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 BMUFA 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 vernacular culture 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 covers studies of traditional songs, tales, sayings, beliefs, calendar customs, life cycle customs, material culture, folk arts, performance traditions, community life), as well as ethnographic collections on topics ranging from local Ukrainian-Canadian community events to Folklore in Ukraine to Ukrainians in Brazil. Other collections include family correspondence, music scores, studies of Ukrainian ethnic culture such as Ukrainian dance, choral activity, drama, embroidery, foodlore, ceramics, among many others.

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.

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