Robert Klymasz:

An Inventory of His Papers at the University of Manitoba

Inventory prepared by Orest Martynowych
University of Manitoba Archives & Special Collections,
Winnipeg, Manitoba

Finding aid encoded by Orest Martynowych (2016)
Finding aid written in English.

Collection Summary

University of Manitoba Archives & Special Collections,
Winnipeg, Manitoba

Robert Klymasz

Robert Klymasz fonds

c. 1956-2016

.52 m of textual records and other material

English, Ukrainian, Russian

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Biography of Robert Klymasz

Dr. Robert Bohdan Klymasz was born in Toronto, Ontario in 1936. In 1957, he obtained a B.A. from the University of Toronto, and later studied at Charles University, Prague (1962), University of Manitoba (M.A., 1960), Harvard University (1960-1962), and Indiana University (Ph.D., 1971). He married Shirley Zaporozan in 1963, and they have two daughters, Andrea and Lara. In 1967, he joined the Canadian Museum of Civilization and served as its first programme director for Slavic and East European Studies. Throughout his career, he has held several prestigious positions, including the executive director of the Ukrainian Cultural and Educational Centre (Oseredok) in Winnipeg, visiting associate professor in Folklore for Memorial University's Department of Folklore, visiting professor in Folklore and Slavic Studies at the University of California at Los Angeles, and visiting scholar at Harvard Divinity School. In 1993, as a curator with the Museum of Civilization, Dr. Klymasz began a comprehensive study on community life in Gimli, Manitoba. Fieldwork on this project began in 1993 and continued on an annual basis every summer until the summer of 2001. The project, which became known as the Gimli Community Research Project (G.C.R.P.), was meant to offer insight on what makes the Town of Gimli a safe and prosperous town in which to live. The early work was low-key in nature, focusing on the town's life and culture, for example, attending meetings of the town's council, various public forums, proceedings of the local public law court, and meetings of the Board for the New Iceland Heritage Museum. Gradually, the fieldwork shifted to monitoring phenomena that gave Gimli its "dreamtown" quality. The final report was completed in 2002 and was entitled ""Dream Town": Art and the Celebration of Place in Gimli, Manitoba." Upon his retirement in 2000, he was named Curator Emeritus with the Canadian Museum of Civilization. Dr. Klymasz is a renowned expert on Ukrainian Canadian folklore, having extensively written, published, and lectured on this subject. His publications include An Introduction to the Ukrainian-Canadian Folksong Cycle (1970), Ukrainian Folklore in Canada (1980), ‘Svieto': Celebrating Ukrainian-Canadian Ritual in East Central Alberta Through the Generations (1992), and The Icon in Canada (1996). Dr. Klymasz also published many reviews of books and exhibitions in Canada's Ukrainian and Icelandic ethnic press. He continues to pursue his recent interests with grants from the University of Alberta (CIUS) and the University of Manitoba (CUCS). In 2004, he delivered a paper at the Congress of Humanities and Social Sciences in Winnipeg. Dr. Klymasz was awarded the Marius-Barbeau Prize by the Folklore Studies Association of Canada (Laval University) for his studies in Ukrainian Canadian Folklore. In 2005, he completed the Archival Research Project on Walter Klymkiw, the conductor of Koshetz Choir, titled "Playing around with Choir": the Correspondence and Papers of Walter P. Klymkiw. The manuscript is held at the University of Manitoba Archives & Special Collections. Between 2006 and 2008, he completed several archival research projects including A priest, a maestro, a community: epistolary insights into the music culture of Winnipeg's Ukrainian community, 1936-1944 (2006-2007), Winnipeg Papers on Ukrainian Music (2008), Nuggets from the past: quotations on the Ukrainian experience in Canada (2007), Winnipeg Papers on Ukrainian Book Culture (2009), Winnipeg Papers on Ukrainian Arts Culture in Canada (2010), and Winnipeg Papers 5 "Cossacks and Indians?" (2012). The manuscripts are held at the University of Manitoba Archives & Special Collections.

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Scope and Contents of the Collection

In addition to documents of biographical interest, the present accession contains selections from Klymasz’s correspondence (including e-mails); articles, reviews and letters submitted by Klymasz and published in scholarly journals and in newspapers, as well as one conference paper; research materials on the poets included in Winnipeg Papers #7, “From the Heart: The Best Anthology of Canadian Poetry in Ukrainian,” compiled by Klymasz for the CUCS at the University of Manitoba, as well as two copies of the anthology; and a selection of concert programs, annual reports, and miscellaneous newspaper and periodical issues collected by Klymasz.

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Arrangement of the Papers

This collection is arranged into six series:

  • 1. Biographical/Personal
  • 2. Correspondence
  • 3. Articles and Reviews
  • 4. Winnipeg Papers #7
  • 5. Miscellaneous Events
  • 6. Miscellaneous Publications

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Restrictions on Access

No restriction on access.

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Restrictions on Use

No restrictions on use.

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Custodial History

The accession was donated by Robert Klymasz in 2016.

