William (Bill) Wsiaki:

An Inventory of His Papers and Video Recordings at the University of Manitoba

Inventory prepared by Vladimira Zvonik
University of Manitoba Archives & Special Collections,
Winnipeg, Manitoba
(2005)

Finding aid encoded by Vladimira Zvonik, (July 2005)
Finding aid written in English.

Revision History

  • July 26, 2005 - Mss 206, PC 185, TC 109 (A.04-99) converted from EAD 1.0 to 2002 by v1to02.xsl (sy2003-10-15).


Collection Summary

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

Creator:
University of Manitoba Archives & Special Collections

Title:
William (Bill) Wsiaki fonds

Dates:
1939-2000

Quantity:
43.5 cm of textual records, 111 VHS tapes, 29 Mini DVC tapes, 13 audio tapes

Identification:
MSS 206, PC 185, TC 109 (A.04-99)

English and Ukrainian

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Biography of William (Bill) Wsiaki:

Bill Wsiaki was born in Wynyard, Saskatchewan in 1955. In 1973, he began his employment with the University of Manitoba Libraries. Currently, he is the Library Supervisor at the Father Harold Drake Library, St. Paul’s College. In addition to being employed at the University of Manitoba, from 1979 to 1989, he contributed news reports, human interest stories, and features and photos to numerous Canadian magazines and newspapers. In 1984, he was one of the official photographers for the Manitoba Papal visit of Pope John Paul II. In 1989, he began WPW Video Productions. From 1989 to 2001, he produced television documentaries and an educational video series. During this period, he received 4 international and 3 national awards for video production. Two of his documentaries were reviewed in the American national audio and video publication called Videomaker. Some of his works are archived at the National Archives in Ottawa and at Yad Vashem in Jerusalem. Topics of his video productions include Catholic religious issues, Ukrainian history and culture, and aboriginal marriage preparation. From 1995 to 1989, he was Winnipeg producer for KONTAKT, the Ukrainian culture and news program produced in Toronto. He has recently contributed a large collection of raw and finished video footage and master tapes to the University of Manitoba Archives. The material includes interviews, dramatizations, and scenes pertaining to the various productions. Also included are archival videos and photos purchased (with copyright clearance) for his work.

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Scope and Contents of the Collection

The fonds consists of records of award winning documentary film producer William (Bill) Wsiaki. It consists of research material and video-recordings pertaining to Ukrainian Canadians and Ukrainian history. It also includes videos used for the development of a television documentary on St. Benedict's Monastery, and videos shot in northern Saskatchewan for a marriage preparation series for aboriginal people in Canada.

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Arrangement of the Papers

This collection is arranged into11 series

  • 1. Biographical info
  • 2. St. Benedict's Monastery and Education Centre
  • 3. Ukrainian Organizations, Churches, Events
  • 4. "Again the Spring Returns"
  • 5. St. Andrew's College
  • 6. Koshetz Choir
  • 7. Ukrainian Voice weekly = Ukrains'kyi holos
  • 8. Babi Yar Park
  • 9. Iskohk-Ta-Neso-Pimatisiyahk = For As Long As We Both Shall Live: Marriage Preparation For Native Peoples
  • PC 185 - Video Collection
  • TC 109 - Tape Collection

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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 material was donated to the University of Manitoba Archives & Special Collections by Bill Wsiaki in 2004.

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Detailed Description of the Collection

William (Bill) Wsiaki - biographical info

BoxFolder
11 Biographical info - newspaper clippings, awards, 1992-2002

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St. Benedict's Monastery and Education Centre, [ 1995 ]
BoxFolder
12 St. Benedict's Monastery and Education Centre - info, 1995
3 St. Benedict's Connections - newsletter; newspaper clippings articles, research material, 1970-95
4 Proposal for the Video Project, 1995
5 Proposal for the Video Project - script log sheets, 1995
6 Proposal for the Video Project - correspondence, 1995

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Ukrainian Organizations, Churches, Events
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17 Ukrainian Canadian Foundation of Taras Shevchenko - info, Kobzar Fellowship Launch Committee, 2000
8 Ukrainian Canadian Foundation of Taras Shevchenko, 1994, 1999
9 "Supporting our Heritage" - video script, Ukrainian Canadian Foundation of Taras Shevchenko, 1994
10 Ukrainian Canadian Foundation of Taras Shevchenko - correspondence, research material, 1994
11 William and Mary Kostash Award - Ukrainian Canadian Foundation of Taras Shevchenko, 1995
12 St. Nicholas Ukrainian Catholic Church - Centennial Celebration, 2001
13 Plast - International Plast Jamboree '98, 1998
14 Ukrainian Orthodox Cathedral of St. Mary the Protectress - 75th Anniversary, 2000
15 North Winnipeg Credit Union - Grand Opening, January 22, 2000
16 50th Anniversary of Oseredok, 2000
17 Metropolitan Wasyly's 90th Birthday (55 years of priesthood), 1999

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"Again the Spring Returns" - 1st place in Videomaker Contest, 1990
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118 "Again the Spring Returns" - announcement, articles, 1990-91

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St. Andrew's College
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21 St. Andrew's College in Winnipeg - info, 1993, 1996
2 "St. Andrew's College: Build on Love and Faith", script

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Koshetz Choir
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23 "Voices of Angels: the Story of O. Koshetz Choir", script
4 Koshetz Choir Video - correspondence, 1995-96
5 Koshetz, O. - research material
6 Tribune to Walter Klymkiw, International Inn, June 18, 1999
7 Koshetz Choir - history, research material, 1923-1996
8 Koshetz Video - scripts, 1996
9 Koshetz Choir - 50th Anniversary, 1996

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Ukrainian Voice weekly = Ukrains'kyi holos, 2001
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210 "Headlines: 90 Years of the Ukrainian Voice, 1910-2000" - press releases, newspaper clippings, 2001
11 "Headlines: 90 Years of the Ukrainian Voice, 1910-2000" - script, 2000
12 Ukrainian Voice weekly = Ukrains'kyi holos - correspondence, 2000-2001
13 Ukrainian Voice weekly = Ukrains'kyi holos - research notes
14 Photographs

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Babi Yar Park
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31 Babi Yar Park - history, newspaper articles, landscaping, maps (Denver)
2 Babi Yar Park - proposal for the video, Grant Application, 1991
3 Babi Yar Park - correspondence, addresses, contacts, 1990-94
4 Babi Yar Park - National Archives sources - correspondence, catalogues info, 1993-94
5 Babi Yar Park - Bundesarchiv - correspondence, 1994
6 Babi Yar Park - Transit-FilmGesellschaft - correspondence, 1994
7 Babi Yar Park - United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, Washington - correspondence, 1994

photographs and negatives of the Holocaust Memorial Museum included, one photo of Yevgeny Yevtushenko front of the Babi Yar plaque (his poetry commemorating Babi Yar holocaust)

8 Babi Yar Park - the photographs from "Got mit uns" by S. Fisher - correspondence, 1994

includes " Got mit uns: Der Deutsche Vernichtungskrieg im Osten, 1939-1945" by S. Fisher, 1989 (Bill Wsiaki's descriptions of the photographs)

9 Babi Yar Park - bills from Bill's trip to Denver, 1993
10 Babi Yar Park - correspondence, 1993-94
11 Babi Yar Park - questions to Dr. O. Gerus (History Department) and Dr. Bob Altemeyer (Psychology Department), 1994
12 Babi Yar Park - video script, 1994
13 Trial of Babi Yar: a documentation by Bengt von zur Muehlen
14 UNA - Bratstvo Kolyshnikh voiakiv - 50th Anniversary, 1993

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Iskohk-Ta-Neso-Pimatisiyahk = For As Long As We Both Shall Live: Marriage Preparation For Native Peoples
BoxFolder
41 Research material, script, [ 1990-1991 ]
2 Correspondence, contacts, [ 1990-1991 ]
3 Budget for Native Marriage Preparation Project, [ 1991 ]
4 Labels []
5 Photographs []

(8 photos)

6 Aboriginal Art by Marie N. Buchfink, [ 1991 ]

(8 drawings)

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PC 185 - Video Collection

Length of the recordings is between 8 minutes - 1.5 hrs.

