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

A historical and literary analysis of Anna Akhmatova's poem cycle "Requiem" by Volodymyr Biliaiv, followed by a reading by Mykola Francuzenko of selections in a Ukrainian translation.

Володимир Біляїв представляє історичний та літературний аналіз поетичного циклу "Реквієм" Анни Ахматової. Микола Француженко читає кілька віршів із циклу в українському перекладі.

Source collection: 
Historical Recorded Sound Collection

Audio recording of the Orthodox Rite of Consecration of a Church, officiated by Metropolitan Ioan and Archbishop Mstyslav. It is followed by the Liturgy of St. John Chrysostom. There may have been two choirs present, one of which would certainly have been conducted by Vasyl' Zavitnevych.

St. Volodymyr Cathedral is on 82nd Street in Manhattan, and continues to function as one of the episcopal cathedrals of the Eastern Eparchy of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church of the USA.

Coverage: 
New York City
Source collection: 
Mykola Francuzenko papers

Radio program reporting on the 1964 dedication of the monument to Taras Shevchenko in Washington DC. Reporting by Mykola Francuzenko (under pseudonym Oleksander Tereshchenko), including clips of music by the Ukrainian Bandurist Chorus, speeches and interview fragments from Dwight D. Eisenhower, Volodymyr Dushnyk, Iaroslav Rudnyts'ky, Metr. Ambrose Senyshyn, Metr. Ioan Teodorovych, Roman Smal'-Stots'kyi, Lev Dobrians'kyi, and various attendees of the dedication festivities. Also includes an overview of the history of the project, and a summary of press coverage.

Date created: 
1964
Source collection: 
Stefan Maksymjuk audio recordings

Recording of Dr. Mikhail Stern (Mikhail Shtern) at an event in Washington, DC during his tour of Ukrainian American communities in the United States after his release from Soviet prison and arrival in the West. His speech covers a wide variety of topics, including his work treating endemic goiter in the Ukrainian Carpathians, the circumstances of his arrest and trial, and his prognosis for the future of the Soviet Union. It is followed by a question and answer session.

Date created: 
1977-10-08
Source collection: 
Historical Recorded Sound Collection

Live recording of the Orthodox Paschal Liturgy celebrated at the Ukrainian Orthodox Cathederal of St. Volodymyr on W. 82nd St. in Manhattan. The celebrants were the rector of the Cathederal Mitred Protopresbyter Ivan Danylevych and Protodeacon Mykhailo Ol'khovyi . The choir was conducted by Dr. Vasyl' Zavitnevych. The soloists in the "Anhel Vitav" ("The Angel Cried") were Olena Zаmiata, Sophie Pershyn, and Hanna Sherey.

Date created: 
1972-04-09
Date broadcast: 
1972-04-09
Source collection: 
Mykola Francuzenko papers

Ievhen Malaniuk reading poetry, followed by conversation involving unknown individuals.

Євген Маланюк читає власні вірші.

Date created: 
1963-11-23
Coverage: 
New York City
Source collection: 
Mykola Francuzenko papers

Interview of Voice of America correspondent Israel Kleiner by Mykola Francuzenko on the Zionist leader Ze'ev Jabotinsky (Volodymyr Zhabotyns'kyi), particularly regarding his views on politics and Jewish-Ukrainian relations.

Інтерв'ю кореспондента Голосу Америки Ізраєля Клейнера проведене Миколою Француженком про лідерa сіоністського руху Володимира (Зеева) Жаботинського. Інтерв'ю особливо звертає уваго на його політичні тенденції та думки про взаємин між українцями та євреями.

Source collection: 
Historical Recorded Sound Collection

Recording of a panakhyda (memorial service) for those who perished under the Soviet regime that took place at the Ukrainian Orthodox church in New York City. The introductory speech by Archbishop Mstyslav (start of reel 1) makes an allusion to a visit to the US by Metropolitan Nikolai of the Russian Orthodox Church.

Запис панахиди жертвам комуністичного режиму в Україні, яка відбулася в українські православні церкві в м. Нью-Йорку. Вступне слово Арх. Мстислава натякає на візиту Митр. Ніколая Російської Православної Церкви до США.

Date created: 
1956-06-09
Source collection: 
Mykola Francuzenko papers

Unedited interview of Metropolitan Ioan (Teodorovych) by unknown female interviewer, and commentary by C. Warvariw. Interview covers the coming 50th anniversary of the 1921 Sobor in Kyiv, reminiscences of his arrival in the US, the Ukrainian Orthodox League, and the current state of the Church. The commentary gives more details about the Ukrainian Orthodox League and its 22nd Convention in Philadelphia.

Date created: 
1969
Source collection: 
Mykola Francuzenko papers

Recording of a Mother's Day-themed program created for the Voice of America by Mykola Francuzenko. Includes musical performances by "Khor Pyzhukа Romanova" and the Ukrainian Bandurist Chorus, and a talk by Fr. Myroslavs'kyi (possibly a pseudonym).

Аудіозапис радіопрограми на тему Дня Матері. Музичні виконанная від "Хору Пижука Романова" та Капели Бандуристів ім. Т. Шевченка (Детройт), та доповідь о. Мирославського.

Source collection: 
Mykola Francuzenko papers

Mykola Francuzenko reads the 1917 poem "Zolotyi Homin" by the Ukrainian poet Pavlo Tychyna.

Микола Француженко читає вірш "Золотий Гомін" Павла Тичини.

Source collection: 
Mykola Francuzenko papers

Interview of Mykola Shlemkevych by Mykola Francuzenko of Radio Liberty Ukrainian Service regarding the periodical "Lysty do Pryiateliv" ("Letters to Friends") (January 3, 1964, 9 minutes). Readings by Mykola Shlemkevych of two essays from "Lysty do Pryiateliv" titled "Holosy z kraiu" and "Spovid'" in 1957-58 for the "Holos Ukrainy" radio program in Chicago under the direction of Zenon Holubets'.

Copyright is owned by Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty, and is republished here with permission.

Date created: 
1957-1958, 1964
Source collection: 
Mykola Francuzenko papers

Radio program reporting on the events following the dedication of the monument to Taras Shevchenko in Washington DC in 1964, including the Youth Festival at the Washington Coliseum, a gala concert at Constitution Hall, and banquet at the National Guard Armory. Includes excerpts of interviews and speeches by Rep. Ray Madden (D-Indiana), Dr. Vasyl' Kushnir, Rep. Barratt O'Hara (D-Illinois), Rep. August E. Johansen (R-Michigan), UNR leader Mykola Livyts'kyi, poet Iar Slavutych, actors Jack Palance and Mike Mazurki, and others (Orest Buiniak, Volodymyr Biliaiev, and Iaroslava Korbutiak).

Source collection: 
Mykola Francuzenko papers

Lecture by noted Ukrainian-American lawyer, journalist, and community activist Semen Demydchuk recorded at an unknown live event. His speech is mostly concerned with the history of Ukrainian immigrants to the United States.

Date created: 
After 1959 but before 1964
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

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

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.

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