Irene Knysh:

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

Inventory prepared by V. Zvonik
University of Manitoba Archives & Special Collections,
Winnipeg, Manitoba
(2009)

Finding aid encoded by V. Zvonik (2009)
Finding aid written in English.



Collection Summary

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

Creator:
Irene Knysh

Title:
Irene Knysh fonds

Dates:
1947-1995

Quantity:
25 cm of textual records and 76 photographs

Identification:
Mss 270, PC 229 (A.09-52)

English, Ukrainian, French

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Biography of Irene Knysh

Irene Knysh was a feminist, journalist, and author of many books on the Ukrainian women’s movement. She is well known not only among the Ukrainian Diaspora in Canada and America, but also in Ukraine. Irene Knysh was born on April 20, 1909 in Lviv, Ukraine to Dmytro and Anastazia Shkvarkiv. In 1933 she graduated from the Lviv University with the Master’s degree in Philosophy. She was fluent in many languages (Ukrainian, Polish, French, German, and English). After her graduation, she became a professor of linguistics and taught at the various secondary schools in Lviv and Premysl. During the 1930’s, she collaborated with the Ukrainian Military Organization (UVO) and Ukrainian Patriotic Organization (OUN). In 1939 she married Zynovii Knysh, a political and community activist. Her son George Knysh was born in 1940. During the WWII, a family lived in Cracow, Lviv, and Austria. After the war they moved to France, where Irene Knysh became the Head of the Ukrainian Women’s Alliance in France. In 1950 she immigrated to Winnipeg, Canada and worked as a journalist for various Ukrainian newspapers: Kanadiis’kyi Farmer, Novyi shliakh, Zhinoche Svitlo, Promin, Ukrains’kyi Holos (Canada); Svoboda, Samostiina Ukraina, Nashe Zhyttia (US); Ukrains’ke Slovo (France). She wrote extensively on the Ukrainian women’s movement. She is considered the archivist of the Ukrainian Diaspora on the American continent. Her books are well known also in Ukraine. Her major works include: Na sluzhbi ridnoho narodu: iuvileinyi zbirnyk Orhanizatsii Ukrainok Kanady im. Ol’hy Basarab; Ivan Franko ta rivnopravnist’ zhinky, 1956 (Ivan Franko and Equal Rights for Women.); Smoloskyp u temriavi, 1957 (Torch in the Darkness); Patriotyzm Anny Ionker; Zhinka vchora i s’ohodni,1964 (Collection of articles published in various Ukrainian newspapers); Nezabutnia Ol’ha Basarab, 1976 (Unforgettable Olha Basarab); Try rovesnytsi, 1860-1960, 1966 (Three Ukrainian Contemporaries). Irene Knysh was one of the first Ukrainian-Canadian woman to be included in the Ukrainian Literary Encyclopaedia (Kyiv, 1990). She visited Ukraine in 1970, her book Vich-na-vich iz Ukrainoiu , 1970, was a reflection of her journey. After Ukraine Independence (1991), she was elected a member of the Ukrainian Women’s Alliance in Lviv, Ukraine (2005) and in her honour a scientific conference took place in June 4, 2005. Irene Knysh passed away on May 11, 2006.

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Scope and Contents of the Collection

The fonds consists of Irene Knysh's biographical information, her articles and research material pertaining to her writings (Ukrainian women's movement in Canada and America), and her photograph collection.

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Arrangement of the Papers

This collection is arranged into four series and a photograph collection (PC 229, A.09-52)

  • 1. Biographical info
  • 2. Irene Knysh's articles and notes
  • 3. Correspondence
  • 4. Research material
  • PC 229, A.09-52

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Restrictions on Access

No restriction on access.

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Restrictions on Use

No restriction on use.

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Custodial History

The fonds was donated to the University of Manitoba Archives & Special Collections by George Knysh of the Department of Political Studies at the University of Manitoba (I. Knysh's son) in 2009.