BoxFolder
1 St. Benedict's Monastery, 1995

no.1 - Dept. of Highways, Hildergard Workshop -Original

no.2 - Rain Scenes, Christa, St. Benedict Statue, Bells Ringing Tower, Library, Sunset, etc. - Original

no.3 - Tulips, Nature Paths, Denise Balcaen, St. Benedict Statue, etc. - Original

no.4 - Sister Grace walking in the woods, Sisters gardening, House of Peace, Monastery, etc. - Original

no.5 - Mary Icon, St. Catherine, Chapel, Education Centre, Art - Kostka, Photos, Michelle Boyko reading, etc. - Original

no.6 - Sister Hilda, Sister Virginia, Sister Angela, Hildegard Slides, Sister Grace and friends, etc. - Original

no.7 - St. Benedict's Master Edit, August 1995

no.8 - St. Benedict's Dub Master

no.9 - "St. Benedict's on the Red" - shortened version for the special use - narrator: Mary Jane MacLennan

for research material and detailed scripts - see Mss 206, Box 1, Fd.4

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1 Again the Spring Returns, 1990

no.10-11 "Again the Spring Returns" - Funded in part by a grant from the Ukrainian Canadian Foundation of Taras Shevchenko

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1 The Ukrainian Canadian Foundation of Taras Shevchenko, 1994

no.12 - Master Edit

no.13 -Dub Master

no.14 - Ukrainian version

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1 Winnipeg, 1998

no. 15 - Ukrainian Christmas Traditions; The Bay Downtown in Winnipeg, January 8-17, 1998

no. 16 - Concert at R.F. Morrison School - 35th Anniversary- interviews with R. Todaschuk and Myron Tarasiuk, February 5, 1998

no. 17-18 A Meeting with Ukraine - as seen on GWCable 11-Videon

no. 19 - Chornobyl Anniversary, Winnipeg, April 26, 1998

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1 Yevgeny Yevtushenko, Leo Mol, 1995

no.20 - Yevgeny Yevtushenko: poetry reading - Russian, English, Ukrainian Labor Temple, October 22, 1995; Leo Mol, Delta Hotel, November 1995

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1 St. Nicholas Ukrainian Catholic Church - Centennial Celebration, 1999 - 2001

no.21- interview with Father Athanasius (Mini Digital Video Cassette)

no.22 - interview with Doreen Prokopchuk (Mini Digital Video Cassette)

no.23 - Planning Committee - Father John Pidskalny, Doreen Procopchuk, 1999

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2 Metropolitan Archibishop Wasyly, 1999

no. 1 - Opening of the Orthodox care home in Saskatoon, November 18, 1999

no.2 - Presentation on Millennium Art Exhibit, September 30, 1999

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2 Ukrainian Canadian Foundation of Taras Shevchenko, March 12, 2000

no.3 - Launch of the "Kobzar Fellowship"

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2 Harvest festival - Obzhynky, October 29, 1999

no.4 - Ridna shkola, Sts. Vladimir and Olga, Ukrainian Catholic Cathedral, Winnipeg, MB

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2 Metropolitan Wasyly - 90th birthday (55 years priest), November 1, 1999

no.5, no.6 - Metropolitan Wasyly, Holy Trinity Ukrainina Orthodox Cathedral

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2 Christmas Tape, 1999/2000

no. 7 - Metropolitan Wasyly Fedak, Metropolitan Michael Bzdel

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2 R.F. Morrison School - 20th Anniversary of Ukrainian Bilingual Program, February 10, 2000

no.8 - R.F. Morrison School, grades K-6 concert, an interview with Rosemarie Todaschuk

