Robert Klymasz:

An Inventory of His Papers at the University of Manitoba Archives & Special Collections

Inventory prepared by V. Zvonik.
University of Manitoba Archives & Special Collections,
Winnipeg, Manitoba,
(2010)

Finding aid encoded by V. Zvonik (2010)
Finding aid written in English.



Collection Summary

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

Creator:
Rober Klymasz

Title:
Robert Klymasz fonds

Dates:
1960-2009

Quantity:
24 cm of textual records and other material

Identification:
Mss 176, Pc 170, El (A.09-101)

English, Ukrainian

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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 (1952), University of Manitoba (M.A., 1960), Harvard University (1960-1962), and Indiana University (Ph.D., 1971). He married Shirley Zaporozan in 1962, 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, and is currently an adjunct professor with the Department of German & Slavic Studies (University of Manitoba). 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), and Winnipeg Papers on Ukrainian Book Culture (2009). The manuscripts are held at the University of Manitoba Archives & Special Collections.

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Scope and Contents of the Collection

This accession consists of biographical information; Winnipeg Papers on Ukrainian Book Culture manuscript (2009); research material and correspondence; photographs from "Leadership Courses" organized by the Ukrainian National Youth Federation, Lake Winnipeg, 1955; and the papers on Ukrainian Music Culture in electronic format.

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Arrangement of the Papers

This collection is arranged into 4 series:

  • 1. Biographical info
  • 2.Winnipeg Papers on Ukrainian Book Culture (2009)
  • 3. Ukrainian Cultural and Educational Events
  • 4. Correspondence - General
  • Pc 170 (A.09-101) Photographs from "Leadership Courses" organized by the Ukrainian National Youth Federation, Lake Winnipeg, 1955.
  • El 20 - Papers on Ukrainian Music Culture

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Restrictions on Access

No restrictions 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 2009.

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Other Finding Aids

A.02-32, A.03-87; A.05-52; A.06-61; A.07-29; A.07-29; A.08-36.

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Detailed Description of the Collection

Biographical info
BoxFolder
11 Master of Arts Degree, 1960
2 Passports, International Driving Permits, 1970's - 1990's
3 Convocation and Awards Ceremony, St. Andrew's College, 2008

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Winnipeg Papers on Ukrainian Book Culture
BoxFolder
14 Winnipeg Papers on Ukrainian Book Culture - Master copy, 2009
5 Winnipeg Papers on Ukrainian Book Culture - Compliments of the Centre for Ukrainian Canadian Studies, 2009
6 Research material - Ukrainian Book Culture
7-8 Correspondence - Ukrainian Book Culture
9 Research material - Canadian Museum of Civilization Exhibit - Frank Dojacek Music Supply Store in Winnipeg, 2001
BoxFolder
21 Research material and notes - Ukrainian Book Culture
2 Ukrainian Book Culture - Christina Turkevych
3 Ukrainian Book Culture - Jars Balan
4 Ukrainian Book Culture - Ben Kubrakovich
5 Ukrainian Book Culture - Natalia Aponiuk
6 Ukrainian Book Culture - Orest Martynovych
7 Ukrainian Book Culture - Addresses, 2007-2008

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Ukrainian Cultural and Educational Events, 1961-2009
BoxFolder
28 International Congress of Slavists, Prague, 1968
9 Ottawa Monument for 120th Anniversary of Ukrainian Immigration to Canada, 2009
10 Ukrainian Folk Dance: a symposium compiled by R. Klymasz, 1961
11 Builders of the Ukrainian Catholic Church in Canada - East European Genealogical Society meetings, correspondence, 2009
12 Ukrainian Cultural and Educational Centre - Annual Report, Annual General Meeting, 2009
13 Guide to the Legacy of Paul Macenko (1897-1991), January 2009

(Report prepared by R. Klymasz)

14 Excavations at Baturyn - Volodymyr Mezentsev, 2007
15 Ukrainian Cultural Events, Announcements, 2008-2009
16 Canadian Association of Slavists Annual Meeting - Preliminary Program, 2009
17 Friends of the Canadian Museum of Civilization - Art and Ethnicity: the Ukrainian Tradition in Canada - Gala invitations, 1991
18 Field Notes from Ukrainian Canada - newsletter, Summer and Fall, 2008
19 Ukrainian Genealogy Group - Annual Report, 2007-2008
20 Centre for Ukrainian Canadian Studies - Report, Minutes, Strategic Plan, 2008

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Correspondence - General
BoxFolder
221 Correspondence, 2007-2009

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Pc 170 (A.09-101) 1955

Photographs from "Leadership Courses" organized by the Ukrainian National Youth Federation, Lake Winnipeg.

BoxFolder
11 Camp supplies
2 R. Klymasz
3 Roman Stoyko
4 Two attendees - on the left Oksana Rozumnyj (nee Hrycenko)
5 Attendees from Hamilton
6 Bohdan Bociurkiw
7 Ukrainian parish - Sunday liturgy
8 Robert Klymasz on a canoe

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El 20 - Papers on Ukrainian Music Culture
BoxFolder
11 Alexis Kochan and the music of Paris to Kyiv by Liz Hover

(1 CD)

2 Ukrainian Catholic Paraliturgical Hymns by Melita Mudri-Zubacz

(1 CD)

3 Ukrainian Music Resources at the University of Manitoba by James Kominowski

(1 CD)

4 Music in My Life by M. Shatulsky

(1 computer diskette)

5 Reminiscences and Ruminations of a Canadian Ukrainian Radio Program by Bashuk

(1 computer diskette)

6 So Where Does Going to Ukrainian School and Accordion Lessons Get You?

(1 computer diskette)

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