Melnyk family fonds:

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

Inventory prepared by Marta Dabros.
University of Manitoba Archives & Special Collections
330 Elizabeth Dafoe Library
(2013)

Finding aid encoded by Marta Dabros (December 2013)
Finding aid written in English.



Collection Summary

Repository:
University of Manitoba Archives & Special Collections
330 Elizabeth Dafoe LibraryWinnipeg, Manitoba R3T 2N2

Creator:
Melnyk family

Title:
Melnyk family fonds

Dates:
1926-2008

Quantity:
1.3 m of textual records; 6.25 cm of audio-visual records (2 audio cassette tapes; 2 video cassette tapes and 6 photographs).

Identification:
MSS 405, A 13-60, TC 181

English, Ukrainian

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Biography of the Melnyk Family

Stefan Sytnyk, 1897 – 1989 . Stefan Sytnyk was born in Ternopil, Ukraine in 1897, one of five children. He worked as a skilled tradesman in his early years, and drove trains during the First World War. In 1926, he immigrated to Canada, followed by his wife Eugenia one year later; together they settled in Winnipeg where they would live for the rest of their lives. At first, Stefan worked for the railroad, but he had an entrepreneurial bent so after a few years, he and his wife, assisted by their only child Irene, opened a grocery store in Winnipeg’s North End which they operated until the early 1940’s. Supported by this business, Stefan began acquiring what became an extensive collection of rental properties throughout Winnipeg which he determinedly maintained himself even well into his eighties! Through his lifetime of hard work and frugal living, Stefan supported his wife’s extensive activities in the Ukrainian community and built a foundation for the future financial security and success of his family.

Eugenia Sytnyk, 1900 ? – 1975. Eugenia Sytnyk was born in Ternopil, Ukraine. She became interested in community work very early in life, organizing women’s groups, cooperatives and schools, and serving with the Red Cross during the First World War She followed her husband Stefan to Canada in 1927, settling with him in Winnipeg where they had their only child Irene one year later. Eugenia continued her involvement in community work, teaching school, editing women’s and children’s pages of Ukrainian newspapers and helping Ukrainian immigrants adapt to life in Canada. She became a founding member of the Ukrainian Women’s League as well as of the Organization of Ukrainian Women of Canada and also took on executive positions with a wide variety of local and national Ukrainian organizations, including the Canadian Ukrainian Committee (women’s division) and the World Federation of Ukrainian Women’s Organizations. Eugenia was recognized for her many years of service to the Ukrainian community with the Shevchenko Medal for Meritorious Service at the ninth Congress of Ukrainians in Canada, and the City of Winnipeg Community Service Award medal.

John Melnyk Sr., 1916 – 2009). John Melnyk was the elder son of Mykola and Palagia who immigrated to Canada from Ukraine and met and married in Winnipeg. From an early age, John was drawn to the piano, studying it enthusiastically from 1924 to 1938 first with Maria Kekishiwna (a pupil of Anton Rubinstein), Leda Omansky, and finally Beryl Ferguson under whose tutelage he earned his Licentiate of the Royal Schools of Music, London in 1935. He became a well-known performer in Winnipeg, participating in the Saturday Night concert series sponsored by the Men's Music Club of Winnipeg, performing live-to-air broadcasts for CBC, touring Western Canada with up-and-coming Canadian musicians, and accompanying touring international artists on their Canadian appearances. He also composed three preludes, a sonata, a concerto, and two sets of variations, all for piano and all unpublished. In later life he settled into teaching which he continued well into his eighties. Twenty-four of his students won the Aikins Memorial Trophy as top instrumentalist in the Manitoba Music Festival, with which he was associated for over 70 years. That festival now annually awards the John Melnyk trophy and bursary for the best performance of a piano concerto.

