Ukrainian Rochester Collection

Title: UKRAINIAN ROCHESTER COLLECTION
Date range: 1900-2005
Location: D.381
Size: 22 boxes
 



The Ukrainian Rochester Collection is the largest collection of primary and secondary source material in New York State documenting the Ukrainian-American Community in Rochester and Monroe County, New York. The collection was compiled by Wolodymyr (Mirko) Pylyshenko (see biographical note) and is comprised of approximately 25 cubic feet of materials, including records and minutes from a variety of Rochester-area Ukrainian churches, clubs, schools, and veterans and fraternal organizations; books and magazines published by Rochester-area Ukrainians; family histories, personal memoirs, photographs, fliers and event programs: photographs and ephemera.

Historical Background
The Ukrainian-American Community of Greater Rochester consists of approximately 15,000 to 20,000 residents. They came from Ukraine to America in search of economic, political, religious, and social freedom. Their immigration history is especially complex because Ukraine was at various times occupied by Austria, Russia, Hungary, Romania, and Poland; and as the new immigrants arrived in the United States they were consequently registered as Austrians, Russians, Hungarians, Romanians, and Poles.

The majority of Ukrainians came in four waves:

  • 1900-1914: Before WWI, mainly from Austro-Hungarian Empire
  • 1918-1939: Before WWII, mainly from Poland (Western Ukraine)
  • 1947-1965: Displaced Persons from the whole of Ukraine
  • 1987-2005: Pentecostals and Baptists from the whole of Ukraine and USSR


Although each wave of Ukrainian immigrants came to the United States for different reasons and sometimes had different goals, they shared traditions, culture, language and a sense of community and common values. At different times, the Ukrainian -American community in Rochester organized its activities in different ways: for example in the 1950's there were seven Ukrainian clubs and one Ukrainian church; in 2006 there are seven Ukrainian churches and only one Ukrainian club. More than 50 organizations have served the Rochester Ukrainian-American community; these groups have included political, religious, business, professional, sports, women's, youth, educational, veterans', reading, and dance clubs and organizations. As individuals and through their organizations, Ukrainian Americans have made major contributions to the culture, social life, and business activities of the Greater Rochester community.

The Ukrainian Rochester Collection is an attempt to gather, organize, and annotate the surviving records of the community in an archive that will preserve the history of the first 100 years of Ukrainian-American life in Rochester and make its activities understandable to future generations.

Biographical Note
Wolodymyr (Mirko) Pylyshenko was born in Ukraine in 1934 to Wasyl Pylyshenko and Halyna Lopuchowycz Pylyshenko. During World War II his family lived in Poland, Czechoslovakia, and then in Displaced Persons Camps in Germany after 1945. In 1950, at the age of 15, Pylyshenko and his parents immigrated to the United States, joining the Ukrainian-American community in Rochester, New York, which had existed since 1900. Both of his parents were heavily involved in the Ukrainian community, church life, and politics.

Pylyshenko studied fine arts at Rochester Institute of Technology, where he received a Bachelor's of Fine Arts in 1958 and Master's of Fine Arts in 1964. He subsequently taught art at Rochester Institute of Technology, the University of Rochester, Irondequoit's Ridgewood Junior High School, and the Memorial Art Gallery before joining the faculty at the State University of New York, College at Brockport, where he taught art for 36 years and served as Chairman of the Department of Art and Art History for 10 years.

While at SUNY Brockport, Pylyshenko also offered courses in Ukrainian culture and history, and presented special lectures on Ukraine in political science and history courses. In 1979, he was an Exchange International Scholar at Moscow State University, and he taught at Kyiv Mohyla Academy University in 1996. President Jimmy Carter appointed Pylyshenko as an advisor to the Human Rights Committee in 1980.

Since his youth, Pylyshenko has been extremely active in more than 25 religious, political, social, educational, and professional organizations in the Ukrainian-American community. This has included membership in the Ukrainian Academy of Arts and Sciences, the T. Shevchenko Scientific Society, the Ukrainian American Association of University Professors, and service on the Board of Directors of the Ukrainian Museum in New York City and as Chair of the Rochester Fund for Harvard University's endowed chairs of Ukrainian Studies. He also is a Charter Member of the Western Monroe Historical Society, a Trustee of the Irondequoit Public Library, and the Director of the Ukrainian Credit Union Library.

