Mykola Kulikowskyj papers

Mykola Kulikowskyj was a lieutenant colonel in the army of the Ukrainian People's Republic during the Ukrainian War of Independence who immigrated to the United States as a refugee in 1950. This collection contains his correspondenc, photographs, and a variety of personal documents.

Summary Information

Creator Kulikowskyj, Mykola, 1884-1956
Title Mykola Kulikowskyj papers
ID g.38
Dates circa 1920-1956
Quantity 0.1 Linear Feet, 1 box (5 folders)
Languages Ukrainian
Languages Correspondence is primarily in Ukrainian (with one item in Belarusan). ID cards and other documents are in a variety of languages, including German, Polish, Spanish, and English. Photograph inscriptions (when they exist) are primarily in Ukrainian.
Repository Ukrainian History and Education Center Archives

Biographical / Historical

Mykola Kulikowskyj (Микола Куліковський, Mykola Kulikovs'kyi, also spelled Kulykowskyj, Kulykiwskyj, Kulikiwskyj, and Куликівський) was a lieutenant colonel in the army of the Ukrainian People's Republic during the Ukrainian War of Independence. He was born in the town of Torchyn, Volyn' gubernia of the Russian Empire (now Luts'k raion, Volyns'ka oblast', Ukraine). He graduated from Volyn Theological Seminary. He served in the Russian Imperial army, first as a private in the 124th Voronezh (Kharkiv) Infantry Regiment beginning in 1905, and then the 21st Siberian Rifle Regiment beginning in 1911. With the outbreak of World War I, he was commissioned a lieutenant. In November of 1914 he was captured by the Germans as a prisoner of war. In 1916 he was involved in the creation Ukrainian national organizations within the German POW camps Russian army. He became one of the organizers of the 1st Ukrainian Taras Shevchenko Regiment. Beginning in January, 1918 he served in the 1st Ukrainian ("Synozhupanniy") Division, and in 1919 became the chief of staff of the investigatory department of the headquarters of the Black Sea division of the Acting UNR Army. In March, 1919 he became the commandant of the armored train "Zaporozhets." Beginning in June, 1920, he served as sergeant for communication between Petliura and the Prime Minister.

He lived in exile in Warsaw from 1923-1945, then in Munich and the Stuttgart Zuffenhausen displaced person camp. He emigrated in the United States in 1950, where he lived in Allentown, Pennsylvania, Bridgeport, Connecticut, and South Bound Brook, New Jersey. He died on November 26, 1956 and is buried in St. Andrew Cemetery in South Bound Brook, NJ.

Scope and Contents

This collection contains the personal records of Mykola Kulikowskyj. It includes letters from a variety of individuals, photographs from the 1920s through the 1950s (including of fellow Ukrainian army veterans), personal and immigration documents.

Зміст фонду

Цей фонд містить особисті записи Миколи Куліковського, полковника Армії УНР. Вона включає листи від різних осіб, фотографії з 1920 по 1950-і роки (в тому числі ветеранів Армії УНР), особисті та імміграційні документи.


Arranged in five series as follows:

  1. Correspondence
  2. Photographs
  3. ID cards, DP and immigration documents, ephemera
  4. Address books and notebook
  5. Funeral

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Published citations should take the following form: Identification of item, date (if known); Mykola Kulikowskyj papers; 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.

Custodial History

Found in collections. Custodial history uncertain. Collection may have been donated to (the then) Metropolitan Mstyslav after the creator's death.

Processing Information

Series structure was imposed by the processing archivist.

Controlled Access Headings


  • Ukraïnsʹka Narodna Respublika. Armii͡a


  • Refugees


  • Personal correspondence
  • Photographs

Container List

Series 1  Correspondence, 1948-1956.

Scope and Contents

This series primarily contains incoming letters from a variety of individuals. Also includes postcards, greeting and holiday cards, and the text of a speech by an unidentified author.

  • box 1 folder 1
Series 2  Photographs, 1920s-1950s. 127 Photographic Prints

Scope and Contents

This series contains photographs ranging in size from passport-size to 8"x10" from inter-war Poland, Germany, and the United States, as well as photographs given to him by friends and correspondents. Approximately 20% of the photographs are inscribed on the reverse.

  • box 1 folder 2
Series 3  ID cards, DP and immigration documents, ephemera, 1930s-1950s (bulk 1940s-1950s).

Scope and Contents

This series contains ID cards from pre-War and Nazi occupied Poland; official documents, certificates, and passes from the DP period; immigration documents; membership cards and other ephemera; and his certificate for the military order of the Cross of Symon Petliura.

  • box 1 folder 3
Series 4  Address books and notebook, 1950s.

Scope and Contents

This series contains two small address books, business cards, loose papers with address information, and a notebook used by Kulikowskyj to study English.

  • box 1 folder 4
Series 5  Funeral, 1956.

Scope and Contents

Contains condolence card, death notices, and cards that came with flower bouquets for the funeral of Mykola Kulikowskyj. These were likely added to the collection by the donor (possibly Metropolitan Mstyslav).

  • box 1 folder 5