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Central and East European Studies Society of Alberta collection

  • Collection
  • 1974 - 1987

This collection consists of audio recordings and photographs. Recordings include news/talk shows, interviews conducted for CEESSA, and meetings and conference presentations from CEESSA. They cover diverse topics such as: problems in Central and Eastern European studies at the time and how universities and their departments function, immigration, politics, languages, daily life, life on the Canadian Prairies, life in Canada during WWII, CEESSA’s organization, goals, and projects.

Central and East European Studies Society of Alberta

Orest and Emilia Zarsky collection

  • CA BMUFA 0230
  • Collection
  • 1918-1996

The collection consists of personal documents of Orest and Emilia Zarsky, community event programs and other ephemera, publications on various Ukrainian and religious topics, badges and banners, an embroidered tray, and wedding clothes and items.

Zarsky, Orest and Emilia

Chester and Luba Kuc collection

  • CA BMUFA 0258
  • Collection

Books and journals on various topics related to Ukrainian folk culture.

Audio/Visual includes commercial and non-commercial video (6 films on burnt disc, 9 VHS, and 11 DVD on non-burnt disc), 17 discs of commercial audio, photos and videos related to:
Folk art- 15 discs
Pysanky- 15 discs
Chester's exhibit at the RAM- 9 discs
UMC exhibits and events- 9 discs
as well as 7 discs of miscellaneous photos and videos relating to Chester and Luba Kuc

Peter and Doris Kule collection

  • CA BMUFA 0114
  • Collection
  • 1936-2012

The collection consists of various certificates granted to Peter and Doris Kule: those awarded for their work in the community, as well as professional and educational ones.

Kule, Peter and Doris

Porayko-Kyforuk family collection

  • CA BMUFA 0002
  • Collection
  • 1895-1980s

Collection consists of correspondence, memoirs, diaries, school reports, financial documents, photographs, research notes of Sophia Kyforuk and Octavia Hall.

Kyforuk family

Monica Jensen Ethnographic collection

  • CA BMUFA 0224
  • Collection
  • 1999-2005

The collection consists of assignments for various folklore classes at the University of Alberta including Ukrainian Material Culture (UKR-527), Ukrainian Folk Art and Performance (UKR-528), Rites of Passage (UKR-525), Ukrainian Calendar Customs (UKR-526), Ukrainian Folk Songs (UKR-522), Ukrainian Folk Prose (UKR-523), and Ukrainian Folklore in Canada (UKR-532).

The collection includes the following projects:

  • Poias for the Babies
  • Bunica's Funeral Dinner: The China
  • A Kuzhil' [Distaff] Among Flowers
  • "Yuriy Fedkowych Ukrainian Educational Society of Soda Lake" Proscenium Screen
  • Ukrainian Rites of Passage: Silence and Pregnancy
  • Iordan, Feast of the Epiphany
  • Katie and Christine: Their Kolomyiky
  • Wolves and Viagra: Katie and Metro
  • Literary Folkloristics and the Personal Narrative by Sandra Dolby Stahl: A Review of the Study
  • On Forgetting

Recollections of Ropchan (Rapchan) brothers, as well as indexes and transcripts of interviews conducted by Monica for her dissertation are also part of this collection.

Jensen, Monica

Ivan Stadnyk collection

  • CA BMUFA 0052
  • Collection
  • 1960s-1980s

The collection contains ephemera collected from various Ukrainian Canadian community events in Edmonton, area, and other location across Canada, publications, and art cards.

Elsie Kawulych collection

  • CA BMUFA 0014
  • Collection

A collection of phonograph records, books, photographs, ethnic clothing, posters, correspondence with Ukraine, Argentina and Brazil, and an interview with Elsie Kawulych (recorded on August 7, 2014).

Kawulych, Elsie

Nick Mischi collection

  • CA BMUFA 0029
  • Collection
  • 1932-2004

The collection consists of Nick Mischi's 90th anniversary album with cards, greetings and photographs, his 95th anniversary album, documents and photographs related to his induction to the Hall of Fame at the Vegreville Pysanka Festival, certificates of appreciation from the Ukrainian Cultural Heritage Village, letters, and other photographs.

Mischi, Nicholai

Wadym Dobrolige art collection

  • CA BMUFA 0244
  • Collection
  • 1940s-1950s(?)

This collection consists of five oil paintings by Wadym Dobrolige.

Dobrolige, Wadym

Gordon Gordey, director and dancemaker: Creating original Ukrainian dance in Canada

  • CA BMUFA 0050
  • Collection
  • 1996-2016

Gordon Gordey autobiographical reflection of a 40-year creative journey with The Ukrainian Shumka Dancers of Canada recounts his experiences creating his original artistic works with The Ukrainian Shumka Dancers of Canada. By documenting his dance concepts and librettos Gordey reveals his challenge to contribute original works to the canon of Ukrainian dance that is spiritually connected to generations of continuous cultural practice and resonates with 20th and 21st century audiences in Canada, Ukraine, Russia, and China. He speaks to evolving dance stories that embed themselves in viewer’s minds and become shared cultural touchstones in the evolution of our Canadian identity at home and abroad. Dance concepts and librettos for: Shumka’s Cinderella, Pathways to Hopak, Girl in the Red Dress TANGO, Vechornytsi (the multi-works in Life is a Cabaret), Eve of Kupalo - a Midsummer’s Night Mystery Masque and Voices of the Silenced are enhanced with photographs and video excerpts of the dances in performance.

