Fonds A1979-001 - Providence Church Goods fonds

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Providence Church Goods fonds

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CA MB-OSR A1979-001

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5.16 linear metres of textual materials
ca. 200 microfilm slides : negatives
ca. 100 photographs : black and white, sepia
ca. 60 drawings : pencil, ink
15 sample catalogs with silk textiles, ribbons, fringes, decorative chains
5 spectacles in cases
2 maps : 74 x 88 cm, folded to 12 x 18 cm
1 commemorative button pin with a ribbon
1 metal icon of Christ : 10 x 12.5 cm, oval

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Jacob Maydanyk was the sole proprietor of the Providence Church Goods store, and he was a remarkable artist: writer, poet, cartoonist, iconographer, and socio-political activist. Maydanyk started his artistic career as an illustrator and caricaturist in the local press. Soon after he created his main satirical character Vuyko Shteef Tabachniuk (Uncle Steef Tobacco) who featured in a humorous almanac published by Maydanyk (ca. 1918-1930). The character of Vuyko Shteef was very popular with the contemporary Ukrainian immigrants which prompted Maydanyk to publish a comic book dedicated to adventures of Shteef Tabachniuk (1930). It is argued that Maydanyk’s comic book is the first comic book to be published in Canada. It sold ten thousand copies and was republished in 1974. Maydanyk was well known in the Ukrainian community and beyond for his iconographic work. In 1977 there was an exhibit of Maydanyk’s work at Oseredok Ukrainian Cultural and Educational Center.

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This accession was donated to Oseredok in 1979-1980 by Jacob Maydanyk.

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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.

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  • English
  • French
  • German
  • Italian
  • Polish
  • Russian
  • Ukrainian

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  • Cyrillic
  • Latin

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The folder titles were written by J. Maydanyk. The spelling was used as it appeared on the folders or in correspondence to preserve their original form and to optimize cross reference.

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The accession was processed and the finding aid created in 2021 by Olesia Sloboda, MLIS.

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