Robert Klymasz:

An Inventory of His Papers at the University of Manitoba

Inventory prepared by Orest Martynowych
University of Manitoba Archives & Special Collections,
Winnipeg, Manitoba
(2014)

Finding aid encoded by Orest Martynowych (2014)
Finding aid written in English.



Collection Summary

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

Creator:
Robert Klymasz

Title:
Robert Klymasz fonds

Dates:
c. 1930s-2014

Quantity:
.65 m of textual records and other material

English, Ukrainian, Russian

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Biography of Robert Klymasz

Dr. Robert Bohdan Klymasz was born in Toronto, Ontario in 1936. In 1957, he obtained a B.A. from the University of Toronto, and later studied at Charles University, Prague (1952), University of Manitoba (M.A., 1960), Harvard University (1960-1962), and Indiana University (Ph.D., 1971). He married Shirley Zaporozan in 1963, and they have two daughters, Andrea and Lara. In 1967, he joined the Canadian Museum of Civilization and served as its first programme director for Slavic and East European Studies. Throughout his career, he has held several prestigious positions, including the executive director of the Ukrainian Cultural and Educational Centre (Oseredok) in Winnipeg, visiting associate professor in Folklore for Memorial University's Department of Folklore, visiting professor in Folklore and Slavic Studies at the University of California at Los Angeles, and visiting scholar at Harvard Divinity School. In 1993, as a curator with the Museum of Civilization, Dr. Klymasz began a comprehensive study on community life in Gimli, Manitoba. Fieldwork on this project began in 1993 and continued on an annual basis every summer until the summer of 2001. The project, which became known as the Gimli Community Research Project (G.C.R.P.), was meant to offer insight on what makes the Town of Gimli a safe and prosperous town in which to live. The early work was low-key in nature, focusing on the town's life and culture, for example, attending meetings of the town's council, various public forums, proceedings of the local public law court, and meetings of the Board for the New Iceland Heritage Museum. Gradually, the fieldwork shifted to monitoring phenomena that gave Gimli its "dreamtown" quality. The final report was completed in 2002 and was entitled ""Dream Town": Art and the Celebration of Place in Gimli, Manitoba." Upon his retirement in 2000, he was named Curator Emeritus with the Canadian Museum of Civilization. Dr. Klymasz is a renowned expert on Ukrainian Canadian folklore, having extensively written, published, and lectured on this subject. His publications include An Introduction to the Ukrainian-Canadian Folksong Cycle (1970), Ukrainian Folklore in Canada (1980), ‘Svieto': Celebrating Ukrainian-Canadian Ritual in East Central Alberta Through the Generations (1992), and The Icon in Canada (1996). Dr. Klymasz also published many reviews of books and exhibitions in Canada's Ukrainian and Icelandic ethnic press. He continues to pursue his recent interests with grants from the University of Alberta (CIUS) and the University of Manitoba (CUCS). In 2004, he delivered a paper at the Congress of Humanities and Social Sciences in Winnipeg. Dr. Klymasz was awarded the Marius-Barbeau Prize by the Folklore Studies Association of Canada (Laval University) for his studies in Ukrainian Canadian Folklore. In 2005, he completed the Archival Research Project on Walter Klymkiw, the conductor of Koshetz Choir, titled "Playing around with Choir": the Correspondence and Papers of Walter P. Klymkiw. The manuscript is held at the University of Manitoba Archives & Special Collections. Between 2006 and 2008, he completed several archival research projects including A priest, a maestro, a community: epistolary insights into the music culture of Winnipeg's Ukrainian community, 1936-1944 (2006-2007), Winnipeg Papers on Ukrainian Music (2008), Nuggets from the past: quotations on the Ukrainian experience in Canada (2007), Winnipeg Papers on Ukrainian Book Culture (2009), Winnipeg Papers on Ukrainian Arts Culture in Canada (2010), and Winnipeg Papers 5 "Cossacks and Indians?" (2012). The manuscripts are held at the University of Manitoba Archives & Special Collections.

