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Bohdan Medwidsky fonds
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Administrative documents

Contains materials related to Dr Medwidsky’s work as an instructor, mostly at the University of Alberta. This includes pages on professional expenses, letters from associates, staff bulletins, student reviews, an annual report of staff member, and other documents relating to his time with the University of Alberta.

Articles and drafts

This file contains articles and drafts of articles by Dr Medwidsky and others. Also in this file are correspondence concerning peer reviews of articles, conducted for and by Dr Medwidsky. Many of the articles are attached to conferences. The file also contains articles translated into English from German and Ukrainian. There are a number of reference materials contained within, such as excerpts from Ukrainian to English dictionaries and various ethnic and folk encyclopaedias.

Biographical records

The series contains biographical materials and information concerning Dr Medwisky's early life, education, and academic career. Materials include his personal correspondence, church and religious activities, philanthropic activities, investments, personal documents, and professional documents.

Bohdan Medwidsky fonds

  • CA BMUFA 0222
  • Fonds
  • 1959 - 2007

This fonds contains materials compiled by Dr. Bohdan Medwidsky over the course of his academic career. Materials include personal documents, correspondence, professional documents, academic research and documentation, political and community involvement, and financial documents. In addition to records generated by Dr. Medwidsky himself, many files also include writings from students and colleagues.

Medwidsky, Bohdan

Church and religious news

Contains a number of items related to the Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church in Canada and Ukraine. There are many newspaper clippings and articles detailing news and ongoings surrounding the church. Significant attention is paid to church activities under Soviet rule.

Conferences and travel

This file contains materials related to Dr Medwidsky’s involvement with and travel to various conference over the years. These materials include invitations, programs, abstracts, timetables, and workshops on topics related to the study of Ukrainian Canadians, Ukrainian culture, and Ukrainian and Slavic folklore.
Migrations is a book documenting the joint conferences in Chernivsti, Ukraine and Edmonton, Alberta, Canada in 1990 and 1991 respectively. The conferences covered the theme of Migrations from Western Ukraine to Western Canada. This file contains documents by Dr Medwidsky and others with regards to obtaining rights from presenters for the purpose of putting their papers into the book. Also contained are documents requesting rights from various archives for the use of photographs from their collections. Also included are various logistical documents and letters related to the development of the book.

Conservative party activities

This file contains materials related to Dr Medwidsky’s involvement with political parties. Most of the documents are related to his involvement with the Progressive Conservative Party in Alberta, including active participation in campaigns for Julian Koziak. The types of documents included in this file are letters and correspondence, campaign materials, party newspapers, minutes from meetings, political action plans, and policy proposals.

Correspondence, Personal

This file contains the personal correspondence between Dr Medwidsky and various individuals. Correspondence concern academic appointments as well as church business. There are also newspaper clippings about Ukrainian Catholic news.

Dissertation including concordance

This file contains materials related to Dr Medwidsky’s dissertation, “The Language of Stanyk’s Novellas: an Analysis of the Vocabulary” including the dissertation itself and abstract. Vasyl’ Stefanyk was a Ukrainian writer and politician that wrote, in addition to other topics, about Ukrainian emigrants heading to Canada. The file also contains other academic resources such an MLA International Bibliography of Books and Articles on the Modern Languages and Literature, and Dissertation Abstracts International.

General folklore studies

This series contains records related to Dr. Medwidsky activities within the Folklore Studies Association of Canada, including his term as a President, as well as in the American Folklore Society. Various information about folklore studies in North America has been compiled by Bohdan Medwidsky and later adapted and used for the Ukrainian Folklore Program at the University of Alberta. His connections with known folklorists such as Robert Bohdan Klymasz and Michael Taft (later of the Library of Congress) are also reflected in this series.


Contains information concerning Dr Medwidsky’s investments in various funds and businesses as well as pamphlets and brochures on investments and financial planning. Such organizations include Heritage Savings and Trust Company, Alberta Energy Company Ltd., Guardian-Morton Shulman Precious Metals Inc., Merrill Lynch Canada Inc., Deloitte Haskins+Sells, and Worldwide Precious Metals (Canada) Ltd.. There are also some clippings from articles on globalization.

Liberal party activities

This file contains official news and newsletters from the Alberta Liberal party, distributed to Liberal Party members. Materials concern the policy directions for the Liberal Party and criticisms of the Conservative Party in Alberta.

Multicultural and Human Rights Issues

This file contains materials related to Dr Medwidsky’s involvement and interest in Canadian Multiculturalism and human rights. Contained within are newsletters and bulletins from Cultures Canada, government reports from the Government of Canada on multiculturalism and human rights, articles concerning the Meech Lake Accord, a number of House of Commons Debates transcripts, Canadian Human Rights Commission newsletters, documents from the Alberta Heritage Fund, and documents from the Alberta Human Right and Civil Liberties Association.


This series contains materials related to Dr Medwidsky's involvement with various organizations throughout his life and career. Included are documents relating the Ukrainian Catholic organizations, Ukrainian Scouts organization Plast activities and reports, advocacy for Ukrainian bilingual education in Alberta, Ukrainian community organizations and events, as well as non-Ukrainian ethnic organizations. The series consists of journals, reports, correspondence, meeting minutes, newsletters, and promotional materials.

Personal documents

Contains materials related to Dr Medwidsky’s employment with the University of Alberta including his initial appointment and eventual tenure. Also included are letters and documents relating to other academic organizations such as the Alberta Cultural and Linguistic Award competition and the President’s Club at the University of Alberta. This file also includes letters and obituaries relating to Ivanka Medwidsky.


This file contains materials regarding Dr Medwidsky’s philanthropic pursuits. He donated to the following causes: advertising for University of Alberta Ukrainian Language courses, Ukrainian Folklore Archives Endowment, University of Alberta 1991 Foundation, the Endowment Fund for Ukrainian Folklore, President’s Club, Metro Gulutsan Memorial Endowment Fund, Canadian Ukrainian Immigrant Aid Society, Kinsmen Club of Edmonton, political parties, Fort Edmonton Historical Foundation, Ukrainian Canadian Committee, and the Friends of the Ukrainian Village Society. There is also correspondence and documentation surrounding the University of Alberta 1991 Foundation.


This file contains materials relating to Plast organizations. Plast is a Ukrainian scouts organization. Materials include an auditor’s report, copies of Kometa and other publications related to Plast, letters, administrative documents, and promotional materials.

Political activities

This series contains materials related to Dr. Medwidsky's political activities and interests. Records document his involvement with the Progressive Conservative Party in Alberta as well as the Alberta Liberal Party. Also included are materials related to his interests and involvement in various multicultural and human rights issues and organizations.

Printed publications (other authors)

This series includes publications on various topics of Ukrainian studies and Folklore studies. Many of them are copies of publications that are very hard to obtain in libraries, rare editions, or those essential for Bohdan Medwidsky's teaching and research.

Research and publications

This series contains research materials and publications relating to Dr. Medwidsky's interests in Ukrainian language, history and culture. Such materials include drafts and finished articles, documentation for his research projects, materials from and about conferences, and materials relating to his dissertation.

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