Fonds 20-014 - Matisko family fonds

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Matisko family fonds

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CA ON0034 20-014

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  • June 1933, 1949-1973, [198-?]-1996 (Creation)
    Matisko family

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9.1 cm of textual records
8 photographs

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Ján (John) Matisko was born in 1902 in Slovakia. According to a letter written by one of his former students, he was a teacher in Prešov, a city in eastern Slovakia. He and his wife Martha had a son named Barney. According to his correspondence, he may have arrived in the United States in 1949 and settled in New Kensington, Pennsylvania. He passed away in 1974.

Custodial history

In May 2002, Barney Matisko approached Paul M. Payerchim Jr., the secretary-treasurer of the National Slovak Society, regarding a possible donation of his father’s post World War II correspondence and other family memorabilia. Mr. Payerchim referred Barney Matisko to Professor Mark Stolárik at the University of Ottawa, who accepted the donation and transferred the records to the Archives and Special Collections of the University of Ottawa Library.

Scope and content

This fonds consists of records mainly collected by John and Barney Matisko. The majority of the documents reflect everyday life in Poland, the Prešov region in Slovakia and Serbia. Also included is material on various cultural activities, events and churches pertaining to Slovak-Americans and Slovak-Canadian such as correspondence, a newspaper clipping, a flyer, several pamphlets, booklets and eight photographs.

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For conservation purposes, we have made a photocopy of the newspaper clippings and retained only the photocopy made on archival paper.

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Records were received from Mark Stolárik, the University of Ottawa's Chair in Slovak History and Culture in 2006


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  • Czech
  • English
  • Slovak

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  • Latin

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Reproduction of documents is permitted, according to the Canadian copyright laws and general practices in archives.

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A paper finding aid is available.

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Created in 2011, revised in 2017

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