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Archives of the Ukrainian Canadian Experience

The mission of the Archives of the Ukrainian Canadian Experience is the identification, acquisition, preservation, and interpretation of the Ukrainian Canadian community’s records. These individual collections will complement the efforts of other local and national institutions in preserving the Ukrainian culture in Canada.

A Long Tradition

The University of Manitoba has had a long tradition and relationship with the Ukrainian community in Manitoba. In 1949 the Department of Slavic Studies was established. This subsequently led to the creation of a separate Slavic Collection within the Elizabeth Dafoe Library. The Ukrainian portion of the collection forms a significant segment of the overall collection. In 1964 St. Andrew’s College (theological seminary for the Ukrainian Greek Orthodox Church in Canada) moved to its current building on the University of Manitoba Fort Garry Campus. Since 1981 the college has been the home of the Centre for Ukrainian Canadian Studies, offering courses in language, literature, history, geography and folklore.

The Archives of the Ukrainian Canadian Experience enriches the Slavic Collection, one that is renowned and familiar to the community. The University of Manitoba Archives & Special Collections also houses many rare Ukrainian and other Slavic language books and manuscripts in its Rare Book Room. Most of the collection was acquired by the founder of the university’s Slavic studies program, Dr. Jaroslav B. Rudnyckyj. The Archives of the Ukrainian Canadian Experience, and the Slavic books and manuscripts held in the Rare Book Room, support courses and research in the Department of German & Slavic Studies, and the Centre for Ukrainian Canadian Studies.


What kinds of materials are collected?
The types of records that are most useful include:

  • individual, family and organizational records
  • textual Records (both hand-written and electronic)
  • photographs
  • correspondence
  • documents
  • maps
  • film
  • video and Audio-recordings

*Note: The collections that are not linked have yet to be fully processed. However, further information is available and access may be granted. Please contact Archives staff for details.

Manuscript Collections
Alexander Baran fonds
Michael Ewanchuk fonds

Hluschak Family fonds
Robert Klymasz fonds
Klymkiw Family fonds

Irene Knysh fonds
Olga Kuplowska fonds
William Lobchuk fonds
J.Nicholas Mandziuk, Q.C. fonds

Ethel Ostry fonds
Jaroslav Rudnyckyj fonds
Myroslav Shkandrij fonds
Iraida Tarnawecky fonds
Mary Wawrykow fonds
William Wsiaki fonds
Anne Yanchyshyn fonds
Roman Yereniuk fonds

Photo Collections
Parks Canada - The collection contains photographs depicting pioneers
from Alberta. (Ukrainian Cultural Heritage Village near Elk Island, Alberta)


Rare Books Collections

Main Library Slavic Collection

J.B. Rudnyckyj Distinguished Lecture Series


University of Manitoba
Winnipeg, MB; R3T 2N2
Archives & Special Collections
Phone: (204)474-9986 Fax: (204)474-7913
Questions/Comments: archives@umanitoba.ca
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