Over the past 40 years, Pylyshenko and his family have hosted scores of Ukrainian artists, poets, academics, and political figures during their visits to the United States. In this period he also made more than 35 trips to Ukraine and visited Ukrainian minorities in Russia, Poland, Czech Republic, Slovakia, Croatia, Serbia, and Germany.

Mirko and his wife Irma live in Irondequoit, New York; they have two daughters, Orisa Pylyshenko and Katya Kolcio.

Sources of Additional Information
For additional background information on the Rochester Ukrainian Community, researchers may wish to review the following published histories and magazine, which are included in the collection:

 

  • Bratush. James D. Historical Documentary of the Ukrainian Community of Rochester, New York. Rochester, N.Y., 1973. 581 pp. Illus. (English)
  • Hawrylak, Walter. Free Cossacks: Anniversary Jubilee Book of the Ukrainian Civic Center. Toronto, 1970. 352 pp. Illus. (Ukrainian with an English summary)
  • The Ukrainian Federal Credit Union magazine also has documented the major activities of the Ukrainian-American community since 1955.

 


Languages
The collection includes materials written in English and Ukrainian.

Scope and Content
The collection comprises approx. 9 cu. ft. of records. The collection is organized into the following series and subseries:

 

 

 

 

  1. Ukrainian Authors of Rochester and Rochester Imprints, 1952-1992 (approx. 70 volumes)
  2. Vertical File (2 cu. ft.)
  3. Ukrainian Rochester Community Organizations (7 cu. ft.)
    1. Churches
    2. Youth Organizations
    3. Clubs and Fraternal Organizations
    4. Veterans Organizations
    5. Arts, Culture, and Education
    6. Business
    7. Women's Clubs
    8. Miscellaneous
    9. Photographs

 


Ukrainian Authors of Rochester and Rochester Imprints, 1952-1992 
This series includes approximately 53 books written or published by members of the Rochester-area Ukrainian-American community. These have been cataloged and shelved in the Rare Books collection under the call no. F130.51.U5.

Rochester Ukrainian Collection Vertical File
This series is comprised primarily of background materials, newspaper clippings, and miscellaneous documents pertaining to Ukrainian-American people, organizations, and events in Rochester and Monroe County, New York. Folders are arranged chronologically.

Ukrainian Rochester Community Organizations
This series is composed primarily of original records created by or for various Rochester-area Ukrainian-American organizations. Most of the collection consists of published materials, such as church bulletins, organization newsletters and magazines, event programs, and annual and financial reports, but some subseries include original hand- and/or typewritten items such as meeting minutes, financial ledgers, and correspondence. One box of photographs contains enlarged reproductions. In most cases the originals remain in the custody of Wolodymyr Pylyshenko or the original donor.

 

 

 

 

 


Professor Pylyshenko is grateful to Christine L.Ridarsky, consulting Archivist for her assistance and James Leach, DHP, Regional Library Council for his suggestions, and thanks Anne Kornylo, Irondequoit-Poltava Sister Cities Council president, Tamara Denysenko CEO of Ukrainian Federal Credit Union and Dr. Mark Anderson for their help and encouragement.

The description and arrangement of the Ukrainian Rochester Collection was subsidized by Documentary Heritage Program Grant provided by the New York State Education Department for 2005/2006.

The materials in Box 5a: St. Josephat's Addendum and Box 20: Arts, Culture, and Education Addendum were donated by Carol Hackshaw (née Krajowsky) in August 2011 and June 3, 2011 respectively.

 

 


 


Finding Aid Note:
Container and folder list available.


Restrictions: None.

 


 


Contents

Ukrainian Authors of Rochester and Rochester Imprints, 1952-1992 
These have been cataloged and shelved in the Rare Books collection under the call no. F130.51.U5.

Rochester Ukrainian Collection Vertical File
Folders are arranged chronologically within boxes.