Irene Melnyk, 1928 – 2012 Irene was the only child of Ukrainian immigrants Stefan and Eugenia Sytnyk. She grew up helping her parents in their store, accompanying her mother to community meetings, participating in Ukrainian groups and taking piano lessons from John Melnyk whom she married in 1948. Irene was then attending the University of Manitoba from which she received a Bachelor of Science in 1950. Shortly thereafter her two sons were born, and she devoted herself wholeheartedly to raising them, yet still found time to teach Ukrainian and Sunday school, publish two Ukrainian primers with her friend Nadia Pip, as well as teach piano in her husband’s burgeoning studio and publish a scale book for beginners with him. As her sons grew older, Irene turned her energies and love of learning to holistic health. She opened a health food store under the Shaklee organization, studied extensively at the Moreau Institute of Natural Healing, and also earned credentials in Physical Health, Natural Nutritional Sciences and Natural Therapeutics among others. She became a respected reflexologist and teacher, serving on the Reflexology Association of Canada (RAC) board of directors for several years; RAC awarded her a lifetime membership in 1997 and recognized her as Outstanding Teacher of the Year in 2006.

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Scope and Contents of the Collection

The fonds consists of the records of John and Irene Melnyk, as well as the records of Eugenia (Ievheniia) and Stefan Sytnyk, Irene’s parents. Both John and Irene and Eugenia and Stefan were very active in the Ukrainian community in Winnipeg and beyond. The fonds is separated into four series and multiple sub-series.

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The first series contains the records of John and Irene Melnyk. The first sub-series contains the records of Irene Melnyk, including the Ukrainian language primers she co-wrote with Nadia Pip, and other Ukrainian language instructional materials she created or assembled.

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The second sub-series contains John and Irene’s personal records, including articles and newspaper clippings related to John’s music school concerts and performances.

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The third sub-series contains their correspondence, while the fourth sub-series consists of various newspaper clippings collected by John and Irene.

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The first series also contains a sub-series consisting of records relating to Ukrainian community events both in and outside of Winnipeg, including programs and brochures from musical concerts and other cultural performances; a sub-series containing religious and church materials (including Sunday school lessons assembled by Irene); and a sub-series containing various Ukrainian and Ukrainian-Canadian publications.

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Finally, the first series also consists of a scrapbook containing various newspaper clippings outlining John Melnyk’s career as a pianist and his involvement with the Winnipeg musical community, as well board games used in the instruction of English and Ukrainian.

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The second series contains the records of Eugenia and Stefan Sytnyk, Irene Melnyk’s parents. The records reflect Eugenia’s deep involvement in a number of Ukrainian Canadian national and women’s organizations, as well as in the creation of the Ukrainian national school in Winnipeg. This series is also divided into sub-series.

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The first sub-series consists of Eugenia’s scrapbooks, which contain newspaper clippings and articles outlining her involvement in Ukrainian women’s and nationalist organizations.

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The second sub-series contains records relating to Ukrainian Canadian organizations and Ukrainian women’s organizations, including the Ukrainian Canadian Federation of Canada, the Ukrainian Canadian Women’s Organization, the Ukrainian Canadian Women’s Committee, World Federation of Ukrainian Women's Organizations, The Ukrainian Patriotic Organization, the Ukrainian National Women’s League of America, the Ukrainian National Federation, the Ukrainian Canadian War Veterans’ Association, the Ukrainian Women's Association of Canada (im. Olha Basarab), and the Ukrainian Canadian Women’s Committee. It also contains Eugenia Sytnyk’s speeches and articles.

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The third sub-series contains material created or assembled by Eugenia Sytnyk related to the Ukrainian National school (Ridna Shkola) in Winnipeg, including speeches, notes, concert and event programs, various students’ materials, and copies of the journal “Svit Dytyny” from 1933 to 1935.

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The fourth sub-series contains the correspondene of Eugenia and Stefan Sytnyk.

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The fifth sub-series consists of newspaper clippings collected by Eugenia and Stefan Sytnyk.

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The sixth and final sub-series consists of the personal records of Eugenia and Stefan Sytnyk, including Eugenia’s prayer book, and their obituaries.

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The third series, is the tape collection, and consists of 2 audio and 2 video cassette tapes, collected by John Melnyk, that showcase various musical performances.

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The fourth and final series, is the photograph collection, and consists of 6 photgraphs

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Restrictions on Access

No restrictions on access.

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Restrictions on Use

Users must abide by relevant copyright legislation.

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Related Materials

Archives of the Canadian Ukrainian Experience

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Custodial History

This collection was transferred to the University of Manitoba Archives & Special Collections by John Melnyk Jr. in 2013.

