Fonds UAA Fonds 0260 - John Constantine Charyk fonds

UAA-1990-043 UAA-2012-010
Open original Digital object

Title and statement of responsibility area

Title proper

John Constantine Charyk fonds

General material designation

Parallel title

Other title information


Title statements of responsibility

Title notes

Level of description


Reference code

UAA Fonds 0260

Edition area

Edition statement

Edition statement of responsibility

Statement of scale (cartographic)

Statement of projection (cartographic)

Statement of coordinates (cartographic)

Statement of scale (architectural)

Issuing jurisdiction and denomination (philatelic)

Dates of creation area


  • 1990-1988 (Creation)

Physical description area

Physical description

3.82m of multi media records.

Publisher's series area

Title proper of publisher's series

Parallel titles of publisher's series

Other title information of publisher's series

Statement of responsibility relating to publisher's series

Numbering within publisher's series

Note on publisher's series

Archival description area

Name of creator

(1908 -1996)

Biographical history

John Constantine Charyk was born at Glenbow, Alberta in 1908. He received his early education at Lake Louise, Canmore, and Calgary East High School. Upon graduation from Calgary Normal School in 1928, Mr. Charyk took up a teaching post at Bryant School, a one-room rural school north of Bindloss, Alberta. He also taught at Delia and Chinook before moving to Hanna in 1954, where he served as Principal of the Hanna
High School until his retirement in 1973. Charyk's teaching career was interrupted only by WWII, during which he served as a Flying Officer in the RCAF, stationed in England.

Earning a B.Sc. (1938), B.Ed. (1942), and M.Ed. (1949) from the University of Alberta, John Charyk had a distinguished career as an educator. He received numerous awards in recognition of his achievements and contributions to education, including a life membership in the Alberta Teachers' Federation. In 1971 he was made a Fellow of the Canadian College of Teachers, and in 1981 the citizens of Hanna renamed the high school the "J.C. Charyk Hanna High School" in his honour.

Charyk is probably most widely recognized as the author of six books concerning the history of rural education. All published by Western Producer Prairie Books, these are: "The Little White Schoolhouse", 1968, The Little White Schoolhouse Series, Vol.1; "Pulse of the Community", 1970, The Little White Schoolhouse Series, Vol.2; "Those Bittersweet School Days", 1977, The Little White Schoolhouse Series, Vol. 3; "Syrup Pails and Gopher Tails", 1983; "The Biggest Day of the Year", 1985; "When the School House was King", 1988.

His first book received the Award of Merit from the American Association for State and Local History, and Syrup Pails and Gopher Tails became a Canadian best-seller.

John Charyk and his work have also been featured on many radio and television programs. During 1974-75 he had a radio program on CJDV Drumheller, giving daily fiveminute talks describing life on the prairies in the early days. His tape recordings of "Sounds of a Prairie Town" were used by CFAC Calgary and CBC radio. In addition Mr. Charyk maintained a busy schedule as a historical researcher and lecturer, sharing his
knowledge and his collection of slides with school children and community groups.

Mr. Charyk died on February 8, 1996, at the age of 87 years.

Custodial history

Scope and content

John C. Charyk Fonds 1990-1988

Notes area

Physical condition

Immediate source of acquisition


Language of material

Script of material

Location of originals

Availability of other formats

Restrictions on access

Terms governing use, reproduction, and publication

Finding aids

Associated materials

Related materials


General note

PDF scanned from paper finding aid.

Alternative identifier(s)

Standard number

Access points

Subject access points

Place access points

Name access points

Genre access points

Control area

Description record identifier

Institution identifier

Rules or conventions


Level of detail

Dates of creation, revision and deletion

Scanned and uploaded fall 2017. Created by MMCFARLane 1-30-2008. Updated by MACS 2-7-2008. Updated by M. Fraser 21 June, 2019.

Language of description

Script of description


Digital object (Master) rights area

Digital object (Reference) rights area

Digital object (Thumbnail) rights area

Accession area

Related subjects

Related people and organizations

Related places

Related genres