BMUFA - Archives

kule-folklore-15.jpgThe Bohdan Medwidsky Ukrainian Folklore Archives is integral to the understanding of Ukrainian diaspora culture in general, and Ukrainian Canadian history and culture in particular. The mandate of the BMUFA is to document, preserve, and study Ukrainian folklore in Ukraine, Canada, and around the world as it changes over time.

The Archives houses hundreds of collections. Their content includes:

  • 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

  • Personal archives of Ukrainian Canadian community leaders

  • Archives of Ukrainian Canadian community organizations

BMUFA archival materials come in all formats and media such as audiovisual recordings, photographs, manuscripts, printed ephemera, posters, maps, publications, fine art, artifacts and textiles.

The BMUFA actively strives to make its holdings accessible to researchers and the general public through digitization and making its collections available online. 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

The BMUFA's archival database, available at, is continuously and regularly updated and provides access to its numerous and diverse collections.

The BMUFA also boasts an extensive research library and a collection of artifacts and textiles which are used for teaching, research, and community outreach projects.

Volunteering in Archives

If you are interested in volunteering at the BMUFA, please fill out the Volunteer Form.

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