Michael Ewanchuk:

An Inventory of his papers at the University of Manitoba Archives & Special Collections

Inventory prepared by James Kominowski
University of Manitoba Archives & Special Collections,
Winnipeg, Manitoba
(November 2006)

Finding aid encoded by James Kominowski (November 2006)
Finding aid written in English.



Collection Summary

Repository:
Archives & Special Collections
University of Manitoba Archives & Special Collections

Creator:
Michael Ewanchuk

Title:
Michael Ewanchuk Fonds

Dates:
1907-2003

Quantity:
.05 m of textual material, 903 photographs, 15 audiocassete recordings, and 15 videocasette recordings

Identification:
MSS75, P.C. 96, TC 105 A.06-55

English and Ukrainian

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Born in 1908 in Gimli, Manitoba, Ewanchuk was the son of pioneer settlers. Upon graduating from Gimli High School he worked at Ford's in Detroit and attended the Detroit Institute of Technology and Detroit City College (now Wayne State University). He received his B.A., B.Ed., and M.Ed. degrees from the University of Manitoba - later receiving two honorary Doctoral degrees from the University of Manitoba (St. John's College), and the University of Winnipeg. Upon completion of his service with the Royal Canadian Air Force in 1946, he was appointed Inspector of Schools. Ewanchuk served on various curriculum committees and was chairman of a committee that organized the introduction of Ukrainian instruction in the high schools of Manitoba. He was elected president of the Canadian Association of School Superintendents and Inspectors and for several years was member of the Educational Showplace Committee in Toronto. Interested in oral history, Ewanchuk conducted a series of interviews in the 1930's with Ukrainian seniors and began writing oral histories. He also wrote articles and reports for several Ukrainian papers, notably, the Ukrains'kyi Holos, the American Svoboda, and the Ukrainian Weekly. He later published several books on Ukrainians, including Spruce, Swamp, and Stone: A History of the Pioneer Ukrainian Settlements in the Gimli Area (1977), Vita: A Ukrainian Community, bk.1-3 (1977), Pioneer Profiles: Ukrainian Settlers in Manitoba (1981), Hawaiian Ordeal: Ukrainian Contract Workers 1897-1910 (1986), Pioneer Settlers: Ukrainians in the Dauphin Area, 1896-1926 (1988), East of the Red : v. 1. Early Ukrainian settlements, 1896-1930 and v. 2. Early Ukrainian settlements north of the Dawson Trail (1998), Vertical Development I-IV (1998-2004), and Growing up on a Bush Homestead (2003) . Michael Ewanchuk passed away on August 26, 2004.

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Scope and Contents of the Collection

The fonds consists of Michael Ewanchuk's papers pertaining to his career as the Inspector of Schools, educator and organizer of the Ukrainian curriculum at the public schools. There are over 900 photographs pertaining to his early years in Gimli, as well as to his marriage to his wife Muriel (nee Smith). Also included are videocasette recordings of his visits to Ukraine, and various audiorecordings pertaining to this visit.

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Arrangement of the Papers

This collection is arranged into 6 series

  • 1. Biographical
  • 2. Correspondence
  • 3. Research
  • 4. Photographs
  • 5. Audiorecordings
  • 6. Videorecordings

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Restrictions on Access

There are no restrictions

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Restrictions on Use

There are no restrictions

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Custodial History

The Accession was donated to the University of Manitoba Archives by Bohdan Bohonos in 2005

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Other Finding Aids

MSS 75, PC 96, TC 105 - A.90-32, A.99-72, A.02-19, A.02-33,A.04-129

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Detailed Description of the Collection

Biography
BoxFolder
11 Brief write-up on M. Ewanchuk's biography 1970
2 Awards 2002
3 1932 Provincial Normal School Yearbook 1932
4 Newspaper clippings re:Michael Ewnachuk ca.1933-1967
5 Personal Memoirs ca 1995
6 Michael Ewanchuk's identification papers and other documents 1926
7 Obituaries 1948-1998
8 Teachers' sayings and comments ca 1950
9 Drawing done by Muriel Ewanchuk ca 1970
10 Alexander Ewanchuk's identification papers 1946-1956
11 Newspaper clippings re: Alexander Ewanchuk 1946

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Correspondence
BoxFolder
112 Greeting cards - retirement 1973
13 Honorary degree 1979
14 Greeting cards - Congratulations re: book publishing [ 1973-2002 ]
15 Greeting cards - Holiday greetings 2002-2003
16 Greeting cards - Birthday cards 1993-2003
17 Greeting cards - other occassions
18 Greeting cards -Letters 2002
19 Letters 1973-1984

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Research
BoxFolder
120 M. Ewanchuk's presentation on Dr. St. Clair Dunn and the Ukrainian settlers, and paper of Ukrainian folk adages & proverbs 1972
21 Publications (written by or about M. Ewanchuk) 1975-2003
22 Copy of MA thesis entitled, "Russian Immigration to Hawaii", by Nancy McLaren [ 1951 ]