This work was published in Ukrainian as a peer reviewed chapter in Collected Papers on Ukrainian Life in Western Canada, edited by V. Polkovsky and M. Soroka, Ostroh Academy National University Press, 2014, Vol. XLVII, Part Seven, pp. 242-275. All rights reserved. The English text was revised in 2016 for the deposit into the Archives. We have digital and physical access copies.

Gordey, Gordon

Ukrainian Canadian Plays collection

  • CA BMUFA 0229
  • Collection
  • 1926

The collection consists of two notebooks with handwritten Ukrainian plays, as well as some music scores. One notebook has a script of a comedy play titled "Лікар крутар або поневолі лікарем: комедія на 3 дії. По сюжету Молієра перелицював М. Стрільчик"; and another comedy play script titled "Розбиті надії: комедія в 5 діях зі співами, хорами і танцями - Гр. Ів. Грушевського". The second notebook (written down in Edmonton) includes a drama play script titled "Крівава відплата ляхам: драма в 4 діях. Написав Степан Субала, У.С.С."; and a comedy play script "Канадийський редактор: комедія в двох діях. На тлі новелі Марка Твейна написав Г. Тиммора. Переклад Я. Бубнюка."

Stril'chyk, M.

Andriy Nahachewsky ethnographic collection

  • CA BMUFA 0135
  • Collection
  • 1982

The collection consists of various course assignments submitted by Andriy when he was a master and PhD student in the Ukrainian Folklore Program at the University of Alberta. The assignments cover different topics of Ukrainian and Ukrainian Canadian traditional culture and folklore, and include field recordings as well as final essays.

Nahachewsky, Andriy

Volodymyr Plaviuk proverbs collection

  • CA BMUFA 0237
  • Collection
  • 1908-1946

This is a typed manuscript of Ukrainian proverbs compiled by Volodymyr Plaviuk (Vladimir Plawiuk). Many have handwritten notes next to them, corrections, or translations.

Plaviuk, Volodymyr

Nick Ruptash family correspondence collection

  • CA BMUFA 0115
  • Collection
  • 1956-1997

The collection consists of letters from Nick Ruptash family in Ukraine (Kitsman' district of Chernivtsi region) to Canada.

Nick Ruptash Family

Kule Folklore Centre Ukrainian Christmas celebration

  • CA BMUFA 0236
  • Collection
  • 10 January 2019

The collection consists of photographs of the event organized by the KuFC to celebrate Ukrainian Christmas in January 2019. The event was held at the Student Lounge at the Arts & Convocation Hall, University of Alberta, and was well attended by people from MLCS, Arts Centres and Institutes, and Ukrainian Canadian community. Traditional Ukrainian Christmas dishes were served and carols were sung by the participants.

Kule Folklore Centre

Poster collection

  • CA BMUFA 0022
  • Collection
  • 1960-2016

The Poster collections consists of 919 posters advertising various dance events as well as Ukrainian community events across Canada: festivals, dance and choir concerts, lectures and presentations, and many other.

Old Ukrainian Canadian newspapers

  • Collection
  • 1914-1931
  • Ukrains'kyi holos/Ukrainian Voice, Winnipeg: 1914, 1915, 1916-1917, 1918, 1919
  • Kanadyis'kui Rusyn/Canadian Ruthenian, Winnipeg: 1917, 1918 + 7 loose issues 1-1914, 3-1916, 1-1917, 1-1918, 1-1919
  • Kanadyis'kyi Ukrainets'/Canadian Ukrainian (previously Kanadyis'kyi Rusyn): 1919-1920, 1921-1922, 1928-1931

Andriy Nahachewsky Brazil collection

  • CA BMUFA 0045
  • Collection
  • 2009-2010

Andriy Nahachewsky travelled to Brazil for 6 months (Nov 2009 – May 2010), and worked intensively to document the traditional culture of the Ukrainian community there (some 400,000 people, rural and urban). He visited some 40 communities with a significant Ukrainian population in the states of Parana, Sao Paulo and Santa Catarina. He recorded over 250 interviews, took approximately 12,000 photographs and recorded 53 hours of video recordings. He collected a small number of artifacts of traditional life, and amassed a library of approximately 200 books (either hard copy or electronically as pdf). Research methods included audience/participation, unstructured, and semi-structured interviews, as well as work in personal and institutional archives.

Since this was the first substantial ethnographic/folkloristic documentation of this community, Andriy cast the project’s mandate quite broadly, collecting diachronic and synchronic information on material culture (farming practices, foodlore, traditional crafts, folk architecture, religious painting), as well as oral traditions (dialectal speech, songs, legends, personal experience narratives), customary lore (particularly weddings, Christmas, Easter and other calendar holidays), spiritual culture (formal religion as well as folk beliefs, folk medicine, etc), performing arts (music and dance) and local history. In all cases, he was interested in continuity from the European heritage, but also particularly in hybridity and change in the community’s traditions.

The main goal of the project was to collect materials to write a book comparing Ukrainian traditional culture on three continents. People from western Ukraine emigrated to both Canada and Brazil from the same villages (mostly from the province of Galicia in what was then the Austro-Hungarian Empire), at the same time (largest wave of migration from 1891 until 1914), and for the same reasons (scarcity of farmland in Galicia, while Canada and Brazil were both hoping to settle newly opened agricultural territories quickly).

The traditions of the community in Brazil are rich and conceptually interesting. They are similar to Canadian traditions in many ways, but also quite different. The data raise numerous issues in ethnic symbolism, cultural continuity, and the relationship between traditions and their environment. Key strengths in the data relate to wedding traditions, personal history narratives, ethnic dance traditions, religious art, and calendar customs. There is good new information on regional diversity within the Ukrainian communities in Brazil.

Nahachewsky, Andriy

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