Ukrainian Rochester Collection

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Ukrainian Rochester collection
Creator: Pylyshenko, Wolodymyr Mirko
Call Number: D.381
Dates: 1900-2005
Physical Description: 22 boxes
Language(s): Materials are in English
Repository: Rare Books, Special Collections, and Preservation, River Campus Libraries, University of Rochester

Table of Contents:

Biographical/Historical Note
Subject(s)
Immediate Source of Acquisition
Access
Use
Citation
Related Materials
Content List
Series I: Ukrainian authors of Rochester and Rochester imprints, 1952-1992
Series II: Rochester Ukrainian collection vertical file
Series III: Ukrainian Rochester community organizations
Subseries I: St. Josaphat's Ukrainian Catholic Church, 1909-2005
Subseries II: Ukrainian Catholic Church of the Epiphany (UCCE) and St. Nicholas Autocephalous Orthodox Church in USA
Subseries III: St. Mary the Protectress Ukrainian Autocephalous Orthodox Church
Subseries IV: Slavic Pentecostal Churches
Subseries V: Youth organizations
Subseries VI: Clubs and fraternal organizations
Subseries VII: Veterans organizations
Subseries VIII: Arts, culture, and education
Subseries IX: Business
Collection Overview
Title: Ukrainian Rochester collection
Creator: Pylyshenko, Wolodymyr Mirko
Call Number: D.381
Dates: 1900-2005
Physical Description: 22 boxes
Language(s): Materials are in English
Repository: Rare Books, Special Collections, and Preservation, River Campus Libraries, University of Rochester

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.

Subject(s):
New York (State)--Rochester
New York (State)--Monroe County
Ukrainians
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. Josaphat'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.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.eduCitation
[Item title, item date], Ukrainian Rochester collection, D.381, Rare Books, Special Collections, and Preservation, River Campus Libraries, University of RochesterRelated Materials
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.

From his youth, Pylyshenko was extremely active in more than 25 religious, political, social, educational, and professional organizations in the Ukrainian-American community. This 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 was 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.

For over 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 that period he also made more than 35 trips to Ukraine and visited Ukrainian minorities in Russia, Poland, Czech Republic, Slovakia, Croatia, Serbia, and Germany.

Orysia Pylyshenko and Katya Kolcio are the daughters of Mirko and Irma Pylyshenko.

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: Rare Books, Special Collections, and Preservation, River Campus Libraries, University of Rochester
Address:
Rush Rhees Library
Second Floor, Room 225
Rochester, NY 14627-0055
rarebks@library.rochester.edu
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Content List
Series I: 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.

Series II: Rochester Ukrainian collection vertical file
Folders are arranged chronologically within boxes

Box 1Vertical file, 1900-1960
Box 2Vertical file, 1961-1982
Box 3Vertical file, 1983-1998
Box 4Vertical file, 1999-2005
Series III: Ukrainian Rochester community organizations
Subseries I: St. Josaphat's Ukrainian Catholic Church, 1909-2005
Box 5, Folder 1Ukrainian English liturgy and psalter
Box 5, Folder 2Holy Name Society
Box 5, Folder 3-5Anniversaries, dedications, and jubilees
Box 5, Folder 6-7Bulletins
Box 5, Folder 8Annual financial statements
Box 5, Folder 975th anniversary
Box 5, Folder 1050th and 90th anniversaries
Box 5, Folder 11Dedication history
Box 5, Folder 12Miscellaneous
Box 5a, Folder 1-2Memorial cards, 1943-2003
Box 5a, Folder 3Priests, 1881-1990
Box 5a, Folder 4St. Josaphat's golden jubilee, 1959
Box 5a, Folder 5Ukrainian holy pictures
Box 5aSt. Josaphat's Ukrainian Catholic Church seventy-fifth anniversary, 1909-1984
212 pages

Box 5aSt. Josaphat's Ukrainian Catholic Church, dedication and history book, 1979
184 pages