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2 Ridna shkola pry Chytal'ni Prosvita, June 4, 1999

no.9 - Grade 10 - Grad Ceremony

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2 Ukrainian Cultural and Educational Centre, Winnipeg, November 1999

no.10 - Arson attack on Ukrainian Cultural and Educational Centre

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2 Immaculate Heart of Mary School, Winnipeg, April 28, 1999

no.11 - Ukrainian Week Concert

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2 Sheptytsky Foundation, November 27, 1999

no.12 - Donation from Doris and Peter Kule of Edmonton, Sts. Peter and Paul Ukrainian Catholic Church, Winnipeg

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2 Ukrainian New Year's Eve Levee, January 13, 2000

no.13 - Manitoba Legislative Building - Chairperson: Sylvia Todaschuk

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2 PLAST - International PLAST Jamboree '98, July 28 - August 9, 1998

no.14 - PLAST- Master

no.15 - PLAST-arrivals, RRCC registration, Sophia Kachor - comments, July 28, 1998, Opening ceremonies - August 5, 1998

no.16 - Birds Hill Park - Opening ceremonies, dignitaries, lighting torch, parade of PLAST units, August 5, 1998

no.17 - Dragon Boat Races, Leo Mol sculpture garden, Zabava - RRCC, August 6, 1998

no.18 - Birds Hill Park - kid's games, sports - soccer, PLAST from Ukraine, August 8, 1998

no.19 - Clean up scenes, bonfire, August 8, 1998

no.20 - Closing ceremonies, August 9, 1998

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2 PLAST - Winnipeg, January 8, 2000

no.21 - PLAST -Vertep, awards presentation

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2 Jubilee, 2000

no.22 - Children's Jubilee Celebration of Faith and Culture, rehearsal at Holy Family Nursing Home, interviews with Bishop Stefan Soroka, Rod Picklyk, Maryka Chabluk

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2 National Film Board of Canada, 1991, 1995

no.23 - Legacy to a New Land: a Celebration of Ukrainian Settlement in the West

no.24 - Impressions of Expo 67

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3 Koshetz Choir, 1996

no.1 - Voice of Angels: The Story of Winnipeg's Olexander Koshetz Choir - WPW Video, 1996

no. 2 - Voice of Angels - Master Edit

no.3 - Voice of Angels - Master Dub

no.4 - Koshetz 1: Carolling, Koshetz drawing, 1st Klymkiw interview, etc.

no. 5 - Koshetz 2: Carolling, Oseredok Archives, 2nd Klymkiw interview, Shevchenko award, Walker Theatre, St. Nicholas Church, etc.

no. 6 - Koshetz 3: Bingo, Koshetz Archives, SunShine Studio, Oseredok Archives, etc.

no.7 - Koshetz 4: Choir Rehearsals, etc.

no. 8 - Koshetz 5: Copy work - Brunswick recording, Ukr. National Chorus, Concert Hall exit, Playhouse exit, UNF exit, St. Andrew's College, St. Nicholas, Irene Chuchman, Koshetz Choir Rehearsal, etc.

no. 9 -Koshetz 6: Koshetz video, June 1, 1996, an interview withWalter Senchuk, etc.

no. 10 - Koshetz 7: Koshetz video, June 1, 1996, an interview with Walter Senchuk, etc.

no.11 - Koshetz 8: Banquet, Sts. Vladimir and Olga Church- stained glass (Leo Moll), etc.

no. 12 - Koshetz 9: Gail Cilinsky, Irene Chuchman, Glen Eden Cemetary, Walter Klymkiw, Stephanie Macenko, Darcy Mailhotas Koshetz, etc.

no.13 - Koshetz Choir 1st Tour to Ukraine, 1978

no.14 - Koshetz Choir, Ukrainian Christmas Choir Festival

no.15 - Copy from Reel 1 - Ukrainian Choir (very poor copy, damaged), December 16, 1976