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Detailed Description of the Collection

RECORDS OF IRENE AND JOHN MELNYK [ 1926-2008 ]
RECORDS OF IRENE MELNYK [196-?], 1965, 1967
BoxFolder
11 Irene Melnyk and Nadia Pip - Ukrainian language primer: "Navkolo Nas" - Winnipeg 1967
2 Irene Melnyk and Nadia Pip - Ukrainian language primer: "Bukvar" - Winnipeg 1965
3 Irene Melnyk - Ukrainian language children's instructional materials (alphabet, practice sheets) [196-?]
MELNYK FAMILY - PERSONAL RECORDS 1926-[197-?]
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14 John and Irene Melnyk - Address book [195-?] - [197-?]
5 Mykola Melnyk - Paybook 1926
6 John Melnyk (Ivan Mel'nyk) - Music School - Concert - Den' Bat'ka; Articles and newspaper clippings written/collected by Eugenia (Ievheniia) Sytnyk 1946-1948
JOHN AND IRENE MELNYK - CORRESPONDENCE 1940-2008
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17 John and Irene Melnyk - Correspondence from various sources 1940-2007
8 Correspondence from Peter (Petro) Bolechywsky Boyan to John and Irene Melnyk 1985

Note: Cassette tape that came with package has been separated out and placed with tapes in TC 181.

NEWSPAPER CLIPPINGS [195-?]-2008
BoxFolder
19 Newspaper clippings [195-?]-2008
ARTS AND CULTURE 1935-2008
BoxFolder
110 Concert and choir programs - Winnipeg performances 1935-1985
11 Arts and culture community events - Winnipeg - Programs and brochures 1951-2008
12 Arts and Culture community events - Outside of Winnipeg - Programs and brochures 1966-2008
13 Ukrainian arts and culture - various materials [198-?]
RELIGIOUS AND CHURCH MATERIALS 1926-[198-?]
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21 John Melnyk's Prayer book - "Ukrains'kyi Pravoslavnyi Molytvennyk" - Winnipeg 1926
2 Religious icon prayer cards - Winnipeg [196-?]-[198-?]
3 Religious instructional booklets - Sunday School material - Ukrainian-Greek Orthodox Church of Canada, Winnipeg [197-?]
4 Religious instructional material - Sunday school lessons (in Ukrainian) 1969, [197-?]
5 Church bulletin, St. Mary the Protectress Cathedral - "Kvartal'nyk, Ukrains'koho Pravoslavnoho Bratsva, Soboru Sv. Porkovu", Winnipeg [196-?]
6 Biographical info, Passports, certificates 1927-1948
PUBLICATIONS [193-?]-1989
BoxFolder
31 Woman's World Magazine - "Zhinochyi Svit" 1975, 1977, 1981, 1982
2 Ukrainian Canadian Review April 1942
3 Ukrainian Canadian Federation of Canada Inc. 1968
4 "Visnyk" - Vol. III - No. 2 - World Congress of Free Ukrainians 1976
5 "Biuletyn' - "The Bulletin" - Ukrainian Canadian Committee 1977, 1985, 1987, 1991
6 Ukrainian Canadian Committee 1978, 1979
7 Newsletter of the Manitoba Ukrainian Arts Council Summer 1989
8 Ukrainian Canadian Foundation of Taras Shevchenko - 25th Anniversary Annual Report 1988
9 "Forum" - A Ukrainian Review - No. 70, Spring 1989 1989
10 Ukraine - Promotional material [198-?], 1944
11 Ukrainian Canadian Cookbooks [197-?], [19-?]
12 Europe, Ukraine [193-?], 1940, [196-?]
13 Ukrainian Canadian Congress - Map of Metropolitan Winnipeg October 1968
JOHN MELNYK - SCRAPBOOK 1944-1945
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41 John Melnyk - Scrapbook 1944-1945
2 Melnyk - Ukrainian English language board game - "Check Your Answers" 1964
3 Melnyk - Ukrainian language game - "Abetka" - published by the Ukrainian School in Winnipeg [196-?]

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RECORDS OF EUGENIA (IEVHENIIA) and STEFAN SYTNYK 71.5
EUGENIA (IEVHENIIA) SYTNYK - SCRAPBOOKS [193-?]-[197-?]
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44 Eugenia (Ievheniia) Sytnyk Scrapbook 1 [193-?]-[197-?]
5 Eugenia (Ievheniia) Sytnyk Scrapbook 2 [195-?]-[197-?]
6 Eugenia (Ievheniia) Sytnyk Scrapbook 3 [195-?]-[197-?]
7 Eugenia (Ievheniia) Sytnyk Scrapbook 4 [195-?]-[197-?]
BoxFolder
51a Eugenia and Stefan Sytnyk - Certificates of Naturalization, International Certificates of vaccination 1932-1970
1b Eugenia and Stefan sytnyk - Biographical info (Certificates, Transcripts, etc.) 1920-1930
RECORDS OF UKRAINIAN CANADIAN ORGANIZATIONS AND UKRAINIAN WOMEN'S ORGANIZATIONS 1884-1968
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52a Ukrainian Canadian Federation of Canada Inc. - Letter from National Executive 1968
2b Ukrainian Canadian Women's Organization, Winnipeg - Ievheniia Sytnyk - Newspaper clippings, articles
3 Ukrainian Canadian Women's Committee - Ievheniia Sytnyk's speech at the 3rd Congress (KUK) 1950
4 Pioneers of Ukrainian Women's Movement in Stanyslavovi (1884) - Biography of O. Kysilevs'ka, by Ievheniia Sytnyk
5 Olena Simenovych-Kysilevs'ka - President of World Federation of Ukrainian Women's Organizations (SFUZhO), Editor of "Zhenocha Dolia' and "Svit Molodi"
6 Journal - "Svit Molodi" - Olena Kysilevs'ka, Editor 1935, 1937
7 Ukrainian Patriotic Organization (OUN) [195-?], 1965
8 Ukrainian National Women's League of America, World Federation of Ukrainian Women's Organization (SFUZhO) - Resolution "V hordii zhalobi" 1954
9 Ukrainian National Federation (UNF) - Ukrains'ke Natsional'ne Obeiednannia Kanady (UNOK) - Resolution 1947, 1952, 1967
10 Ukrainian Canadian War Veterans' Association - Donations 1966
11 World Federation of Ukrainian Women's Organizations (SFUZhO) - Articles vy O. Kysilevs'ka, L. Vitoshyns'ka, N. Ishuk
12 World Federation of Ukrainian Women's Organizations - Bulletin "Ukrainika v Svit," No. 1 1965
13 Ukrainian Women's Association of Canada (im. Olha Basarab); Circulars; Retrospective 1939, 1957-1958, 1966
14 Ukrainian Canadian Women's Committee - Reports, Circular 1959, 1963
15 Ievheniia Sytnyk - Speeches, articles
16 Ukrainian Canadian Women's Organization, Winnipeg - Ievheniia Sytnyk's Speeches, articles; Ol'ha Basarab
17 Ukrainian Canadian Women's Organization (OUK) - Ol'ha Basarab
18 Ukrainian Canadian Women's Organization, Winnipeg - Ievheniia Sytnyk, Olena Kysilev'ka
19 Ukrainian Canadian Women's Organization, Winnipeg - Ol'a Kobylians'ka (includes clippings from "Zhinocha Dolia" - O. Kysilevska, Editor
20 Orhanizatsiia Ukrainok Kanadii (OUK) - Newspaper clippings; buttons; guestbook for Ievheniia Sytnyk 1955, 1959, 1968
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61 Ukrainian Canadian Women's Organization, Winnipeg - Natalia Kobryns'ka (includes clippings from from "Zhinocha Dolia"; O. Kysilevs'ka, Editor)
2 Ukrainian Canadian Women's Organization - Lesia Ukrainka, Marko Vovchok
3 Ukrainian Canadian Women's Organization - OUK - Vira Babenko
4 Ukrainian Women's Organization - Shevchenko, Franko, Basarab, Shashkevych
5 Ukrainian Canadian Women's Organization - Announcements 1939-1955
EUGENIA (IEVHENIIA) SYTNYK - "RIDNA SHKOLA" - UKRAINIAN NATIONAL SCHOOL [193-]
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71 Eugenia (Ievheniia) Sytnyk - "Ridna Shkola" - Speeches, notes [193-?]
