Ukrainian recorded sound archives
The Ukrainian History and Education Center Archives contain numerous audio recordings. Many of these are reel-to-reel recordings made in the 1950s and 1960s. Given that the expected lifetime of magnetic tape is about 50 years, the Center has launched a major "emergency digitization" initiative in order to migrate these valuable (and likely unique) recordings to modern media. The recordings span a diverse range of content and genres, including musical events, radio interviews, church services, speeches, literary readings, and much more.
The digitization project is ongoing, and more items will be appearing on these pages as they are completed. Digitization is being done concurrently with the processing of the collections as a whole, which is a bit contrary to standard archival practice, but which makes sense given the idiosyncrasies of these particular collections. Because of this, some of the archival context is currently missing. Once these collections are fully processed, finding aids will be published with links to the digital objects listed here.
This audio is published in the spirit of providing access to these rare (and possibly unique) archival recordings. They are published for personal and research use only. Any commercial use or republication online, in the broadcast media, or in film and television is forbidden except with the permission of the Center and any relevant copyright holders.
Copyright ownership can be very difficult to ascertain, and the Ukrainian History and Education Center would welcome any information regarding the rights associated with this material. Please send all copyright inquiries to one of the addresses below for review.