Call Number: MSS 213 , Tc 112, Pc 189 (A.04-126;
Title: Dr. Iraida Tarnawecky fonds.
Extent: 1.49 m of textual records and other material.
Biographical sketch: Dr. Iraida Gerus Tarnawecky
was born in Pochaiv, Volyn’, Ukraine in 1924. In 1949 she
obtained her B.Sc. from the Georgia Augusta University, Goettingen,
Germany. After immigrating to Canada in 1950, she obtained her M.A.
from the University of Manitoba (1964); and her PhD. from the Ukrainian
Free University (Munich, Germany, 1965). Dr. Tarnawecky was married
to the late Professor Emeritus Michael Tarnawecky, and has two daughters,
Marusia and Natalka. From 1963-1968, she served as a sessional and
full-time lecturer with the Department of Slavic Studies (University
of Manitoba); in 1968 she was appointed assistant professor with
the department; promoted to the rank of associate professor in 1975;
and to the rank of full professor in 1984. Upon her retirement from
the Department of German and Slavic Studies, Dr. Tarnawecky was
honoured with the title of Senior Scholar.
Dr. Tarnawecky is a renowned Slavic linguist and onomastist, who
has a keen interest in Slavic philology and Cyrillic paleography.
Her publications include 2 books and many articles pertaining to
her research field, and is published both nationally and internationally.
One of her most important publications is entitled, East Slavic
Cyrillica in Canadian Depositories (1981), a monograph identifying
Canadian collections, both private and public, containing cyrillic
manuscripts and early books. In order to compile the material for
her research, Dr. Tarnawecky visited 87 institutions and private
collections throughout Canada. In 1974, Dr. Tarnawecky was the first
Canadian academic chosen in an agreement between the Canada Council,
and the former U.S.S.R. Academy of Sciences, to carry out a research
program in the history of Slavic languages at the Linguistic Institute
in Moscow and Kyiv. She has remained active throughout her career
in various associations and committees, including: vice-president,
Canadian Society for the Study of Names; chairperson, Humanities
Section, Ukrainian Academy of Sciences in Canada (UVAN); member
of the senate for St. Andrew’s College Library; editior of
the Onomastica series; and a former member of the Canada Council
Selection Committee for Doctoral Scholarships in the Humanities
and Social Sciences.
Scope and content:
Accession A.04-126 consists of the following series: i) Biographical
ii) Correspondence (subseries; career and personal) iii) Publications
by I. Tarnawecky iv) Research Material v) Photographs vi) Audio-recordings
(Ukrainian pioneer recordings conducted by Ms. Dorothy Cherewick)
Accession A.07-06 consists of the following series: i) Biographical
Correspondence iii) Research Material iv) Publications by I. Tarnawecky
v) Miscellaneous vi) Audio-recordings vii) Photographs.
The fonds was donated by Dr. Iraida Tarnawecky , to the Department
of Archives & Special Collections in 2004 and 2007, accessions
A.04-126 and A.07-06.
Source of supplied title:
Based on contents of the fonds.
English and Ukrainian
Further accruals are not expected
Finding aids available: