Redemptorist Library Collection

Ten years ago, PCUH received a donation of library materials from the Redemptorist Seminary in Yorkton, SK, consisting of 100 boxes of old unidentified literature. With funds becoming available in May 2010, this collection was transferred from the Sheptytsky Institute, where it was housed in a storage facility, to STM for initial processing. During the summer of 2010, the collection was sorted and an inventory was taken. A sample assessment of several boxes revealed that the materials represent at least five languages (Ukrainian, English, German, Latin, Polish) and an entire spectrum of publications, ranging from old books to various Ukrainian Canadian newspapers. Of particular interest is the extremely rich collection of Ukrainian folk plays and dramas, several published in Ukraine in the early decades of the 20th century, and still more published in Canada from 1910-1950.

Most recently, in the spring and summer of 2013 PCUH  once again focused efforts on the 100 boxes of library materials, which were organized and preliminarily catalogued for deposit with the Basilian Fathers Museum in Mundare, Alberta. Not only are many of these materials specifically tied to the development of the Ukrainian Catholic community on the prairies but the Basilian Fathers Museum is also one of the few such institutions that will have a dedicated full-time archivist to fully accession the materials and have them finally archived. We are grateful to the Basilian Fathers Museum for receiving these materials and becoming a final, ideal home for this valuable community resource!

One of the many unique and valuable publications that comprise the Redemptorist Library Collection – a rare copy of the “Kaliendar Sh. Tabachniuka,” a compilation of the comical “Vuiko Shtif Tabachniuk” cartoons and stories, written by Yakiv Maidanyk, published in 1918. PCUH Faculty Affiliate Prof. Nadya Foty-Oneschuk conducts an inventory of the Redemptorist Library Collection.