Fonds BLCH01 - Balych fonds

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Balych fonds

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BLCH01

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  • 1910-1990, predominant 1960-1970 (Creation)
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    Battleford (Sask.)

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40 cm of textual records
290 photographs
46 slides

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Alexander and Pearl Balych (both born in 1924) were business people in the city of North Battleford, and were very active in community, cultural and religious activities for many decades. They owned Roxy Photographic Studio, 1956-1959; later Alexander was employed by Larry's Electric and then by CKBI-TV as a photographer. He served as Branch Manager of the Western Development Museum (North Battleford) and was on the Museum Provincial Board. Pearl worked in the photography studio and served as a Recreational Director at the River Heights Lodge, while concentrating on community service. The Balyches' community involvement was sustained and extensive. In the 1970s, Alexander served as Commissioner of the North Battleford Chamber of Commerce, and Pearl served as Interim Commissioner, being the first woman to occupy that position. Alexander was a member of the North Battleford Industrial Development Board in the 1990s. Other community involvements included: the North-West Economic Development Council, the History Book Committe for "Following the Furrow," and the City of North Battleford Archives Committee, 1992-1998. From 1962-1972, Pearl Balych hosted the auditions of two local television programmes, "Tiny Talent" and "Spotlight on Talent" on CKBI, in the course of it, transporting over 1,000 children to Prince Albert for programming. For eight years she coordinated "Bushel Basket," a Battlefords-area talent programme of Exhibition Week. The Balyches were also involved in the production of a regular Ukrainian radio broadcast in 1959-1960 on CJNB Radio. They were both executive members of All Saints' Ukrainian Catholic Church in North Battleford. In 1981, Pearl Balych was chosen North Battleford's "Citizen of the Year."

Custodial history

Records were collected by the Balyches from a variety of sources in the course of community involvement and were held by them prior to being donated to the Archives between 1992-1995.

Scope and content

The fonds consist of Alex Balych's CJNB papers (25 scripts and year-round reviews), Northwest Economic Council (NEDC) correspondence, School papers North Battleford School District #1438 (correspondence and reports), Pearl Balych photographs (200) and textual records, Dance Festival programs 1964-1968, 1970-1990, Radio scripts 1963-1965.

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English

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None

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Citation of City of North Battleford Historic Archives

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In-house database available.

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