Fonds A-2018-02 - Wladyslaw (Walter) Wazny fonds

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Wladyslaw (Walter) Wazny fonds

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CA OPMA A-2018-02

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  • 1921-1995 (Creation)
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    Wazny, Wladyslaw (Walter), 1927-1996

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0.24 m of textual records
6 photographs

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(1927-1996)

Biographical history

Władysław Ważny (a.k.a. Wladyslaw Wazny, Walter Wazny), was born on Aug 18, 1901, in Huta Różaniecka, Ruda Różaniecka, Poland, to parents Agnieszka (nee Krzyszycka) and Karol Ważny. He had four brothers (Kazimierz, Benedykt, Ludwik, Adam) and three sisters (Wiktoria, Franciszka, Katarzyna).

During the First World War, he was a Sergeant in the Polish Army and fought in the Battle of Lemberg (Lwów) in 1919.

Władysław Ważny left Poland via the Port of Danzig and emigrated to Canada in 1927, residing for some time with the Zaborniak family. On April 16, 1931, he married Victoria (nee Wazny) of Melrose, Manitoba, and they settled in Oak Hammock, Manitoba in 1934. Wladyslaw worked as a farmer and also did construction work in the city of Winnipeg. Wladyslaw and Victoria had four children: Erik (Barbara), Robert, Evelyn (Leon) Prucyk, and Jane Wazny. Władysław and Victoria Ważny resided in Oak Hammock until 1995, when they moved to Selkirk, Manitoba.

After his arrival to Manitoba, Wladyslaw maintained correspondence with his parents, brothers, sisters, and numerous nephews, nieces, and acquaintances in Poland, some of whom were born after his departure to Canada and whom he had never met in person. He collected the letters they wrote to him for over six decades. The letters together tell the story of the members of the Wazny, Rebizant, Kudyba, and Bundrya families over many years, depicting their relationships, struggles, and joys. Especially of note are the letters relating to the Second World War, which detail some of the hardships endured by residents of Huta Różaniecka. The letters also remain as a testament to the village of Huta Różaniecka, depicting the stories of its people when it was still a thriving community.

Wladyslaw Wazny was the last of his immediate family to survive, passing away on October 13, 1996.

Custodial history

The records were transferred to Ogniwo Polish Museum by Erik Wazny, son of Wladyslaw Wazny, ca. 2010.

Scope and content

The fonds consists of personal records of Wladyslaw Wazny, including birth certificate and baptismal record, military records, personal identification card, and emigration card. The fonds also contains correspondence from various family members and friends in Poland addressed to Wladyslaw Wazny, including letters from the Wazny, Bundyra, Rebizant, and Kudyba families. Finally, the fonds consists of six photographs of members of Wladyslaw's family in Poland.

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Physical condition

The personal records and letters are in fragile shape and should be handled as minimally as possible.

Immediate source of acquisition

The records were transferred to Ogniwo Polish Museum by Erik Wazny, son of Wladyslaw Wazny, ca. 2010.

Arrangement

The correspondence records were arranged by sender and by date.

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  • English
  • Polish

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Location of originals

Originals are held at Ogniwo Polish Museum in Winnipeg.

Availability of other formats

The contents of the fonds have been digitized and is available to researchers in digital format. Please email Ogniwo Polish Museum and your request for access to the digital copies will be accommodated if possible.

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There are no restrictions on access to these records.

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Users must abide by relevant copyright and privacy legislation.

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Associated materials

Ogniwo Polish Museum Archives, A-2018-07, is a second accession for Wladyslaw Wazny, donated by his granddaughter, and consists of photographs of the Wazny family, including Wladyslaw.

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General note

The Archivist of Ogniwo Polish Museum met with Wladyslaw Wazny's granddaughter, Karen Gill, on March 19th, 2018. Karen provided photographs of Wladyslaw and his family in Poland ca. 1930s-1940s, which are accessioned as a new digital accrual to the Wladyslaw Wazny fonds (A-2018-07)

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A-2018-02

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  • English

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