Fonds MSS 198 (A2004-097) - J.B. Rudnyc'kyj fonds

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J.B. Rudnyc'kyj fonds

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CA UMASC MSS 198 (A2004-097)

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  • 1790, 1834-1853, 1880, 1913-1991 (Creation)
    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 on November 28, 1910 in Peremysl', Ukraine. He was the second of three children of Anthony and Julia Rudnyc'kyj. In 1929, J.B. Rudnyc'kyj registered in the Faculty of Arts at the University of L'viv and began studying Slavic languages and literature. He received his first M.A. Degree in 1934 and received his second M.A. in Polish Philology in 1936. Rudnyc'kyj acquired his Ph.D. degree in 1937. He traveled to Berlin in 1938 to become the technical editor of a comprehensive Ukrainian-German Dictionary . While in Berlin, Rudnyc'kyj was active in writing and lecturing and managed to finish his work on the dictionary, despite being arrested by the Gestapo in 1939 and confined to his home and workplace for a number of years.

Following this success, Rudnyc'kyj accepted an offer to teach in Prague at Charles University in 1941. It was in Prague that he began his life's work, An Etymological Dictionary of the Ukrainian Language , and is where he met and married his wife, Maryna (Lala) Antonovych in 1943. The couple fled Prague prior to the occupation of the city and settled in Rorhrbach, Germany where their first son, Zdan, was born. A daughter, Inka, was born in 1951 in Winnipeg. Rudnyc'kyj continued to write and lecture in a number of academic settings, including the Ukrainian Free University in Munich and Heidelberg University

Due to the devalued German currency, the Rudnyc'kyj's were close to bankruptcy and decided to emigrate to Winnipeg in 1949. Rudnyc'kyj became a "cultural worker" for the Ukrainian Cultural and Educational Centre, started a lecture tour, and assisted in the formation of a Canadian branch of the Ukrainian Free Academy of Sciences - UVAN. In 1949, Rudnyc'kyj was hired by the University of Manitoba as the first professor of Slavic Studies and was instrumental in the formation of the Department of Slavic Studies, including acquiring an extensive collection of Slavic library books, publishing Slavic textbooks, and conducting fundraising campaigns.

Rudnyc'kyj remained an active participant in national and international conferences and assisted in the formation and administration of several organizations, including the Canadian Association of Slavists (CAS), Canadian Linguistic Association (CLA), and Canadian Institute of Onomastic Sciences (CIOS). In 1956, Rudnyc'kyj was appointed special consultant to the Library of Congress in Washington to conduct a survey of and make recommendations for the further development of its Ukrainian holdings. He was also appointed by Prime Minister Lester B. Pearson to the Royal Commission on Bilingualism and Biculturalism in 1963 and served until 1971

Graduate instruction in the Department of Slavic Studies was achieved in the late-1950s and Rudnyc'kyj served as the Department's Head until his retirement in 1977. In addition to Rudnyc'kyj's scholarly work, he also served on the boards of several cultural institutions, including the Winnipeg Public Library, Manitoba Citizenship Council, and various Ukrainian institutions. Dr. Rudnyc'kyj died in Montreal, Quebec on October 19, 1995.

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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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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).

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