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. 1970-2016

.26 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, photographs, audio-visual materials, and artefacts of biographical interest, the present accession contains selections from Klymasz’s correspondence (including e-mails); research materials, primarily newspaper clippings, on the Canadian Museum for Human Rights for Klymasz'sconference paper "The Museum as Monument and the Architect as Museum-Maker"; and a selection of miscellaneous newspaper and periodical issues collected by Klymasz.

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Arrangement of the Papers

This collection is arranged into four series:

  • 1. Biographical/Personal
  • 2. Correspondence
  • 3.Research Materials on the Canadian Museum for Human Rights
  • 4. 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; A.16-21

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Detailed Description of the Collection

Biographical/Personal []
11 Bulava Award brochure 2016
2 80th Birthday, cards and memorabilia 2016
3 Jaroslaw and Zhdan Rudnyckyj
4 Higher Education, newspaper clippings 2012-2016
5 Field Work photos (2 photos, 1 negative) 1970s-1980s
6 Passport photos (2 photos) 1988
7 Daughters Andrea and Lara, (2 slides) ca. 1970-1973
8 Paris (6 slides) 1976
9 Family, Friends and Parish, Ottawa (35 slides) 1997
10 Family and Friends, Ottawa (24 slides) 1997
11 Holy Land (100 commercial slides)
12 30th Wedding Anniversary, Ottawa (1 VHS Tape) 1993
13 Klymasz Family Visit (1 VHS Tape) 1998
14 “Bulava Award” from Ukrainian Canadian Congress, Manitoba Provincial Council, (1 glass award in cardboard container) 2016

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21 Asper, Gail 2009
2 Canada-Iceland Conference 2010
3 Chetyrbok, Cory 2013, 2016
4 Dorson, Richard, Memorial Lecture 2016
5 Holyck-Hunchuck, Suzie 2016
6 Momryk, Myron 2016
7 Museum Conference 2016
8 Ostashewski, Marcia 2016
9 Rudzik, Orest 2016
10 Ukrainian Canadian Congress, Manitoba Provincial Council 2016
11 Winnipeg Free Press 2008

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Research Materials on the Canadian Museum for Human Rights
212 “The Museum as Monument and the Architect as Museum-Maker,” conference paper by Klymasz 2016
13 Newspaper clippings 2005-2007
14 Newspaper clippings 2008
15 Newspaper clippings 2009
16 Newspaper clippings [ 2010 ]
17 Newspaper clippings [ 2011 ]
18 Newspaper clippings [ 2012-2014 ]
19 Newspaper clippings [ 2015-2016 ]
20 CMHR promotional pamphlets [ 2015 ]
21 Ukrainian-Canadian opposition to CMHR [ 2011 ]
22 Ukrainian Canadian Congress news releases [ 2011, 2013 ]
23 Architectural reviews of CMHR [ 2005-2014 ]
24 Magazine and newspaper articles on museums [ 2008-2016 ]
25 Newspaper clippings on architecture and architects [ 2016 ]
26 Copy of K. Busby, et al, eds. “The Idea of a Human Rights Museum” (2015) with hand-written annotations by Klymasz [ 2016 ]

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Miscellaneous Publications
227 “Ukrainian Times,” Los Angeles CA, USA 1976
28 “Minority Rights Group Report” Nos. 38, 41 1978-1979
29 “Rusalka: 50th Anniversary Gala Concert” program 2013
30 “Perekrestok … Vinnipeg” Russian-language newspaper (3 issues) 2015-2016

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