About the Archives

The mandate of the Bohdan Medwidsky Ukrainian Folklore Archives is to document, preserve, and study Ukrainian folklore in Ukraine, Canada, and around the world as it changes over time.

The thematic content of accessions to the BMUFA includes the following:

  • documents and studies of traditional songs, tales, sayings, beliefs, calendar customs, life cycle customs, material culture, folk arts, performance traditions, community life
  • studies of Ukrainian ethnic culture such as Ukrainian dance, choral activity, drama, embroidery, foodlore, ceramics
  • studies of vernacular and popular culture that relate to Ukrainian identity

The core collection of the BMUFA consists of the following:

  • field audio and video recordings
  • photographs
  • manuscripts
  • correspondence
  • printed ephemera
  • posters
  • maps
  • commercial recordings
  • journals
  • artifacts and textiles
  • books (thematic research library).

The BMUFA actively strives to maintain and grow digital collections and researcher access to its materials. The BMUFA accepts materials from outside sources, and also promotes the recording of contemporary events, accessioning materials generated from these projects. The BMUFA collects materials from around the world, but with a concentration on Ukrainian culture in Canada and other Ukrainian diaspora communities. 

Archives Policy Manual

The Policy Manual contains operational policies of the Bohdan Medwidsky Ukrainian Folklore Archives. It documents the rules and processes that guide operations and the associated management of archival holdings.

BMUFA Policy Manual PDF

History of the Archives

The Ukrainian Folklore Archives was founded in 1977 when Bohdan Medwidsky assembled students' fieldwork projects from his first course on Ukrainian folklore. Dr. Medwidsky's vision is the development of a rich, vibrant and lasting resource for the study of diverse Ukrainian traditions. 

Dr. Medwidsky was born in Ukraine and spent his youth in Switzerland and Toronto. He joined the University of Alberta faculty in 1971, where he has been the driving force in developing the Kule Folklore Centre, degree programs in the field, and many community-based projects promoting Ukrainian culture.

The Ukrainian Folklore Archives was renamed the Bohdan Medwidsky Ukrainian Folklore Archives in 2003 to honour Dr. Medwidsky.