Fonds MSS 206 (A2004-099) - William (Bill) Wsiaki fonds

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William (Bill) Wsiaki fonds

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CA UMASC MSS 206 (A2004-099)

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  • 1939-2000 (Creation)
    Wsiaki, Bill

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43.5 cm of textual records, 111 VHS tapes, 29 Mini DVC tapes, 13 audio tapes

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Bill Wsiaki was born in Wynyard, Saskatchewan in 1955. In 1973, he began his employment with the University of Manitoba Libraries. Currently, he is the Library Supervisor at the Father Harold Drake Library, St. Paul’s College. In addition to being employed at the University of Manitoba, from 1979 to 1989, he contributed news reports, human interest stories, and features and photos to numerous Canadian magazines and newspapers. In 1984, he was one of the official photographers for the Manitoba Papal visit of Pope John Paul II. In 1989, he began WPW Video Productions. From 1989 to 2001, he produced television documentaries and an educational video series. During this period, he received 4 international and 3 national awards for video production. Two of his documentaries were reviewed in the American national audio and video publication called Videomaker. Some of his works are archived at the National Archives in Ottawa and at Yad Vashem in Jerusalem. Topics of his video productions include Catholic religious issues, Ukrainian history and culture, and aboriginal marriage preparation. From 1995 to 1989, he was Winnipeg producer for KONTAKT, the Ukrainian culture and news program produced in Toronto. He has recently contributed a large collection of raw and finished video footage and master tapes to the University of Manitoba Archives. The material includes interviews, dramatizations, and scenes pertaining to the various productions. Also included are archival videos and photos purchased (with copyright clearance) for his work.

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The material was donated to the University of Manitoba Archives & Special Collections by Bill Wsiaki in 2004.

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The fonds consists of records of award winning documentary film producer William (Bill) Wsiaki. It consists of research material and video-recordings pertaining to Ukrainian Canadians and Ukrainian history. It also includes videos used for the development of a television documentary on St. Benedict's Monastery, and videos shot in northern Saskatchewan for a marriage preparation series for aboriginal people in Canada.

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This collection is arranged into 11 series

1. Biographical info
2. St. Benedict's Monastery and Education Centre
3. Ukrainian Organizations, Churches, Events
4. "Again the Spring Returns"
5. St. Andrew's College
6. Koshetz Choir
7. Ukrainian Voice weekly = Ukrains'kyi holos
8. Babi Yar Park
9. Iskohk-Ta-Neso-Pimatisiyahk = For As Long As We Both Shall Live: Marriage Preparation For Native Peoples
PC 185 - Video Collection
TC 109 - Tape Collection

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  • English
  • Ukrainian

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Finding aid created and encoded by Vladimira Zvonik (2005). Revision History: July 26, 2005 - Mss 206, PC 185, TC 109 (A.04-99) converted from EAD 1.0 to 2002 by v1to02.xsl (sy2003-10-15).
Revised by N. Courrier (October 2019).

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