University of Minnesota

Popovich, Marusia and John, Papers

Finding Aid

VITRAGE

IHRC

Immigration History Research Center Archives, University of Minnesota

Descriptive summary

Creator: Popovich, Marusia and John
Dates: 1930-1990
Abstract: The Popvich papers (2 linear ft., ca. 1930-1990) consist of correspondence, official documents of various organizations, photographs, periodical clippings, posters and memorabilia related to Ukraine and the Ukrainian American community.
Quantity: 2 linear ft.
Language: Mainly in Ukrainian with some additional materials in English.
Collection ID: IHRC2163

PPROVENANCE

Collection acquired from Marusia Popovich of Ohio in 1998. It was processed in the spring of 2013 by Ihar Labacevich who also created and encoded the finding aid.

BIOGRAPHICAL SKETCH

Ivan Popovich was a Ukrainian-American activist, a leading member of the Organization for the Rebirth of Ukraine until his death in 1978. In 1918, he joined the Ukrainian Galician Army of the West Ukrainian People's Republic. He moved to the United States of America and settled in Cleveland, Ohio in 1923 where he married Kateryna Lesko. His daughter Marusia (Maria) was born in 1924. She was an active member of the Organization for the Rebirth of Ukraine (ODVU), Ukrainian Golden Cross, Shevchenko Scientific society, League of Ukrainian Catholics and numerous other organizations. She passed away in April 1999 and is buried at the Ukrainian cemetery in Parma, Ohio.


DESCRIPTION OF THE COLLECTION


ORGANIZATION OF MATERIALS

The collection is organized into three basic categories:

I. Personal notes and correspondence of John and Marusia Popovich (Series 1).

II. Materials related to the history of Ukraine and Ukrainian organizations in Canada and United States (Series 2, 3, 4, 5, 6).

III. Postal stamps, postcards (Series 7).


ACCESS RESTRICTIONS

The Popovich, Marusia and John collection is available for public research.

OWNERSHIP & LITERARY RIGHTS

The Popovich, Marusia and John collection is the physical property of the Immigration History Research Center Archives, University of Minnesota.

For further information regarding the copyright, please contact the IHRC Archives.


CITE AS

The Popovich, Marusia and John Papers, Ukrainian American Collection, Immigration History Research Center Archives, University of Minnesota

RELATED COLLECTIONS

A related collection at the IHRC is the Records of the United Ukrainian American Relief Committee. (IHRC2757)


Index Terms

Ukrainians--Canada--Societies, etc.
Ukrainians--Canada--History.
Ukrainians--Cleveland--ODVU.
Ukrainian Americans--Societies, etc.
Ukrainian American women--Societies and clubs.
Granovsky, Prof. Alexander
Konovalets, Evhen
Kuropas, Mykola
Organization for the Rebirth of Ukraine.
Ukrainian Youth League.
World Congress of Ukrainians

Description of Series

This section briefly describes each series in the collection. A more detailed description of the contents of each series may be found in the following section.

SERIES 1. Personal notes and correspondence of John and Marusia Popovich.

Letters of Prof. A. Granovsky, Ivan Hel, Dr. P. Matsenko, various postcards from different people addressed to the Popovichs; John and Marusia Popovich’s articles, personal documents and notes.

SERIES 2. Materials related to Ukrainian history and notable personalities.

Articles, commemorative books, newspaper clippings, maps.

SERIES 3. Ukrainian organizations in the United States.

SERIES 4. Ukrainian organizations in Canada.

SERIES 5. Ukrainian organization worldwide: OUN, ODVU, World Congress of Ukrainians.

SERIES 6. Post-World War II human rights in Ukraine.

SERIES 7. Ukrainian postal stamps, postcards and other memorabilia.



Detailed Description of the Collection

SERIES 1. Personal notes and correspondence of John and Marusia Popovich.

