Welcome


Welcome to the archival database
of the Bohdan Medwidsky Ukrainian Folklore Archives (BMUFA)!

The Bohdan Medwidsky Ukrainian Folklore Archives (BMUFA) at the Kule Folklore Centre is the largest North American repository of Ukrainian and Canadian-Ukrainian folklore materials. It is open to students, scholars, and the general public.

The BMFUA is integral to the understanding of Ukrainian diaspora culture in general, and Ukrainian Canadian history and culture in particular. The mandate of the BMUFA is to document, preserve, and study Ukrainian folklore in Ukraine, Canada, and around the world as it changes over time.

The archives houses hundreds of collections. A large portion of the BMUFA holdings includes an extensive student fieldwork collection (whose thematic content includes: documents and studies of traditional songs, tales, sayings, beliefs, calendar customs, life cycle customs, material culture, folk arts, performance traditions, community life), as well as several ethnographic collections on topics ranging from local Ukrainian-Canadian community events to Folklore in Ukraine to Ukrainians in Brazil. Other records include family correspondence collections, music score collections, studies of Ukrainian ethnic culture such as Ukrainian dance, choral activity, drama, embroidery, foodlore, ceramics, among many others.

The core collection of the BMUFA consists of the following:

  • field audio and video recordings
  • photographs
  • manuscripts
  • correspondence
  • printed ephemera
  • posters
  • maps
  • commercial recordings
  • journals
  • artifacts and textiles
  • books (thematic research library)

The BMUFA accepts materials from outside sources, and also promotes the recording of contemporary events, accessioning materials generated from these projects. The BMUFA collects materials from around the world, but with a concentration on Ukrainian culture in Canada and other Ukrainian diaspora communities. The BMUFA actively strives to maintain and grow digital collections and researcher access to its materials. This site is one way that researchers can access the holdings at the BMUFA. Archival descriptions on this site use Rules for Archival Description. A guide on how to use this website will be posted in the near future. This site is a work in progress, as we are constantly adding new collections. Collections on this site can be accessed for research in the Kule Folklore Centre, Old Arts 250, University of Alberta. To set up an appointment to view a collection or to speak to the archivist about other collections not yet online, please contact the archives at ukrfolk@ualberta.ca.

This database allows you to access descriptions of archival materials and special collections housed at the BMUFA. Use the search box or browse options to get started and discover the rich collections of the archives. This database is based on AtoM software, which stands for Access to Memory (see more http://accesstomemory.org).

From the menu on the left, you can BROWSE collections, their creators, topics and places. You can also SEARCH the Archives using the search box on top.

Please visit the BMUFA website to learn more about the Archives. The BMUFA is part of the Peter and Doris Kule Centre for Ukrainian and Canadian Folklore (Kule Folklore Centre) at the University of Alberta. More info: www.ukrfolk.ca

This site is a WORK IN PROGRESS. It is meant to become the main point of access to and discovery of the numerous collections of the BMUFA. Descriptions of collections are added continuously. Many digitized and born-digital materials will be also available through this database. The users will be able to listen to interviews, watch video recordings, and look through the photographs and documents that are part of the Bohdan Medwidsky Ukrainian Folklore Archives.

We use Canadian Rules for Archival Description (RAD) as the description standard for our archival collections, International Standard Archival Authority Record (ISAAR) for creators' descriptions, and extended Dublin Core for many of our item level descriptions and some of our digital initiatives. We also use Library of Congress/American Folklore Society Ethnographic Thesaurus for our subject terms.

If you have any questions, please contact us at ukrfolk@ualberta.ca