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OLD BELIEVERS. NATURALIZATION CEREMONIES. Recordings; 1975, 1979. 2 audiocassettes.

The Old Believers are a religious group which fled Russia during the time of Czar Peter the Great to escape persecution for resisting his attempt to merge the Russian and Greek Orthodox Churches. Moving first to Siberia, small groups later moved in stages to Manchuria, Australia, New Zealand, Hong Kong, and Turkey; they came to America in 1962 at the invitation of U.S. Attorney General Robert Kennedy, and settled in Oregon. A group of Old Believers moved to Alaska from Oregon in 1968 and established themselves on the Kenai Peninsula near Homer, and later on Kachemak Bay. The name Old Believers comes from their strict adherence to the old beliefs and customs of the Russian Orthodox Church. In 1975 and 1979 groups of Old Believers took the oath of citizenship and became American citizens.

The collection consists of a recording of the 1975 naturalization ceremony and a recording of the 1979 naturalization ceremony.

The collection was presented to the archives by Benjamin B. Talley in 1981.