Fonds PR3654 - Nancy Zaseybida fonds

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Nancy Zaseybida fonds

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    • 1933-2008 (Creation)

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    0.17 m of textual material

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    Biographical history

    Nancy Zaseybida (née Ropchan) was born to John and Maria Ropchan on July 3, 1908 in Soda Lake, Alberta. John and Maria Ropchan were farmers and had immigrated separately to Canada from Ukraine in the late 19th century, met and married in Canada, and purchased the homestead that Nancy was born on. John was an active member of the United Farmers of Alberta and Maria was a school trustee on the local school board as well as a postmaster. In addition to Nancy, the Ropchans had five other children: Alex, Sam, Bill, Katherine, and Vera.

    Nancy completed high school and began nurse's training when she met her husband, John Zaseybida (1897-1970), at a social function. John also came from a farming family with land near Vegreville, Alberta. Nancy left nursing school to marry John and moved to his family's property.

    Nancy became active with politics when she heard William Irvine speak at a farmers' meeting in 1938. She decided to become a member of the Co-operative Commonwealth Federation (CCF) then but did not have enough money to do so immediately. She eventually became a member and started organizing CCF meetings with other members in the Vegreville area in the 1940s. She remained an active CCF member and organizer throughout the 1940s and into the 1950s and was nominated as the CCF candidate for the Vegreville constituency for the 1952 provincial election. She subsequently ran as a federal CCF candidate in the 1957 federal election and once again as a CCF candidate in the 1959 provincial election. She was unsuccessful in all three elections but served as an important trailblazer for women in Alberta politics.

    After the demise of the CCF, Nancy was a founding member of the Alberta New Democratic Party (NDP) but was not as active with the NDP as she had been with the CCF. Nancy was made a lifetime member of the NDP in 1987 for her decades-long work with both that party and the CCF.

    Beyond her work with the CCF and NDP, Nancy also served on the executive of the Farmer Women's Union of Alberta, the Women's Institute, the Canadian Cancer Society, the Voice of Women, and the Vegreville Exhibition Society. She also served on the first Farm Improvement District Company in 1928, was a delegate to the Associated Country Women of the World conference in 1953, and a volunteer for the Red Cross and the Elizabeth Fry Society.

    Nancy and John Zaseybida had four children together: Christine, Orest, Edmonton, and Leonard. Nancy died on June 16, 2009 in Calgary.

    Custodial history

    These records were in the possession of Olenka Melnyk, who acquired the material from Zaseybida while conducting research for a book.

    Scope and content

    The fonds consists of CCF records created and compiled by Zaseybida over the course of her political career as well as Ropchan family histories and an interview transcript with Zaseybida conducted by historian Olenka Melnyk for her history of the CCF, No Bankers in Heaven: Remembering the CCF.

    The CCF material consists of the 1944 constitution of the Alberta section, CCF Speakers’ Notes (1949, 1953, 1957, and 1958), the 1956 Winnipeg Declaration of Principles, the 1933 Regina Manifesto, campaign material from all of Zaseybida’s election campaigns (including pamphlets, posters, and clippings), correspondence, and Zaseybida’s speeches and speaking notes.

    There are also Farmers’ Union of Alberta and Farm Women’s Union of Alberta records that include board minutes, convention documents, and issues of The Organized Farmer.

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    The records were donated by Olenka Melnyk on behalf of Nancy Zaseybida’s family to the Provincial Archives of Alberta in 2010.


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        The material is in English.

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

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        Includes accession PR2011.0002.

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