Michalchyshyn Family:

An Inventory of Michalchyshyn Family 's Papers at the University of Manitoba

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

Finding aid encoded by V. Zvonik (2012)
Finding aid written in English.

Collection Summary

University of Manitoba Archives & Special Collections,
Winnipeg, Manitoba

Michalchyshyn Family

Michalchyshyn Family


0.44 m of textual records and other material

Mss 360 (A.11-75

English, Ukrainian

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Biography of Michalchyshyn Family

The Michalchyshyn family is one of many Ukrainian pioneer families who have shaped the history of Ukrainians in Manitoba. Walter Michalchyshyn was born on June 24, 1909 in Byczkiwci (Chortkiw), Ukraine. In 1923, he came with his parents, George (Yurii) and Kateryna Michalchyshyn to Canada, and settled in Portage la Prairie. His parents were deeply religious and were very active in the Church of Assumption in Portage la Prairie. They inspired their children and Walter followed his father’s footsteps, and became a cantor in the Ukrainian Catholic churches.

In 1935 Walter married Catherine Kuzyk and worked as a baker in Brandon. Catherine was a devoted member of the Ukrainian Catholic Women’s League and other Ukrainian women’s organization. In 1948, the couple bought a bakery in Shoal Lake and worked there until 1959. When they moved to Winnipeg, Walter got a position as a supervisor at the Donut House. Walter was a member of Parish Council of St. Josephs Ukrainian Catholic Church, and the St. Nicholas Mutual Benefit Association. Walter and Catherine Michalchyshyn had five children: Irene (Gajecky), Stella (Hryniuk), Joseph, Ivan, and Ray. They are all educated professionals who followed their parents’ example in their love for Ukrainian culture and history. Catherine Michalchyshyn died on October 8, 2009 predeceased by Walter Michalchyshyn, who died on September 1, 2000.

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Scope and Contents of the Collection

The fonds consists of biographical information, personal correspondence and recipes, material re: Ukrainian Catholic Church in Manitoba and Koshetz Choir.

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Arrangement of the Papers

This collection is arranged into five series

  • 1. Biographical Information
  • 2. Personal Correspondence
  • 3. Ukrainian Catholic Church
  • 4. Koshetz Choir Material - donated by Kay Kuzyk
  • 5. Artifacts

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Restrictions on Access

There is no restriction on access.

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Restrictions on Use

There is no restriction on use.

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Related Materials

Stella Hryniuk fonds, Mss 285 (A.08-21)

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Custodial History

The fonds was donated to the University of Manitoba Archives & Special Collections by Dr. Stella Hryniuk in 2011.

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Detailed Description of the Collection

Biographical Information []
11 Photographs, 1930-1990

(5 photographs and 2 slides)

  • 1-2. Walter and Catherine Michalchyshyn
  • 3-4. Members of the Portage la Prairie Ukrainian Catholic Church, 1930
  • 5-6. Ray Michalchyshyn
  • 7. Joe Michalchyshyn

2 Kateryna (Obituary), Walter, and Catherine Michalchyshyn's ID's, 1938-1993
3 Walter Michalchyshyn - Letters, Documents, 1936-1965
4 Walter Michalchyshyn - Transcriptions of Ukrainian hymn and poems, correspondence, ca 1942
5 Walter Michalchyshyn - Memberships in Ukrainian Organizations - Brandon, 1938-1948
6 Walter Michalchyshyn - Bruce Bakery, Ltd., Brandon - Recipes, 1948-1969
7 Walter Michalchyshyn - Shoal Lake Bakery - Recipes, 1948-1958
8 Walter Michalchyshyn - Shoal Lake Bakery - Bills Correspondence, 1954-1957
9 Walter Michalchyshyn - Farewell Party, Shoal Lake, 1958
10 Kateryna Michalchyshyn - Old Post Cards, 1920's
11 Kateryna Michalchyshyn - Correspondence - Old Post Cards, 1920's
12 Ukrainian Language School - Ukrainian verses written and learned by Michalchyshyn's children, 1940's - 1950's
13 Ste-Anne de Beaupre, Quebec - Pilgrimage organized by "Obnova", University of Manitoba - Post Cards, 1956

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Personal Correspondence
114 Walter Michalchyshyn - Correspondence, 1946-1958
15 Catheriine and Walter Michalchyshyn - Correspondence - Incoming, 1950-1954
16 Catherine Michalchyshyn - Correspondence, 1955-1958
21 Catherine Michalchyshyn to Stella Hryniuk (nee Michalchyshyn), 1950's
2 Stella Hryniuk (nee Michalchyshyn) - Incoming, 1950's
3 Stella Hryniuk (nee Michalchyshyn) - Incoming, 1953-1955
4 Stella Hryniuk (nee Michalchyshyn) - Incoming, 1956-1958
5 Michalchyshyn Family - Greeting Cards, Anniversary Notices, 1980's
6 Walter and Stella Michalchyshyn Correspondence from Stella Hryniuk and Michal Hryniuk, 1979-1989
7 Catherine Mychalchyshyn - Sympathy Cards, 1988

(Funeral of her daughter in Law, Christine)

8-9 Catherine Michalchyshyn Correspondence - Incoming, 1990-1993
10-11 Catherine Michalchyshyn - Greeting Cards, 1990-2001

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Ukrainian Catholic Church
212 List of Names of Parishioners of Ukrainian Catholic Church , Brandon, ca 1940
13 Manitoba Priests - Ordinations - Ukrainian Catholic Church, 1940-2001
14 Catherine Michalchyshyn's Speech re: Father Romanyshyn's Anniversary of Priesthood
15 Open Letter to Pope John Paul II - Poster, 1994
16 Jubilee of Priesthoods, 1958-1986
17 Celebration of the Millennium of Christianity in Ukraine - Programs, 1988
18 Correspondence from Petro Bal'tsar, ChSVV, 1987-1994
31 Correspondence from SS. Peter and Paul Ukrainian Catholic Church, 1988-1995
2 Correspondence - Ukrainian Catholic National Shrine of the Holy Family, 1989-2001
3-4 Various Prayer Pamphlets
5 Ukrainian Cultural Events in Winnipeg - Programs, 1995-2008

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Koshetz Choir Material - Kay Kuzyk
41 Research Material on Walter Klymkiw and Koshetz Choir, 1922-2001
2 Koshetz Choir Programs, 1984-2006
3 Various Music Scores - Ukrainian songs
4 Ukrainian Theatre - Winnipeg Programs, 1963-1965
5-7 Koshets Choir Posters, 1988-1994

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5 Artifacts, 1961-1991

  • Thirty Years of Service pin, 1951-1981, Shoal Lake of Manitoba
  • Lions International - 2 pins ,Walter Mychalszychyn (sic), Walt Matiowsky)
  • Taras Shevchenko, 1861-1961 pin
  • St. Josephs - the Friendly Pioneers pin
  • Ukrainians in Canada 1891-1991 - 2 pins
  • 50th Anniversary of Ukrainian Catholic Hierarchy in Canada, 1912-1962 pin
  • 75th Anniversary, 1909-1984 - Village of Shoal Lake - Mayor, Bill Lewycky

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