Call Number: Mss 206, Pc 185, Tc 109 (A.04-99)
Title: William (Bill) Wsiaki fonds.
Extent: 43.5 cm of textual records. -- 112 VHS
tapes. -- 29 Mini DVC. -- 13 audiotapes.
Biographical sketch: Bill Wsiaki was born in Wynyard,
Saskatchewan in 1955. In 1973, he began his employment with the
University of Manitoba Libraries. Currently, he is the Library Supervisor
at the Father Harold Drake Library, St. Paul’s College. In
addition to being employed at the University of Manitoba, from 1979
to 1989, he contributed news reports, human interest stories, and
features and photos to numerous Canadian magazines and newspapers.
In 1984, he was one of the official photographers for the Manitoba
Papal visit of Pope John Paul II.
In 1989, he began WPW Video Productions. From 1989 to 2001, he produced
television documentaries and educational video series. During this
received 4 international and 3 national awards for video production.
Two of his
documentaries were reviewed in the American national audio and video
publication called Videomaker. Some of his works are archived at
Archives in Ottawa and at Yad Vashem in Jerusalem. Topics of his
productions include Catholic religious issues, Ukrainian history
and culture, and aboriginal marriage preparation. From 1995 to 1989,
he was the Winnipeg producer for KONTAKT, the Ukrainian culture
and news program produced in Toronto. He has recently contributed
a large collection of raw and finished video footage and master
tapes to the University of Manitoba Archives. The material includes
interviews, dramatizations, and scenes pertaining to the various
productions. Also included are archival videos and photos purchased
(with copyright clearance) for his work.
Custodial history: The material was donated to
the University of Manitoba
Archives & Special Collections by Bill Wsiaki in 2004.
Scope and content: The fonds consists of records
of award winning documentary film producer William (Bill) Wsiaki.
It consists of research material and video-recordings pertaining
to Ukrainian Canadians and Ukrainian history. It also includes videos
used for the development of a television documentary on St. Benedict's
Monastery, and videos shot in northern Saskatchewan for a marriage
preparation series for aboriginal people in Canada.
Restrictions: There are no restrictions on access
to this material.
Accruals: Further accruals to the fonds are not
Finding aid: A printed finding aid is available
in the Archives reading room and an electronic finding aid is available
at the link below:
206, Pc 185, Tc 109 (A.04-99)