Andrew and Michalina Krochmalny papers and postcard collection

Andrew and Michalina Krochmalny were pre-WWII immigrants from Ukraine to the United States. The collection consists primarily of a large album of postcard and advertising cards assembled by Andrew Krochmalny, along with personal documents and photographs.

Summary Information

Creator Krochmalny, Andrew
Creator Krochmalny, Michalina
Title Andrew and Michalina Krochmalny papers and postcard collection
ID g.51
Dates 1911-1940 and undated
Quantity 1 Linear Feet
Languages While the bulk of this collection consists of graphical materials with minimal linguistic content, the items which contain text are in English, Ukrainian, Polish, as well as other languages.
Repository Ukrainian History and Education Center Archives

Biographical / Historical

Andrew Krochmalny (Андрій Крохмальний; Andrii Krokhmal'nyi) was a first wave Ukrainian immigrant to the United States. He was born on September 1894 in the village of Velykyi Poliukhiv, Austria-Hungary (now L'viv oblast', Ukraine). He emigrated to the United States in 1913, enlisted in the Unites States Army in 1920. His wife Michalina Kutnyi (Kutnyj; Михаліна Кутна; Mykhalina Kutna) was born on September 22, 1911, also in Velykyi Poliukhiv. They were married when Andrew returned to his native village after being discharged from the Army, and they arrived in the United States in 1929.

Scope and Contents

This collection consists primarily of an album which contained approximately 520 postcards and advertising cards assembled by Andrew Krochmalny from the 1910s to around 1930. It also contains Andrew Krochmalny's school grade cards, military discharge, letter indicating arrival in US; Michalina Kutna Krochmalny's passport, naturalization certificate, school grade card, baptism certificate, and letter from unknown relative in Ukraine; and 3 photographs of Andrew Krochmalny.

Зміст фонду

Фонд складається в основному з альбому, в якому містилося приблизно 520 листівок та рекламних, зібраних Андрієм Крохмальним з 1910-х до приблизно 1930 року. Він також містить шкільні свідоцтва Андрія Крочмального, посвідчення військового звільнення, лист із вказівкою про прибуття до США; паспорт Михаліни Крохмальної (з дому Кутна), свідоцтво про натуралізацію, шкільні свідоцтва, метрика хрещення та лист від невідомого родича в Україні; та 3 фотографії Андрія Крохмального.

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Published citations should take the following form: Identification of item, date (if known); Andrew and Michalina Krochmalny papers and postcard collection; box number; folder number; Ukrainian History and Education Center Archives, Somerset, New Jersey.

Conditions Governing Access

The collection is open for researcher use. Please contact the archivist ( for more information and to make arrangements.

Conditions Governing Use

Copyright restrictions may apply.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Donation of Joanne Keiderling, daughter of Andrew and Michalina Krochmalny.

Processing Information

The postcards were mounted by the creator in an album using photo corners. The album in its original state was photographed, then disassembled by the processing archivist for preservation reasons. Some postcards are still affixed to the album pages because photo corners had been pasted on top of them. These are gradually being removed.

Controlled Access Headings


  • Postcards

Container List

Series 1.  Postcard album

Scope and Contents

The postcards in this album contain an extremely wide range of imagery, including Ukrainian historical and cultural themes, militaria, art reproductions, and cards with religious and political themes. They include color lithograph postcards published in Germany and Sweden, and some extremely unusual cards with textile and embroidery. Some cards have been mailed, but most are unused. The advertising cards include those of the Ukrainian Bazaar at 170 E. 4th St. in New York City, which depict cross-stitch embroidery patterns.

  • box 1
  • box 2
Series 2.  Personal documents
  • shared-box 1 folder 1