Fonds 0301 - Friends of the Ukrainian Folklore Centre fond

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Friends of the Ukrainian Folklore Centre fond

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1.07 linear meters of textual records and other materials

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(1996 -)

Administrative history

The Society of Friends of the Ukrainian Folklore Centre is a non-profit society that was established to support the work of the Ukrainian Folklore Centre (Ukrainian Folklore Programme) at the University of Alberta. The Friends actively publicize the activities of the Centre, increase community awareness and raise funds for future projects. The organization has produced a video highlighting Ukrainian Culture studies at the University of Alberta as well as promoting outreach in the community.

The Friends' mission is to:
"Morally and financially support the Ukrainian Folklore Programme at the University of Alberta and to increase its capacity to study and communicate the complexities of the Ukrainian experience in the world.

To facilitate the growth of Ukrainian ethnology, which is the discovery of knowledge about Ukrainian culture and identify through the study of arts, customs, beliefs, songs, crafts and other traditions, as well as the people who partake in them, by providing support to the Ukrainian Folklore Programme in public relations, communications, fundraising, administration, and special projects."

The Friends Society has also contributed financially to student research scholarships, archival projects, infrastructure and publications. In addition, the Friends Society has successfully received grants from Canada's Digital Collections Initiative grant through Industry Canada (the Ukrainian Folklore Photo Archives and the Ukrainian Wedding Web Exhibit), federal and provincial government grants for Local Culture and Diversity on the Prairies Research Project (Department of Multiculturalism and Community Initiatives Program).
The Society was initially formed in December 1993, as the Society of Friends of the Chair of Ukrainian Culture at the University of Alberta. In 1996 the Friends of the Chair…. Registered as a Society in the Societies Act of Alberta and a year later registered as a Registered Charitable Society. In 1998 the Society had a membership base of over 120 people. In 2003 the Society formally changed its name to Friends of the Ukrainian Folklore Centre.

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The Society donated their records to the Bohdan Medwidsky Ukrainian Folklore Archives at the Kule Folklore Centre.

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The fonds consists of administrative records, minutes of board meetings, AGM meetings and their associated reports, financial records, and records associated with the various projects that the Friends supported and conducted. The fonds also includes promotional material, and various planning records and correspondence.

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The fond is arranged in 89 files. The list is available in the Finding aids field.

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The records are predominantly in English.

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Employment records, membership lists, and donor lists in the papers are restricted and may only be accessed with the approval of the Society of Friends.

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A file list is available in English

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Information for the administrative history was sourced from the records within the fonds and the Friends website.

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