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|Creator||Kiriak, Illia, 1888-1955.|
|Title||Illia Kiriak fonds|
MG 30 D 235
|Document source||Library and Archives Canada / Bibliothèque et Archives Canada|
Illia Kiriak (1888 - 1955) was of Ukrainian descent and was a writer of poetry, essays and short stories. From 1922, his writings began to appear in the Winnipeg weekly, "Ukrainian Voice". A number of his short stories on the life of settlers later became part of his monumental novel, "Syny Zemli" [Sons of the Soil], published in three volumes in the years from 1939 to 1945. In 1956, Michael Luchkovich completed an English translation but only an abridged version by Laura Salverson appeared in print in 1959. He was also a teacher, the Executive Secretary of the Ukrainian Self-Reliance League of Canada and in the 1940s was the Rector of the M. Hrushewsky Institute (later St. John's Institute) in Edmonton.
This collection consists of biographical data, 1888-1953; correspondence with organizations and individuals active in the Ukrainian Canadian community in the first half of the century; correspondence concerning Kiriak's teaching career and the translation of his major work "Syny Zemli", 1914-1955; manuscripts, articles, speeches and reviews, n.d., 1924-1959; and Kiriak estate and miscellaneous documents, n.d., 1941, 1951-1961.