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Biographical Jacob Maydanyk (1891-1984)

This series contains biographical materials about store proprietor Jacob Maydanyk such as personal correspondence with family and friends, medical documentation and miscellaneous personal documents that are not relevant to the store. This series has three sub-series: Publications, Illustrations and Newspapers.

Business correspondence with clients

This series is dedicated to business correspondence with clients which consists of placing orders for goods and services; clarifying orders; drawings of custom made items (e.g. icons, tabernacles, ecclesiastical vestments, banners, etc.); requests for merchandise catalogs, etc. The majority of the store's clientele were parish priests and members of Parish Councils from various Christian denominations such as Ukrainian Geek-Catholic Church, Ukrainian Catholic Church, Ukrainian Orthodox Church, Ukrainian Greek-Orthodox Church, Canadian Orthodox Church, Romanian Canadian Orthodox Church, Romanian Orthodox Church, Ukrainian Orthodox Church of America, Carpatho-Russian Orthodox Greek Catholic Church, Ukrainian Autocephalous Orthodox Church in Canada and Russian Orthodox Church. The correspondence is predominantly in Ukrainian, with some English.

Business correspondence with suppliers and partners

The series contains business correspondence with suppliers and partners. The store had a substantial network of domestic and international suppliers and partners (e.g. USA, France, Italy, Germany, Japan, Ukraine, Czech Republic). The majority of correspondence is relevant to placing orders; inquiries for specific items; shipment, etc. The correspondence is predominantly in English, with some French, Italian and Ukrainian.

Catalogs and price lists

This series predominantly consists of catalogs and price lists. The series also contains the store’s promotional catalogs, booklets, pamphlets, leaflets and pictures as well as suppliers’ price lists, catalogs, promotional booklets, pamphlets, leaflets and photographs of their merchandise. The materials are mostly in English with some French and Italian.


In the Objects series several personal (e.g. 5 spectacles in cases; commemorative button pin) and art related (e.g. metal icon of Christ) objects can be found. There are also two maps: Winnipeg and Saskatchewan.

Other business documentation and correspondence

This series contains various business documentation and correspondence, specifically: advertising correspondence; deposit slips; account books; cash and sales books; cash receipt slips; cheque books; cheques payable; cheques from clients; documentation related to City Hydro, Water Works Branch, Manitoba Power Commission, Manitoba Telephone System, Liquor Control Commission, taxes and insurance; correspondence relevant to various business activities, customs; invoices; list of clients (n.d.); miscellaneous documentation on accounting, banking; miscellaneous correspondence with suppliers; receipt books; receipt duplicate books, sales accounts ledgers; shipping related documentation; vehicle related documentation and correspondence, etc. All materials are in English.


This series contains various photographs such as art related and private (ca. 100 black and white pictures) as well as custom size negative slides (ca. 200).

Religious art and sketches

This series contains religious art sketches and drawings that were used to produce some of the store merchandise such as tabernacles, icons, frescos. The majority of them are done in pencil.

Sample products

In the Sample products series various merchandise objects can be found such as cards; samples of silks, ribbons, fringes, decorative chains as well as other miscellaneous sample products.