Monday, December 3, 2012

The Slavic Collection moves to the 3rd Floor

The floor plan of the third floor of the Elizabeth Dafoe Library,
 showing the new location of the Slavic Collection.

The Slavic Collection has been relocated from the second floor of the Elizabeth Dafoe Library, to the third floor. The move took place over this past summer and early fall.  The collection's new location, is opposite the bound periodical collection, and near the University of Manitoba Archives & Special Collections, and the Iceland Reading Room (and the Icelandic Collection). 

The Slavic Collection is a separate language collection of over 60,000 volumes of books, periodicals, newspapers and microforms. It was created in 1949 to support the then newly formed Department of Slavic Studies. Originally housed in the Tier building within the Department of Slavic Studies,  -- it was transferred in 1953 to the recently built Elizabeth Dafoe Library (the largest of the Fort Garry Campus's libraries, catering to the Humanities and Social Sciences; Education; Human Ecology; Nursing; Kinesiology and Recreation Management; and Social Work). The Collection, one of the best in Canada, contains material on a wide range of subjects, mainly in humanities and social sciences. Most material is in Russian, Ukrainian and Polish, although all fourteen languages are represented. The Slavic Collection supports courses and research in the Department of German & Slavic Studies, the Centre for Ukrainian Canadian Studies, Central and East European Studies, and other departments. In addition, the Collection complements the Archives of the Ukrainian Canadian Experience, which is housed in the University of Manitoba Archives & Special Collections. Materials are also used by multilingual members of the university community and general public.

For more information about the collection, please contact me by phone (204-474-9681) or by e-mail (

Thursday, November 1, 2012

Novoe Literaturnoe Obozrenie (NLO)

Novoe Literaturnoe Obozrenie, issue 115 (2012)

Novoe Literaturnoe Obozrenie (NLO) [ New Literary Review], is a core journal of theory and history of literature, criticism and bibliography. It is published bi-monthly, and contains articles, reviews, interviews, and essays about Soviet and post-Soviet literary life. One will find discussions by Western and Russian theoreticians, on current and historical trends in Russian literature.

The most recent issues of NLO 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 PG 2900 N675. In addition, NLO is available electronically to faculty, students, and staff of the University of Manitoba.

Friday, October 19, 2012

The Leo Mol Fonds

Leo Mol receiving the Order of Canada from Governor General
Mme. Jeanne Sauvé, at Rideau Hall, Ottawa, 1989  (Leo Mol fonds, Mss 349, PC 308)

In the winter of 2011 the late  Dr. Margareth Mol , the widow of the internationally renowned artist and sculptor, Dr. Leo Mol, donated his archives to the University of Manitoba, Archives & Special Collections.  The collection consists  mainly of textual records, photographs and some artifacts . Included in the Leo Mol fonds, is a comprehensive collection of exhibition brochures  that chronicles Mol’s long and illustrious career.  There is a rich array of correspondence  between Mol and many well-known individuals, including: Cardinal   Joseph Ratzinger (the future Pope Benedict XVI); Canadian Prime Minister John Diefenbaker; and U.S. President Dwight D. Eisenhower.  In addition, the collection contains the many awards, accolades and medals Mol received over the years, both nationally and internationally. The Leo Mol Fonds consists of  3.65 m of textual records,  over 2,500 photographs and over 3,000 slides.

Leo Mol, was born Leonid Molodozhanyn,  in Polonne, Ukraine (Khmelnyts’ka oblast’). He studied sculpture at the Leningrad Academy of Arts. In 1945 he fled to Germany from the advancing Soviet army, and moved to The Hague.  In 1948, along with his wife, he emigrated to Canada, and settled in Winnipeg.  Mol started off as a ceramic  artist and then as a church painter, which included creating over 80 stained glass windows, including  those in Winnipeg’s main Ukrainian Catholic Cathedral of Sts. Volodymyr and Olha. He is best known for his sculptures, many of which are displayed at the Leo Mol Sculpure Garden at  Winnipeg’s Assiniboine Park. He is one of the very few sculptors to have been commissioned to create a statue of Ukraine’s national bard, Taras Shevchenko, for four separate cities: Washington D.C., Buenos Aires, St. Petersburg and Ottawa.

