Alpha Omega Alumnae:

An Inventory of Its Records at the University of Manitoba Archives & Special Collections

Inventory prepared by Zenon Hluszok, Ukrainian Cultural and Education Centre Archives
University of Manitoba Archives & Special Collections,
Winnipeg, Manitoba
(1998)

Finding aid encoded by V. Zvonik; Administrative History of Alpha Omega Alumnae written by Connie Sarchuk. (2010)
Finding aid written in English.



Collection Summary

Repository:
University of Manitoba Archives & Special Collections,
Winnipeg, Manitoba

Creator:
Alpha Omega Alumnae

Title:
Alpha Omega Alumnae fonds

Dates:
1958-2008

Quantity:
2 m of textual records and other material

Identification:
Mss 274, Tc 150, Pc 289 (A.09-91)

English, Ukrainian

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Administrative History of Alpha Omega Alumnae

The Alpha Omega Alumnae, an organization of women university graduates of Ukrainian descent, was founded in 1958 by a small group of twelve women with a desire to promote and foster Ukrainian cultural activities within the broader community. The organization has focused on promoting the work of amateur and professional artists of Ukrainian origin. The visual and performing arts have been supported with art exhibitions, musicales, recitals, lectures and reading by published authors. In the 1960's , in collaboration with the Winnipeg Art Gallery, the Alumnae sponsored a major show of the works of the internationally known sculptor Alexander Archipenko. This was followed by a show of the art of William Kurelek. Interest in contemporary literature led, in 1978, to a Canada-wide writing competition which called for stories based on experiences of " Ukrainian Life in Canada". In celebration of Winnipeg's Centennial the Alumnae honoured those women of Ukrainian descent who had graduated from the University of Manitoba prior to 1940. This resulted in a publication entitled, "The Beginnings: Ukrainian Women Graduates, University of Manitoba." In 2008 the Alumnae celebrated its fiftieth anniversary with a major celebratory musical event and a "Garden Party" honoring the founding members. Throughout the years, the Alumnae have nurtured their special relationship to university education by providing incentives to many deserving students through long-standing bursary and scholarship awards at the University of Manitoba.

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Scope and Contents of the Records

The records of this fonds have been arranged in their original form, retaining the file/binder inscriptions as file titles in the finding aid. The fonds consists of the scrapbooks (central records) comprise the first series in the collection. Records created by Past Presidents of the Alumnae are found in the second series. Committee records, which were kept separately from the Central Records, form the third series. The forth series, General Records, group items generated by some officers/members in an official capacity. As such, it follows the same functional principle as series two and three, but uses thematic file titles. The last two series, however, are artificially created subject files formed from scattered records in the accessions and memorabilia. Photographs and posters not contained in the scrapbooks have been transferred to Photograph Collection (Pc 290, A.09-91) which also contains Alpha Omega Alumnae's 50th Anniversary Album. The audio recordings have been transferred to Tape Collection (TC 150, A.09-91).

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Arrangement of the Papers

This collection is arranged into six series, Tape Collection (TC 150) and Photograph Collection (PC 289)

  • 1. Alpha Omega Alumnae - Central Records, 1958-1989
  • 2. Alpha Omega Alumnae - Past Presidents Records, 1968-1988
  • 3. Alpha Omega Alumnae - Committee Reports, Publications, 1962-1994
  • 4. Alpha Omega Alumnae - General Records, 1986-1996
  • 5. Alpha Omega Alumnae - Subject Files, 1989-2000
  • 6. Alpha Omega Alumnae - General Records, 1977-2005
  • 7. TC 150 (A.09-91) - Tape Collection
  • 8. PC 289 (A.09-91) - Photograph Collection
  • 9. Alpha Omega Alumnae 50th Anniversary, Memorabilia
  • 10.Past Presidents Records, 1982-2008
  • 11.PC 289 (A.09-91) - AOA 50th Anniversary Album

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Restrictions on Access

Some material restricted.

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Restrictions on Use

Some material restricted.

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Custodial History

Early records of the Alpha Omega Alumnae were placed "on deposit" with the Ukrainian Cultural and Educational Centre. The Alumnae retained original title to the records. In 2009 the Alumnae reacquired these, and together with other material held by individual members, donated the fonds to the University of Manitoba Archives and Special Collections. New material was added to the fonds in 2010.