Box 1 : Vertical File, 1900-1960
Box 2 : Vertical File, 1961-1982
Box 3 : Vertical File, 1983-1998
Box 4 : Vertical File, 1999-2005

Ukrainian Rochester Community Organizations

Churches

Box 5: St. Josaphat's Ukrainian Catholic Church (1909-2005)

Folders:
 

  1. Ukrainian English Liturgy & Psalter
  2. Holy Name Society
  3. Anniversaries, Dedications, and Jubilees (1)
  4. Anniversaries, Dedications, and Jubilees (2)
  5. Anniversaries, Dedications, and Jubilees (3)
  6. Bulletins (1)
  7. Bulletins (2)
  8. Annual Financial Statements
  9. 75th Anniversary
  10. 50th & 90th Anniversaries
  11. Dedication History
  12. Misc.

Box 5a: St. Josaphat's Addendum

Folders

  1. Memorial Cards (1943-1979)
  2. Memorial Cards (1980-2003)
  3. Priests (1881-1990)
  4. St. Josephata Golden Jubilee (1959)
  5. Ukranian Holy Pictures


Books:

  • St. Josaphat's Ukrainian Catholic Church Seventy-Fifth Anniversary, 1909-1984 (212 pp.) 50th and 90th Anniversary books
  • St. Josaphat's Ukrainian Catholic Church, Dedication and History Book, 1979 (184 pp.)


Box 6: The Ukrainian Catholic Church of the Epiphany (UCCE) and St. Nicholas Autocephalous Orthodox Church in USA ("Brazilian Church")

Folders:

  1. UCCE Misc. Records
  2. UCCE Weekly Bulletins
  3. UCCE Newsletters
  4. UCCE History and Anniversaries
  5. UCCE Annual Reports, 1967-1969
  6. UCCE Annual Reports, 1971-1973
  7. UCCE Annual Reports, 1974-1977
  8. UCCE Annual Reports, 1978-1981
  9. UCCE Annual Reports, 1982-1985
  10. UCCE Annual Reports, 1986-1987
  11. UCCE Annual Reports, 1988-1989
  12. UCCE Annual Reports, 1990-1991
  13. UCCE Annual Reports, 1993-1994
  14. St. Nicholas Ukrainian Orthodox Church, Sale & Closing Statements
  15. St. Nicholas Church, Publications
  16. St. Nicholas Church, Minutes


Box 7: St. Mary the Protectress Ukrainian Autocephalous Orthodox Church

Folders:

  1. Constitution & Bylaws
  2. History of St. Mary's Church A (unpublished), 1985
  3. History of St. Mary's Church B (unpublished), 1985
  4. Publications (1)
  5. Publications (2)
  6. Budgets/Financial Reports
  7. Annual Meetings/Reports
  8. Bulletins (1)
  9. Bulletins (2)
  10. St. Mary's Sisterhood
  11. St. Michael Brotherhood of St. Mary's


Box 18: St. Mary the Protectress Ukrainian Autocephalous Orthodox Church Weekly Bulletins (1977- February 19, 1989) Not in folders.

Box 19: St. Mary the Protectress Ukrainian Autocephalous Orthodox Church Weekly Bulletins

Not in folders.

Box 8: Slavic Pentecostal Churches

Folders:
 

  1. Slavic Pentecostal Church, W. Ridge Road, Greece
  2. Evangelic Word (bulletin of Slavic Pentacostal Church), Nos. 1-14
  3. Evangelic Word, Nos. 15-19
  4. Evangelic Word, Nos. 20-23
  5. Evangelic Word, Nos. 24-27
  6. Evangelic Word, Nos. 28-31
  7. Evangelic Word, Nos. 32-35
  8. Evangelic Word, Nos. 36-39
  9. First Ukrainian Christian Pentecostal Church, High St., Fairport
  10. Ukrainian Christian Pentecostal Church, Sobiesky St., Rochester

 


Youth Organizations

Box 9: Youth Organizations

 

Folders:
 

  1. Ukrainian American Youth Organization (SUMA) (1 of 2)
  2. Ukrainian American Youth Organization (SUMA) (2 of 2)
  3. Ukrainian Youth League of North America
  4. Organization of Democratic Ukrainian Youth (ODUM)
  5. Plast Ukrainian Youth Organization - Publications: Anniversary Programs & Invitations
  6. Plast Ukrainian Youth Organization - Publications, 1958-1961
  7. Plast Ukrainian Youth Organization - Publications: "Viking" (1965) (1 issue)
  8. Plast Ukrainian Youth Organization - Publications: "Slidamy Rozban" (1970-1972) (3 issues)
  9. Plast Ukrainian Youth Organization - Publications: Misc. Plast
  10. Ukrainian Youth Organization - Scouts
  11. Misc. Publications on Rochester Sea Scouting (1 of 2)
  12. Misc. Publications on Rochester Sea Scouting (2 of 2)