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Photographs
BoxFolder
21 Photographs of the Gimli Homestead and the Ewanchuk Family, folder 1 of 2: 31 photographs 1907-2001
2 Photographs of the Gimli Homeatead and the Ewanchuk Family, folder 2 of 2: 39 photographs 1907-2001
3 Photos of Michael and Muriel Ewanchuk and family , folder 1 of 5: 29 photographs [ 1926-1994 ]
4 Photos of Michael and Muriel Ewanchuk and family, folder 2 of 5 : 39 photographs 1926-1994
5 Photos of Michael and Muriel and family, folder 3 of 5: 25 photographs 1926-1994
6 Photos of Michael and Muriel and family, folder 4 of 5: 46 photographs 1926-1994
7 Photos of Michael and Muriel and family, folder 5 of 5: 41 photographs 1926-1994
8 University of Winnipeg Convocation, 11 photographs 1979
9 Airforce W.W. II, 11 photographs ca 1943-1945
10 School Inspectors' Conference Awards 1951-1973
11 U of M Alumni, 5 photographs 1973-1979
12 Vacation trips, folder 1 of 2: 38 photographs 1960-1985
13 Vacation trips, folder 2 of 2: 47 photographs 1960-1985
14 Trips to Ukraine 1991, 1992
BoxFolder
31 Group photos, 23 photographs
2 50th Anniversary Party, 55 photogtraphs 1993
3 Photos from Cemetary, and funeral of Nettie Bohonos: 18 photographs 1997
4 oversized photos 1942-1979
5 Photoalbum #1: 115 photographs
6 Photoalbum #2: 66 photographs 1928-ca 1989
7 Photoalbum #3: 52 photographs 1919-2000
BoxFolder
41 Photoalbum #4: 88 photographs 1926-1941
2 Photoalbum #5: 98 photographs 1919-1964

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Audiorecordings
BoxFolder
51 Interview with Dr. Jaroslaw Barwinsky ca 1990
2 Church Service in Ukraine/ Supper and conversation in Ukrainian 1992
3 Mrs. Boychuk, Gimli/ Interview with Michael, John and Steffie Ewanchuk [ 1992 ]
4 Trip to Gardenton/ TV interview with Leo Mol 2003
5 Easter Mass in Ternopil ca 1992
6A Michael Ewanchuk being interviewed ca 1995
6B Michael Ewanchuk speaks of the origins of early Ukrainian immigration to Canada ca 1995
7 Conference in Ternopil, Ukraine ca 1992
8 Interviews in Ternopil, Ukraine ca 1992
9 Kopychentsi, Ukraine - interviews ca 1992
10 Concert in Kyiv (non-commerical) 1992
11 Ternopil, Ukraine, interviews ca 1992
12 Half-day tour of Kyiv, Ukraine 1992
13 Gardenton, Manitoba -- Ukrainian immigration
14 Church Service in Kopynchentsi, Ukraine
15 Trip to Ukraine 1992

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Audiorecordings
BoxFolder
51 Ukrainian mass in Ternopil/ Supper with conversation in Ukrainian 1992
2 Ukrainian mass in Ternopil/ Supper with conversation in Ukrainian 1992
3 Mrs. Boychuk, Gimli/ Interview with Michael, John and Steffie Ewanchuk [ 1992 ]
4 Trip to Gardenton/ TV interview with Leo Mol 2003
5 Easter Mass in Ternopil ca 1992
6A Michael Ewanchuk being interviewed ca 1995
6B Michael Ewanchuk speaks of the origins of early Ukrainian immigration to Canada ca 1995
7 Conference in Ternopil, Ukraine ca 1992
8 Interviews in Ternopil, Ukraine ca 1992
9 Kopychentsi, Ukraine - interviews ca 1992
10 Concert in Kyiv (non-commerical) 1992
11 Ternopil, Ukraine, interviews ca 1992
12 Half-day tour of Kyiv, Ukraine 1992
13 Gardenton, Manitoba -- Ukrainian immigration
14 Church Service in Kopynchentsi, Ukraine
15 Trip to Ukraine 1992
16 Interview with Ukrainian Deputy Bondarenko, 2003

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Videorecordings
BoxFolder
61 Michael Ewanchuk interviewed on North Dakota PBS newtork program Plainstalk ca 1989
2 St. Nicholas Christmas concert, Happy Thought School 2001
3 Cemetary in Western Ukraine [ 1992 ]
4 Michael Ewanchuk's television interviews ca 1995
5 UWAC, Surrey, BC branch 1999
6 Outdoor church service in Ukraine 1992
7 UWAC Crafts Display/ CYMK activities/ Herring Sale 1983, 1993, 1994
8 Mykola Ryabchuk presentation and discussion - Vancouver, BC ca 1995
9 Easter in Grandfather's Church (Ukraine) 1993
10 Rituals and Traditions 2003
12 Canadian Ukrainian Centennial, P.N.E. 1992
BoxFolder
511 Ternopil, Ukraine, interviews ca 1992

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