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Andriy Nahachewsky Brazil collection

  • CA BMUFA 0045
  • Collection
  • 2009-2010

This collection contains the results of two ethnographic trips to the Ukrainian communities in Brazil by Andriy Nahachewsky. The first trip took place from 4 May to 26 May 2009, and included Andriy Nahachewsky, Serge Cipko, John C. Lehr, and Maryna Hrymych. This was the first trip to Brazil for each of the participants, though they each had strong credentials in their disciplines and in fieldwork more generally. Thus the project goal was to cast a wide net for general orientation into the historical and contemporary life of the Ukrainian communities there. Each researcher also had specific personal goals. The trip included visits to Curitiba, Prudentópolis and several rural communities nearby, Craveiro in Santa Catarina, São Paulo, Brasília, and Foz do Iguaçu. The agenda included visits to an agricultural cooperative, meetings with diplomats and organizational representatives, and diverse individuals who could speak about life in their communities. Photographs by Hrymych, Lehr, and Cipko are also accessioned into the BMUFA and located in their own respective collections.

The second trip was undertaken by Andriy Nahachewsky, for 6 months from 14 November 2009 to 13 May 2010. The goal of the project was to continue the first exploratory fieldtrip, intensifying and expanding it. The project had a strong diachronic focus, documenting change in cultural traditions, to understand better how Ukrainian cultural content, rooted in 19th century rural traditions in western Ukraine, became transplanted, disappeared, adapted, and sometimes newly created in its diaspora setting in the Brazilian context. The intent was to be able to compare these processes with similar ones known from the Ukrainian Canadian context, as well as culture in western Ukraine itself, which also changed significantly over the 20th century: One cultural root, and three branches evolving on three continents over 120 years.

Another aspect of the fieldtrip was connected with Nahachewsky’s earlier “Local Culture and Diversity on the Prairies” project, which strove to provide documentation about regional differences in traditional Ukrainian culture in the Canadian setting. This аspect of the project was to try trace local differences in Brazilian culture in a similar way. Some of these regional differences were probably most clear in past decades. A third aspect was more synchronic, aimed to document contemporary life. Connected with this, the Brazil trip involved travelling to some 65 communities in the states of Paraná, Santa Catarina, Rio de Janeiro, and São Paulo, the main Ukrainian settlement areas in Brazil. The project involved recording some 300 audio interviews, 53 hours of video recordings of contemporary events, 14,000 photographs, and gathering many publications and manuscripts (in hard copy and reproduced digitally), as well as diverse artifacts. The overall focus in subject matter was broad, including material culture (farming practices, folk arts), customs (calendar holidays, weddings, funerals, etc) and performing arts (music, dance). Special foci developed for dance materials, religious images, church architecture, cemeteries, music, and weddings, because of Nahachewsky’s research background, opportunities, and experiences as the fieldwork proceeded. The trips were both funded by the Huculak Chair and the Kule Folklore Centre (for the first trip: Nahachewsky, Hrymych, and various shared expenses). During both trips, the hosts in the home base in Prudentópolis, as well as other locations in Brazil, were very warm and hospitable, open, and generous. A copy of the digital photo, audio, and video fieldwork materials was deposited in the Museu do Milênio in Prudentópolis.

Nahachewsky, Andriy

Ivan Lahola collection

  • CA BMUFA 0269
  • Collection
  • 1903 - 1996

Collection includes biographical materials about Lahola and his family, Correspondence between Lahola and different individuals and organizations, Lahola's life during World War 2: his experience in Auswitch, and various other prisons and concentration camps. Includes textual records of Lahola's community life in Canada, published materials, and miscellaneous information. Correspondence includes letters from the Committee for the Construction of the Greek Catholic Cathedral of the Intercession of the Blessed Virgin thanking Lahola for the donation of $100 for the construction of the cathedral (May 17, 1993), letters from the UCC President O. Romaniv thanking Lahola for his $500 donation to the Ukrainian Embassy Foundation in Canada, Ukrainian Public Committee a monument to Taras Shevchenko in Lviv with a request for a donation of money and thanking them for the donation; a letter from the Regional Cathedral of St. John the Baptist with a money donation request; a catalog of the Ukrainian samizdat "Torch" (1985-1986) and letters from the editors about sending books, a thank you letter from the Research Program of Ukrainian Churches for a donation of 10 dollars; greeting cards with Christmas, Easter, Mother's Day, etc. Printed materials include a program of the concert in honour of the first visit of Cardinal Joseph Slipyi on the Congress of Ukrainian Catholics of Canada in Edmonton (June 30, 1968, design of the stage and program of V. Dobrolizh); an invitation to the Ukrainian Day on August 10th, 1980 and the unveiling of the monument by to Leo Mol "Ukrainian Family", an invitation to the Mourning Academy of the 50th anniversary of the Holodomor (November 6, 1983) in Edmonton, along with other invitations and programs.

