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Call Number: MSS 213 , Tc 112, Pc 189 (A.04-126; A.07-06)

Title: Dr. Iraida Tarnawecky fonds.

Dates: 1695-2001.

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) vii) Miscellaneous.

Accession A.07-06 consists of the following series: i) Biographical ii)
Correspondence iii) Research Material iv) Publications by I. Tarnawecky v) Miscellaneous vi) Audio-recordings vii) Photographs.

Custodial history:
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

No restrictions.

Further accruals are not expected

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