2 "Ridna Shkola" - Concert programs - handwritten notes, students' notes [193-?]
3 "Ridna Shkola" - Den' Matery [193-?]
4 "Ridna Shkola" - Concert for Ukraine - Eugenia (Ievheniia) Sytnyk - Teacher, Ukrainian National Schools of Canada 1933
5 Eugenia (Ievheniia) Sytnyk - "Ridna Shkola" - Taras Shevchenko Concert - Taras Pastushok" Children's Play [193-?]
6 Journal - "Svit Dytyny" 1933-1935
EUGENIA (IEVHENIIA) and STEFAN SYTNYK - CORRESPONDENCE [193-?]-1987
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77 Correspondence to Stefan and Eugenia Sytnyk 1971-1987
8 Correspondence to Stefan Sytnyk 1982-1985
9 Correspondence to Stefan Sytnyk 1976-1987
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81 Correspondence - Janina Matusiak to Stefan Sytnyk 1983-1987
2 Correspondemce - S. Sencov 1970-1985
3 Correspondence - Eugenia (Ievheniia) Sytnyk to Ukrainian Canadian Women's Organization 1946, 1949
4 Personal correspondence - Eugenia (Ievheniia) Sytnyk 1957-1971
5 Correspondence - Eugenia (Ievheniia) Sytnyk 1927-1958
6 Correspondence - Eugenia (Ievheniia) Sytnyk to Anna Franko Kliuchko (Ivan Franko's daughter) 1947-1948
7 Correspondence - Olena Kysilevs'ka to Eugenia (Ievheniia) Sytnyk 1927-1948
8 Correspondence - Olena Kysilevs'ka to Eugenia (Ievheniia) Sytnyk 1949-1956
9 Correspondence - Mykhailo Sharyk to Eugenia (Ievheniia) Sytnyk 1966-1967
10 Correspondence -Eugenia and Stefan Sytnyk - correspondence 1965-1975, 2000
11 Orysia Melnyk 1966-1967
12 Eugenia Sytnyk - correpsondence 1968-1969
13 Ukrainian Canadian Congress - E. Sytnyk -Notes, re: correspondence of Shevchenko gold medal. 1968
14 World Federation of Ukrainian Womens' Organizations - Correspondence 1953-1968
15 Eugenia Sytnyk - Invitation to visit Canada for her niece, L. Borodiuk 1970
16 Eugenia and Stefan - Biographical info - correspondence, notes 1920-1939
NEWSPAPER CLIPPINGS [193-]-[196-]
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91 Clippings from Journals - "Zhinochyi Svit," "Nashe Zhyttia" [196-]
2 Variosu articles from "Narodne Slovo" ("National Word") newspaper, Pittsburgh, re: Ukrainian Women's Movement [194-]-[195-]
3 Newspaper clippings from "Nashe Slovo," Pittsburgh 1943
4 Newspaper clippings from "Nashe Slovo," Pittsburgh 1944
5 Newspaper clippings from "Narodne Slovo," Pittsburgh 1941-1945
6 Newspaper clippings; various articles 1932-1966
EUGENIA (IEVHENIIA) and STEFAN SYTNYK - PERSONAL RECORDS 1935-1989
BoxFolder
97 Ievheniia Sytnyk's prayer book - "Moytvennyk dlia Ukrains'koi' Molodi" 1935
8 Ievheniia Sytnyk - Obituary, newspaper clippings featuring obituary and memoriam 1975
9 Stefan Sytnyk - Obituary 1989
BoxFolder
101 Various postcards (mostly from Ukraine) 1950?-197?

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TAPE COLLECTION, TC 181 [198-?] - [199-?]
BoxFolder
11 Audiocassette - Carols by the Boyan Choir, Conductor Fred Rekrut, taken from 1959-1960 Practice tapes; Ilarion 1958-1959, - From Sobor Christmas broadcasts [198-?]
2 Audiocassette - A-15 Songs - Petro Bolechiwsky Boyan Ukrainian Opera Singer, Heroic Baritone [1988]

Note: Item has been separated from material in MSS 405, Box 1, Folder 8

1 Photograph Collection 1922-1989

2 videocassette tapes; 6 photographs

3 Photographs with family and Ukrainian organizations [199-?]
4 Dytiachyi' Khor "Ptashenia" Dyr. Halyna Arlamova 1989
5 Videotape - "Koszetz Choir in Prague" [199-?]

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