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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.

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.


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).

Providence Church Goods Fonds

  • CA MB-OSR A1979-001
  • Fonds
  • 1912-1979

The Providence Church Goods store was founded by Jacob Maydanyk on the advice of Ukrainian Catholic bishop Mykyta Budka in 1914 in Winnipeg, MB. Jacob Maydanyk was a sole proprietor of the store from 1914 to 1979. The store relocated several times until its permanent location at 710 Main Street, Winnipeg. Maydanyk was operating the store with the help of several employees.

The store goods were supplied both domestically and internationally. The biggest domestic suppliers were located in Montreal, QC. Most international goods were imported from the USA. Specialty goods such as reproductions of fine art, textiles, books, etc. were imported from France, Italy, Germany, Czeck Republic, Ukraine and Japan. The Providence Church Goods store had a wide assortment of merchandise ranging from candles and incense to church bells. The store was selling ready-to-buy items as well as custom made goods. Ready-to-buy small and popular items such as coal, frankincense, etc. were typically available at the store, while bigger and specialty items such as chandeliers or silk had to be ordered from the store’s suppliers. The custom made goods such as tabernacles, icons, banners, iconostasis, ecclasiastical vestments, etc. were made either by Maydanyk and his employees or outsourced to local craftsmen and artists.

As part of the store's specialty services, Maydanyk painted more than a dozen churches. Here is a list of some of them:
● Holy Ghost Ukrainian Catholic Church in Winnipeg, MB;
● St. Nicholas Ukrainian Catholic Church in the Rural Municipality of Fisher, MB;
● Blessed Assumption Ukrainian Catholic Church in Meleb, RM of Armstrong;
● Holy Ascension of Our Lord Jesus Christ Ukrainian Catholic Church in Winnipegosis, RM of
Mossey River;
● Immaculate Conception Ukrainian Catholic Church in Winnipegosis, RM of Mossey River;
● Blessed Virgin Mary Ukrainian Catholic Church in Toutes Aides, RM of Lakeshore;
● St. John the Baptist Ukrainian Catholic Church in Dolyny, Municipality of Harrison Park;
● St. Michael's Ukrainian Catholic Church in Olha, MB;
● Saint Nicholas Orthodox Church in Sandy Lake, MB;
● Elijah the Prophet Romanian Orthodox Church in Lennard, MB.

The typical store's clients were parish priests and members of Parish Councils from various Eastern Christian denominations within predominantly Ukrainian communities as well as Romanian and Russian. The majority of clients were located in Manitoba, Alberta, Saskatchewan and other Canadian provinces. There were also some international orders from the USA.

The fond consists of predominantly textual materials regarding Jacob Maydanyk and the Providence Church Goods store, which are arranged into nine series. These series include: biographical information found in publications, illustrations and newspapers; business correspondences and other business documentation involving suppliers, partners and clients; store catalogs, price lists and sample products; religious art and sketches, photographs, and other objects.

Maydanyk, Jacob


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).

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.


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.


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

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