Fonds MSS 365 - Halyna and John Muchin fonds

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Halyna and John Muchin fonds

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  • 1923 - 2007 (Creation)
    Muchin, Halyna
  • 1923 - 2007 (Creation)
    Muchin, J. S.

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1.62 m of textual records and other material

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Halyna Muchin (nee Ianchyk) was born on April 11, 1930 in Kolky Volhynia, in what was then part of eastern Poland (now Ukraine). Her family came to Canada after the Second World War. She graduated from the University of Manitoba with a B.A. (1978) and an M.A. (1980). Halyna was awarded the Izaak Walton Killam Pre-doctoral Scholarship in 1980, 1981, and 1982 and further pursued her education by completing her Ph.D. in Slavic Studies at the University of Alberta (1987). Halyna worked as a journalist for the “Canadian Farmer” (Kanadiis’kyi farmer) (1957-1963); the “New Pathway” (Novyi shliakh) (1963-64, 1966); and the “Ukrainian Voice” (Ukrains’kyi holos). She also co-edited a collection published by the First World Congress of Free Ukrainians entitled “Violation of Human Rights in Ukraine: documents” (1970). Halyna Muchin’s scholarly publications included articles in Suchasnist’ and her dissertations on Ukrainian Literature: “The Evolution of the Ukrainian Family and its Portrayal in Illia Kyriiak’s Novel Sons of the Soil” (MA, 1978) and “Populism and Modernism in Ukrainian Literature, 1860 – 1920” (PhD, 1987). She also co-authored (with Orysia Tracz) 50 years of service to the Ukrainian community: Carpathia Credit Union (1990). She belonged to many Ukrainian organizations such as the Ukrainian Women’s Association of Canada, and the Ukrainian Canadian Congress (KUK). Halyna Muchin also served as director of the Ukrainian Cultural and Educational Centre (Oseredok) in the early 1970s. She was married to John Muchin. Halyna Muchin passed away on March 13, 2016 in Newmarket, Ontario.

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John Serge Muchin was born on November 25, 1920 in Odesa, Ukraine during the Civil War. He graduated from the Pervomaisk Pedagogic Institute (1939) in Mykolaiv Oblast, UkrainianSSR and from the Moscow Artillery College (1941). In Canada, he completed a B.L.S. at the University of Ottawa (1962) and an M.A. in Slavic Studies at the University of Manitoba (1972). John Muchin received his Canadian citizenship in 1956. He returned to Winnipeg in 1963 and became a librarian for the J. Richardson & Sons firm. One year later in 1964, he became the Slavic Librarian and cataloguer at the University of Manitoba, replacing Otto Bruer (1962-1964). As a Slavic Librarian and Slavic cataloguer, he increased collection volume from 5000 in 1964 to 56,000 in 1990. In 1968, he became Head of the Special Collections Department at the University of Manitoba and held that post until 1990. His biggest contribution to the Slavic Collection was compiling a card catalogue of all Ukrainian books published in Canada. His Canadiana catalogue is held in University of Manitoba Archives and Special Collections. John Muchin published two books: “Za viru bat’kiv: Uniiaty v khudozhnikh tvorakh V.G. Korolenka” (1976) and “Slavic Collection of the University of Manitoba” (1970). He was a member of the Ukrainian Free Academy of Sciences (UVAN), the Manitoba Library Association, and the Ukrainian Cultural and Educational Centre. John Muchin passed away on June 19, 2013 in King City, Ontario.

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The fonds was donated to University of Manitoba Archives & Special Collections by John Muchin in 2012.

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The fonds consists of biographical information, Halyna Muchin's essays, articles and research material, Halyna and John Muchin's correspondence, and John Muchin's Canadiana Index Card Catalogue.

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Ukrainian Literature Research Material is located in the Slavic Collection Office. Database of Index Card Catalogue: Ukrainian books published in Canada (Canadiana) will be posted on line.

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Fonds consists of one accrual: A2011-076

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CA UMASC Mss 365 (A.11-76)

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Inventory and Finding aid prepared by V. Zvonik (2012)
Entered into AtoM by Natalie Vielfaure (2017)

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