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Other Finding Aids

Mss 270, PC 229, A.08-78

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Detailed Description of the Collection

Biographical info
BoxFolder
11 Biographical info []

  • "Irena Knysh i ii try rovesnytsi" by Iryna Pelens'ka, 1970
  • Excerpt from "Ukrains'ka literaturna entsyklopediia" - biography
  • "Vyznachni zhinky Ukrainy" - Fedir Pohrebennyk

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Irene Knysh's articles and notes, 1963-1988
BoxFolder
12

  • "Esaias Tegner i Ukraina", 1968 or 1969
  • Poster - I. Knysh's speech, Winnipeg, 1963 - re: Olena Stepaniv

3 "90-richchia ukrains'koho zhinochoho rukhu", 1974
4 "Nemerknuchyi podvyh Ol'hy Basarab", 1974

(newspaper clippings from Svoboda, 1974, no.119-120)

5 Articles, 1980-1983

  • " Mgr. Iaroslav Bodnar: u pershu rinytsiu smerty", 1980
  • "V. Moroz zaklykaie do iednosty: vlasna korespondentsiia z Maiami", 1981
  • incomplete article re: Ukrainian Women Congress in New York (the 50th anniversary), 1982
  • "Ridna shkola v Maiami" - Svoboda, 1982, no.38
  • "Rushii mnohokul'turnosty v Kanadi" , 1983

6 Articles and notes - Mariia Bashkirtseva, 1984

  • "Stolittia smerty Marii Bashkirtsevoi, 1884-1984"
  • Research material from Bibliotheque Nationale, France

7 Material for the article "Z galerii nashykh pionerok" - incomplete
8 "Eleanor Ruzvelt i holod v Ukraini", 1984
9 "Nazustrich druhomu storichchiu" - Ukrainian Women's Movement, 1984
10 "Iuvilei sv. Metodiia i ukraintsi", 1985

(newspaper clippings from "Novyi Shliakh", no.20-24, 1985)

11 "Ukrainets' na mizhnarodn'omu kongresi Mediievistiv", 1985
12 "Alielia-Neli Levenets" - St. Andrew's College, University of Manitoba (obituary) 1987

(see the correspondence with Prof. Aponiuk)

13 "Zanedbanyi Iuvilei" - Ivan Mazepa, 1987 "Do iuvileiu velykoho het'mana"

(newspaper clippings from Svoboda, no.249-230, 1987)

14 "Naukovyi vstup do sviatkuvan' Tysiacholittia v Pivdennii Florydi", 1988

(re: Prof. B. Kochmaryk)

15 "Iidkhodiat' naikrashchi...", 1988

(re: Anna Petrun'ko-Stasiv)

16 "105 - Richnia rovesnytsia ukrains'koho zhinochoho rukhu Ol'ha Oleksandra Dychymins'ka", 1988

(includes articles re: O. Dychymins'ka's)

17 Research material - re: Nataliia Kobryns'ka - articles from "Nashe zhyttia", 1951
18 I. Knysh's notebooks, 1960's, 1980's
19 Reviews of "Vidhuky chasu" , 1972-1973

(reviews done by Vira Ke, Irena Pelens'ka, Evheniia Kohut, Luka Lutsiv)

20 I. Knysh's review of "Rik v zhytti ukrains'koi zhinky-hospodyni" by O. Kimpins'ka, 1967

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Correspondence 1947-1995
BoxFolder
121 Correspondence

  • I. Knysh's letter to Mykhai Tertakovyi
  • An invitation letter to attend a reunion of U.A.G. L'viv in Hunter, N.Y. by I.V. Kobziar, 1968
  • Excerpt from Zynovii Knysh's letter to Mark Antonovych, 1991.
  • Draft of a letter from Irena Knysh to Nadia Surovtsevk, 1977

22 Irene Knysh's correspondence during her stay in France, 1947-1950

(includes research material, Milena Rudnycky's letters, O. Teliha's article; Ukrainian Women’s Alliance correspondence)

23 Zynovii Knysh to Irene Knysh, 1953, 1961

(includes a letter from "Kanadiis'kyi farmer", 1961)

24 I. Knysh's notebook - English courses, 1955-56
25 Correspondence received by I. Knysh

  • Correspondence from the British Museum, 1964
  • Canadian Institute of Ukrainian Studies - re: Encyclopedia of Ukraine - Irene Knysh and Zynovii Knysh - biographies, 1985
  • Sketch of I. Knysh by Olivtsevyi

26 Correspondence received by I. Knysh, 1958-77

  • M. Keywan, 1970
  • D. Hawryluk, 1975
  • O. Kanats'ka, 1972
  • Z. Pawlovych, 1958
  • S. Berezovs'ka, 1962

27 V. Avramenko's letters to I. Knysh, 1975-1977

(includes Kal'ba's letter (Ukrainian Canadian Committee) to Avramenko, 1980)