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Detailed Description of the Collection

Alpha Omega Alumnae - Central Records, [ 1958-1989 ]
BoxFolder
11 February 1958 - June 1959
2 September 1959- June 1960
3 September 1960 - June 1961
4 September 1961 - January 1962
5 February 1962 - June 1962
6 September 1962 - June 1963
7 September 1963 - June 1964
8 September 1964 - June 1965
9 September 1965 - June 1966
10 September 1966 - June 1967
11 September 1967 - June 1968
12 September 1968 - May 1969
13 September 1969 - December 1969
14 January 1970 - June 1970
BoxFolder
21 September 1970 - March 1971
2 April 1971 - May 1971
3 September 1971 - December 1971
4 January 1972 - May 1972
5 August 1972 - November 1972
6 December 1972 - May 1973
7 August 1973 - January 1974
8 February 1974 - June 1974
9 September 1974 - October 1974
10 November 1974 - January 1975
11 September 1974 - December 1974
BoxFolder
31 January 1975 - June 1976
2 June 1976 - December 1976
3 January 1977 - May 1977
4 1977-1978
5 1978-1979
6 1979-1980
7 1980-1981

(Book One)

8 1980-1981

(Book Two)

9 1981-1982

(Book One)

BoxFolder
41 1981-1982

(Book Two A)

2 1981-1982

(Book Two B)

3 1982-1983

(Book One A)

4 1982-1983

(Book One B)

5 1982-1983

(Book One A)

6 1982-1983

(Book One B)

7 1982-1983

(Book One C)

8 1983-1984

(Book One A)

9 1983-1984

(Book One B)

BoxFolder
51 1984-1985

(Book One A)

2 1984-1985

(Book One B)

3 1985-1986
4 1985-1986

(Items received as correspondence)

5 1987-1988

(Book One A)

6 1987-1988

(Book One B)

7 1987-1988

(Book One A)

8 1987-1988

(Book One B)

9 1987-1988

(Items received as correspondence)

BoxFolder
61 1988-1989

(Book One A)

2 1988-1989

(Book One B)

3 1988-1989

(Book One C)

4 1988-1989

(Book One A)

5 1988-1989

(Book One B)

6 1988-1989

(Book One C)

7 List of Functions, 1958-1979

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Alpha Omega Alumnae - Past Presidents Records, 1968-1988
BoxFolder
68 Natalia Dobrowolski, N.D., 1968-1987
9 Patricia Schur, 1987-1988
10 1987-1988

(Book One A)

11 1987-1988

(Book One B)

12 Art Display Committee - N.D., 1978-1979
13 Scholarship Committee - N.D., 1975-1980
BoxFolder
71 Anniversary Programs and Kit - N.D., 1978, 1988
2 Guest Registers and Patrons List - N.D., 1959-1986
3 Membership Ledger, 1977-1978
4 Receipt Book - Zuk Recital, Art Show, 1970
5 Art & Culture: catalogue and promotional literature - N.D., 1959-1981
6 Feminist Issues - N.D., 1985-1986
7 Philanthropy Conference Kit, 1986
8 Rosandich, K. - N.D., 1962-1979
9 Miscellaneous - N.D.

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Alpha Omega Alumnae - Committee Reports, Publications, 1962-1994
BoxFolder
710 The Beginnings: the First Ukrainian Women Graduates from the University of Manitoba Prior to 1940, 1974
11 Celebrating the Ukrainian Woman: report on symposium, ca 1984
BoxFolder
81 Program Articles and Souvenirs, 1962-1994
2 John Kolasky Material, February 1969

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Alpha Omega Alumnae - General Records, 1986-1996
BoxFolder
83 Minutes and Correspondence, 1986-1987

(Book One A)

4 Minutes and Correspondence, 1986-1987

(Book One B)

5 Minutes and Correspondence, 1986-1987

(Book One C)

6 Minutes and Correspondence, 1988-1989

(Book One A)

7 Minutes and Correspondence, 1986-1987

(Book One B)

BoxFolder
91 1993-1994

(Book One A)

2 1993-1994

(Book One B)

3 1994-1995

(Book One A)

4 1994-1995

(Book One B)

5 1994-1995

(Book One C)

6 1995-1996

(Book One A)

7 1995-1996

(Book One B)

8 1995-1996

(Book One C)

BoxFolder
101 Miscellaneous, 1988-1996
2 Minutes and Correspondence, 1992-1994

(Book One A)

3 Minutes and Correspondence, 1992-1994

(Book One B)

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Alpha Omega Alumnae - Subject Files, 1989-2000
BoxFolder
104-5 Conference Packet - Ukrainian-Canadian Family: Reflection on the Past Directions for the Future, November 12, 1994
6 Correspondence, Rosters, Receipts, 1989-1993

(Book One A)

