Elizabeth Grandbois Memorial Collection of Manuscripts
Elizabeth Grandbois Memorial Collection of Manuscripts, 1928-2005
Primary Creator: Vraniak, Damian (1950-)
Extent: 18.75 Linear Feet
Date Acquired: 00/00/2005
The Elizabeth Grandbois Memorial Collection of Manuscripts document the scholarly career of her great-grandson Dr. Damian Vraniak (also known as Damian McShane). The collection was received without an original order, and for this reason the collection was organized and arranged by the Department of Special Collections as follows:
Series 1: Biographical/Personal
Series 2: Publications
Series 3: Presentations
Series 4: Research
Series 5: Grants and Proposals
Series 6: 1987 Tenure Files from Utah State University, Logan
Series 7: Subject Files
The oldest son of Damian Joseph Vraniak and Katherine Waggoner was born Damian Anthony Vraniak on May 19, 1950. Damian Joseph, a veteran of WWII and the Korean War died in 1954, leaving his wife to care for their three young boys. Katherine and her sons stayed with her parents, John Waggoner and Alice (Grandbois-Rogers) Waggoner and her 14 siblings, until she met and married Kenneth McShane in 1958. From 1959 to 1989, Damian Anthony used his step-father's last name and was known as Damian Anthony McShane. In 1989, during a time of great personal loss and transition, Damian Anthony resumed the last name of Vraniak, which had always been his legal name.
Vraniak received a Bachelor of Arts degree from Mankato State College in 1973, and a Master of Arts degree in Psychology from George Peabody College in 1976. He earned a PhD in Psychology from Vanderbilt University in 1980. He was on the faculty of several universities, including the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire, the University of Wisconsin-Madison, Northern Arizona University, Utah State University, and the Oregon Health Sciences University. He is a prodigious scholar, who authored or co-authored over fifty journal articles and book chapters regarding many different subjects in the field of psychology. He was one of the foremost Indian mental health scholars in the country.
Vraniak has also been involved with prairie restoration for over 25 years. He won recent awards from the Washburn County (Wisconsin) Land and Water Department, as well as the Northwest Wisconsin County Land and Water Conservation Association. In 2004, he published a book entitled Prairie Relations: Book One, Sources Signs and Seasons of Flowering Plants on the Prairie and Savanna under the name Waubishmaa'ingan.
Access Restrictions: Open for inspection under the rules and regulations of the Elwyn B. Robinson Department of Special Collections.
Acquisition Source: Damian Vraniak, Springbrook, Wisconsin
Acquisition Method: Donation; Acc.2005-2778
Related Publications: Prairie Relations: Book One, Sources Signs and Seasons of Flowering Plants on the Prairie and Savanna. Waubishmaa'ingan (Damian Vraniak). Hayward, WI: Whitewolf Press, 2004.
Preferred Citation: (Description of Item). Elizabeth Grandbois Memorial Collection of Manuscripts. OGLMC 1494, Box #, Folder #. Elwyn B. Robinson Department of Special Collections, Chester Fritz Library, University of North Dakota, Grand Forks.
Finding Aid Revision History: Finding aid migrated to Archon in February 2015.
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