Fonds MSS 489 (A2016-034) - Fred and Kay Kuzyk fonds

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Fred and Kay Kuzyk fonds

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CA UMASC MSS 489 (A2016-034)

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4,928 photographs and countless photo negatives
1,709 slides
188 blank postcards
152 images (computer printed)
14 200-foot-8mm film reels
1 150-foot-8mm film reel
4 50-foot-8mm film reels
1 VHS tape
1 600-foot reel-to-reel audio tape
2 8-track audio tapes
6 commercial audio-cassettes
14 original audio-cassettes
2 original audio CDs
1 numbered print
2 unnumbered prints
1 artist’s sketch

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(1922-2016)

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Fred Kuzyk (1922-2016) was born in Glenella, Manitoba, to Ukrainian pioneers Sam and Anna (Sul) Kuzyk. He received his primary education in Poplar Point, Manitoba, where the family relocated in 1928, and his high school education in Brandon, Manitoba. In 1946 he graduated with the degree of Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering from the University of Manitoba in Winnipeg. During the next few years, he was employed as an engineer on the electrification of rural Manitoba. In 1949, the year he married Kay, Fred established Amalgamated Construction, a road building company that he operated until his retirement in 1997. The company constructed over 500 miles of roads and participated in the construction of the Red River Floodway during the 1960s. Fred was a long-time member of the Association of Professional Engineers, and the Manitoba Road Builders’ Association. He also played a leading role as participant and organizer in many Faculty of Engineering, Class of ’46 Reunions. Within the local Ukrainian-Canadian community, Fred was actively involved with Ukrainian Catholic parish life, the “Obnova” student society, and St. Vladimir’s College in Roblin. He was a long-time member of the Knights of Columbus, St. Joseph’s Ukrainian Catholic Branch; the Ukrainian Professional and Business Club (UPBC) of Winnipeg; and the Sons of Ukrainian Pioneers (SOUP) Club. Beginning in the 1950s and for the remainder of his life Fred was actively involved in efforts to establish and then to sustain the Holy Family Nursing Home in Winnipeg.

Fred (Frederick Theodore) Kuzyk and Kay (Catherine; nee Sawchuk) Kuzyk were married for 66 years. They were an upwardly mobile, Ukrainian-Canadian couple who raised 6 children and were active in many of Winnipeg’s Ukrainian-Canadian organizations and institutions.

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(1930-2015)

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Kay (Sawchuk) Kuzyk (1930-2015) was born in Winnipegosis, Manitoba, to Michael and Juliana Sawchuk. The family relocated to Transcona, where Kay took piano lessons, participated in the local branch of the Ukrainian Catholic Youth, and graduated from Transcona High School in 1947. In 1949, she married Fred. In addition to her responsibilities as the mother of six children (Teresa, Mimi (Marilyn), Monica, Myron, Christine and Kathryn) and a grandmother, Kay was a very active member of Winnipeg’s O. Koshetz Choir. She held various executive positions in the organization, participated in the Choir’s tours of Ukraine, Europe and South America between 1978 and 1993, and with Fred, hosted many prominent Ukrainian-Canadian and visiting Ukrainian conductors, composers and singers, in the family home.

Fred (Frederick Theodore) Kuzyk and Kay (Catherine; nee Sawchuk) Kuzyk were married for 66 years. They were an upwardly mobile, Ukrainian-Canadian couple who raised 6 children and were active in many of Winnipeg’s Ukrainian-Canadian organizations and institutions.

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Donated by Stella Hryniuk in 2016

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The collection consists of a relatively small selection of documents (biographical sketches, birth certificates, school transcripts, memorabilia, correspondence, certificates of recognition, newspaper clippings, concert and cultural event programs) and a very large number of photographs, slides, photo negatives and audio-visual materials. All of the materials document, in great detail, the private lives of Fred and Kay and their children and grandchildren, as well as Fred’s and Kay’s involvement in various community organizations, in particular Fred’s involvement with the University of Manitoba’s Faculty of Engineering Class of ’46 Reunions, and Kay’s participation in Winnipeg’s O. Koshetz Choir. The photographs record Fred’s and Kay’s lives from childhood and adolescence, in the 1920s and 1930s, to old age during the 2000s and document virtually all of their private and community activities.

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Finding aid created by Orest Martynowych (January 2020).

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