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Other Finding Aids

A.02-32, A.03-87; A.05-52; A.06-61; A.07-29; A.08-36; A.09-101; A.11-49; A.14-98

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Detailed Description of the Collection

Biographical/Personal []
11 Curriculum Vitae 2000, 2003, 2012
2 Brief biographical sketches 2000-2010
3 Awards and honours 2000-2007
4 Poster for “Ukrainian Arts in Canada” course 2010
5 Daily journal (trip to Ukraine) 2013
6 Day-by-Day Diary/Agenda 2014
7 Birthday cards from colleagues 2015
8 Birthday cards from family 2015
9 Congress of Humanities and Social Sciences 2015
10 Collection of In Memoriam/Funeral cards (17 cards) 1972-1994
11 Collection of business cards (24 cards)
12 Miscellaneous papers of Shirley Klymasz
13 Obituary of Joan Klymkiw 2014
14 Mykola Dubas (cousin), “Nad vkrainy rikoiu,” poetry and song lyrics 2006
15 Mykola Dubas , ed., L. Dnistrovyi, “Samotsvit iz temriavy,” with written dedication to Klymasz 2012
16 Mykola Dubas, “Bibliohrafichnyi pokazhchyk” 2013
17 Mr. and Mrs. Julian Popovich, clipping 1972
18 Robert Klymasz and UNYF group, 1 xerox copy of image 1956
19 Robert Klymasz doing fieldwork/research, 1 photo negative 1967
20 Robert Klymasz at CUCS award ceremony, 2 photographs 2015
21 Roman Fodchuk and family, 1 photograph

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122 Archives and Special Collections, University of Manitoba 2009, 2015
23 Canadian Who’s Who 2001
24 Cherwick, Brian 2010
25 .Dickenson, Victoria and Jeff 2015
26 Dubas, Mykola 2014-2015
27 Folklorica Journal 2014
28 Foty-Oneschuk, Nadya 2015
29 Gengalo, Borys 2002, 2014
30 Gibble, Chuck
31 Giroux, Mr. and Mrs. Edward
32 Holyk-Hunchuck, Suzie 2015
33 Huculak, Metropolitan Lawrence 2014
21 Husar, Natalka 2012-2015
2 Kasianchuk, Lydia and Don 2014-2015
3 Kononenko, Natalie 2014
4 Kovaliv, Yuri B. 2013
5 Krawchuk, Leonard 2010, 2013
6 Kukharenko, Svitlana 2015
7 Kule Ukrainian Folklore Centre, University of Alberta 2014
8 Kwiatkowski, Rev. Michael
9 Logos: A Journal of Eastern Christian Studies 2012
10 Makaryk, Irena 2015
11 Momryk, Myron 2014-2015
12 Mudri-Zubacz, Melita 2014
13 Ostashewski, Marcia 2016
14 Prymak, Thomas 2009
15 Rudzik, Orest 2014-2015
16 St. Andrew’s College, University of Manitoba 2015
17 St. John the Baptist Church, Ottawa 1984
18 Schur, Danny 2014
19 Senkus, Roman 2013-2014
20 Struk, Bohdan and Marusia
21 Sysyn, Frank 2013-2014
22 Tilney, Philip 2014-2015
23 Ukrainian Heritage Statues Committee, Dauphin 2015
24 Ukrainian Museum and Village Society, Gardenton 2015
25 Vesely, Margaret 2015
26 Zaporzan, Mr. and Mrs. William 2012-2015
27 “The Kubasonics IV: Play” 1 Compact Disc from Brian Cherwick 2010

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Articles and Reviews
228 Copy of Journal of the Folklore Institute 6, 1 (1969), which includes his “The Letter in Canadian Ukrainian Folklore” (pp. 39-49) 1969
29 Published articles 1972-2015
30 Reviews of Klymasz's “From Chantre to Djak” 2001-2002
31 Articles and letters published in newspapers 2003-2009
32 Reviews submitted [ 2005-2016 ]
33 Published reviews [ 2007-2012 ]
34 Notes for “Jollity Factor in Ukrainian-Canadian Folklore” [ 2013 ]
35 Research material for “Jollity Factor in Ukrainian-Canadian Folklore" [ 2013 ]
36 Conference paper, “Jollity Factor in Ukrainian-Canadian Folklore” [ 2013 ]

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Winnipeg Papers #7
31 “From the Heart: The Best Anthology of Canadian Poetry in Ukrainian” (bound copy) 2015
2 “From the Heart: The Best Anthology of Canadian Poetry in Ukrainian” (master copy) 2015
3 Poets “B”
4 Poets “C”
5 Poets “D”
6 Poets “E-F”
7 Poets “H”
8 Poets “I”
9 Poets “K”
10 Poets “L”
11 Poets “Ma-Mo”
12 Poets “Mud-Mur”
13 Poets “N-O”
14 Poets “P-R”
15 Poets “S”
16 Poets “T”
17 Poets “V”

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Miscellaneous Events
41 State Bandura Ensemble of Ukraine, concert program 1988
2 “Ikony: Works by T. Y. Snihurowycz,” exhibit catalogue 1993
3 Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra and Koshetz Choir, concert program 1996
4 Razom 2: Fusion of Ukrainian Dance, concert program 2013
5 1st Ukrainian Kino Film Festival, Winnipeg, flyer and clipping 2014
6 Holy Family Ukrainian Catholic Church, Winnipeg, annual meeting report 2015
7 Oseredok – UCEC, Special General Meeting, agenda and comments 2015
8 William Kurelek Monument dedication, invitation 2015

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Miscellaneous Publications
49 “Dauphin: An Architectural Walking Tour,” 1988
10 Ukrainian Jewish Encounter, pamphlets
11 Sacred Heart Ukrainian Catholic Church, Gimli, newsletters 2014
12 Interlake Magazine containing article by David Arnason, “Icelanders and Ukrainians” 2014
13 “Razom: Ukrainian Canadian Magazine,” 2014
14 Oseredok – UCEC, Annual Report 2014-2015
15 “Thomas Prymak: An Annotated Bibliography” 2015
16 “ComicZine,” 1 issue 2015
17 “Angliia: Russian Weekly Newspaper,” London, 1 issue 2015
18 “Vinnipeg ukrains’kyi/Ukrainian Winnipeg,” 4 issues 2015
19 “Perekrestok … Vinnipeg,” Russian-language newspaper, 5 issues 2015-2016

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