184 Alexander Avenue East
CA R3B 0L6
Oseredok, Ukrainian Cultural and Educational Centre
The Ukrainian Cultural and Educational Centre (Oseredok) was established in Winnipeg in 1944 by prominent community leaders who belonged to, or sympathized with, the Ukrainian National Federation (UNF), a Ukrainian-Canadian mass organization established in 1932 on the initiative of interwar immigrants who had participated in the overseas struggle for Ukrainian independence immediately after the First World War. Although Oseredok has received moral and financial support in varying degrees from the local UNF, since its inception, it is a non-partisan institution that serves the needs of the broader Ukrainian-Canadian community.
The mandate of the Ukrainian Cultural and Educational Centre (Oseredok) is to operate an archive, museum, library and art gallery for the purpose of preservation, documentation, research, exhibition and interpretation of Ukrainian material of historical and cultural value.
The Ukrainian Cultural and Educational Centre Archive is mandated to acquire the papers of individuals and the records of associations/organizations (in Canada or abroad) who have contributed to the development of the Ukrainian community in Manitoba and Canada.
Our archival holdings consist of textual materials, photographs, and audio-visual materials donated by private individuals and community organizations/associations. In addition to serving as the central repository for the records created by and about the UCEC (Oseredok) the archives hold major manuscript and/or photo collections received from more than fifty individuals (primarily community activists) and thirty community organizations. In addition, the archives hold hundreds of “small accessions” – archival materials ranging in size from one document in one folder, to several score documents and/or photographs in as many as a dozen or more folders.
The most important archival fonds at Oseredok encompass Ukrainians in Canada and in the diaspora during the period 1920-1980. They include the Ivan Bobersky fonds (manuscripts, photos, glass slides); the Olexander Koshetz fonds and the Tetiana Koshetz fonds (manuscripts, musical scores, and photos); the Paul Macenko fonds (manuscripts, musical scores); the Evhen Konovalets fonds (manuscripts); the Evhen Onatsky fonds (manuscripts and photos); the Mykhailo Seleshko collection, which includes papers relevant to the history of the Ukrainian Nationalist movement as well as those of the Ukrainian War Veteran’s Association of Canada; the Michael Marunchak collection, which includes Marunchak’s fonds (manuscripts and photos), as well as the Hykawy Family papers, the Dmytro Gerych papers, and the World League of Ukrainian Political Prisoners papers, all of which were entrusted to and donated by Marunchak; the Demetrius M. Elcheshen fonds (manuscripts); and the 1947 Memoir Competition (“Konkurs Spohadiv”) fonds, part of the Ukrainian Cultural and Educational Centre collection (which also include manuscripts, official records, exhibit catalogues, bulletins, etc.).
Many fonds have not been processed and/or completely catalogued. The processing and cataloguing of fonds, and the creation of finding aids, is an on-going process.
Monday – Saturday
10 AM – 4 PM
At present, the Ukrainian Cultural and Educational Centre (Oseredok) does not employ an archivist. All research requests and visits are handled and facilitated by staff and by volunteers (including experienced researchers). However, the Ukrainian Cultural and Educational Centre (Oseredok) is unable to perform research, to photocopy more than 20 pages/sheets of archival documents, or to make copies of photographs for individuals who are unable to visit our archives in person. Individuals who are unable to visit the archives should consider engaging a Winnipeg-based acquaintance to act on their behalf.
Researchers may photograph documents with their smart phones or digital cameras free of charge. Researchers may scan documents and photographs with their own scanners free of charge. Researchers may photocopy documents by themselves @ 25 cents/copy. (There may be restrictions on the reproduction of some fragile documents/photographs. All reproduction requests must adhere to copyright and privacy legislation.)
Created March 2021.