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 (Volyn), 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). She 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 Philosophy at the University of Alberta (1987). Halyna worked as a journalist for Canadian Farmer “Kanadiis’kyi farmer” (1957-1963); New Path “Novyi shliakh” (1963-64, 1966); and Ukrainian Voice “Ukrains’kyi holos”. She also contributed to the Ukrainian Canadian First Congress publication with her article “Violation of Human Rights in Ukraine”. Halyna Muchin published several articles and books on Ukrainian Literature: “Populism and Modernism in Ukrainian Literature 1860 – 1920” (1978) and “The Evolution of the Ukrainian Family and its Portrayal in Illia Kyriiak’s Novel Sons of the Soil” (1978). She belongs to many Ukrainian organizations such as the Ukrainian Women Association and the Ukrainian Canadian Congress (KUK). Halyna Muchin was also a director of the Ukrainian Cultural and Educational Centre (Oseredok) in 1971. She is married to John Muchin.

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John Serge Muchin was born on November 25, 1920 in Odesa, Ukraine. In Ukraine, he graduated from the Pervomaisk Pedagogic Institute (1939) and from the Moscow Artillery College (1941). In Canada, he completed a B.L.S. in Ottawa (1962) and an M.A. in Slavic Studies at the University of Manitoba (1972). John Muchin received his Canadian citizenship in 1956. He moved to Winnipeg from Ottawa in 1963 and became a librarian for J. Richardson & Sons firm in Winnipeg. One year later in 1964, he became 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 is 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 batkiv uniiaty v khudozhestve Korolenka” (1976) and “Slavic Collection of the University of Manitoba” (1970). He was a member of the Ukrainian Free Academy of Science (UVAN), 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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A finding aid can be downloaded from this description by clicking on the Download link under "Finding aid" on the right-hand side of this webpage.

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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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