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3 Shevchenko Foundation,

no16. - Tape 1: Roman Petryshyn, Shevchenko Foundation executive meeting

no. 17 - Tape 2

no. 18 - Tape 3

no. 19 - Tape 4

no.20 - Master

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3 St. Andrew's College, Winnipeg, April 14,1993-94

no.21 - Krawchenko in class, students interactions, Fr. Bosyk, a chapel, (includes detailed script)

no.22 - Last talk - Metropolitan and other priest speaking

no.23 - Master Edit

no.24 - Master Edit (a Salvadoran dinner), 1994

no.25 - Master Dub, July 27, 1993

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4 Ukrainian Voice weekly = Ukrains'kyi holos, "Headlines: 90 Years of the Ukrainian Voice Weekly, 1910-2000"

VHS tapes

(for documentation and script see Mss 206, Box 2, Fl.10-14)

no.1 - Headlines: 90 Years of the Ukrainian Voice Weekly, 1910-2000 (commercial tape) c2001 WPW Video

no.2 - Headlines: 90 Years of the Ukrainian Voice Weekly, 1910-2000, May 2001

no.3 - Master

no.4 - Master for dubbing, April 2001

no.5 - Master Edit

no. 6 - Ukrainian Voice - Master #1, Web Press, CPR train, Calgary, steamboat, Alberta

no.7 -Master Preview Tape, October 18, 2000

no.8 - Copy of Ukrainian Voice Preview

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4 Ukrainian Voice, 2000

21 Mini Digital Video Cassettes, 30-60 minutes

no.9 - UV #1: Mennonite Heritage Centre

no.10 - UV #2:

no.11 - UV #3: Anne Ralko

no. 12 - UV #4: Anne Ralko- cont'd; Peter Danyluk

no.13 - UV #5: UV Press equipment, Boutique, Library, Building exterior

no. 14 - UV #6: Fr. Jarmus, June 8, 2000

no. 15 - UV #7: Michael Ewanchuk

no.16 - UV #8: Fr. Jarmus, Nellie Stratuchuk, Geraldine Russin, Sonia Telleck, Nestor Kowalchuk

no.17 - UV #9: A. Kurdydyk, William Kowalchuk, Olena Hryn

no.18 - UV #10: Famine monument, Selkirk/Main St. - murals, Chytalna Prosvita

no.19 - UV #11: Walter Senchuk

no.20 - UV #12: Bishop Wasyly, Walter Senchuk

no.21 - UV #13: Walter Senchuk

no.22 - UV #14: Anne Ralko, old newspapers, Maria Bosak (editor), City Hall, Burning books

no.23 - UV #15: Lorne Reznowski, July 6, 2000

no.24 - UV #16: Newspaper copywork, Ukrainian Voice staff member

no.25 - UV #17: Newspaper copywork

no.26 - UV #18: Ukrainian National Home, Mykyty Shyn, Bird's Hill Park, Ukrainian Homestead 1915 , Selkirk Marina Museum

no.27 - UV #19: Free Press, Litopys, Canada Ethnica-almanac, Progress/Herald, Ukrainian Voice pamphlet, interview: Vicki Adams, Kurylyk, Lt. Gov. Liba

no.28 - UV #20: Sonja Bejzyk and Roman Yereniuk - St. Andrew's College; Michal Zaleschuk -SUS; Stella Hryniuk; Ukrainian Voice executive meeting, photos (immigrants ship, internment)

no.29 - UV #21: Mayor Glen Murray, Zenith Press, Oleh Gerus, Real Estate Shank, Brian Benoit

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4 Ukrainian Voice, 2000

6 Mini Digital Video Cassettes, 30 - 60 minutes

no.30 - Music tape

no.31 - St. Boniface Archives, Provincial Archives

no.32 - St. Michael's Ukrainian Orthodox Church, Ukrainian Catholic Archives

no.33 - Prairie Dog

no.34 -Steinbach Museum

no.35 - WPW stock video

Babi Yar, [ 1989-1994, ]

