Fonds OPMA A-2018-07 - Wladyslaw (Walter) Wazny fonds - Accrual

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Wladyslaw (Walter) Wazny fonds - Accrual

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CA OPMA OPMA A-2018-07

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  • [1925]-1946 (Creation)
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    Wazny, Wladyslaw (Walter), 1927-1996

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11 scanned photographs (1.3 GB)

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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 original photographs were sent or received by Wladyslaw Wazny and his family and acquaintances between [ca. 1925] and 1946. The photographs were preserved by his son, Eric, and later, his granddaughter, Karen (nee Wazny) Gill. The digital copies of the photographs were donated to Ogniwo Polish Museum on April 19, 2018, by Karen Gill.

Scope and content

The second accrual to A-2018-02, Wladyslaw Wazny fonds, consists of 11 digital copies of photographs of Wladyslaw Wazny and members of his family and other acquaintances from between the years [1925] and 1946.

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Physical condition

The original photographs on which the digital files are based were faded, but overall in good condition.

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Karen Gill

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  • Polish

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Location of originals

The originals remain with the family of Wladyslaw Wazny.

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The digital scans can be accessed by visiting or emailing Ogniwo Polish Museum Archives.

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There are no restrictions on access.

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Users must abide by relevant copyright legislation.

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A-2018-02

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Final

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Partial

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The finding aid was created in 2018 and the description was created and uploaded in March 2020.

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  • English

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