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BMUFA Ukrainian Canadian family history collection

  • CA AB-BMUFA 0088
  • Collection

The BMUFA Ukrainian Canadian family history collection is housed in the Bohdan Medwidsky Ukrainian Folklore Archives at the University of Alberta. This collection contains 55 items about local Ukrainian Canadian family history, and the items are comprised mainly of text, photographs, and maps. Most of the textual records are written in English or Ukrainian. This collection has been created in an effort to help researchers, genealogists and the general public access small-scale publications which have been primarily published by families.

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.


The sub-series Publications contains the following: Canadoon Monthly No.1 (1975), Lysty Shteefa Tabachniuka do zhinky Yavdohy (c.1921); Manigrula: Komedija v odnij diji, zi spivamy i tanziamy (1915); Vuykova Knyga (1930) and correspondence and documents relevant to publications (1933-1963). The following Maydanyk’s publications are not part of the collection and can be found in Oseredok’s library: Vuykova Knyga: Almanac Vuyka Shteefa with illustrations by J. Maydanyk (1930); Vuyko Sh. Tabachniuk I inshi novi, korotki opovidannja: Poverh 100 iljustrazij avtora (1959); Vuykova Knyga: Almanac Vuyka Shteefa with illustrations by J. Maydanyk (1974).


The sub-series Illustrations contains a book with newspapers clippings from the Canadian Farmer (1927-1929) which have Maydanyk’s illustrations in them; miscellaneous small and medium size illustrations (c.1915-1929,1974).


The last sub-series Newspapers encompasses 35 periodical titles (1912- 1979) in Ukrainian, English and Polish.

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.

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.

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