Collection 0003 - Local Culture project

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Local Culture project

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  • Sound recording
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Local Culture and Diversity on the Prairies

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  • 2003-2005 (Creation)
    Kule Folklore Centre

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800 hours of audio recordings
192 cm of textual records

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(2001 - present)

Administrative history

Peter and Doris Kule Centre for Ukrainian and Canadian Folklore is a research institution within the Faculty of Arts, University of Alberta. It is permanently endowed through the generous gifts of Peter and Doris Kule, the Wasyl and Anna Kuryliw family, Erast Huculak, Bohdan Medwidsky and many other visionary community leaders. It was formalized in 2001 and received its current name in 2006, though it is based upon endowments and archives existing since the 1980s.

The centre’s five strategic priorities are to:
» Conduct ground-breaking research in Ukrainian and Canadian folklore studies
» Maintain and grow the Bohdan Medwidsky Ukrainian Folklore Archives
» Support undergraduate and graduate courses in Ukrainian folklore and vernacular culture
» Support researchers and students with scholarships and awards
» Engage with diverse communities through publications, exhibits, lectures, workshops and more.

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Scope and content

The goal of the Local Culture and Diversity on the Prairies project was to document everyday life, ethno-cultural identity and regional variation among people of Ukrainian, French, German and English heritage. How did people from diverse backgrounds interact, adapt and become "prairie Canadians" in the first half of the twentieth century? What was the relationship between cultural inheritance and local community participation? How did they express their various identities on the local community level? The project was designed to generate a great deal of documentary information and primary resources for further research in many aspects of these people's lives.

The collection consists of some 800 hours of audio recordings documenting life in approximately 450 different locations on the Prairies and across Canada prior to 1939, as well as video recordings, photographs, documents, field notes and other material associated with the project.

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The collection was arranged into the following series:

  1. Project documentation (project proposal, ethics approval, meeting minutes, grants and other financial records)
  2. Research (history and geography of the Prairies, immigration and settlement)
  3. Workshops
  4. Interviewees
  5. Researchers/interviewers
  6. Audio interviews
  7. Video interviews
  8. Processing (master logs, schedules, report sample, etc.)
  9. Outreach (LCP film, film report, publications about the project)
  10. Notes and correspondence

Language of material

  • English
  • French
  • German
  • Ukrainian

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    Many of the audio interviews were indexed and are available through the University of Alberta Library Aviary repository:

    Restrictions on access

    Several interviews were anonymized.

    Terms governing use, reproduction, and publication

    Open for education and personal research.

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    Associated materials

    The website for the Local Culture and Diversity on the Prairies Project can be accessed at:

    To listen to interviews, go to the Local Cultures Project website:

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    UF2003.091, UF2004.091

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