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J.B. Rudnyc'kyj fonds
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- Rudnyc'kyj, J.B.
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7.95 m of textual records and other material
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Jaroslav Bohdan Rudnyc'kyj was born to Ukrainian parents on November 28, 1910 in Przemyśl (Peremyshl') Austro-Hungarian Empire (now Poland). Rudnyckyj graduated with a Ph.D. from the University of Lviv in 1937, specializing in Slavic philology and the onomastics (geographical place names) of eastern Europe. To continue these and other studies abroad, he left his homeland in 1937, staying for short periods in Berlin, Munich, Rome, and Paris before lecturing in Slavic philology at the Ukrainian Free University, at Charles University in Prague, and at the University of Heidelberg. In 1949, shortly after his immigration to Canada, he was appointed Chairman of the new Department of Slavic Studies at the University of Manitoba, a position he held until 1976. He was also a co-founder of the Canadian branch of the Ukrainian Free Academy of Sciences (UVAN) in Winnipeg, serving as its president (1955-1970).
From 1963 to 1971, Rudnyckyj was a member of the Canadian Royal Commission on Bilingualism and Biculturalism where he promoted the idea of a multilingual Canada. Rudnyc'kyj not only published widely and extensively but was also instrumental in developing a major Slavic collection for the University of Manitoba Libraries. He was interested in the philologies and literatures of East European languages, in the Slavic experience in Canada, and in the origin of place names. Rudnyc'kyj's publications consist of hundreds of articles and reviews, etymological dictionaries, translations, travel diaries, and onomastic studies. Rudnyc'kyj died in Montreal, Quebec on October 19, 1995.
The material was donated to the University of Manitoba Archives & Special Collections by Library and Archives Canada in 2004.
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The textual material in the fonds pertains to J.B. Rudnyc'kyj's personal and professional life. This material includes correspondence, notes, receipts, minutes,agendas, programs, publications, maps, papers, essays, exams, galley proofs, drafts, financial ledgers, index cards, and posters primarily relating to Rudnyc'kyj's career as an educator, academic scholar, and author in the fields of linguistics and onomastics, as well as his organizational affiliations and his personal life. The microfilm collection consists of thirty-five reels of J.B. Rudnyc'kyj's library and other literary works. The photograph collection contains twenty-six photographs, primarily including photographic reprints of literary works. The fonds also includes one audio-cassette of a Radio-Canada International Ukrainian language broadcast in which J.B. Rudnyc'kyj discusses his involvement in the Bilingual/Bicultural Commission.
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Some files are restricted because they contain personal information. Please contact the archives for further information.
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A finding aid can be downloaded from the fonds-level description by clicking on the “Download’ link under “Finding Aid” on the right hand side of the screen.
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A previous accession of material (A.91-53) was acquired by the University of Manitoba Archives & Special Collections and is stored in the Rare Book Room (RBR PG 34 R845 1991). Another accession (A.99-36) was acquired by Archives & Special Collections and has not been processed. Library and Archives Canada also features an extensive collection of material relating to J.B. Rudnyc'kyj.
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Finding aid created and encoded by Brett Lougheed (June 2005). Revision History:
July 26, 2005 - MSS 198, MF 25, PC 187, TC 110 (A.04-97) converted from EAD 1.0 to 2002 by v1to02.xsl (sy2003-10-15).
Revised by N. Courrier (December 2019).