Subseries II: Ukrainian Catholic Church of the Epiphany (UCCE) and St. Nicholas Autocephalous Orthodox Church in USA
Box 6, Folder 1UCCE miscelleneous records
Box 6, Folder 2UCCE Weekly bulletins
Box 6, Folder 3UCCE newsletters
Box 6, Folder 4UCCE history and anniversaries
Box 6, Folder 5-13UCCE annual reports, 1967-1969, 1971-1994
Box 6, Folder 14St. Nicholas Ukrainian Orthodox Church, sale and closing statements
Box 6, Folder 15St. Nicholas Church, publications
Box 6, Folder 16St. Nicholas Church, minutes
Subseries III: St. Mary the Protectress Ukrainian Autocephalous Orthodox Church
Box 7, Folder 1Constitution and bylaws
Box 7, Folder 2History of St. Mary's Church A, 1985
Unpublished

Box 7, Folder 3History of St. Mary's Church B, 1985
Unpublished

Box 7, Folder 4-5Publications
Box 7, Folder 6Budgets/financial reports
Box 7, Folder 7Annual meetings/reports
Box 7, Folder 8-9Bulletins
Box 7, Folder 10St. Mary's sisterhood
Box 7, Folder 11St. Michael brotherhood of St. Mary's
Box 18;
Box 19
St. Mary the Protectress Ukrainian Autocephalous Orthodox Church weekly bulletins, 1977-February 19, 1989
Subseries IV: Slavic Pentecostal Churches
Box 8, Folder 1Slavic Pentecostal Church, W. Ridge Road, Greece
Box 8, Folder 2-8Evangelic Word (bulletin of Slavic Pentecostal Church), numbers 1-39
Box 8, Folder 9First Ukrainian Christian Pentecostal Church, High St., Fairport
Box 8, Folder 10Ukrainian Christian Pentecostal Church, Sobiesky St., Rochester
Subseries V: Youth organizations
Box 9, Folder 1-2Ukrainian American Youth Organization (SUMA)
Box 9, Folder 3Ukrainian Youth League of North America
Box 9, Folder 4Organization of Democratic Ukrainian Youth (ODUM)
Box 9, Folder 5Plast Ukrainian Youth Organization - Publications: anniversary programs and invitations
Box 9, Folder 6Plast Ukrainian Youth Organization - Publications, 1958-1961
Box 9, Folder 7Plast Ukrainian Youth Organization - Publications: "Viking", 1965
1 issue

Box 9, Folder 8Plast Ukrainian Youth Organization - Publications: "Slidamy Rozban", 1970-1972
3 issues

Box 9, Folder 9Plast Ukrainian Youth Organization - Publications: miscellenous Plast
Box 9, Folder 10Ukrainian Youth Organization - Scouts
Box 9, Folder 11-12Miscellaneous publications on Rochester Sea Scouting
Subseries VI: Clubs and fraternal organizations
Box 10, Folder 1Ukrainian National Home
Box 10, Folder 2Ukrainian Workers Club and Ukrainian American League
Box 10, Folder 3Ukrainian West Side Club
Box 10, Folder 4Ukrainian Civic Center - Bylaws
Box 10, Folder 5-9Ukrainian Civic Center - Anniversary bulletins, 1930's-1970's
Box 10, Folder 10Ukrainian Civic Center - Concert and dance programs
Box 10, Folder 11Ukrainian Civic Center - Miscellaneous
Box 10, Folder 12Ukrainian National Association
Box 10, Folder 13-14Ukrainian Workingmen's Association (UWA), 1950's-1970's
Box 10, Folder 15Ukrainian Workingmen's Association Youth Organization
Box 10, Folder 16Ukrainian Fraternal Association (formerly UWA)
Box 10, Folder 17Ukrainian American Club
Box 10, Folder 18United Ukrainian American Organizations of Rochester
Box 10, Folder 19Organization for the Rebirth of Ukraine
Box 10, Folder 20-21Organization of Four Freedoms in Ukraine
Subseries VII: Veterans organizations
Box 11, Folder 1Lists of war veterans
Box 11, Folder 2Ukrainian National Army (Brotherhood of Former Combatants of First Ukrainian Division of Ukrainian National Army, Rochester, NY, branch) - Minute book, 1957-September 24, 1961
Box 11, Folder 3Ukrainian National Army - Minute book, December 12, 1961-May 20, 1975
Box 11, Folder 4Ukrainian National Army - Minutes and membership book, 1958-1972
Box 11, Folder 5Ukrainian National Army - Correspondence, 1977
Box 11, Folder 6-10Ukrainian National Army - Anniversary bulletins, 1960's-2000's
Box 11, Folder 11Ukrainian National Army - Miscellaneous
Box 11, Folder 12Ukrainian Insurgents Army Veterans in Rochester
Box 11, Folder 13American Legion, John Onufryk Post 1590
Box 11, Folder 14Petro Jarish Papers - Treasurer's book, Organization of Ukrainian WWI Soldiers, 1965-1982
Donated by a niece

