Yanda, Dmytro, 1892-1969 : Born 1892 in Radymno, Ukrainian-Polish border.
Died May 29, 1969 LLB QC in Los Angeles at 76.
Arrived in Canada in 1912 and worked as a printer in Rosthern, Saskatchewan. In 1913 Yanda moved to Winnipeg to work as a supervisor in a printing office, then as a business manager and finally as an assistant editor for the weekly Ukrainian Voice.
He then enrolled at the University of Saskatchewan in 1922, completing a bachelor of law in 1926 and admitted to the Saskatchewan Bar Association in 1928.
At the Petro Mohyla Ukrainian Institute in Saskatoon, Yanda was an assistant principal for five years, secretary for nine years and served as president for a year.
He wrote letter, novel and screenplay competitions under pseudonyms N.L. Zalos and R.D. Fillen. File contains a reply letter from Fox Film Corporation in 1922.
Yanda was an active member of the Ukrainian-Canadian community, involving himself with the Ukrainian National Homes Ukrainian People's Home, the Ukrainian Publishing Company of Canada, the Ukrainian Greek Orthodox Church of Canada, Ukrainian Self-Reliance League of Canada, the Ukrainian National Federation, the Ukrainian Canadian Committee, Edmonton's Hrushevsky Institute (later known as St. John's Institute), the Ukrainian Orthodox Youth of Canada and many other community organizations.
Yanda married in 1926 and moved to Edmonton in 1932 with his wife, Doris (Daria) Elizabeth Kanasewich (1905-2005).
Correspondence (dated 1912 until 1969) includes family members, like his father, Nicholas Yanda in Buffalo NY (until his work-related death in 1919) and many letters from his mother, brother, sisters (Maria Pawlyk and Eufrozina Chudocha), children (Raina Fyson, Victor, Walter and Roman) and other relatives, friends and colleagues.
Correspondence files also include letters from J.W. Arsenych, the Batycky family, John Hnatyshyn, Theodore Humeniuk (lawyer in Toronto), Joseph Megas (of particular note, Megas' letters deal with Ukrainian advocacy at the Paris Peace conference of 1919), A. Novak of the Ukrainian Voice newspaper, Hanka Romanchych, Rev. Simon Sawchuk, General Volodymyr Sikevich, Danylo Skoropadsky, Julian Stechishin, Myroslav Stechishin, Wasyl Swystun, John Yatchew, Nicholas Zalozetsky, Orest Zerebko and many others.
This collection also consists of detailed notebooks of his daily activities throughout various chapters of his life including his and his wife's tour of the displacement camps in Europe right after WWII.
The collection also consists of prospect shareholder documents, correspondence and other paperwork concerning mineral and oil rights in Canada and the United States.