The Leo Mol Fonds, Mss 349,
PC 308 (A.11-15)

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

CZAS Polish Press Ltd. Newspaper Collection

Czas - Związkowiec, issue no 19 (2012)

Czas (the Times), is the oldest Polish language newspaper weekly in Canada. It was established in Winnipeg in 1914, -- and first published by a local Canadian firm owned and operated by the famous local Czech immigrant, Franciszek Dojacek. From its beginnings, Czas ensured that its Polish roots and content remained intact, as it was closely connected with members of the Polish Gymnastic Association Sokol.  It was through Sokol’s perseverance and guidance that facilitated the creation of the newspaper.   For nearly a century it has remained an invaluable resource of information to the Polish community in Canada – informing new immigrants of local andinternational events, and assisting them with the new challenges and adjustments they face in their new country.  Through the years Czas has a nonpartisan link between Polish-Canadians, and Polish communities beyond Canada’s borders -- allowing for the free dissemination of information about their ancestral home.

In the Fall of 2003 the executive board of Czas – Polish Press Ltd., agreed to find a permanent home for their collection of bound newspaper issues covering the period of 1915-2003. The Board approached the U of M Archives & Special Collections to house this unique and historical collection of Polish-Canadiana.  On January 2004 the executive board of Czas officially transferred the Czas newspaper collection from Czas – Polish Press Ltd., to the University of Manitoba Archives & Special Collections.  This special collection is now available to faculty, students, researchers and the public at the University of Manitoba Archives & Special Collection, 331 Elizabeth Dafoe Library. Current issues of Czas are available for the public to view in the Slavic Collections’ newspaper area.

Thursday, August 2, 2012

Ukraina - kozats'ka derzhava = Ukraine - a Kozak (Cossack) State

Ukraina kozats'ka derzhava (2007) is considered to be one of the best-known books to be published in Ukraine in recent memory. Consisting of 1215 pages devoted to the history of the Ukrainian kozaky, from the years 1500-1918 (accompanied by over 5,100 illustrations). This extensive and beautifully illustrated volume is edited by Volodymyr Nediak, and contains articles and photographs of famous individual kozaky, battles, artifacts, paintings and architecture. Published in Kyiv, Ukraine, in limited print.

Ukraina kozats'ka derzhava is held in the Rare Book Room of the University of Manitoba, Archives & Special Collection (330 Elizabeth Dafoe Library). Call# Slav RBR DK 508.55 N43 2007.

Monday, July 9, 2012

History of Modern Russian and Ukrainian Art, 1907-1930 Microfiche Collection

Teatral’noi stroi (A.H. Petryts'kyi) . Kharkiv, 1929

The History of Modern Russian and Ukrainian Art, 1907-1930, is a collection of 106 rare books and serials spanning the years 1907-1930, -- reproduced on microfiche by IDC Publishers in the Netherlands. The collection consists of monographs, critical literature, and art periodicals. Included in the collection are early twentieth century art journals such as Tvorchestvo(Creation), Radians’ke mystestvo (Soviet Art), and Rabis (Art Workers). The collection contains written articles of such notable artists as, Wassily Kadinsky, Pavel Filonov, Kazimir Malevich and Anatolii Petrytsky, -- as well as books by well-known art critics such as Iakov Tugendkhol’d, Erikh Gollerback and Nikolai Punin.

Ukraine, Russia and the other republics of the former USSR underwent a national re-awakening of their languages, literatures, and cultures during the 1920s. 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. Many of the publications produced were often of short print runs, making them scarce from the moment they become available to its readers. With the introduction of Socialist Realism as the only acceptable form of art beginning in the early 1930s, those publications focusing on modernism and the avant-garde were banned, and removed from museums and libraries.

This collection is available to faculty, students and researchers on the main floor of the Elizabeth Dafoe Library’s Microforms area (Call number: N 6988 H57 2000 MFiche Box 1-4). For further assistance, please contact the staff of the Slavic Collection.

