Oleksii Matuch Papers

The Oleksii Matuch Papers contain a nearly comprehensive collection of advertising flyers, event announcements, concert programs, and other ephemera related to Ukrainian American community life in Buffalo, NY during the late 1950s and early 1960s, as well as some his correspondence and personal documents.

Summary Information

CreatorMatuch, Oleksii
TitleOleksii Matuch Papers
Dates (bulk)1954-1965
Quantity0.5 Linear Feet, 1 box
LanguagesMultiple languages
LanguagesPrimarily Ukrainian, with some English.
RepositoryUkrainian History and Education Center Archives

Biographical / Historical

Not much is known about Oleksii Matuch (or Matukh), other than what is contained in his death announcement in the "Svoboda" newspaper (Vol. 84, No. 214, Sept. 30, 1977): he was a resident of Buffalo, NY, was a veteran of the Ukrainian War of Independence, had been the long-time president of the "Tovarystvo Spryiannia UNRady" ("Association of Supporters of the Ukrainian National Council"), and was a parishoner at Holy Trinity Ukrainian Orthodox Church in Buffalo. He died on September 26, 1977 at the age of 74.

It appears from the contents of the collection that he took a very active interest in the activities of the Ukrainian-American community in Buffalo. By the mid 1950s, the post-WWII Ukrainian refugees had had a chance to establish themselves in their new country, and the next decade was a period of intense activity in this immigrant community.

Scope and Contents

This collection consists primarily of fliers, programs, posters, and related ephemera for Ukrainian-American community events in Buffalo, NY, as well as church bulletins and other parish publications, and mailings and publications of Ukrainian-American organizations (most notably the Ukrainian Congress Committee of America). The collection also contains a small amount of correpondence, most notably with Bp. Platon of the Ukrainian Autocephalous Orthodox Church.

Some of the event posters and other material do not indicate the year of the event (only the month and day). These have been filed at the end of the correponding folder. In addition, some posters and fliers have hand-written annotations.


The collection is arranged in three series, as follows:

Missing Title

  1. Correspondence
  2. Personal records
  3. Ephemera

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Published citations should take the following form: Identification of item, date (if known); Oleksii Matuk 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 (archives@ukrhec.org) for more information and to make arrangements.

Conditions Governing Use

Copyright restrictions may apply.

Controlled Access Headings


  • Platon, Bishop of Rivne


  • Ukrainian Congress Committee of America
  • Ukrainian Youth Association of America
  • Ob'i͡ednanni͡a demokratychnoï ukraïnsʹkoï molodi
  • Plast ukraïnsʹka skavtsʹka orhanizat͡sii͡a


  • Ukrainian Americans--Social life and customs
  • Ukrainian Americans--Religious life
  • Refugee camps
  • Ukrainian American theater


  • New York (State)--Buffalo Metropolitan Area
  • Germany--Northeim


  • Ephemera
  • Church bulletins

File Plan

Originally contained in а brown clamshell cardboard document box located above cabint "Ї" labeled "5. Бофало Н. Й. 1953-1962"

Container List

Series I.  Correspondence, 1944-1962. 
Bishop Platon, 1944-1947.
  • box 1 folder 1
Association of Supporters of the UNRada, 1954-1962.

Scope and Contents

Correspondence with and mailings from the Tovarystvo Prykhyl'nykiv Ukrains'koi Natsionnal'noi Rady.

  • box 1 folder 2
Series II.  Personal records, 1945-1962.

Scope and Contents

Donation receipts, certificates, and membership cards.

  • box 1 folder 3
Series III.  Ephemera, 1947-1965 (bulk 1954-1965). 
Germany, 1947.
  • box 1 folder 4
Flier for "Ukrainian Show" at Northeim DP Camp, 1947. 
Ukrainian youth groups, 1954-1965.

Scope and Contents

Fliers and other ephemera for events sponsored by or involving the three major post-World War II Ukrainian-American youth groups. Most but not all of the events took place in the Buffalo area.

Ukrainian Youth Association of America (SUMA), 1954-1961.
  • box 1 folder 5
Ukrainian Scouting Organization Plast, 1954-1964.
  • box 1 folder 6
Ukrainian Democratic Youth Association (ODUM), 1960-1965.
  • box 1 folder 7
Buffalo events, 1953-1965. 
Ukrainian Congress Committee, 1953-1964.

Scope and Contents

Programs and fliers for concerts, dances, protests, meetings, and other events sponsored by the UCCA.

  • box 1 folder 8
Dramatychno-Muzychnyi Ansambl', 1955-1961.

Scope and Contents

Posters for events by the "Dramatico-Musical Ensemble" of Buffalo, including theatrical productions as well as dances and other events sposored by the Ensemble.

  • box 1 folder 9
Film screenings, 1955-1960.
  • box 1 folder 10
Other programs, fliers and posters, 1953-1965.

Scope and Contents

Primarily Ukrainian-American community events, events with Ukrainian-American participation or connection, or events connected to the Matuch family. Includes programs and fliers for concerts, lectures, student recitals, dances, sporting events, protests, a politial campaign rally, and other events.

  • box 1 folder 11
Holy Trinity Ukrainian Orthodox Church, 1955-1965. 
Bulletins and other ephemera, 1955-1964.

Scope and Contents

Bulletins and other parish publications, including a 32-page commemorative book celebrating the parish's 5th anniversary (1950-1955). Also includes other Orthodox Church-related ephemera.

  • box 1 folder 12
Meeting minutes, 1964-1965.

Scope and Contents

Period photocopies of parish general meeting minutes.

  • box 1 folder 13
St. Nicholas Ukrainian Catholic Church, 1952-1964.

Scope and Contents

Church bulletins, reports, event programs, and other Catholic Church-related ephemera.

  • box 1 folder 14
Ukrainian Congress Committee - Buffalo, 1953-1959.

Scope and Contents

Official bulletins, reports, and other publications of the UCCA branch in Buffalo, NY.

  • box 1 folder 15
Ukrainian Bandurist Chorus concerts and ephemera, 1953-1962.
  • box 1 folder 16
Canadian events, 1954-1962.

Scope and Contents

Programs and ephemera related to events that took place in Canada, primarily in the vicinity of Toronto and Hamilton, Ontario.

  • box 1 folder 17
Tickets and ticket stubs, 1953-1963.
  • box 1 folder 18
Other ephemera, 1953-1963.

Scope and Contents

Advertising, bulletins and mailingsfrom various Ukrainian-American organizations, political publications, programs and announcements of events taking place outside of Buffalo.

  • box 1 folder 19