Michael Ewanchuk:

An Inventory of his papers at the University of Manitoba Archives & Special Collections

Inventory prepared by Marta Dabros
University of Manitoba Archives & Special Collections,
330 Elizabeth Dafoe LibraryWinnipeg, Manitoba R3T 2N2
(June 2013)

Finding aid encoded by Marta Dabros(June 2013)
Finding aid written in English.

Collection Summary

Archives & Special Collections
University of Manitoba Archives & Special Collections

Michael Ewanchuk

Michael Ewanchuk Fonds


0.25 m of textual records, 1 folder of photographic records (1 photograph)

MSS 75, P.C. 96, A12-76

English and Ukrainian

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Born in 1908 in Gimli, Manitoba, Ewanchuk was the son of pioneer settlers. Upon graduating from Gimli High School he worked at Ford's in Detroit and attended the Detroit Institute of Technology and Detroit City College (now Wayne State University). He received his B.A., B.Ed., and M.Ed. degrees from the University of Manitoba - later receiving two honorary Doctoral degrees from the University of Manitoba (St. John's College), and the University of Winnipeg. Upon completion of his service with the Royal Canadian Air Force in 1946, he was appointed Inspector of Schools. Ewanchuk served on various curriculum committees and was chairman of a committee that organized the introduction of Ukrainian instruction in the high schools of Manitoba. He was elected president of the Canadian Association of School Superintendents and Inspectors and for several years was member of the Educational Showplace Committee in Toronto. Interested in oral history, Ewanchuk conducted a series of interviews in the 1930's with Ukrainian seniors and began writing oral histories. He also wrote articles and reports for several Ukrainian papers, notably, the Ukrains'kyi Holos, the American Svoboda, and the Ukrainian Weekly. He later published several books on Ukrainians, including Spruce, Swamp, and Stone: A History of the Pioneer Ukrainian Settlements in the Gimli Area (1977), Vita: A Ukrainian Community, bk.1-3 (1977), Pioneer Profiles: Ukrainian Settlers in Manitoba (1981), Hawaiian Ordeal: Ukrainian Contract Workers 1897-1910 (1986), Pioneer Settlers: Ukrainians in the Dauphin Area, 1896-1926 (1988), East of the Red : v. 1. Early Ukrainian settlements, 1896-1930 and v. 2. Early Ukrainian settlements north of the Dawson Trail (1998), Vertical Development I-IV (1998-2004), and Growing up on a Bush Homestead (2003) . Michael Ewanchuk passed away on August 26, 2004.

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Scope and Contents of the Collection

The fonds consists of records pertaining to Michael and Muriel Ewanchuk, as well as his parents Wasyl and Paraska Ewanchuk and other members of the Ukrainian diaspora in Manitoba, collected by John Lehr and David McDowell as part of their research for their biographical book, "Trailblazers: The Lives and Times of Michael Ewanchuk and Muriel (Smith) Ewanchuk" (Winnipeg: Carpathia Publishers, 2011). The collection includes original documents collected by Lehr and McDowell for their manuscript (including correspondence, memoirs, farm records, business and financial records, receipts, passports and naturalization records, and obituaries), correspondence, secondary research material, and photographic material. Some of the records appear to have been assembled previously by Michael for his own research.

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Arrangement of the Papers

This collection is arranged into 4 series:

  • 1. Biographical Records
  • 2. Correspondence
  • 3. Research material
  • 4. Photographs

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Restrictions on Access

There are no restrictions on access.

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Restrictions on Use

Users must abide by relevant copyright legislation.

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Custodial History

The Accession was donated to the University of Manitoba Archives & Special Collections by John Lehr in 2012.

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Other Finding Aids

MSS 75, PC 96, TC 105 - A90-32, A99-72, A02-19, A02-33, A04-129, A06-55

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Detailed Description of the Collection

11 Wasyl Ewanchuk - financial records, account books, receipts, correspondence, farm records, memoirs, obituary
2 Ewanchuk Family records - original documents (passports and naturalization documents, farm records and receipts, medical receipts, memoirs, ration books, news clippings) 1898-1993
3 Ewanchuk Family records (family tree, memoirs, naturalization documents, land agreements, mortgage documents, financial documents and receipts, obituaries, probate records, correspondence, news clippings)
4 Michael Ewanchuk - personal history records (curriculum vitae, memoirs, biography, poem for Muriel, obituary) [19-?]-[1997?]
5 Michael Ewanchuk - student years (records from his student and teacher years, class and attendence lists, pupil and teacher lists, Gimli School, Dnister School) 1915-1934; photocopies/research from [2010-?]
6 Michael Ewanchuk - records and reserach related to teaching (correspondence, records relating to Beckett School, Happy Thought School, North Springfield School) 1930-1941; photocopied [2010-?]
7 Michael Ewanchuk - work records - war years (correspondence, training certification, discharge from reserves) [ 1942-1952; photocopied [2010?] ]
8 Michael Ewanchuk - work records - school inspector (correspondence, confirmation of appointment, list of Winnipeg inspectors, reports) 1946-1967; photocopied [2010?]
9 Michael Ewanchuk - work records - travel 1963-1989, research from [2010?]
10 Michael Ewanchuk - work records - writing 1987-2004
11 Michael Ewanchuk - work records - correspondence 1951, 2001, 2003
12 Michael Ewanchuk - work records - miscellaneous 2002-2003
13 Michael Ewanchuk - certificates and degrees 1979, 1989, 1998

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CORRESPONDENCE [ 1926-1997 ]
21 Correspondence 1926-1997

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22 Records relating to translation and publication of Philemon Leskiw's "Pioneer Life in Canada" (1953) 1985
3 Research material on Ukrainians in Manitoba - correspondence, archival records, oral histories [compiled by Michael Ewanchuk?] [transcribed/photocopied 198-?]
4 Townships and ranges - maps and listings - Townships 25-30 [19-?]
5 Research material for manuscript - secondary sources Photocopied [2010?]

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26 Manitoba school inspectors 1946-1947
7 Ewanchuk family photos 1912-1922; photocopied [198?]

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