Wednesday, May 1, 2013
The new National Atlas of Russia = Natsional'nyi Atlas Rossii is published by the Ministry of Transport of the Russian Federation, and the Federal Agency of Geodesy and Cartography, This is the first major such work since the breakup of the Soviet Union. It consist of 4 volumes: Volume 1: The National Atlas; Volume 2: Nature and Ecology; Volume 3: Populations an Economics; and Volume 4: History and Culture. Volume 1 provides information on the general geographic characteristics of the Russian Federation and its regions. --, focusing on the individual political and administrative units of the country. Although Volume 1 provides a historical overview of Russia, Volume 4 provides a more detailed historical account of various periods, with accompanying maps.
The National Atlas of Russia is held in the Atlas Section in the Elizabeth Dafoe Library's Reference Room, under the call number G 2140 F44 2004 t. 1-4.
Monday, April 1, 2013
The cover of the August/ September 2012 issue of Polonistyka
One of the Polish language journals that the University of Manitoba Libraries subscribes to, in the area of Polish philology is, Polonistyka. This monthly journal discusses Polish language pedagogy, including instructional teaching at various levels of language comprehension.
The most recent issues are displayed on the Slavic Collection’s Current Periodical Shelf, while the older issues are available in the Slavic Collection's main stacks, under the call # Slav Per 491.8 P767
Friday, March 1, 2013
Natsional'nyi Atlas Ukrainy = The National Atlas of Ukraine
Several years in the making, the National Atlas of Ukraine was officially published in 2007, under the auspices of the National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine. This important work is over 400 pages in length, and containing nearly 900 maps, diagrams and illustrations. The atlas is divided into six sections: General characteristics; History; Natural Conditions and Natural Resources; Population and Human Development, "Business", and "Ecological State of the Environment.
The National Atlas of Ukraine is held in the Atlas Section in the Elizabeth Dafoe Library's Reference Room, under the call number G 2150 N38 2007.
Friday, February 15, 2013
Natsyianal'nyi Atlas Belarusi = The National Atlas of Belarus
Many of the post-Soviet countries have published national atlas's since becoming independent in 1991, including, Belarus. The National Atlas of Belarus (2002) is divided into 19 sections, and focuses on such areas as: territory; population; climate; ecology; agriculture; culture; science; and industry, In addition, there is a section devoted to the history of Belarus, for example, several maps cover the period of the Grand Duchy of Litva. The atlas was created under the auspices of the Council of Minister of the Republic of Belarus, whose committee oversees land resources, geodesy and cartography.
The National Atlas of Belarus is held in the Atlas Section in the Elizabeth Dafoe Library's Reference Room, under the call number G 2145 R4 2002
Saturday, February 2, 2013
Michael Ewanchuk in 1941, Bachelor of Education,
University of Manitoba
University of Manitoba
(The Michael Ewanchuk fonds MSS 75, PC 96 - U of M Archives & Special Collections)
Born in 1908 in Gimli, Manitoba, Michael Ewanchuk was the son of pioneer settlers. Upon graduating from Gimli High School, he worked at Ford's in Detroit, and attended the Detroit Institute of Technology and Detroit City College (now Wayne State University). He received his B.A., B.Ed., and M.Ed. degrees from the University of Manitoba. He later received two honorary Doctoral degrees from the University of Manitoba (St. John's College), and the University of Winnipeg. Upon completion of his service with the Royal Canadian Air Force in 1946, he was appointed Inspector of Schools. Ewanchuk served on various curriculum committees and was chairman of a committee that organized the introduction of Ukrainian instruction in the high schools of Manitoba. He was elected president of the Canadian Association of School Superintendents and Inspectors and for several years was member of the Educational Showplace Committee in Toronto. Interested in oral history, Ewanchuk conducted a series of interviews in the 1930's with Ukrainian seniors and began writing oral histories. In the 1970s and 1980s , he continued to conduct futher interviews with Ukrainian Canadian pioneers. Those chosen by Dr. Ewanchuk to be interviewed included: both women and men; people of different strata of society; and individuals who settled or lived in various regions of Manitoba (for example, the Ethelbert – Dauphin Region, the Interlake; and the Vita area).
Dr. Ewanchuk began to donate portions of his archives to the University of Manitoba Archives & Special Collections in the 1990s, and continued to do so, up until his passing in 2004. The fonds is organized in several accessions, and includes textual reocrds (including correspondence, drafts of his many publications on Ukrainian pioneer life in Manitoba, etc.); audio recordings of the pioneer interviews conducted in the 1970s, and 1980s; and a large photograph collection (containing family, community and historical photographs). The Michael Ewanchuk fonds is available to view in the U of M Archives & Special Collections, 330 Elizabeth Dafoe Library ( MSS 75, A.90-32, A.94-03, A.99-72, A.02-19, A.02-33, A.04-129, A.06-55, PC 96, TC 105). In addition, a portion of the Ewanchuk photographs were digitized, and are available on the Archives' Prairie Immigration Experience's website.
Wednesday, January 16, 2013
Front page of the December 25, 2012 issue of Izvestiia
The University of Manitoba Libraries (UML) has purchased the digital archives database of Izvestiia, the Kremlin’s official newspaper. The paper is available online, from 1917 to 2010, and contains both full-image and text scans of the original newspaper. In addition, the UML, has purchased an online subscription to the newspaper, for the subsequent years, beginning with 2011. The Izvestiia Digital Archive chronicles Soviet society from revolutionary times to the U.S.S.R.'s break, -- and to the present day Post-Soviet Russia.
East View Information Services' Izvestiia Digital Archives contains over 25,000 continuous issues. With approximately 300,000 photographs and other graphics, and nearly 1,000,000 articles. The Izvestiia Database may be accessed through, the U of M online catalogue, by doing a "journal title" search using the term 'Izvestiia', or through the online Database A-Z link, under the letter "I". Free access is available to current faculty, students, and staff of the University of Manitoba.