Robert Klymasz:

An Inventory of His Papers at the University of Manitoba Archives & Special Collections

Inventory prepared by Vladimira Zvonik
University of Manitoba Archives & Special Collections
Winnipeg, MB

Finding aid encoded by Vladimira Zvonik (2005)
Finding aid written in English.

Collection Summary

University of Manitoba Archives & Special Collections,
Winnipeg, MB

Robert Bohdan Klymasz

Robert Klymasz fonds


25 cm of textual material

Mss 176 (A.05-52)

English and Ukrainian

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Biography of Robert Bohdan Klymasz

Dr. Robert Bohdan Klymasz was born in Toronto, Ontario in 1936. In 1957 he obtained his 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 1962, and they have two daughters Andrea and Lara. In 1967 he joined the Canadian Museum of Civilization and served as its first program 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, Department of Folklore, Memorial University (Newfoundland); visiting professor in Folklore and Slavic Studies at the University of California at Los Angeles; and visiting scholar at the Harvard Divinity School. In 2000 he was named Curator Emeritus with the Canadian Museum of Civilization, and is currently an adjunct professor with the Department of German & Slavic Studies (University of Manitoba). 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).

In 1993, under a contract 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 to live in. The early work was low-key in nature, focusing on the town’s life and culture, attending for example, 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. 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.

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Scope and Contents of the Collection

The fonds consists of documentation and research material pertaining to Archival Research Project on Walter Klymkiw.

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Arrangement of the Papers

This collection is arranged into three series

  • 1. Manuscript
  • 2. Documentation and Research Material
  • 3. "Playing around with Choir" - correspondence and other papers of W. Klymkiw related to typescript

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Restrictions on Access

No restriction on access

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Restrictions on Use

No restriction on Use

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Index Terms




Ukrainian Canadians

Walter Klymkiw

Koshetz Choir

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Related Materials

Mss 146 - Klymkiw Family fonds

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Custodial History

The accession A.05-52 was donated to the Archives & Special Collections by Dr. Robert Klymasz in 2005.

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Other Finding Aids

Mss 176 (A.02-32; A.03-87) PC 170

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Detailed Description of the Collection

Manuscript - "Playing Around With Choir", [ August 2005, ]

The correspondence and other papers of Walter P. Klymkiw: selection, translations, editing, inputting and compilation by Robert B. Klymasz, Ph.D.

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Documentation and Research Material, 1945-2005
12 Walter P. Klymkiw - Archival Research Project, 2003
13 CIUS - Grant Application, 2002
4 CIUS - Research Grant and Correspondence, 2002-2005
5 Research Project - research material, notes, 2 computer discs, [ 1950-2001 ]
6 Walter Klymkiw's Application for Olexander Koshetz Research Grant, July 14, 1984
7 Copyright Act - Correspondence, September 27, 2004
8 Sawytsky (Savyts'kyi, R). - articles, bibliography, photographs, 1956-2002
9 Ostashewski, M. - "Ukrainian Maidens and Mothers: Tradition as Power in Modern Canada", 2004-2005
10 Jonas, H. - Interview with W. Klymkiw (transcript), October 24, 1999
11 Mss 146 - Walter Klymkiw fonds, University of Manitoba Archives & Special Collection, 2001-2003

(annotated by R. Klymasz)

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"Playing Around with Choir" - correspondence and other papers of W. Klymkiw related to typescript, 1945-2005
112 1945-1959
13 1960-1964
21 1965-1969
2 1970-1974
3 1975-1979
4 1980-1984
5 1985
6 1986
7 1987
8 1988-1989
9 1990-1994
10 1995-1996
11 1997-2001

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