Fonds MSS 391 - Michael Tataryn fonds

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Michael Tataryn fonds

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  • Textual record
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  • 1939 - 2006 (Creation)
    Tataryn, Michael

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0.4 m of textual records, 0.1 m of photographic records (264 photographs, 88 negatives, 1 contact sheet).

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Biographical history

Michael William Tataryn was born in St. Norbert, Winnipeg, to Wasyl and Frances Tataryn. He served in the army in the Second World War. He met Sophia Capiak in Thunder Bay and they were married in Winnipeg in 1950 during the Red River flood. They had seven children: Oksana, Taras, Paul, Mary, Marta, Andrew, and Peter.

Over the years, they made their home in Neepawa, Pine Falls, Prince George, and Dauphin, and settled in Howden, Manitoba. Michael became heavily involved with the [Assumption of the] Blessed Virgin Mary Ukrainian Catholic Church and the Taras Shevchenko Ukrainian Catholic Community Hall in St. Norbert. He extensively documented the damage from the 1997 flood to the church and hall, and dedicated himself to raising funds towards restoration efforts.

Custodial history

The records were transferred to the University of Manitoba Archives & Special Collections by Oksana Douchant (daughter of Michael Tataryn) in 2012.

Scope and content

The accession has been divided into four series.

The first series consists of records relating to the [Assumption of the] Blessed Virgin Mary Ukrainian Catholic Church in St. Norbert, including a brief history of the church researched and written by Michael Tataryn; meeting minutes; church newsletters; financial, insurance, and tax records; cemetery records; bylaw records and records related to the incorporation of the church and its status as a charitable organization; and records related to the impact of the 1997 flood on the church and the surrounding community.

The second series consists of records related to the Taras Shevchenko Ukrainian Catholic Community Hall on Lot 58, which later amalgamated with St. Joseph Social Club, was moved onto Lot 49, and was renamed Howden Community Centre. These include community hall logs and miscellaneous records kept by Michael and Sophie Tataryn, hall meeting minutes, records related to community events, and records related to the impact of the 1997 flood on the community hall and surrounding community.

The third series consists of research collected by Michael Tataryn related to the Royal Municipality of Ritchot, including its history, maps of the area, certificates of title to the land for Lot 41, lists of reeves and councilors, collectors’ rolls, minutes of the council meetings, as well as records related to the Ritchot Centennial.

The fourth and final series is the photograph collection. The photographs document the extensive damage to the Taras Shevchenko Ukrainian Catholic Community Hall and the Blessed Virgin Mary Ukrainian Catholic Church in the 1997 flood, restoration efforts by members of the community and by outsiders, and various other church and community hall events and members from the years 1996 to 2001.

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  • English
  • Ukrainian

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  • Cyrillic

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Users must abide by relevant copyright legislation.

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No further accruals are expected.

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Photograph Collection

PC 336



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Fonds processed by Marta Dabros in May 2013 and uploaded to AtoM in December 2013.

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  • English
  • Ukrainian

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