Fonds - Metropolitan Maxim Hermaniuk fonds

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Metropolitan Maxim Hermaniuk fonds

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19.3m of textual documents;

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As administrative head of the Ukrainian Catholic Church of Canada, Metropolitan Maxim was well aware of the importance of his papers. Over his lifetime, with his scholarly nature, he carefully and methodically saved the material for posterity. A year before his formal resignation he began to transfer the bulk of his correspondence from his office to the care of Nick Yakimishyn, in the Ukrainian Catholic Archeparchy of Winnipeg Archives. In the fall of 2003, Metropolitan Michael Bzdel brought several boxes of materials which had been sitting since the death of Metropolitan Hermaniuk in the small room behind the chapel in the Bishops' residence. These boxes, excluding the museum artefacts present, were included in the Control of Holdings project, 2003-2004

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The Metropolitan Maxim Hermaniuk fonds is comprised of papers from all phases of his life, study, and vocation in Europe and in Canada. The textual material includes extensive studies of local, national, and international importance in wide-ranging areas of social interest; official documents of the pre-Vatican and Vatican II Councils; correspondence from the private to the official level throughout his lifetime; material tracing preparation for the Papal visit to Canada in 1984, and the Millennium of Christianity in Ukraine celebrated in 1988; and numerous publications either written by Metropolitan Hermaniuk, or of interest to him.
The fonds is comprised of numerous reports, appeals, media articles, and documents both preliminary and officially created in the course of decision-making, in the course of guiding, supporting, teaching, and inspiring clergy as well as lay people in the Church. As the spiritual and administrative head of the Ukrainian Catholic Church in Canada and an influential participant in the councils of Vatican II, Metropolitan Hermaniuk lived through a time of change at the highest levels, illustrated by his papers. Spanning much of the twentieth century, the papers at the same time extraordinarily document life itself, especially during the last half of that century

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According to notes written by Nick Yakimishyn at the time, the materials were organized in general categories by Metropolitan Maxim Hermaniuk, and placed into an artificial order by Nick within those categories. With the exception of material added to the archival holdings in December of 2003, and material stored in a green trunk unknown to Nick, during the Control of Holdings project, 2003-2004, the imposed order has been respected. The items in the green trunk were boxed by Patrick Firman during the summer of 2001 while he was recording the inventory of the Archives; and the material brought from the Bishops' residence was listed and boxed by Gloria Romaniuk in December 2003 and January 2004 according to the boxes of origin.

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Copyright on this image belongs to the Ukrainian Catholic Archeparchy of Winnipeg Archives. Researchers are responsible for observing Canadian copyright regulations.

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A finding aid is available at the Ukrainian Catholic Archeparchy of Winnipeg Archives.

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Created by Justin Fuhr, November 5, 2013

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