Fonds 044 Teodor Koda fonds

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Summary information

Repository: South Peace Regional Archives
Title: Teodor Koda fonds
Reference code: 0044
Date: 1926-1972 (date of creation)
Physical description: 1 cm of textual records

1 photograph

Language: English
Dates of creation, revision and deletion: Processed Jan. 13, 2013

Added to AoR July 30, 2021 – SF

Administrative history / Biographical sketch

According to his 1926 baptismal record, Teodor Koda was born on February 27, 1908 in Gorlice, Krakow, Poland and named Theodous by his Austrian parents, Joannes and Christinna Koda. In 1928, at 20 years of age, Teodor immigrated to Canada and made his home in the Volin area near Rycroft, Alberta. He received his Canadian Certificate of Naturalization in 1937 and applied for the land on the SE 20-79-4-W6 in 1942. A Duplicate Certificate of Title for another acreage, described as Pt W 1/2 of Section 7-79-4-W6 was issued in 1950. He was a member of the Volin Community Association, and secretary-treasurer in 1938, when they were building their community hall. Mr. Koda remained in the Rycroft area after his retirement in 1972.

Custodial history

The records were donated to the South Peace Regional Archives in 2011 by Dr. Jaroslav Petryshyn, former history instructor at Grande Prairie Regional College, an authority on Ukrainian settlement in the Canadian West, and author of “Peasants in the Promised Land”.

Scope and content

The fonds consists of a 1926 record of baptism; a Polish-American dictionary; a Canadian Pacific Railway booklet; a 1928 passport; an embarkment card from the steamer “Baltonia” dated May 11, 1928; an immigration identification card from the ship “Empress of France”; a 1938 Certificate of Naturalization; 1939 correspondence with tailors in Montreal and Bluesky regarding a new suit of clothes; correspondence from Alberta Government offices regarding timber permissions for the Volin Community Association in 1938, and proof of age for his senior’s pension in 1972; two World War II ration books issued to “Fred” Koda; a Duplicate Certificate of Title for his farmland; raffle tickets supporting the Ukrainian Summer Festival in Palmero, Ont. in 1962; a life insurance cerificate from the Rycroft Co-operative Association; coupons from the Royal Crown Soaps company; and 2 postcards from businesses in the Rycroft area. The collection includes a photograph of Teodor Koda attached to the 1928 passport.


Title notes

  • Source of title proper: Title based on the contents of the fonds.

Immediate source of acquisition

The records were donated to the South Peace Regional Archives in 2011 by Dr. Jaroslav Petryshyn.

Series descriptions

Reference code Title Dates Physical description
2011.42.01 Item – Certificate of Title 1950 1 certificate
  Scope and content:

Item is a Province of Alberta Certificate of Title for land near Rycroft.