Fonds A1981-000 - Cornelius Prodan Fonds

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Cornelius Prodan Fonds

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CA UCECA A1981-000

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6.5 linear cm of material
28 photographs
3 postcards
9 negatives
Several Files of Correspondence
Several Files of Documents

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Cornelius (Kornylo) Prodan was born on September 11, 1888 in Huliaipole, Huliaipole volost, Oleksandrovs’kyi povit, Katerynoslav gubernia, Russian Empire (currently Ukraine). He immigrated to Canada in 1907, completed a teacher’s course at the Ruthenian Training School in Brandon, and taught in Ukrainian-English bi-lingual public schools in Manitoba prior to 1916. In 1921, he completed a Bachelor of Science in Agriculture degree at the University of Manitoba, becoming the first university-educated Ukrainian agronomist in Canada. He married Paraskeviia Malkovych in 1921 and worked as an agricultural representative (agronomist) with the Manitoba Department of Agriculture until his retirement in 1959.
In 1925 Prodan helped found the St. Raphael’s Ukrainian Immigrants Welfare Association of Canada (Tovarystvo Opiky nad Ukrains’kymy Pereselentsiamy im. Sviatoho Rafaila) and was its president for nearly all of the time of its existence. In 1931-1932 he traveled to Europe in particular to eastern Galicia, then part of Poland (currently Ukraine) as the St. Raphael Society’s representative. His experience was detailed in Podorozh do Ievropy (The Voyage to Europe, Winnipeg, 1933). For over fifty years Prodan contributed articles to Ukrainian newspapers and publications providing agricultural knowledge and information about current practices to his fellow compatriots. Cornelius Prodan died in 1973 in Calgary.

Custodial history

This fonds was acquired with the Demetrius M. Elcheshen fonds in 1981.

Scope and content

The fonds consists of correspondence, photographs, postcards and publications related to Prodan’s volunteer work for the St. Raphael’s Ukrainian Immigrants Welfare Association of Canada and to his job as a Manitoba provincial agronomist. They also include reports by and correspondence with Ivan Bobers’kyi (1873-1947), a very prominent Western Ukrainian and Ukrainian-Canadian activist, who was employed by the Cunard Steamship Company ca. 1924-32, and miscellaneous notes and letters, including a note from Olena Kysilev’ska (Kysilewska; 1869-1956), a prominent Western Ukrainian parliamentarian and editor. Among the photographs in the fonds are still images of Prodan, family members, early Ukrainian Manitoba pioneers, and “Maslosoiuz” – the Ukrainian Dairy Co-operative in western Ukraine.

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  • English
  • Ukrainian

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See also the Ivan Bobersky (Ivan Bobers’kyi) Fonds and the Michael Marunchak (Mykhailo Marunchak) Collection in the Oseredok, Ukrainian Cultural and Educational Centre Archives.

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Created March 2021 (by Tetyana Dyachyshyn).

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  • English

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