Box 11, Folder 15Petro Jarish Papers - Correspondence, etc. (related to Organization of Ukrainian WWI Soldiers)
Subseries VIII: Arts, culture, and education
Box 12, Folder 1-4Harvard Center for Ukrainian Studies, Rochester Chapter, donor records
Box 12, Folder 5-6Harvard Center for Ukrainian Studies, Rochester Chapter, ledger book, 1962-1976, 1978-1993
Box 12, Folder 7Harvard Center for Ukrainian Studies, Rochester Chapter, financial reports, 1987-1990
Box 12, Folder 8Harvard Center for Ukrainian Studies, Rochester Chapter, miscellaneous
Box 12, Folder 9News of Harvard Center for Ukrainian Studies, Rochester Chapter
Box 12, Folder 10("Visti Kond Katedry Ukrainoznaystva"), 1978-1983
4 issues

Box 13, Folder 1Ukrainian Saturday T. Shevchenko School
Box 13, Folder 2Miscellaneous
Box 13, Folder 3Choirs and dances
Box 13, Folder 4Programs
Box 13, Folder 5Olehkrysa concerts
Box 13, Folder 6Irondequoit-Poltava Sister Cities
Box 13, Folder 7Human rights and defense of Valentyn Moroz Committees
Box 13, Folder 8Chernobyl Committee
Box 20, Folder 1Columbia Viva-Tonal recordings in green album, Ukrainian marriage song and polkas
6 recordings

Box 20, Folder 2Columbia Viva-Tonal recordings in brown album, Ukrainian baptism ceremonial song
4 recordings

Subseries IX: Business
Box 14, Folder 1-8Rochester Ukrainian Federal Credit Union, Bulletins (numbers 1-65) and quarterly reports, July 1955-January 1970
Box 14, Volume 1Rochester Ukrainian Federal Credit Union, Bulletin numbers 59-65, April 1970-October 1971
Box 15, Folder 1-7Rochester Ukrainian Federal Credit Union, Opinion, Quarterly magazine (numbers 66-135), 1972-July 1989
Box 16, Folder 1-8Rochester Ukrainian Federal Credit Union, Opinion, Quarterly magazine (numbers 136-195), October 1989-2005
Box 17, Folder 1Ukrainian business companies and people
Box 17, Folder 2-4Ukrainian-American Business and Professional Association (Rochester Ukrainian Group - RUG)
Box 17, Folder 5-8Ukrainian National Women's League of America, chapters 46-47, 120, and joint chapter activities
Box 17, Folder 9Ukrainian Gold Cross
Box 17, Folder 10St. Anne Society (associated w/ St. Josaphat Church)
Box 17, Folder 11Ukrainian sports
Box 17, Folder 12Ukrainian sports - Zenon Snylyk
Box 17, Folder 13Ukrainian American Sports Club of Rochester
Box 17, Folder 14Letterheads and stamps
Box 17, Folder 15-16Invitations, programs, celebrations, and tickets
Box 21, Folder 1Notebook, 1922
Box 21, Folder 2Stockbook, early 1930's
Box 21, Folder 3Receipts found inside stockbook, early 1930's
Box 21, Folder 4Ledger, 1936
Box 21, Folder 5National diary of 1929, entries made from 1935-1953
Box 21, Folder 6Stockbook, 1935-1945
Volume 1Free Cossacks Ukrainian People's House, charter, written 1927, adopted 1937
Volume 2Free Cossacks Ukrainian People's House, meeting minutes, 1921
Volume 3Commonwealth Ukrainian People's House, meeting minutes, 1949-1954


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