Our collections span the 20th century, and are particularly strong in documenting the post-WWII refugee experience.
We have institutional records of the Ukrainian Autocephalous Orthodox Church from its rebirth in Nazi-occupied Kyiv through the entire post-War period, as well as the personal papers of several of its hierarchs. These document not only on religious history, but also the day-to-day struggle for survival in the Displaced Persons camps.
We have the papers of several prominent Ukrainians and Ukrainian-Americans, including the scholar and writer Vasyl' Chaplenko, the historian Vincent Shandor, the artist and illustrator Victor Cymbal, and ethnographer Konstantyn Moshchenko.
One does not have to be famous to have an important collection. One of our most historically significant collections is the Oleksii Balabas Papers. Oleksii's life captures in microcosm almost all of Ukrainian history of the first half of the 20th century, and his collection contains 6 volumes of diaries, letters from family members in Kuban' in 1933 describing the Holodomor, personal correspondence, photographs, and much more important material.