Wednesday, December 1, 2010

The Belarusian Journal -- Arche

Arche is an independent Belarusian inter-disciplinary bimonthly periodical. Established in 1998, Arche is a venue which brings together Belarusian intellectuals to discuss issues affecting Belarusian society, such as: politics, history, language, economics, etc.. It has also published the translated works of non-Belarusian writers, historians, politicians, such as: Vaclav Havel, Taras Kuzio, and Zbigniew Brzezinski. The articles included in Arche have often been in conflict with the views of the authorities in Belarus, especially those covering the rule of Belarusian President Alyaksandr Lukashenka.

Arche is available electronically through the University of Manitoba Libraries, as well as in paper format in the Elizabeth Dafoe Library’s Slavic Collection’s main stacks, under the call number, Slav DK 507.32 A735, -- with the most recent issue displayed on the Slavic Collection’s Current Periodical Shelf.

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Coming Soon to the UML Electronic Resources...

The University of Manitoba Libraries has purchased a subscription to the Russian Social Sciences and Humanities Online Database from Eastview Information Services. This database contains some 80 plus core journals in Russian Studies, including: Druzhba narodov; Novyi mir; Gosudarstvo i pravo; and Isskustvo kino. All articles are available in full-text format, allowing students, faculty and researchers instantaneous access to the articles of these journals.

This interdiscipinary database contains periodicals covering a wide area in Russian Studies - literary studies; socio-economic issues, ethnic relations; political science, linguistics, psychology, etc. This important resource will be up and running on the UML's Articles & Database page within the next month.

Friday, October 1, 2010

The Russian journal -- Russkii iazyk za rubezhom

The University of Manitoba Libraries subscribes to the Russian journal, Russkii iazyk za rubezhom = The Russian language abroad, which discusses Russian language pedagogy, including its teaching to non-Russian speakers. This quarterly journal is published by the Lomonsov Moscow State University, and the Pushkin State Institute of the Russian Language. It is a great resource for those teaching the Russian language at various levels, -- often containing articles by faculty and language instructors, that discuss instructional methods that have proved successful in their own work and research.

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 call # PG 2065 A1 R964

Wednesday, September 1, 2010

Ukrainian literary journal -- Kur’ier kryvbasu

For the past 3 years, the University of Manitoba Libraries has been subscribing to the Ukrainian literary journal, Kur’ier kryvbasu, published in Kryvyi Rih, Ukraine (by Trudovyi kolektiv tovarystva “Zvezda-4”). This important academic periodical began publication in 1994, and covers prose, poetry and journalistic writing, as well as literary criticism. Another important feature of this journal is the section devoted to new and forthcoming titles published in Ukraine on various disciplines in the humanities and social sciences. The head editor is Hryhorii Huseinov, a talented writer and ethnographer who is the recipient of several esteemed literary prizes and awards, including: the coveted Shevchenko literary prize, and the prestigious Tatiana and Omelan Antonovych award.

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 call # DK 508.95 K79 K87

Sunday, August 1, 2010

Encyklopedia Polskiej Emigracji i Polonii

The University of Manitoba Libraries has purchased the Encyklopedia polskiej emigracji i Polonii = The Encyclopedia of Polish Emigration and Polonia, through the generosity of the Margaret and William Stobie Library Fund. This 5-volume set is edited by Polish academic Kazimierz Doperiala, and published by Oficyna Wydawnicza Kucharski, in Torun, Poland. The coverage is mostly of individuals living outside of Poland from the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, -- with a significant number of Polish Canadian and Polish American entries. It is one of the first such publications to cover the Polish diaspora in such detail, and as such is an important reference resource.

The information rich 5-volume set is available in the Elizabeth Dafoe Library's Slavic Collection's Reference section, under the call number: Slav Ref DK 4122 E53 2003 t. 1-5.

Friday, July 9, 2010

Visit to the U of M Archives by the Czech Ambassador

From left to right: Dr. Karel Zebrakovsky, Ms. Vladimira Zvonik, Mr. Brian Hubner; Mr. James Kominowski, and Dr. Eva Sailerova
On Monday, June 7, 2010, the Ambassador of the Czech Republic to Canada, His Excellency, Dr. Karel Zebrakovsky, visited the U of M Archives & Special Collections. He was accompanied by Dr. Eva Sailerova (U of M Environmental Health and Safety), President of the Czech and Slovak Association of Canada. To greet the the ambassador, were Mr. Brian Hubner (Aquisition and Access Archivist), Mr. James Kominowski (Slavic Librarian/ Archivist), and Ms. Vladimira Zvonik (Slavic Collection and U of M Archives).

Dr. Zebrakovsky was shown a display (created by Vladimira Zvonik), of publications and other ephemera material devoted to the famous local Czech immigrant, Franciszek Dojacek. Mr. Dojacek was an entrepeneur who owned an ethnic printing and publishing house at the turn of the 20th century, and later a mail order business and a music supply store. His business was geared towards the early Central and East European immigrants: the Czechs, Slovaks, Germans, Poles, Ukrainians, Finns, Croatians, and others. Later he expanded his business from Winnipeg, and opened stores in Edmonton, Regina and Vanouver.

Dr Zebrakovsky also examined Czech language material held in the Archives' Rare Book Room, and the Elizabeth Dafoe Library's Slavic Collection. In addition, he was shown material from the Hallama Family fonds. The Hallama family were Czech immigrants who settled near Grande Point, Manitoba, and were the first family in the area to own a seed drill and a gasoline tractor.

