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, Manitoba
(2008)

Finding aid encoded by V. Zvonik (2008)
Finding aid written in English.



Collection Summary

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

Creator:
Robert Klymasz

Title:
Robert Klymasz fonds

Dates:
1930-2008

Quantity:
36 cm of textual material, 10 photographs, and other material

English, Ukrainian

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Biography of Robert Klymasz

Dr. Robert Bohdan Klymasz was born in Toronto, Ontario in 1936. In 1957 he obtained his BA 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 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, 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. Upon his retirement 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). Dr. Klymasz also published many reviews of books and exhibitions in Canada's ethnic press (Ukrainian and Icelandic ). He continues to pursue his recent interest with the grants from the University of Alberta (CIUS) and the University of Manitoba (CUCS). 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 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 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. In 2006-2008 he completed several archival research projects: A priest, a maestro, a community: epistolary insights into the music culture of Winnipeg's Ukrainian community, 1936-1944 (2006-07); Winnipeg Papers on Ukrainian Music (2008); Nuggets from the past: quotations on the Ukrainian experience in Canada (2007). The manuscripts are held at the University of Manitoba Archives & Special Collections.

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Scope and Contents of the Collection

The accession (A.08-36) consists of correspondence, various archival research projects: A priest, a maestro, a community: epistolary insights into the music culture of Winnipeg's Ukrainian community, 1936-1944 (2006-07); Winnipeg Papers on Ukrainian Music (2008); Nuggets from the past: quotations on the Ukrainian experience in Canada (2007), and photographs from his family archives (PC 170).

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Arrangement of the Papers

This collection is arranged into 4 series and PC 170

  • 1. Biographical info
  • 2. Archival Research Projects
  • 3. Correspondence
  • 4. Shevchenko Medal
  • PC 170 - Photograph Collections

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Restrictions on Access

No restrictions on access.

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Restrictions on Use

No restrictions on use.

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Custodial History

The accession was donated by Dr. Robert Klymasz in 2008.

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Other Finding Aids

Accessions: A.02-32, A.03-87; A.05-52; A.06-61; A.07-29; A.07-29.

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Detailed Description of the Collection

Biographical info
BoxFolder
11 Shevchenko Medalist, October 2007

(correspondence, and newspaper clippings)

(Shevchenko Medal - see box 4)

2 72nd Birthday - birthday card, May 2008

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Archival research projects, presentations, courses, speeches, and articles
BoxFolder
13-5 A priest, a maestro, a community: epistolary insights into the music culture of Winnipeg's Ukrainian community, 1936-1944 by R. Klymasz for the Centre for Ukrainian Canadian Studies, University of Manitoba, 2006-2007

(unpublished work-project)

6-7 Winnipeg Papers on Ukrainian Music, compiled by R. Klymasz for the Centre for Ukrainian Canadian Studies, University of Manitoba, June 2008

(master copy)

8Nuggets from the past: quotations on the Ukrainian experience in Canada, compiled by R. Klymasz and presented by D. Hlynka, December 2007

(master copy)

9-13 Nuggets from the past: quotations on the Ukrainian experience in Canada ...- Research material, annotated notes, 1953-2001
BoxFolder
21 Ukrainian Canadian Folklore: Online Course, 2003-2004
2 Sandy Hook Session by R. Klymasz - article, 1953

(from Ukrainian Digest, July-August, 1953)

3 Articles, editorials, 2001-2008
4 Centre for Ukrainian and Canadian Folklore - Presentation, correspondence, newspaper articles, October 2006
5 Landmarks: a beginner's guide to the Ukrainian Canadian Experience, 2007
6 Lives lived - Leo Friman Kristjanson, 2005

(not published)

7 UVAN - Ukrainian Academy of Arts and Sciences in Canada - Committees, Minutes, 2004-2007

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Correspondence 1990's-2008
BoxFolder
28 Canadian Slavonic Papers, September 21, 2007
9 Roman Sawycky, 2001-2007

(includes Sawyckyj's articles, correspondence, research material)

10 Correspondence, 2003-2007
11 Correspondence, 2007
12 Correspondence, 2007-2008
13-14 Correspondence, 2008
15 Correspondence - Church Reports, Announcements, Newsletters, 2007-2008
BoxFolder
31 Shevchenko Monument in Ottawa (sculptor Leo Mol) - newspaper clippings), 2007
2 Ukrainian Art Postcards, 1990's
3 Correspondence - N. Radawetz, St. Volodymyr Museum, 2006-2007
4 Correspondence - John Dolinsky, 2002,2004

(includes newspaper clippings and John Dolinsky's photograph)

5 Correspondence - S. Holyck Hunchuck, 2007
6 Correspondence re: Frances Swyripa - John-Paul Himka, 2008
7 Sanctuary Project - Preliminary Survey: Existing Publications, Projects, and Collections Pertaining to the Material Culture of Ukrainian Churches... by Frances Swyripa, January 26, 2008
8 Sanctuary Project - Workshop Planning - Final Program, January 2008
9 Centre for Ukrainian Canadian Studies - Membership, Meetings, January 2008
10 UVAN - Financial Report, 2005-2007
11 Centre for Ukrainian Canadian Studies- Agendas, Reports, Announcements, 2007-2008
12 Ukrainian Cultural and Educational Centre (Oseredok) - Annual Report, 2007-2008
13 Ukrainian Cultural Events - Announcements, 2007-2008
14 Ambassador of Ukraine, Ihor Ostashi, and President of Ukraine, Victor Yushchenko in Winnipeg at the University of Winnipeg - announcement, 2008
15 Bulletin of the Folklore Studies Association of Canada, 2007-2008
16 Field notes from Ukrainian Canada - newsletter, 2005-2008

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Taras Shevchenko Medal
BoxFolder
4 Taras Shevchenko Medal given to R. Klymasz on October 20, 2007

(for correspondence, newspaper clippings see box 1, Fd.1)

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PC 170 - Photograph Collection 1930 - 2004

Explanatory notes were provided by Robert Klymasz.

BoxFolder
11 R. Klymasz, M. Einarsson, 2004

(2 photographs)

2 R. Klymasz, Shirley Klymasz, 1990

(2 photographs)

3 Family Archives, 1930's -1950's

(3 photographs)

4 R. Klymasz, Ukrainian protesters (political prisoners USSR), 1960's-1970's

(3 photographs)

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