 


Clubs and Fraternal Organizations

Box 10: Clubs and Fraternal Organizations

 

Folders:
 

  1. Ukrainian National Home
  2. Ukrainian Workers Club and Ukrainian American League
  3. Ukrainian West Side Club
  4. Ukrainian Civic Center - Bylaws
  5. Ukrainian Civic Center - Anniversary Bulletins - 1930s
  6. Ukrainian Civic Center - Anniversary Bulletins - 1940s
  7. Ukrainian Civic Center - Anniversary Bulletins - 1950s
  8. Ukrainian Civic Center - Anniversary Bulletins - 1960s
  9. Ukrainian Civic Center - Anniversary Bulletins - 1970s
  10. Ukrainian Civic Center - Concert and Dance Programs
  11. Ukrainian Civic Center - Misc.
  12. Ukrainian National Association
  13. Ukrainian Workingmen's Association (UWA)- 1950s-1960s
  14. Ukrainian Workingmen's Association (UWA)- 1970s
  15. Ukrainian Workingmen's Association Youth Organization
  16. Ukrainian Fraternal Association (formerly UWA)
  17. Ukrainian American Club
  18. United Ukrainian American Organizations of Rochester
  19. Organization for the Rebirth of Ukraine
  20. Organization of Four Freedoms in Ukraine (1)
  21. Organization of Four Freedoms in Ukraine (2)

Veterans Organizations

Box 11: Veterans Organizations

Folders:
 

  1. Lists of War Veterans
  2. Ukrainian National Army (Brotherhood of Former Combatants of First Ukrainian Division of Ukrainian National Army, Rochester, NY, branch) - Minute Book (1957-24 Sept 1961)
  3. Ukrainian National Army - Minute Book (12 Dec 1961-20 May 1975)
  4. Ukrainian National Army - Minutes & Membership Book, 1958-1972
  5. Ukrainian National Army - Correspondence, 1977
  6. Ukrainian National Army - Anniversary Bulletins - 1960s
  7. Ukrainian National Army - Anniversary Bulletins - 1970s
  8. Ukrainian National Army - Anniversary Bulletins - 1980s
  9. Ukrainian National Army - Anniversary Bulletins - 1990s
  10. Ukrainian National Army - Anniversary Bulletins - 2000s
  11. Ukrainian National Army - Misc.
  12. Ukrainian Insurgents Army Veterans in Rochester
  13. American Legion, John Onufryk Post 1590
  14. Petro Jarish Papers (donated by a niece) —Treasurer's Book, Organization of Ukrainian WWI Soldiers, 1965-1982
  15. Petro Jarish Papers - Correspondence, etc. (related to Organization of Ukrainian WWI Soldiers)

 


Arts, Culture, and Education

Box 12: Arts, Culture, and Education

 

Folders:
 

  1. Harvard Center for Ukrainian Studies, Rochester Chapter, Donor Records, A-J
  2. Harvard Center for Ukrainian Studies, Rochester Chapter, Donor Records, K-M
  3. Harvard Center for Ukrainian Studies, Rochester Chapter, Donor Records, N-T
  4. Harvard Center for Ukrainian Studies, Rochester Chapter, Donor Records, S-Z and Ukrainian Organizations
  5. Harvard Center for Ukrainian Studies, Rochester Chapter, Ledger book, 1962-1976
  6. Harvard Center for Ukrainian Studies, Rochester Chapter, Ledger book, 1978-1993
  7. Harvard Center for Ukrainian Studies, Rochester Chapter, Financial reports, 1987-1990
  8. Harvard Center for Ukrainian Studies, Rochester Chapter, Misc.
  9. News of Harvard Center for Ukrainian Studies, Rochester Chapter
  10. ("Visti Kond Katedry Ukrainoznaystva") (1978-1983) (4 issues)

