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Petro Danyliuk fonds
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CA UMASC MSS 338
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5.25 m of textual records and other material.
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Petro Danyliuk was born on March 31, 1923 in Seliatyn, a village in Bukovyna, (then in Romania, now Ukraine). He finished his secondary education in Seliatyn and post-secondary education in the Czech town of Podebrady (1943-1944). He immigrated to Canada in 1947 and received his Canadian citizenship in 1958. Upon his arrival in Canada, Danyliuk quickly became very involved with the Ukrainian community.
He was editor of Holos Molodi (1948-1953) and a distributor of the journal Bukovyna published in Philadelphia (1953-1957). Danyliuk was also a contributor to many Ukrainian newspapers: New Pathway, Canadian Farmer, and Ukrainian Voice. He served on many committees of Ukrainian national organizations, including secretary of the Ukrainian National Youth Federation and the Ukrainian War Veterans Association. In 1970-78 he chaired the auditing commission and then served on the Board of Directors (1978-81) of the Carpathia Credit Union. From 1971 to 1977, he served as secretary on the executive board of the Ukrainian Fraternal Society. He was employed for many years as a linotypist and printer at The New Pathway and later, from 1971 to 1989, at Trident Press, publisher of The Ukrainian Voice and The Canadian Farmer.
His biggest contribution to the Ukrainian community was his collection of Ukrainica, rare calendars, journals, newspapers, pamphlets, books, and correspondence of various Ukrainian institutions and organizations in Canada: including the Ukrainian Self-Reliance League, the Ukrainian Canadian Committee - KUK, the Ukrainian National Federation (UNO), the Organization of Ukrainian Nationalists (OUN), the Canadian Ukrainian Youth Association, and the Ukrainian Fraternal Society.
As a member of the executive board of many Ukrainian organizations, Petro Danyliuk inherited material from the prominent community organizer and educator, Ivan Syrnyk (John Syrnick), who was also a member of the executive board of the Ukrainian Self-Reliance League, Ukrainian Canadian Committee, Consistory of Ukrainian Greek-Orthodox Church of Canada, St. Andrew's College, and editor of Ukrainian Voice (1947-1970).
Petro Danyliuk passed away on November 30, 2010.
The fonds was donated to University of Manitoba Archives & Special Collections by Petro Danyliuk in 2010.
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The fonds consists of Ivan Syrnick's correspondence; Petro Danyliuk's correspondence; correspondence and articles sent to Canadian Farmer and Ukrainian Voice, two major Ukrainian newspapers in Winnipeg; and material pertaining to the Ukrainian Canadian Congresses, Ukrainian Self-Reliance League of Canada, Ukrainian War Veterans' Association, Ukrainian Orthodox Church, Carpathian Credit Union and other Ukrainian organizations. It also consists of rare periodicals published by the Organization of Ukrainian Nationalists, National Youth Organization, and War Veteran's Association. This collection is a valuable contribution to the Archives of the Ukrainian Canadian Experience - covering material of major Ukrainian organizations in Winnipeg.
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Inventory prepared by V. Zvonik