7 Correspondence, Rosters, Receipts, 1989-1993

(Book One B)

8 Correspondence, Rosters, Receipts, 1989-1993

(Book One C)

9 Rosters & Art Exhibit Information, 1982-1989

(Book One A)

10 Rosters & Art Exhibit Information, 1982-1989

(Book One B)

11 Meetings & Mailings, 1998-2000

(Book One A)

12 Meetings & Mailings, 1998-2000

(Book One B)

BoxFolder
111 Art Exhibit & Samples, 1981-1983
2 Literature and Ukrainian Woman, 1988

(Book One A)

3 Literature and Ukrainian Woman, 1988

(Book One B)

4 35th Anniversary Raffle, Spring 1993
5 Art Raffle Materials, September 24, 1995
6 Art Raffle Correspondence, 1995
7 Art Raffle Free Press Winners, 1995
8 Art Raffle Books, 1995
9 Art Raffle Photos, 1995

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Alpha Omega Alumnae - General Records, 1977-2005
BoxFolder
121 Alpha Omega Alumnae Constitution, 1977
2 Minutes and Correspondence, 1982-1984

(Book One A)

3 Minutes and Correspondence, 1982-1984

(Book One B)

4 Minutes and Correspondence, 1985
5 Second Wreath Conference, 1985
6 Minutes and Correspondence, 1986-1988

(Book One A)

7 Minutes and Correspondence, 1986-1988

(Book One B)

8 Minutes and Correspondence, 1989-1992
9 Minutes and Correspondence, 1993-1995

(Book One A)

10 Minutes and Correspondence, 1993-1995

(Book One B)

11 Minutes and Correspondence, 1996-2000

(Book One A)

12 Minutes and Correspondence, 1996-2000

(Book One B)

13 Minutes and Correspondence, 2001-2005

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TC 150 (A.09-91)
BoxFolder
131 Martha Bohachevsky-Chomiak - The History of Ukrainian Women's Movement (Symposium), March 2, 1985

(audio-cassette)

2 Nadya Kostyshyn Bailey - The Role of Women in Cultural Development (Symposium), March 2, 1985

(audio-cassette)

3 Roberta Ellis-Grunfeld - Wrap-up Address, March 2, 1985

(audio-cassette)

4 Martha Bohachevsky-Chomiak - Natalia Kobrynska: Feminist Socialist or Socialist Feminist (Second Wreath Conference, Edmonton), October 12, 1985

(audio-cassette)

5 Raissa Moroz and Nadia Svitlychma - Dissident Women (Second Wreath Conference, Edmonton), October 12, 1985

(audio-cassette)

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PC 289 (A.09-91) - Photograph Collection
BoxFolder
141 Jaques Hnizdovsky Album March 1967
2 Past Presidents Records - N. Dobrowolski, N.D., 1958-1967
3 Posters - Symposiums, Art Sale & Exhibitions, 1985, 1988
4 Photographs from a multidisciplinary conference to celebrate the International Year of the Family: the Ukrainian-Canadian Family: Reflections on the Past, Directions for the Future, November 12, 1994

(one laminated item)

5 Photographs from a Coffee Party with Premier Gary Filmon - Home of Carol Hryniuk-Adamov, December 20, 1994

(one laminated item)

6 Photographs from a Reception for Conference Speakers, November 1994

(one laminated item)

7 Photographs from a Gala Banquet and Dance, 1983

(one laminated item)

8 Photographs from a Christmas Party, December 1982

(one laminated item)

9 Photographs from a Commemoration of Centennial of the Ukrainian Women's Movement Symposium, March, 1985

(one laminated item)

10 Photographs from a Seminar, Hotel Fort Garry, November 1982

(one laminated item)

11 Photographs from a Reception for the Artists (Art Exhibit at the Manitoba Theatre Centre), May 1984

(one laminated item)

12 Photographs of Alpha Omega Alumnae Members and the Executive, September 1986

(one laminated item)

13 Ukrainian Woman of the Year Nadya Kostyshyn-Bailey, 1983

(one laminated item)

14 Alpha Omega Alumnae Members, 2000
15 An Evening with Carol Shields, February 4, 1997

(one laminated item)

16 Alpha Omega Alumnae Members and the Executive, Fall 1987

(one laminated item)

17 Art Exhibit and Sale, September 22 to October 15, 1991

(one laminated item)

18 Alpha Omega Alumnae 30th Anniversary Symposium Planning Committee, February 27, 1988

(one laminated item)

19 Celebration of Ukrainian Women in Contemporary Music (laminated program), September 29, 1996
20 Trio Concert, 1997

(29 photographs)