Letters of Prof. A. Granovsky, Ivan Hel, Dr. P. Matsenko, various postcards from different people addressed to the Popovichs; John and Marusia Popovich’s articles, personal documents and notes.
BOX 1.
FOLDER 1. Letters and postcards of Prof. A. Granovsky. 1946 - 1997
Alexander Granovsky, a Ukrainian American entomologist, activist and poet (1887-1976); paper clippings related to the activities of Prof. A. Granovsky.
FOLDER 2. Letters of Ivan Hel, a Ukrainian dissident and relative of the Popovich’s family. 1982 - 1988
Ukrainian human rights activist, dissident politician, journalist Ivan Hel was born July 17, 1937, in the village Klitsko (Lviv region). In Soviet times, he was repeatedly convicted of so-called anti-Soviet agitation and propaganda. He spent 16 years in prison and 5 years in exile. During the period of "perestroika," in the early 1987, Hel returned to Ukraine and became a member of the editorial board of revived magazine Ukrainian Herald. In late 1987 Ivan Hel headed the Committee to Protect the Rights of the Ukrainian Catholic Church, which sought legal ways to official register the Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church, which had been underground for 40 years. The most famous events in the campaign for the legalization of the Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church took place September 17, 1989, in Lviv, which gathered more than 300 thousand people and the five-month hunger strike by clergy and faithful in Moscow on the Arbat. After the Soviet Union collapsed Ivan Hel was an active politician. In 2009 President Viktor Yushchenko awarded him with the Order of Liberty "for significant contribution to the revival of the Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church.”
FOLDER 3. Letters from Dr. Pavlo Matsenko, a Ukrainian Canadian musicologist, composer and activist (Winnipeg, Manitoba). 1945 - 1947
FOLDER 4. Postcards and letters from various people: Omer E. Miles, Vasyl Hultai, Osyp Boydunyk and others. 1947 - 1970
FOLDER 5. Miscellanea. 1952 - 1979
Five books of charitable donation’s records signed by Ivan and Marusia Popovich; copies of the "Christmas in Ukraine" article by Marusia Popovich; three Ukrainian Congress Committee of America membership dues cards; Ukrainian pocket calendars; event tickets from St. Josaphat’s Cathedral school in Parma, OH; Marusia Popovich’s handwritten answers to a questionnaire about history of Ukraine and the actual typewritten questionnaire.


SERIES 2. Materials related to Ukrainian history and notable personalities.

Articles, commemorative books, newspaper clippings, maps.
BOX 1.
FOLDER 6. Olexander and Tetyana Koshetz materials. 1946 - 1994
Commemorative concert booklet marking the 50th Anniversary of the death of Olexander Koshetz (12 September 1875 - 21 September, 1944), Ukrainian choral conductor, arranger, composer, ethnographer, writer, musicologist, and lecturer. Play by Tetyana Koshetz "Revelry" (Hulyanka).
FOLDER 7. Maps of Ukraine, leaflets; calendars, paper clippings. 1977 - 1993
FOLDER 8. Paper clippings related to assassination of the head of the Organization of Ukranian Nationalists Colonel Evhen Konovalets. 1938
FOLDER 9. Newspaper clippings related to Sub-Carpathian affairs. 1930 - 1950
FOLDER 10. Communiqués of various Ukrainian Organizations related to the affairs in the Sub-Carpathian region. 1938
FOLDER 11. Newspaper clippings related to history of Ukraine during World War II. 1939-1945
FOLDER 12. Ukrainian Newspapers Svoboda, Narodne Slovo and Novyi Shlakh. 1930-1940
FOLDER 13. Newspaper clippings related to activities of Ukrainians in the United States. 1972 - 1982
FOLDER 14. Materials related to the trips of the US Ukrainian diaspora to Ukraine in the 1990s. c. 1992


SERIES 3. Ukrainian organizations in the United States.

