Ukrainian Rochester Collection

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Collection Overview
Title: UKRAINIAN ROCHESTER COLLECTION
Creator: Ukrainian Rochester
Call Number: D.381
Dates: 1900-2005
Physical Description: 22 boxes
Language(s): Materials are in English
Repository: Department of Rare Books, Special Collections, and Preservation

Biographical/Historical Note
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.

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:

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.

Access
The UKRAINIAN ROCHESTER COLLECTION is open for research use. Researchers are advised to contact Rare Books, Special Collections, and Preservation prior to visiting. Upon arrival, researchers will also be asked to fill out a registration form and provide photo identification.Use
Reproductions are made upon request but can be subject to restrictions. Permission to publish materials from the collection must currently be requested. Please note that some materials may be copyrighted or restricted. It is the researcher's obligation to determine and satisfy copyright or other case restrictions when publishing or otherwise distributing materials found in the collections. For more information contact rarebks@library.rochester.eduScope and Content
The collection comprises approx. 9 cu. ft. of records. The collection is organized into the following series and subseries:


Immediate Source of Acquisition
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.Citation
[Item title, item date], UKRAINIAN ROCHESTER COLLECTION, D.381, Rare Books, Special Collections, and Preservation, River Campus Libraries, University of RochesterRelated Material
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:


Administrative Information
Author: Finding aid prepared by Rare Books and Special Collections staff
Publisher: Department of Rare Books, Special Collections, and Preservation
Address:
Rush Rhees Library
Second Floor, Room 225
Rochester, NY 14627-0055
rarebks@library.rochester.edu
URL: http://www.library.rochester.edu/rbscp


Content List
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)
Box 19
St. Mary the Protectress Ukrainian Autocephalous Orthodox Church Weekly Bulletins
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
5. Ukrainian National Women's League of America, Chapter 46
6. Ukrainian National Women's League of America, Chapter 47
7. Ukrainian National Women's League of America, Chapter 120 (empty)
8. Ukrainian National Women's League of America - Joint Chapter Activities
9. Ukrainian Gold Cross
10. St. Anne Society (associated w/ St. Josaphat Church)
Miscellaneous
Folders
11. Ukrainian Sports
12. Ukrainian Sports - Zenon Snylyk
13. Ukrainian American Sports Club of Rochester
14. Letterheads and Stamps
15. Invitations, Programs, and Celebrations
16. Invitations, Celebrations, and Tickets
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
Free Cossacks Ukranian People's House, Charter, Written 1927, adopted 1937
Free Cossacks Ukranian People's House, Meeting Minutes, 1921
Commonwealth Ukranian People's House, Meeting Minutes, 1949- 1954


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