 


Box 13: Arts, Culture, and Education

 

Folders:
 

  1. Ukrainian Saturday T. Shevchenko School
  2. Misc.
  3. Choirs and Dances
  4. Programs
  5. Olehkrysa Concerts
  6. Irondequoit-Poltava Sister Cities
  7. Human Rights & Defense of Valentyn Moroz Committees
  8. Chernobyl Committee

 

Box 20: Arts, Culture, and Education Addendum

Folders:
 

  1. Six Columbia Viva-Tonal Recordings in Green Album, Ukranian marriage song and polkas
  2. Four Columbia Viva-Tonal Recordings in Brown Album, Ukranian baptism cermonial song

 


Business

Box 14: Business: Rochester Ukrainian Federal Credit Union, Bulletins (Nos. 1-65) & Quarterly Reports, July 1955- January 1970

Folders:

  1. 1955-1956
  2. 1957-1958
  3. 1959-1960
  4. 1961-1962
  5. 1963-1964 and Jubilee Bulletin
  6. 1965-1966
  7. 1967-1968
  8. 1969-1970
  9. Bound Volume (April 1970-October 1971, Nos. 59-65)

 


Box 15: Business: Rochester Ukrainian Federal Credit Union, Opinion, Quarterly Magazine (Nos. 66-135), 1972-July 1989

Folders:

  1. Nos. 66-75, 1972-1976
  2. Nos. 76-85
  3. Nos. 86-95, January 1977-July 1979
  4. Nos. 96-105, October 1979-January 1982
  5. Nos. 106-115, May 1982-July 1984
  6. Nos. 116-125, October 1984-January 1987
  7. Nos. 126-135, April 1987-July 1989

 


Box 16: Business: Rochester Ukrainian Federal Credit Union, Opinion, Quarterly Magazine (Nos. 136-195), October 1989-2005

Folders:
 

  1. Nos. 136-145, October 1989-February 1992
  2. Nos. 146-155, May 1992-August 1994
  3. Nos. 156-185, November 1994-February 1997
  4. Nos. 166-175, May 1997-Summer 1999
  5. Nos. 176-185, 2000
  6. Nos. 186-195, Winter 2003-2005
  7. Nos. 196-198
  8. Credit Union, Misc.


Box 17: Business; Women's Clubs; Misc.

Folders:
 

  1. Ukrainian Business Companies and People
  2. Ukrainian-American Business & Professional Association (Rochester Ukrainian Group - RUG) (1)
  3. Ukrainian-American Business & Professional Association (Rochester Ukrainian Group - RUG) (2)
  4. Ukrainian-American Business & Professional Association (Rochester Ukrainian Group - RUG) (3)


Women's Clubs

Folders:

  1. Ukrainian National Women's League of America, Chapter 46
  2. Ukrainian National Women's League of America, Chapter 47
  3. Ukrainian National Women's League of America, Chapter 120 (empty)
  4. Ukrainian National Women's League of America - Joint Chapter Activities
  5. Ukrainian Gold Cross
  6. St. Anne Society (associated w/ St. Josaphat Church)

 


Miscellaneous

Folders:
 

  1. Ukrainian Sports
  2. Ukrainian Sports - Zenon Snylyk
  3. Ukrainian American Sports Club of Rochester
  4. Letterheads and Stamps
  5. Invitations, Programs, and Celebrations
  6. Invitations, Celebrations, and Tickets


(Note: Boxes 18 and 19 are listed above in Churches subseries. Box 20 is listed in Arts, Culture, and Education subseries.)

Box 21: Ledgers, Diaries, and Stock Books, 1922-1953

Folders:

  1. Notebook, 1922
  2. Stockbook, early 1930s
  3. Receipts found inside stockbook, early 1930s
  4. Ledger, 1936
  5. National Diary of 1929, entries made from 1935-1953
  6. Stockbook, 1935-1945


Volumes

Volume 1. Free Cossacks Ukranian People's House, Charter, Written 1927, adopted 1937
Volume 2. Free Cossacks Ukranian People's House, Meeting Minutes, 1921
Volume 3. Commonwealth Ukranian People's House, Meeting Minutes, 1949- 1954