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Scope and Contents of the Collection

This accession consists of biographical information; Winnipeg Papers 5 "Cossacks and Indians?" Manuscript (2012); research material , correspondence, photograph collection, and a power point presentation on a USB stick.

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Arrangement of the Papers

This collection is arranged into seven series:

  • 1. Biographical Info
  • 2. Correspondence
  • 3. Winnipeg Papers
  • 4. Ukrainian-Canadian Organizations and Events
  • 5. Miscellaneous Research Materials
  • 6. Pc 170 (A.14-98)
  • 7. El 20 (A.14-98)

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Restrictions on Access

No restriction on access.

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Restrictions on Use

No restrictions on use.

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Custodial History

The accession was donated by Robert Klymasz in 2014.

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Other Finding Aids

A.02-32, A.03-87; A.05-52; A.06-61; A.07-29; A.08-36; A.09-101; A.11-49

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Detailed Description of the Collection

Biographical Info []
BoxFolder
11 Baptismal Souvenir 1938
2 Memoir of Mykola Dubas (cousin) 1959-60; 1970; 2010
3 "Love Him a Little Shirl" 1962
4 Baptism of daughter Lara (clipping) 1968
5 Notice of PhD conferral 1971
6 Wikipedia author "Mike Stoyik" 2010
7 Special Occasion cards 2011-2013
8 Christmas and Easter cards 2005, 2013
9 Trip to Kule Folklore Centre, University of Alberta 2010
10 Trip to Kule Folklore Centre, Lecture: "Crucial Problems in Ukrainian-Canadian Folklore" 2010
11 Trip to Ukraine - Correspondence 2013
12 Trip to Ukraine - Flight itinerary 2013
13 Trip to Ukraine - Book launches/Presentations 2013
14 Trip to Ukraine - Folklore course outlines (Dr. V. Ivashkiv) 2013
15 Trip to Ukraine - Entertainment 2013
16 Trip to Ukraine - Sample newspapers 2013

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Correspondence
BoxFolder
117 Alpha Omega Alumnae 2013
18 Bender, Scott and Tracey 2005, 2013
19 Bendus, Patti 2013
20 Bodin, T. 2013
21 Canadian Museum of Civilization 2013
22 Canadian Museum for Human Rights 2008
23 Dickenson, Victoria 2009-2013
24 Dobrowolsky, Natalie 1966-67, 2013
25 Gengalo, Borys 2011-2012
26 Himka, John-Paul. See also El 20. 2011-2014
27 Huculak, Metropolitan Lawrence 2008-2013
28 Husar, Natalka 2009-2013
BoxFolder
21 Kaschor, Victoria 2012
2 Kasianchuk, Lydia and Don 1999-2000, 2005, 2011, 2013
3 Kononenko, Natalie 2014
4 Kostash, Myrna 2012-2013
5 Lupul, Manoly 2011-2012
6 Manitoba Liquor Control Commission 2014
7 Martindale, Doug 2012
8 Momryk, Myron 2010-2014
9 Moore, Kevin 2010
10 Nahachewsky, Andriy 2010-2013
11 Order of St. Andrew 2012
12 Osvita Foundation 2013
13 Prymak, Thomas 2012-2014
14 Romaniuk, Gloria 2013
15 Rudzik, Orest 2011-2014
16 Slipchenko, Walter 2012
17 Tilney, Phil 2011-2014
18 Ukrainian Cultural and Educational Centre (Oseredok) 2011
19 University of Alberta Press 2009
20 University of Manitoba Archives 2011
21 University of Wisconsin Press 2014
22 Wasylyshyn, Ben 2014
23 Wayda family 1997, 2000
24 Wedgerfield, Wilda 2011