28 Niagara Fall Art Gallery & Musem re:William Kurelek, 1974
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21 Correspondence written by I. Knysh, 1950-57

  • Mrs. Braier, 1950
  • Ukrainian Women's Alliance in France, 1950
  • Olena Kysilevska, 1950
  • Olena Lotots'ka, 1950
  • L. Burachyns'ka, 1950 or 1951
  • Mrs. Fenyk, 1950
  • Mr. Kutsyn, 1950's
  • John Hodiak, 1951
  • I. Knysh's letter re: Dr. Iulian Vassyian, 1953
  • Form letter re: "Smoloskyp u temriavi" publication, 1957

2 Correspondence written by I. Knysh, 1960-1979

  • P. Tyshovnyts'kyi, 1960
  • Andrii Mel'nyk, 1960
  • Irena Kaliuzhna, 1962
  • Volodymyr Mashchak, 1962
  • Irena Pelens'ka, 1966
  • I. Knysh's note re: Dora Dobrians'ka
  • Draft of the letter re: Ukrainian Publishing Houses in Canada, 1967
  • B. Melnyshyn, 1967
  • Mrs. Keivan's letter and I. Knysh's letter (draft) to Mrs. Keivan, 1967
  • KUK, Winnipeg, 1968
  • P.S. Zalozets'ka, 1970
  • Iaroslav Botiuk, 1971
  • O. Matla, 1971
  • Vira Yuzyk, 1971
  • Draft of the letter to Iaroslava Kulish (Oksana Kerch), 1971, includes a picture of O. Kerch
  • Form letter re: "Vidhuky chasu" publication, 1972
  • I. Knysh's note re: "Ol'ha Basarab" publication, 1973 or 1974
  • Milena Rudnycka re: "Ol'ha Basarab" publication, 1974
  • Mariia Levyts'ka re: "Ol'ha Basarab" publication, 1975
  • I. Knysh's letter (draft) to a librarian in New York re: "Ol'ha Basarab" publication, ca.1975
  • I. Knysh's letter (draft) to Mrs. Olia, 1976
  • M. Melnykovich, 1978
  • Sofiia Protsiv, 1979

3 Correspondence written by I. Knysh, 1980-1996

  • Daria ???, 1979, includes Iaroslav Bondar's obituary
  • Stefaniia Abrahamovska, 1980-81
  • Tsehelskyi (Cehelsky), 1982
  • Sviatomyr Fostun, 1985
  • Ievheniia Dumka (Kis'), 1985
  • Nadia Malanchuk (World Federation of Ukrainian Women's Organizations), 1985-87
  • Odarka Zoshchuk-L'oner re: Iryna Zoshchuk-Prisnevs'ka's obituary, 1986
  • N. Blanarovych, 1986
  • B. Kravchenko re: "Z galerii nashykh pionerok" publication, 1986
  • KUK, Winnipeg, re: "Z galerii nashykh pionerok" publication, 1989
  • I. Matsiuk - Hrytsai, 1980's
  • Fedir Pohrebennyk, 1992
  • Wasylyszyn re: Fedir Pohrebennyk, 1996
  • Lubomir Lutsiuk, 1994 (draft)
  • Mrs. Olia (Sumakh, Ukraine) re: Lysty do I. Knysh -Mariia Bashkirtsev, 1995 (draft)
  • Samchyshyn, M., 1996
  • Ukrainian Women Organization (OUK=OYK) in Toronto re: publication of "Z galerii nashykh pionerok", 1984 (draft)
  • Halyna Kharchuk re: condominium, Miami Beach, 1981

4 Mariia Okhrymovych's letters to I. Knysh, 1952-1994
5 Regina Wexler's letters to I. Knysh, 1987-1989

(Miami Beach)

6 Sarah Cooper's letters to I. Knysh, 1974-1984

Memoirs of Sarah Cooper from WWII - Jewish experience, Poland (includes photographs of S. Cooper - Miami Beach)

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Research material
BoxFolder
27 "Pershi kroky" - I. Budenko's unpublished manuscript about Vasyl Avramennko, 1930

(photocopy)

8 "Lystopadovyi zruv i nashi suchasni zavdannia" by B. F. Korchmaryk
9 Ievhenia Sytnyk's speeches, 1960's
10 British Museum Reading Room Requests, 1964
11 "Mazepa" by G. Byron, 1929

(translated to Ukrainian by Zahula, photocopy)

