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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.

Ashley Halko-Addley fieldwork collection

  • CA BMUFA 0228
  • Collection
  • approximately 2018-2019

This collection consists of materials collected by Ashley Halko-Addley for her graduate research project, Waxing Away Illness, at the University of Alberta. In 2018, Ashley conducted interviews and observations of the wax ceremony in Saskatchewan and Alberta. This collection consists primarily of transcripts, audio recordings, and fieldnotes, with select supplementary materials.

A supplementary website was created by Ashley Halko-Addley. The website highlights some of the participants and important selections from their interviews. The website can be accessed here: https://sites.google.com/ualberta.ca/waxingawayillness/

Halko-Addley, Ashley

Cherweniuk family

Yelena Cherweniuk's (the wife of Petro Yakemchuk) two brothers George and Nikola Cherweniuk followed their sister to Canada (1912). George Cherweniuk left a wife (whom he later divorced) and a family behind in Bukovina. Two brothers worked together for a time in Winnipeg, Manitoba, saving money for a farm, however, Nikola elected to return to his homeland, leaving behind his share of the money in return for George's farm in Ukraine. George bough a farm near his sister Yelena, in Andrew. He married Magdelena Fedorak, sister of Lena Fedorak (who became Vasil Yakemchuk's wife). Unfortunately, she died with their infant daughter in childbirth, after which, George moved to Smoky Lake, Alberta.

George Cherweniuk married Domka Wedenivski, who journeyed to Canada by herself in 1926. Her uncle, Sam, owned a hotel in Smoky Lake, Alberta, and she worked there for three years until she met George.

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.

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.

Folklore assignment

The project consists of songs and verses collected in Edmonton from the informants Joe Olinyk, Anna Olinyk, Mrs. Helena Pinkyj, Mrs. Eva Kurylo, Mrs. Maria Stratychuk, Mrs. Annie Kapach, and Mrs. Mary Lagoski, some of whom grew up in Galicia or Bukovina and immigrated to Canada.

Interview with Mr. Eugene Weber and Mr. Rodolph Sommer

This item contains two recordings of interviews conducted in the summer of 1982 in Edmonton, AB. The first interview was conducted in English with Eugene Weber. Mr. Weber was born in Scott, SK in 1932 and the interview discusses the history of his family before and after his birth, and the importance of German community.

The second interview was conducted with Mr. and Mrs. Sommer in Polish, German and English. In the interview, they discuss Mr. Sommer's history of being born in Rivne (Volyn), where his mother also born. His grandfather worked as a basket maker, his father was a farmer in Volyn (Poland). The name of the village was [Maschk]. The father of Mrs. Sommer died after the WW1 and she grew up in another family. In the year 1914, when the WW1 started, Russians took all Germans from Volyn to Siberia. In the year 1916, at the age of 19 he was taken from Siberia to the Russian army. He had to fight at the Russo-Turkish war. In the year 1918, he came from the war to Kostanay after serving in the Russian army. In 1921 he came back to Volyn. His wife and him grew up in the same village and got married in 1923, first lived at her uncle´s place. His older brother lived in Canada and helped his brothers move there too. They came to Canada in June 1929. They came from Maschk to Rivne by train, came to Halifax from Danzig by ship. After they took the train to Edmonton and New Sarepta. After the arrival they stayed at the immigration camp. At the time of immigration they already had three children (born in 1924, 1926 and in 1928). Later they had one more baby (daughter) in Canada.

Weber, Eugene

Investments

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.

Olha Jurkiw folklore collection

  • CA BMUFA 0083
  • Collection
  • 1977

The collection consists of an essay which analyzes folkloric and symbolic elements in seven ballads by Taras Shevchenko.

Jurkiw, Olha

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.

Philanthropy

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.

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