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Winnipeg Papers
BoxFolder
31 Winnipeg Papers 5 - "Cossacks and Indians?" (master copy) 2012
2 Correspondence with Maryna Hrymych 2011-2012
3 Correspondence with Anastasia Shkilnyk 2011
4 Correspondence with various scholars 2007-2012
5 Research materials - Canadian scholarship and fiction
6 Research materials - Ukrainian social scientists
7 Research materials - Ukrainian-Canadian memoirs and histories
8 Research materials - Ukrainian-Canadian fiction
9 Research materials - Ukrainian-Canadian almanachs
10 Research materials - Complete Ukrainian-language articles and stories
11 Researche materials - Illustrated books
12 Research materials - Newspaper clippings 2008-2012
13 Research materials - Pamphlets and leaflets
14 Research materials - Ukrainian Canadians and Aboriginals (individuals)
15 Research materials - Natalia Evasiuk "Sunrise Years in Manitoba" 1981
16 Research materials - Film: "Firecrosser" (Toi shcho proishov kriz' vohon') 2011
17 Winnipeg Papers 6: Research materials - obituaries 2011-2014

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Miscellaneous Research Materials
BoxFolder
41 Roman Fodchuk's plans for Ukrainian Cultural Heritage Village (UCHV), Alberta 1977, 2011
2 M. Shatulsky, "This is How it Began" (ULFTA/AUUC) 2008
3 Michael Ignatieff 2009
4 Ethnologies v. 32, no. 1 (Play) 2010
5 Ethologies v. 32, no. 2 (Cultural Tourism) 2010
6 Al'manakh "Zerkalo Liubvi" ca. 1990s
7 Marusya Bociurkiw, "On Becoming a Dissident Writer" part 2 2011
8 Erin Moure, The Unmentionable (book of poetry) 2012
9 "Perekriostok: Vinnipeg" (periodical) 2014
10 "Novyi svet: literaturno-khudozhestvennyi zhurnal" (Canada) 2014

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Ukrainian-Canadian Organizations/Events
BoxFolder
411 "Art and Ethnicity" Ukrainian Gala, Canadian Museum of Civilization 1991
12 Marunczak Ukrainian Dance Ensemble at Canadian Museum of Civilization 1993
13 Ukrainian Academic Press Catalogue 1997
14 Ukrainian Theatre Arts Projetcs 2010
15 Kule Centre for Ukrainian and Canadian Folklore (newsletter, leaflets) 2010
16 Oseredok (UCEC) Annual Meeting 2011
17 Book Launch - John C. Lehr, "Community and Frontier" 2011
18 Reception in hounour of Dr. Natalia Aponiuk 2011
19 Ukrainian Canadian Archives and Museum, Edmonton (newsletter) 2011
20 Centre For Ukrainian Canadian Studies, Faculty Meeting 2011
21 Project "Liubov - Love" Canada, newsletter 2011-2012
22 Holy Family Ukrainian Catholic parish, Annual meeting 2011-2012
23 "Razom" Ukrainian Dance Event program 2013
24 Yorko's Ukrainian Kitchen menu 2013
25 Ukrainian Academy of Arts and Sciences in Canada, triennial reports 2008-2011, 2011-2014
26 Oseredok (UCEC) Concert and Gala 2014
BoxFolder
Map cabinet "Babafest" celebration (social) poster 2010

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PC 170 (A.14-98)
BoxFolder
51 Woman in traditional folk costume

1 photograph

2 Robert Klymasz and family members 1930s-1960s

6 photographs

3 Klymasz with wife Shirley, Michael Owen Jones and Ivan Macak 1964-1965

4 photographs

4 Klymasz at Indiana University 1965

2 photographs

5 Klymasz with wife Shirley and Tome Kines (?), National Museum of Man 1970

1 photograph

6 Klymasz at work at home, Ottawa 1973

1 photograph

7 Dauphin Ukrainian Festival 1973

12 photographs

8 Dauphin Ukrainian Festival ca. 1976

8 photographs

9 Roman Fodchuk's property in Burnaby B.C. 2011

2 photographs

10 Klymasz at Metropolitan Lawrence Huculak's residence 2013

1 photograph

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El 20 (A.14-98)
BoxFolder
511 John-Paul Himka, "Iconographers of Ukrainian Churches" - see also Correspondence, Himka, John-Paul 2014

1 USB memory stick

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