12 Research material - articles from "Dziennik Polski" re: UVAN publications and Canadian events, Februuary 20, 1963
13 Invoices and correspondence - I. Knysh's publications, 1956-58

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Pc 229 (A.09 - 52)
BoxFolder
11 Irene Knysh, 1949-1975

(33 photographs)

  • 1. Paris, Feb. 1949
  • 2. Winnipeg, May 2, 1975
  • 3. Amsterdam, November 1976
  • 4. Grand Beach, Manitoba, Summer 1956
  • 5 - 7. Irene Knysh and Zynovich Knysh at Disneyland, September 1960
  • 8. Irene Knysh, Yevhenia Verbytzka and Ukrainian friends in Toronto, ca. early 1960's
  • 9. Irene Knysh and Levka Romanyk, Toronto, 1960's
  • 10-11. Irene Knysh in the courtyard of the British Museum, London, Spring 1960
  • 12. Thames, 1964
  • 13. Drury Lane Theatre, 1964
  • 14.Windsor Castle, August 28, 1964
  • 15. Ottawa, July 1966
  • 16. Arizona, December 1969
  • 17. Japanese Garden Miami, Winter 1970-77
  • 18. St. Augustine, Florida, May 1971
  • 19. "The land of midnight sun", Kiruna, Sweden, June 1968
  • 20. Island of Capri, July 1968
  • 21. Japanese Garden Miami, Winter 1970-1971
  • 22. Cape Canaveral, Florida, 1970-71
  • 23 -24. Lester Beach cottage, 1971
  • 25 -27. Irene Knysh at the meeting of the Ukrainian Women's Book Club, Winnipeg, ca. 1971
  • 28. Lester Beach cottage, 1971
  • 29. Papal Palace at Avignon, France, June 1975
  • 30 - 33. Irene Knysh with Stefanyia Abrahamovs'ka, Miami, May 1979

2 Irene Knysh, 1963-1979

(18 photographs)

  • 1. George Washington's birthplace, May 1979
  • 2. Hights north of Phoenix, Arizona, 1966
  • 3. Irene Knysh with a group of Ukrainian friends at Miami Beach, 1970's
  • 4 - 5 . Norwood, Manitoba, 226 Hoorace St., January, 1970
  • 6. Irene Knysh on the road, Watertown, South Dakota, January 1970
  • 7. Hawaii, December 1969
  • 8. Irene Knysh with her son George Knysh, the British Museum, London, 1968
  • 9. Stratford, Spring 1964 (Shakespeare's 400th Anniversary)
  • 10. Irene Knysh with Irena Kalka at Expo 68', Summer 1968
  • 11. Lapp village of Northern Sweeden, June 1968
  • 12. Stockholm, the statue of Charles XII, June 1968
  • 13. Irene Knysh at the meeting of the Ukrainian Women's Association of the Great Britain, June 1968
  • 14-18. Irene Knysh with her husband Dr. Zynovyi Knysh, Florida, October 1963

3 Ukrainian Women's Association, Winnipeg, 1916

(the first Canadian Ukrainian Women's Association)

  • 1. Anastaziia Ziubrets'ka with Family
  • 2 - 5. Unidentified early photos of activists, 1916
  • 6-7.Ukrainian Women's Association members at the picnic, 1917
  • 8. F. Bodnar and a friend

4 Ukrainian Women's Association, Winnipeg, 1916

  • 1. Irene Knysh with surviving members of the first Ukrainian Women's Association in Winnipeg, Canada, 1967

5 Photographs used in I. Knysh's book " Patryotyzm Anny Ionker", 1930's

  • 1. Maria Skubova
  • 2. Semen Kovbel'

6 Ukrainian Women's Movement, 1920's - 1970's

  • 1. Natalia Kobryns'ka, 1920's
  • 2. Ukrainian Women's Choir - Ol'ha Pavlova, Miami, 1976
  • 3-8. Cemetery, Menton, French Riviera - Olena Dobrohraiv (1888), 1965
  • 9-10. Cemetery, Paris - Maria Bashkirtseva, 1964

7 Volodymyr Kulish, 1978
8 Ukrainian Bishops at St. Cyril and Methodius Commemorative Mass in St. Peter's Basilica, Rom, 1985

(2 photographs, copyright - L'osservatore Romano citta's del Vaticano, Servizio Fotografico, Arturo Mari)

9 Class picture, College for girls in Peremyshl, Ukraine, 1938

(Professor Irene Knysh - second row, 3rd from the left)

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