Collection PR3625 - Andrij Baziuk collection

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Andrij Baziuk collection

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    • 1922-1951 (Creation)

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    65 film reels: 16mm. - 1 print: poster.

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    Andrij Baziuk is an architect who has worked across western Canada. Baziuk began his career working for the Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation in Regina, Saskatchewan from 1971 to 1974. He then relocated to Edmonton, Alberta and worked for the Alberta Housing Corporation as senior architect in charge of public housing design.

    In 1976, Baziuk went into private practice, founding Baziuk Architect in Edmonton. Baziuk Architect focused on multi-family housing, seniors' assisted housing, and multi-purpose buildings among others. From 1987 to 1989, Baziuk contracted with the Government of the Northwest Territories to focus on arctic construction and building technology. From 1989 to 1992, he acted as chief building official for the City of Windsor, Ontario where he was responsible for ensuring building structures were compliant with municipal building and zoning codes. In 2007, Baziuk re-located the firm to Harrison Hot Springs, British Columbia where he continues to work.

    In addition to his professional work, Baziuk has been an active member of Ukrainian communities in Saskatchewan and Alberta.

    Custodial history

    Baziuk purchased the films from a Ukrainian-Canadian man in Regina in either 1973 or 1974. The man was a farmer and ran an itinerant picture show though various Ukrainian communities in rural Saskatchewan during the 1930s-50s.

    This man originally bought the films separately for the purpose of showing them as part of his picture show and sold them to Baziuk because he was concerned that the films would be lost or destroyed and Baziuk was interested in saving the films for posterity. The transaction also included the original projector used in the picture show, but Baziuk discarded the equipment.

    When Baziuk purchased the films, he organized showings for the Ukrainian communities in Regina and Edmonton but ceased due to the fragile nature of the films.

    Scope and content

    The collection consists of films used in an itinerant picture show that toured through rural Saskatchewan, particularly through Ukrainian communities around Regina, during the 1930s-50s. The films include episodes of popular series such as Tarzan of the Apes, Dick Tracy, Krazy Kat, and Hopalong Cassidy; full-length genre films including Westerns and melodramas; comedy shorts; compilations of trailers for Hollywood features; episodes of Canadian Movietone News for 1950-51; a documentary about Inuit life in the 1940s; and two feature-length Ukrainian films that were made in North America. Both of these films were produced by Ukrainian-Canadian Vasile Avramenko. The first is entitled Cossacks in Exile (Zaporozhets za dunaem) (Edgar L. Ulmer, 1938), while the second is entitled Marusia (Leo Bulgakov, 1938). These films are in the Ukrainian language with English subtitles, were specifically made for the expatriate Ukrainian community in North America, and are rare examples of Ukrainian commercial filmmaking in North America.

    Many of the films are fragments of larger works, but it is unclear if the complete films were ever shown as part of the travelling picture show.

    The collection also contains a poster for Cossacks in Exile and an original cardboard box used to house one of the film reels.

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    Andrij Baziuk donated the films to the Provincial Archives of Alberta in 1997.


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        The material is in English and Ukrainian.

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        Access Conditions: The films cannot be viewed until access copies have been created.

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        Use Conditions: Permission for use required. Subject to the Copyright Act.

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        File list is available.

        Associated materials

        The Vasile Avramenko fonds is held at Library and Archives Canada (MG 31, D 87).

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        Further accruals are not expected.

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        The name of the original owner of the films is currently unknown but further research is being conducted to complete the custodial history.

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        Includes accession PR1997.0246.


        When Baziuk purchased the films, he spliced several of the film reels in order to project them. Some minor repairs such as splicing may have been performed by the original owner, also.

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