Monday, June 14, 2010

New Journal Subscription to Studies in Russian and Soviet Cinema

The University of Manitoba Libraries has purchased a subscription (in electronic format) to the journal, Studies in Russian and Soviet Cinema. This new journal subscription will benefit those students, faculty and researchers in Slavic Studies and/ or Film Studies. The purchase of this subscription is made possible through the J.B. Rydnyckyj Endowment Fund.

Published by Intellect Ltd.(UK), Studies in Russian and Soviet Cinema, looks at Pre-Soviet, Soviet and Post-Soviet Film. This refereed journal is published 3 times annually in English, -- whose aim is to study the historical aspects of Russian film, as well as focus on the various personalities (past and present) that comprise the world of Russian cinema, including: individual actors, directors, and producers. In addition, there will articles analyzing archival film documents, and a book review section on recent publications on Russian cinema.

Sunday, May 2, 2010

Russian Archives Online

Russian Archives Online (RAO) is a digital project of Archives Media Project (AMP), -- a joint venture of Abamedia, and the Russian non-profit Film and Computer World (KIKOM), in cooperation with the Russian State Film and Photo Archives at Krasnogorsk (RGAKFD). AMP is currently creating a digital catalogue of the Krasnogorsk Archives' holdings for the year 1938, focusing on its film and photograph collection. Additional galleries within this site include: Yuri Gagarin: His Life in Photos; Soviet Propaganda Posters; the Romanov Album; and Sergei Eisenstein. One may also view various videos, including: A Look Inside the Krasnogorsk Archives; Soviet Women's Athletic Awards Ceremony; the Soviet Olympic Hockey Team; and the First Soviet Woman in Space.

A recent project completed by RAO is The Khrushchev Years, which was jointly created by Abamedia and the University of Texas at Austin, -- with funding made available through the Carnegie Foundation in New York. The multimudia project, The Khrushchev Years, is currently available in Russian, but will soon be completely translated into English.

Sunday, April 18, 2010

The University of Manitoba’s Archives & Special Collections is now on Twitter; and the Elizabeth Dafoe Library has arrived on Facebook.

The University of Manitoba’s Archives & Special Collections is now on Twitter; and the Elizabeth Dafoe Library has arrived on Facebook.

To read about the recent happenings at the Archives in terms of new acquisitions, collections, newly uploaded descriptions, new digital collections, and events, -- Please follow the Archives' tweets by signing up at the U of M's Archives' Twitter page.

Also, become a fan of the Elizabeth Dafoe Library’s Facebook page. See what is happening at the U of M’s Fort Garry’s Campus’s largest unit library, that serves the needs of the Faculties of Arts; Education; Environment, Earth, and Resources; Human Ecology; Kinesiology and Recreation Management; Nursing, and Social Work.

Thursday, March 18, 2010

Kino - The Polish Cinema Journal

The University of Manitoba Libraries has purchased a subscription to the the Polish Cinema periodical titled, Kino. It is housed in the Slavic Collection under the call number Slav PN 1993 K475 , -- with the most current year shelved in the Slavic Collection's Current Periodical section.

This monthy periodical published in Warsaw by Wydawnictwo Czasopism RSW "Prasa-Książka-Ruch", covers current Polish cinema, as well as commentaries on films produced internationally. Kino will support the Polish Civilization course that is taught through the U of M's Department of German & Slavic Studies.

Thursday, February 18, 2010

Ukrainian Literary Avant-Garde Periodical Collection

Cover of issue #1(1924) of Hart Almanakh (Kharkiv, Ukraine)

The University of Manitoba Archives & Special Collections' Rare Book Room holds the Ukrainian Literary Avant-garde Periodical Collection. The collection includes such titles as Nova heneratsiia (The New Generation), Chervonyi shliakh (The Red Pathway), Krytyka (Criticism), Pluh (The Plough) and Hart (Tempering). All were published in Ukraine between the mid-1910s to the 1930s. A significant number of literary journals appeared in print during the 1920s – a time of great excitement and experimentation in the Arts. Ukraine as well as the other Soviet republics at the time were undergoing a national re-awakening of its language, literature, and culture. The theatre, the fine arts and the various literary movements looked westward to developing their crafts, – as a result new publications expounding this new experimental era began being published. Among the literary figures that were most closely associated with these publications include: Ivan Dniprovs’kyi., Volodymyr Sosiura, Pavlo Tychyna, Mykola Kulish and Mykola Khvyl’ovyi.
This unique collection of journals in their original paper/print format is available to faculty, students and researchers.

Sunday, January 17, 2010

Polish Poster Collection at the Rochester Institute of Technology

The Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT) in New York State, has digitized over 440 Polish cultural posters that are held in its Archives & Special Collections. The RIT's Archives holds approximately 600 such posters which were donated by Joanne Szabla, an RIT faculty member of art history. Of these, nearly nearly two-thirds have been digitized through grant funding. The Polish Poster Collection's individual images are accessible via the RIT's online catalogue, Einstein, by simply doing a "Subject" search using the terms, "Polish Posters". Each poster is catalogued separately, and therefore contains an individual catalogue record. In addition, each catalogue record contains 3 separate links, that allows one to view the poster as: a thumb nail image; a screen size image; and a high resolution image.

RIT's Polish Poster Collection consists of posters that showcase Polish tourism, cultural events and institutions. Some of the images include the art work of such notable Polish artists as Waldemar
Swierzy and Henryk Tomaszewski.