Iraida Tarnawecky fonds
Call Number: Mss 213, Pc 189, Tc 112 (A.04-126, A.07-06)

Title: Iraida Tarnawecky fonds.

Dates: [ca. 1660]-2001.

Extent: 1.49 m of textual records and other material.

Biographical sketch: Dr. Iraida Gerus Tarnawecky was born in Pochaiv, Volyn’, Ukraine in 1924. In 1949, she obtained a B.Sc. from the Georgia Augusta University, Goettingen, Germany. After immigrating to Canada in 1950, she obtained an M.A. from the University of Manitoba (1964) and a Ph.D. from the Ukrainian Free University (Munich, Germany, 1965). Dr. Tarnawecky was married to the late Professor Emeritus Michael Tarnawecky, and has two daughters, Marusia and Natalka. From 1963 to 1968, she served as a sessional and full-time lecturer with the Department of Slavic Studies (University of Manitoba).  In 1968, she was appointed Assistant Professor with the department, was promoted to the rank of Associate Professor in 1975, and to the rank of Full Professor in 1984. Upon her retirement from the Department of German and Slavic Studies, Dr. Tarnawecky was honoured with the title of Senior Scholar.

Dr. Tarnawecky is a renowned Slavic linguist and onomastist, who has a keen interest in Slavic philology and Cyrillic paleography. Her publications include two books and many articles pertaining to her research field.  She is published both nationally and internationally. One of her most important publications is entitled East Slavic Cyrillica in Canadian Depositories (1981), a monograph identifying Canadian collections, both private and public, containing cyrillic manuscripts and early books. In order to compile the material for her research, Dr. Tarnawecky visited 87 institutions and private collections throughout Canada. In 1974, Dr. Tarnawecky was the first Canadian academic chosen in an agreement between the Canada Council and the former U.S.S.R. Academy of Sciences to carry out a research program in the history of Slavic languages at the Linguistic Institute in Moscow and Kyiv. She has remained active throughout her career in various associations and committees, including Vice-President of the Canadian Society for the Study of Names, Chairperson of the Humanities Section of the Ukrainian Academy of Sciences in Canada (UVAN), member of the Senate for St. Andrew’s College Library, editior of the Onomastica series, and a former member of the Canada Council Selection Committee for Doctoral Scholarships in the Humanities and Social Sciences.

Custodial history: The fonds was donated to University of Manitoba Archives & Special Collections by Dr. Iraida Tarnawecky in 2004 (A.04-126) and 2007 (A.07-06).

Scope and content: Accession A.04-126 consists of the following series: biographical material, correspondence (subseries; career and personal), publications by I. Tarnawecky, research material, photographs, audio-recordings (Ukrainian pioneer recordings conducted by Ms. Dorothy Cherewick), and miscellaneous material.

Accession A.07-06 consists of the following series: biographical material, correspondence, research material, publications by I. Tarnawecky, miscellaneous material, audio-recordings, and photographs.

Source of supplied title: Title based on contents of fonds.

Language: English and Ukrainian.

Restrictions: There are no restrictions on this material.

Accruals: Further accruals are not expected.

Finding aid: On-line finding aids are available at the links below:

MSS 213, PC 189, TC 112 (A.04-126)

MSS 213, PC 189, TC 112 (A.07-06).