BOX 2.
FOLDER 1. The Ukrainian Flying Club (Cleveland): letters, statutes, newsletters. 1935 - 1938
FOLDER 2. The Ukrainian Flying Club: daguerreotype plate. c. 1935 - 1938
FOLDER 3. Materials related to the Ukrainian Olympic Committee. c. 1956
Official documents, paper clippings.
FOLDER 4. Materials related to the Union of Ukrainian Scientific Societies (Zarevo) ( USA). 1962 - 1964


SERIES 4. Ukrainian organizations in Canada.

BOX 2.
FOLDER 5. Materials related to the Ukrainian participation in Toronto Caravan and Canadian Folk Festivals. 1975
FOLDER 6. Materials related to the activities of the Ukrainian National Federation of Canada: 1946 - 1948
Newsletters, event programs, jubilee commemorative book.
FOLDER 7. Materials related to the activities of the Ukrainian National Youth Federation of Canada. 1946 - 1956
Newsletters, leaflets, concert programs.


SERIES 5. Ukrainian organization worldwide: OUN, ODVU, World Congress of Ukrainians.

BOX 2.
FOLDER 8. Materials related to activities of the World Congress of Ukrainians. 1973
BOX 3.
FOLDER 1. ODVU (the Organization for the Rebirth of Ukraine) Statutes, communiqué, newspaper clippings. 1940 - 1975
FOLDER 2. ODVU materials. 1936 - 1985
ODVU official resolutions, list of Cleveland ODVU members’ addresses, ODVU 50th Anniversary books, articles related to history of the ODVU, an article by M. Kuropas.
FOLDER 3. Correspondence between ODVU and FBI. 1942
FOLDER 4. Cleveland ODVU ledger. 1929-1934
FOLDER 5. Selected issues of the Zhyttia ODVU (Life of the ODVU) newsletter; Information Bulletin of the ODVU Central Executive Committee. 1949-1954
FOLDER 6. ODVU Press service bulletin; Newsletter of the ODVU committee for Education and Culture. 1953
FOLDER 7. ODVU Cleveland chapter letterheads, newsletters "Visti." 1952 - 1977
FOLDER 8. Other Ukrainian diaspora organizations. 1938-1967
Information Bulletins of the Executive Committee of the Organization of the Ukrainian Nationalists (OUN); Information Bulletin of the Ukrainian Nationalist Movement (1967); posters, event programs; a letter from Evhen Konovalets addressed to the members of Ukrainian organizations (1938); honorary certificate issued to Maria Popovich by the PUN (Provid Ukrainskykh Natsionalistiv); Christmas postcard from the Head of PUN; invitations to various Ukrainian events; letters of Borys Vitochynsky related to the activities of the Ukrainian Insurgent Army (UPA) dated 1946; newspaper clippings.
BOX Oversize 1.
FOLDER 1. Photographs of ODVU members; Posters of the Ukrainian Homestead in Pennsylvania. 1940s


SERIES 6. Post-World War II human rights in Ukraine.

BOX 4.
FOLDER 1. Smoloskyp’s (Organization for Defense of Human Rights in Ukraine) flyers and newsletters. 1973 - 1974
FOLDER 2. "Litopys Politvyaznia" (Political Prisoner’s Chronicles), Munich. 1947
FOLDER 3. Posters of the political prisoners from Soviet Ukraine. 1972 - 1974
FOLDER 4. Materials related to the political prisoners from Soviet Ukraine: paper clippings, newsletters, brochures, articles. 1972 - 1987


SERIES 7. Ukrainian postal stamps, postcards and other memorabilia.

BOX 4.
FOLDER 5. Ukrainian stamps. c. 1953
FOLDER 6. Blank Ukrainian postcards. 1950 - 1970
FOLDER 7. Medals and pins. 1937 - 1976
BOX Oversize 1.
LOOSE ITEMS. Ukrainian-American memorabilia. c. 1940 - 1960
Metal collection boxes,etc.


 


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