BMUFA - Archives

Archivist Maryna ChernyavskaThe 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 thematic 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

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

The BMUFA's archival database, available at, is continuously and regularly updated and will eventually provide 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.

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