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.

Source collection: 
Mykola Francuzenko papers

Recording of speeches made at the "Zustrich" ("Gathering") of members of the ODUM Ukrainian Democratic Youth Organization in 1965 on the occasion of the 15th anniversary of the organization's founding.

Запис промов на ОДУМ-івській Зустрічі в 1965-му році з нагоди 15-и ліття заснування ОДУМ-у. Говорить Микола Степаненко та інші невідомі промовці.

Date created: 
1965
Source collection: 
Stefan Maksymjuk audio recordings

Live recording of a Ukrainian American community event in Washington DC.

Invocation by Fr. Podhurets', introduction of Levko Lukianenko by N. Kormeliuk, speech by Lukianenko, introduction of Viacheslav Chornovil by B. Futei, speech by Chornovil, followed by questions and answers.

Date created: 
1991-04-29
Source collection: 
Stefan Maksymjuk audio recordings

Welcoming reception of Soviet dissidents Sviatoslav and Nina Karavans'kyi by members of the Washington, DC Ukrainian American community upon their arrival in the United States at Dulles Airport on December 11, 1979. This is followed by a press conference given by them at the National Press Club on December 12, 1979.

Члени української громади Вашінгтону вітають Святослава і Ніни Караванських в аеропорту Даллес 11 грудня 1979 г. Далі, прес-конференції Караванських в Національному Прес-Клубі (National Press Club) 12 грудня 1979 року.

Date created: 
1979-12
Source collection: 
Volodymyr and Katherina Kedrowsky papers

Live recording of a Ukrainian Catholic pontifical (hierarchical) Divine Liturgy celebrated by Bishop Joseph Schmondiuk at the National Shrine in Washington, DC. The responses are sung by the combined forces of the Dumka Choir of New York City, and the parish choirs of Bayonne, Elizabeth, and Newark, NJ, all conducted by Ivan Zadorozhnyi.

Запис архиєрейської служби Божої яку правив єп. Йосиф Шмондюк у Націоналні Святині у Вашінгтоні. Співає Хор Думка (Нью Йорк) разом з хорами парафій Бейонн, Елізабет, та Ньюарк, шт. Нью Джерзі під керівництвом Івана Задорожного.

Date created: 
1961-01-22
Source collection: 
Stefan Maksymjuk audio recordings

National Public Radio broadcast of the appearance of Valentyn Moroz at the National Press Club in Washington, DC. Introduction, reading of prepared statement in English, followed by questions and answers.

Date created: 
1979-05-18
Source collection: 
Stefan Maksymjuk audio recordings

Recording of an event organized by "Human Rights Research, Inc." in Washington, DC at which Victor Stern (Viktor Shtern), son of the Soviet physician and dissident Dr. Mikhail Stern speaks about his father's imprisonment, the situation in Soviet Ukraine, and Ukrainian-Jewish relations. After the speech, he takes questions from the audience.

Date created: 
1976-05-25
Source collection: 
Mykola Francuzenko papers

Topics covered include the difficulties of translating Ukrainian poetry into Portuguese, general literary topics, and readings of her own original poetry and her Portuguese translation of the prologue to Ivan Franko's poem "Moisei".

Інтерв'ю Миколи Француженка з письменницею Вірою Вовк-Селянською. Теми—складнощі перекладу українську поезію на португальську мову, загальні літератрурні питання. Вовк читає свої вірші та пролог "Мойсея" (Франка) у свойому перекладі на португальську.

Source collection: 
Stefan Maksymjuk audio recordings

Speech by Vladimir Bukovsky with simultaneous English translation, followed by questions and answers.

Date created: 
1977-03-01
Source collection: 
Stefan Maksymjuk audio recordings

Off-the-air recordings and dubs of original Voice of America coverage of the arrival of the Pliushch family in the United States.

  1. "Pliushch in the U.S.A" (1976-03-27)
  2. "Pliushch in Manhattan Center" (1976-03-28)
  3. "Pliushch in New York" (1976-03-29)
  4. "Pliushch in Congress" (1976-03-30)
  5. "Pliushch testimony in Congress" (1976-03-31)
Date created: 
1976-03

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