Register of the David Chubov Papers, 1905-1963

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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


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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.
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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.



General Physical Description note: Box 1

Scope and Contents note

Autobiography, correspondence, identity documents and other materials arranged alphabetically by physical form


General Physical Description note: Box 1

Scope and Contents note

Arranged alphabetically by correspondent. Also includes several thematic files retained in original order (materials therein described in greater detail)

WRITINGS, 1946 and undated.

General Physical Description note: Box 2

Scope and Contents note

Arranged chronologically by title


General Physical Description note: Box 2

Scope and Contents note

Arranged alphabetically by author

SUBJECT FILE, 1926-1955.

General Physical Description note: Box 2

Scope and Contents note

Brochures, leaflets and other printed matter, arranged alphabetically by subject heading

PHOTOGRAPHS, 1945-1950 and undated.

General Physical Description note: Box 2

Scope and Contents note

Ten prints depicting Chubov, family members, Church hierarchs, and various subjects, as well as two postcards depicting Nicholas II and Alexander III

Biographical File, 1905-1963

Box 1, Folder 1

Autobiography, 1956

Folder 2

orrespondence. Mainly correspondence of A. S. Loukashkin with Rev. M. Pol'skii, Rev. D. Chubov, and his secretary, Sofia Andreevna Izler, regarding the disposition of Chubov's archive, 1956-1963

Folder 3

Identity paper, 1905

Folder 4

Inventory of archival materials

Folder 5



Correspondence, 1923-1953.

General note

See also BIOGRAPHICAL FILE/Correspondence


Box 1, Folder 6

"Perepiska s podsovetskimi liud'mi v Evrope." Consists of correspondence of various unidentified individuals. Includes cover letter by Chubov addressed to Iakov Iakovlevich, n.d.


"Pereselenie v Argentinu." Concerns Chubov's involvement in the resettlement of Russian refugees, soldiers, and officers of Gen. B. A. Khol'mston-Smyslovskii's detachment from Liechtenstein to Argentina. Includes correspondence with numerous Russians and foreign officials, lists of candidates for resettlement, and other related documents

Folder 7


Folder 8


Folder 9


Folder 10

Untitled bound file of correspondence with N. E. Markov, Dowager Empress Mariia Feodorovna (signed by her secretary Pr. Dolgorukii), Grand Duke Nikolai Nikolaevich, Grand Duchess Anastasiia, Metropolitan Antonii, Prince N. L. Obolenskii, A. P. Kutepov, A. F. Trepov, B. Serafimov, P. N. Krasnov, Ivan S. Shmelev, A. Kartashev, Also includes documents relating to the support of the Russian community in Sliven for anti-communist activities, 1923-1928 1923-1949.

Folder 11

Bardygin, Nikolai Mikhailovich, 1953

Folder 12

Boris III, King of Bulgaria, 1924

Folder 13

Sitnikova, Olimpiada Semenovna, et al., 1943

Folder 14

Surguchev, Il'ia D., 1953 and undated


Writings, 1946 and undated

Box 2, Folder 1

"Za kem my poidem?" Typescript, attributed to Chubov by A. S. Loukashkin n.d.

Folder 2

"Pravda o masonstve," 1946. Typescript. Includes negative photostat of article by Iu. F. Semenov, "Vlast' nad dushami," Rossiia, and note on Semenov's and M. M. Fedorov's affiliation to freemasonry 1947 March,


Writings By Others, 1936-1963.

General note

Contains primarily unpublished holographs and typescripts, with some mimeographed texts
Box 2, Folder 3

Eike, Vera Borisovna von. "Ekh, brattsy!" Typescript n.d.

Folder 4

Kostanda, Apostol Aleksandrovich. "Istoriia ikony Blagoveshcheniia, pozhertvovannoi Khramu-Pamiatniku Imperatora Nikolaia II v Briussele," Includes correspondence and related texts [1953].

Folder 5

Kotliarevskii, N. M. Speech about Nicholas II, Typescript 1936 February 2.

Folder 6

Shmelev, Ivan S. Letter to S. A. Izler, 1963

Folder 7

Unidentified. "Iudin grekh," Typescript n.d.

Folder 8

Unidentified [D. Slavskii?]. "Malen'kaia russkaia istoriia," ]. Holograph [1944 April

Folder 9

Unidentified. "Sovetskii Soiuz - ne Rossiia," Typescript 1947 October.

Folder 10

Unidentified. "Zakat khristianstva: Episkop Damaskin, ego zhizn' I bor'ba za pravoslavie," Typescript 1944 December.


Subject File, 1926-1955.

General note

Includes brochures, leaflets and other printed matter
Box 2, Folder 11

Displaced persons

Folder 12

Eastern Orthodox Church

Folder 13

Gogol', Nikolai

Folder 14


Folder 15

Orlov, Sergei


Propaganda, Anti-communist. Materials published by various groups opposed to communism

Folder 16

Bratstvo russkoi pravdy

Folder 17

Fond spaseniia Rossii

Folder 18

Unidentified organization

Folder 19


Folder 20



Photographs, 1945-1950 and undated.

Box 2, Folder 21

One photograph depicting Chubov's parents in the Kuban' region (n.d., probably pre-Revolutionary), one small photograph of Russian Orthodox Church hierarchs, six photographs depicting Gen. B. A. Khol'mston-Smyslovskii and Chubov performing religious services for the former's troops interned in Liechtenstein one photograph depicting cadets of the Versailles Cadet School, one photograph depicting N. Vorob'eva's farm in Buenos Aires (1950) and two postcards depicting Nicholas II and Alexander III (1945-1946),