Lahola, Ivan

Jaroslaw Iwanusiw collection

  • CA BMUFA 0279
  • Collection
  • 1936-1990, predominantly 1954-1990

The collection consists of correspondence, leaflets, and reports related to the fundraising for and subscription to the Encyclopedia of Ukraine (Енциклопедія Українознавства), which the creator collected as a representative of the "Encyclopedia of Ukraine" dissemination in Alberta and a treasurer of the Patronage NTSh-EY-2 in Edmonton. The other part of the collection is comprised of the documents related to the Alberta fundraising for the Leonid Pliouchtch family in France. The collection also includes a rare collective photo from 1936 or 1937.

Iwanusiw, Jaroslaw

Kost' Telychko collection

  • CA BMUFA 0286
  • Collection
  • 1944-1994

This collection consists of the following groups of materials:

  • baptism and Canadian citizenship certificates,
  • biographies,
  • private photographs and negatives, portraits,
  • certificates of honour,
  • appreciation letters and greeting postcards,
  • materials of anniversary celebrations: thank you letters, clipping about Telychko's 75-anniversary celebration (1982),
  • newspaper publications, presentations and addresses by Telychko: essay about the Day of Statehood (1960), an obituary of Metropolitan Illarion (1972), Telychko's speech at the Ukrainian schools' exhibit opening (1979),
  • eight broadcast scripts compiled by Telychko about Mykola Leontovych, Lesia Ukrainka, Mykola Lysenko, some historical events (Konotop battle, Carpathian Ukraine), SUS convention in 1979, Easter holiday, and Thanksgiving Day.

Telychko, Kost'

Lys Mykyta collection

  • CA BMUFA 0096
  • Collection
  • 1966-1982

The collection consists of 147 issues of the satirical and humour magazine "Lys Mykyta" published in Detroit by Edward Kozak. He started publishing it in 1948, after he emigrated to Germany after the WWII. In 1949 he settled in the United States, and resumed publishing Lys Mykyta in 1951.

Kozak, Edward

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

Peter John Lazarowich collection

  • CA BMUFA 0282
  • Collection
  • 1928-1993, predominant 1932-1980

The collection comprises personal and official documents collected by Peter Lazarowich during his career as a student of the Charles University and the Ukrainian Free University in Prague, Canadian lawyer and Ukrainian community leader. It includes correspondence, newspaper clippings, the creator's diaries and passports, minutes of organizations, photographs, etc.

Lazarowich, Peter John

Soltykewych Ukrainian Canadian community collection

  • CA BMUFA 0116
  • Collection
  • 1951 - 1976

The collection consists of posters, programs, brochures, periodical publications related to various events and organizations in the Ukrainian Canadian community in Edmonton. Collected by Roman Soltykewych and Orest Soltykevych. The collection is organized into the following series:

  • Plast Functions 1956 -1978
  • Exhibits 1967 - 1974
  • Taras Shevchenko Functions 1952 - 1980
  • Religious Occasions (Christmas near end) 1951 - 1987
  • Dancing Concerts 1960 - 1990
  • Out-of-Towner's in Edmonton 1969 - 1990
  • Political Functions (Jan. 22 near end) 1951 - 1979
  • Ukrainian Festivals 1951 - 1979
  • Ukrainian Cultural Functions 1962 - 1980
  • Festivals with Ukrainians & Other Ethnic Groups 1961 - 1974
  • CYMK 1956 - 1981
  • Concerts out of Edmonton by non-Edmontonians 1961 - 1976
  • Live Ukrainian Theatre 1964 - 1977
  • Phonograph recordings
  • Portraits
  • Maps

Soltykewych, Roman

UCAMA presentations collection

  • CA BMUFA 0272
  • Collection
  • 1901-1992

This collection includes speeches, addresses, and public presentations, predominantly unpublished, by various community leaders. The collection contains materials of many leaders and members of women's organizations.

Ukrainian Canadian Archives and Museum of Alberta