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BociurkiwIn 1994, Dr. Bohdan Bociurkiw's generous donation of his extensive library and archives to the Canadian Institute of Ukrainian Studies represented the first step in the eventual creation of the Ukrainian Church Studies Program. Dr. Bociurkiw, former professor of political science at Carleton University in Ottawa and a noted authority on religion in Ukraine, amassed the collection in the course of a lengthy and distinguished academic career. The collection contains many unique items and documents pertaining to the Ukrainian Church, including documents drawn from the closed archives of the Communist Party and the KGB, and will serve as the basis for the program's reference library.

As early as December 1998, CIUS had already received the first part of his collection, which is currently housed, together with the Peter Jacyk Centre Reference Library, at Pembina Hall on the university campus. The help and cooperation of Professor Bociurkiw's widow, Ms. Vera Bociurkiw and the generous assistance of Professor Andrii Krawchuk made the transfer of Professor Bociurkiw's collection possible. Dr. Krawchuk, of the Metropolitan Andrey Sheptytsky Institute of Eastern Christian Studies at Saint Paul University (Ottawa), prepared a detailed catalogue of the collection and, with the assistance of one of his students, packed and arranged to ship the collection to Edmonton.Church Library

The "Professor Bohdan Bociurkiw Library Collection" is open to students and researchers at the CIUS premises in Pembina Hall on the University of Alberta campus, where a special room is allocated to house the books, manuscripts, and copies of archival materials. In addition to Professor Bociurkiw's collection, books and materials donated by other individuals share the space. Included among these is the latest, gratefully accepted, donation to the Church Studies Program-books and articles on religion in Ukraine, the former USSR, and Eastern Europe-presented to CIUS by Fr. Jim Moss.

 


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