Collections

The UHEC museum permanent collection consists of over 15,000 objects of folk art, fine art, religious ritual objects, textiles, and icons, as well as objects that document Ukrainian and Ukrainian American cultural, religious, and political history. The UHEC Archives holds hundreds of collections documenting the lives and work of Ukrainian and Ukrainian American individuals, families, organizations, and parishes.

The UHEC draws on these collections to present exhibitions, create programming and web content, and makes archival collections accessible to the public.

The bulk of the museum collection is currently in storage pending completion of construction of the new Patriarch Mstyslav Museum building.

Collecting scope

The UHEC's collecting scope broadly encompasses the following areas:

Ukrainian History

Materials related to the tumultuous social, political, and religious history of Ukraine and its vicinity.

Ukrainian Material Culture, Folk Art, and Ethnography

Materials that illuminate the beliefs and cultural practices of the Ukrainian people, including textiles, embroidery, carvings, photographs, and period descriptions of traditional Ukrainian culture.

Ukrainian Fine and Religious Art

Paintings, sculptures, engravings, and other works by Ukrainian and Ukrainian American fine and craft artists, and works by non-Ukrainian artists inspired by Ukrainian themes. Icons, vestments, and other religious ritual objects.

Immigration, Exile, and the Ukrainian-American Experience

Materials that document the forces that caused Ukrainians to leave their native land, and the difficulties and triumphs encountered by them and their descendants.

In the above, "Ukraine" is defined broadly as the boundaries of the current Ukrainian nation-state, as well as neighboring areas that currently or historically have had a significant ethnic Ukrainian populations.

The UHEC Archives has a more detailed collecting policy.

Do you have items or collections that you are interested in donating? Please contact us first! Here is some additional information for donors.