Hoover Institution Archives
    Language of Material: Russian
    Physical Description: 2 microfilm reels (0.3 linear feet)
    Abstract: Correspondence, writings, printed matter, and photographs, relating to resettlement of White Russian veterans and displaced persons after the Russian Civil War, and to Russian émigré affairs and activities of the Russian Orthodox Church abroad.
    Physical Location: Hoover Institution Archives
    Creator: Chubov, David, 1878-1956


    Collection open for research.
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    Preferred Citation

    [Identification of item], David Chubov Papers, [Box no.], Hoover Institution Archives.


    Fr. David Chubov was born on 24 June 1878. In 1901 he completed a course of studies at the Stavropol' Seminary, and in 1902 was ordained a priest, serving at a village church in Novoshcherbinovskaia stanitsa of the Kuban' Cossack region from 1904 to 1915. From January of that year until late 1917, he served as a chaplain on the Caucasus Front, primarily as the regimental priest of the 22nd Caucasus Rifles.
    Witnessing the ensuing Civil War on the Kuban', Chubov was evacuated from Novorossiisk to Serbia with the departing White Army in March 1920. After a brief final return to the Crimea later that year, he was once again evacuated to Bulgaria, where from 1921 to 1932 he served as a priest in Sliven. From 1932 to 1936, Chubov served in various parishes in France and Brussels, until being assigned to the Church of the Protection of the Holy Virgin in Zürich, Switzerland, where he remained until his death. During and after the Second World War, he extended aid to Russian displaced persons, Ostarbeiters and POWs, helping many to emigrate to South America. Chubov died in Zürich on 14 August 1956.

    Biographical Note

    1878 June 24 Born, Staroshcherbinovskaia stanitsa, Kubanskaia oblast', Russia
    1901 Graduated, Stavropol'skaia Dukhovnaia Seminariia
    1904 Priest, Novoshcherbinovskaia stanitsa, Kubanskaia oblast'
    1915 Priest, 1st Opolchenie brigade
    1916 Priest, 22nd Kavkazskii strelkovyi regiment
    1921 Archpriest, Sliven, Bulgaria
    1932 Archpriest, Annecy, France
    1936 Archpriest, Zürich, Switzerland
    1956 August 14 Died, Zürich, Switzerland

    Scope and Content

    This collection consists largely of the correspondence of Rev. David Chubov, as well as of collected materials relating to anti-communist propaganda and activities and to Church affairs (1920s-1950s). The correspondence relating to the resettlement of Russian displaced persons and the interned troops of Gen. B. A. Khol'mston-Smyslovskii's anti-Soviet military force (1946-1948) is particularly significant, as are many of the rare brochures and leaflets issued by various Russian émigré organizations.
    The collection includes some additional material donated by Chubov's secretary, Sofia Izler, after his death.
    Detailed processing and preservation microfilming for these materials were made possible by a generous grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities and by matching funds from the Hoover Institution and Museum of Russian Culture. The grant also provides depositing a microfilm copy in the Hoover Institution Archives. The original materials and copyright to them (with some exceptions) are the property of the Museum of Russian Culture, San Francisco. A transfer table indicating corresponding box and reel numbers is available at the Hoover Institution Archives.
    The Hoover Institution assumes all responsibility for notifying users that they must comply with the copyright law of the United States (Title 17 United States Code) and Hoover Rules for the Use and Reproduction of Archival Materials.

    Subjects and Indexing Terms

    Russians in foreign countries.
    Russkaia pravoslavnaia tserkov'.
    Soviet Union--History--Revolution, 1917-1921--Refugees.
    Soviet Union--History--Revolution, 1917-1921--Veterans.
    Soviet Union.