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Alpha Omega Alumnae 50th Anniversary, Memorabilia

Mss 274, Oversize

BoxFolder
151 Memorabilia Binder - newspaper clippings, invitations, events, art exhibitions, symposiums,etc. 1966-2008

(compiled by Connie Sarchuk, Leona Burdeniuk, Darcia Ratuski)

2 Alpha Omega Alumnae 50th Anniversary Commemorative Musicale Binder, April 12, 2008

(Evening of Music-Prairie Style)

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Past Presidents Records 1982-2008
BoxFolder
161-4 Helen Feniuk, 1982-1983
5-6 Patricia Pyra, 1994-1995
7-8 Stella Hryniuk, 1995-1996
9 Alpha Omega Alumnae - Guest Book, 1993-1996
BoxFolder
171-4 President's Binder, 1988-1992
5 President's Files, 1983-1985
6 Anne O. Neufeld, 1984-2003
7 Anne O. Newfeld, 1988-1994

(includes correspondence)

8 Anne O. Newfeld, 2006-2008
9 Publications - Alpha Omegan Yearbook - Alpha Omega Society, 1950-1951
10 Publications - Alpha Omega Alumnae, 1962-1995
11 Canadian Women's Calendar. Saskatoon, 2007, 2008
12 Helen Feniuk - Woman of Distinction - Ukrainian Woman of the Year - Nomination Form, Correspondence, 2008-2009
13 AOA - Programs - Women of Distinction Awards, Art Exhibits, Cultural Events, 1974-2006
14 AOA - Fifty Years of Achievement and Service (2nd edition), 2007

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PC 289 (A.09-91) - AOA 50th Anniversary Album,
BoxFolder
181 AOWA 50th Anniversary - Photographs, 2008-2009

(compiled by Helen Feniuk)

(205 photographs, 4 CD's - in an album)

  • 1. Darcia Ratuski, 1958-1959
  • 2. Marusia Klymkiw, 1959-1960
  • 3. Leona Radchuk, 1960-1961
  • 4. Connie Sarchuk, 1961-1962
  • 5. Nadia Negrych, 1962-1963
  • 6. Anne Swystun - Neufeld, 1963-1965
  • 7. Irene Melnyk, 1965-1966
  • 8. Rose Miedzybrocki, 1966-1967
  • 9. Zorianna Hyworon, 1968-1969
  • 10.Margaret Hryshovetz, 1969-1970
  • 11.Luba Harasym, 1970-1971
  • 12.Natalie Dobrowolski, 1971-1972
  • 13.Leona Burdeniuk, 1972-1973
  • 14.Irene Humeny, 1973-1974
  • 15.Sylvia Uzwyshyn, 1974-1975
  • 16.Irene Romaniw, 1975-1976
  • 17.Joan Lewandosky, 1976-1977
  • 18.Olga Uhryniuk, 1977-1978
  • 19.Irene Karpiak-Iwanchuk, 1978-1979
  • 20.Roma Romaniak-Bellhouse, 1979-1980
  • 21.Maria Halkewycz, 1980-1981
  • 22.Kathryn Jast, 1981-1982
  • 23.Helen Feniuk, 1982-1983
  • 24.Elsie Solar, 1983-1984
  • 25.Oksana Bondarchuk, 1984-1985
  • 26.Mary Melosky, 1985-1986
  • 27.Joan Lewandosky, 1986-1987
  • 28.Patricia Schur, 1987-1988
  • 29.Joanne Peters, 1988-1990
  • 30.Olenka Krawchenko, 1990-1991
  • 31.Anne Smigel, 1991-1992
  • 32.Nellie Patson, 1992-1993
  • 33.Mary Troszko, 1993-1994
  • 34.Patricia Pyra, 1994-1995
  • 35.Stella Hryniuk, 1995-1996
  • 36.Orysia Tracz, 1996-1997
  • 37.Stefa Diakiw, 1997-1998
  • 38.Alexandra Kushliak, 1998-1999
  • 39.Carol Hryniuk-Adamov, 1999-2000
  • 40.Maria Pisichko, 2000-2002
  • 41.Shelley Greschuk, 2002-2004
  • 42.Katherine Stolar-Letby, 2004-2005
  • 43.Orysia Hull, 2005-2007
  • 44.Oksana Shulakewych, 2007-2008
  • 45.Connie Sarchuk, 2008-2009
  • 46. Orysia Tracz, 2009-2010
2 Alpha Omega Alumnae 25th Anniversary Group Photo, September 1982

(one photograph)

BoxFolder
19 Restricted material

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