20 - 90 minutes

(for documentation, research material and script see Mss 206, Box 3, Fl. 1-13)

no.36 - Babi Yar, 1989 (V-316); Der Prozess von Babi-Yar, 1946 (V-248)

no.37 - Der Prozess von Babi-Yar/ Dokumentation - Benget von zur Mulen (V-294)

no.38 - Babi Yar (V-441/1)

no.39- no.40 - Der Gelbe Stern

no.41 - Kiew

no.42 - Preview of Babi Yar Video; Marc Tolchinsky, Orysia Semotiuk

no. 43 - Babi Yar Project - Dr. Lebrun, Stella Hryniuk - Ethnic Class Minorities, Dec. 6, 1993

no.44 - Video interview: Dr. Robert Altemeyer, University of Manitoba - Authoritarianism, Dec. 3, 1993

no.45 - Babi Yar Park, Denver, June 12, 1993

no. 46 - Babi Yar Park, Denver, June 13, 1993

no.47 - Rabbi Zwerin, Anna

no.48 - Helen Ginsburg Museum

no. 49 - Babi Yar Project: O. Gerus, N. Rose, G. Knysh, November 25, 1993

no. 50 - 50th Anniversary of Ukrainian Division "Galicia" Waffen SS, May 2, 1993

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5 Babi Yar,

no.1 - Babi Yar: Lessons in History (eng.)

no.2 - Der Prozess von Babi Yar

no.3 - Ukraine - Kiev, Trials, 1946

no. 4 - Babi Yar: interviews with Marco Carynnyk, Toronto, October 23, 1993

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5 Iskohk-Ta-Neso-Pimatisiyahk = For As Long As We Both Shall Live: Marriage Preparation For Native Peoples, [ 1991 ]

(for documentation, research material and script see Mss 206, Box 4)

no.5 - Master #1: Personal Readiness for Marriage; Personality, Personal Issues and Expectations for Marriage

no.6 - Master #2: Relatives, In-Laws and Extended Families

no.7 - Master #3: Married Love and Sexuality, Parenting, Cohabitation, Second Marriages

no.8 - Master #4: Religion and Values, Interreligion Marriages, Our Marriage as a Sacrament

no.9 - Dub Master #1 (Iskohk-Ta-Neso-Pimatisiyahk=For As Long As We Both Shall Live)

no. 10 - Dub Master #2 (Iskohk-Ta-Neso-Pimatisiyahk=For As Long As We Both Shall Live)

no.11 - Dub Master #3 (Iskohk-Ta-Neso-Pimatisiyahk=For As Long As We Both Shall Live)

no.12 - Dub Master #4 (Iskohk-Ta-Neso-Pimatisiyahk=For As Long As We Both Shall Live)

no.13 - 2 Dub Master #1

no.14 - 2 Dub Master #2

no.15 - 2 Dub Master #3

no.16 - 2 Dub Master #4

no.17 - 2 Dub Master #5

no.18 - 2 Dub Master #6

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TC 109 - Tape Collection
BoxFolder
1 St. Benedict's Monastery, 1995

Tape no.1 - St. Benedict's prayer in Chapel

Tape no. 2 - St. Benedict's Monastery - Mary Jane MacLennan - original script

Koshetz Choir - commercial tapes 1982-1991

no.3 - Canada's O. Koshetz Choir, 1987

no.4 - Selected Hymns from Vespers & Matins, 1982

no.5 - Divine Liturgy, 1988

no.6 - Kontsert 45-littia khoru im. O. Koshytsia, 1991

no.7 - Christmas Carols, vol. 3, 1990

Koshetz Choir - Voice of Angels, 1996

no.8 - Voices of Angels - Narration master: Roxanne Taylor

The Students' Choir of St. Vladimir's College, 1981

no.9 - Viruiu hospody

St. Andrew's College,

no.10 - St. Andrew's narration - Master

no.11 - St. Andrew's narration - Dub

no.12 - St. Andrew's Ukrainian Script, March 14,1994

Babi Yar

no.13 - Babi Yar - Shostakovich, Symphony no.13 ; poetry by Yevtushenko

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