Thursday, June 14, 2012

Polish Amateur Theatre Pamphlet Collection

Chata za wsią, published in Chicago, 1909

The Elizabeth Dafoe Library's Slavic Collection's Polish Amateur Theatre Pamphlet Collection, consists of small format publications of plays written by Polish playwrights and published in Poland and in the United States during the first half of the twentieth century. The plays were geared towards amateur theatre groups for the Polish community, and consisted of comedies, dramas, and plays about historical figures in Polish history. 

This collection is available in the Slavic Collection's closed stacks. Please ask the Slavic staff for assistance.

Friday, May 4, 2012

Entsyklopediia Suchasnoi Ukrainy = Encyclopedia of Contemporary Ukraine

 This valuable resource containing entrees related to modern Ukraine, is an ongoing project under the auspices of the National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine, which publishes approximatley one volume a year. It is the first  large scale and exhaustive national encyclopedia produced in independent Ukraine. Among the entrees, are both personalities in Ukraine, and abroad, -- along with major figures in the Ukrainian diaspora. Included on the editorial board,  is the well-known writer, and former Ukrainian dissident, Ivan Dziuba. The first volume of Entsyklopediia Suchasnoi Ukrainy, was printed in 2001.

Entsyklopediia Suchasnoi Ukrainy is available in the Slavic Collection's Reference area, under the call number: Slav Ref AE 60 U4 E54

Monday, April 2, 2012

20th Annual J.B. Rudnyckyj Distinguished Lecture, with Dr. Timothy Snyder.

Dr. Timothy Snyder speaking at the University of Manitoba

The 20th Annual J.B. Rudnyckyj Distinguished Lecture took place on Thursday, March 29, 2012, in the Moot Court, Robson Hall (Faculty of Law). The guest lecturer for the event was, Dr. Timothy Snyder, a Professor of History at Yale University, and New York Times bestselling author, with his book, Bloodlands: Europe Bewteen Hitler and Stalin. His lecture also titled, Bloodlands: Europe Between Hitler and Stalin, reflected upon his research on the history of mass murders in central and eastern Europe between 1933 – 1945. His lecture took the mass murders out of isolation and examined them beyond the traditional historical understanding of their causes.

The lecture was very well attended, and included both members of the university and external communities. The lecture was sponsored not only by the U of M Archives & Special Collections, the Slavic Collection (Elizabeth Dafoe Library), and the Department of German and Slavic Studies, but by the Consul General of the Republic of Poland (Toronto), and the Canadian Polish Congress (Manitoba Branch). Without the generous support of the latter 2 sponsors, the event would not have been possible.

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Jezyk Polski

The University of Manitoba Libraries recently subscribed to the Polish language journal, Jezyk Polski (Polish Language). This monthly journal discusses Polish language pedagogy, including instuctional teaching at various levels of fluency.

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 491.85 J559 Pol

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

19th Annual Rudnyckyj Speaker

Dr. Serhy Yekelchyj addresses the audience at the
19th Annual J.B. Rudnyckyj Lecture

The 19th Annual J.B. Rudnyckyj Distinguished Lecture took place on Friday, February 10, 2012, in the U of M Archives & Special Collections. The guest lecturer for the event was, Dr. Serhy Yekelchyk, a Professor of History at Victoria University (British Columbia).

Dr. Yekechyk is a scholar of Stalinist culture and political life, in particular in the former Ukrainian Soviet Socialist Republic. He has also written about Soviet nationalities policy and about Ukrainian national identity from the late nineteenth century to the present. Amongst his works are: Ukraine: Birth of a Modern Nation (2007); Europe's last frontier? : Belarus, Moldova, and Ukraine between Russia and the European Union (Co-edited, 2008); and Stalin’s Empire of Memory: Russian-Ukrainian Relations in the Soviet Historical Imagination (2004). His lecture was titled, Ukrainian Culture Under Stalin. The talk was well attended, and included both members of the university and external communities.

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

The Russian Artistic Literary Journal, Smena

Smena, issue 12 (2011)

The University has recently purchased a subscription to the Russian artistic-literary journal, Smena, focusing on social, historical. literary, and economic issues of Russia. This monthy independent journal contains interviews, commentaries, articles, - as well as original literary works of poetry and prose.

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 057 S638