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Puntus, Vasil (William), Papers

Finding Aid


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Immigration History Research Center Archives, University of Minnesota

Descriptive summary

Creator: Puntus, Vasil
Dates: 1950-1990
Abstract: The Puntus papers (0.5 linear ft., ca. 1930-1990) consist of correspondence, official documents of various organizations, photographs, periodical clippings, posters and memorabilia related to Belarus and the Belarusian-American community.
Quantity: .5 linear ft.
Language: Mainly in Belarusian and English with some additional materials in Polish and Ukrainian.
Collection ID: IHRC2206


Collection acquired from Kaciaryna Puntus of Indiana in 1994. It was processed in April 2013 by Ihar Labacevich who also created and encoded the finding aid.


Vasil (William) Puntus was a Belarusian American activist born on March 29, 1920 in Astashkevichy, Homel region in Belarus. He immigrated to the United States after World War II and settled in Chicago, Illinois. He served as Chairman of the Belarusian Coordinating Committee of Chicago (1973 - 1983), and was also a member of the Belarusan American Congress Committee, a founding member and school teacher at St. George's Belarusian Orthodox Church. He passed away in Syracuse, Indiana on July 7, 1989.


The collection is organized into two main categories: I. Materials related to the history of Belarusian-American organizations (Series 1). II. Family correspondence and miscellaneous materials (Series 2).


The Puntus, Vasil (William) collection is available for public research.


The Puntus, Vasil (William) collection is the physical property of the Immigration History Research Center Archives, University of Minnesota.

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The Puntus, Vasil (William) Papers, Belarusian American Collection, Immigration History Research Center Archives, University of Minnesota.


Related collections at the IHRC are Vitaut Kipel, Vaclau Panucevich and Raisa Zuk-Hryskievic Papers.

Index Terms

Belarusians--United States--History.
Belarusian Americans--Societies, etc.
Belarusian Radio Programme "Nyoman."
Dziamidau, General Mikola.
Finkouski, Rev. Uladzimir.
Iskrytski, Fr. Michael.
Kasmovich, Dzmitry.
Kipel, Jaukhim.
Korsunski, Metropolitan Nikolai.
Lapitski, Very Rev. Mikalay.
Martos, Archbishop Athanasios.
Siemaszko, Bishop Matthew.
Belarusian Orthodox Church.
Belarusian-American Coordinating Committee of Chicago.

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. Belarusian Organizations in the United States

SERIES 2. Family correspondence and miscellaneous materials

Detailed Description of the Collection

SERIES 1. Belarusian Organizations in the United States

BOX 1.
FOLDER 1. Belarusian Orthodox Church affairs. 1960s
Various correspondence related to the affairs of the Belarusian Orthodox church in diaspora. Includes letters from Arhimandrite Vissarion (Vaskow), Uladzimir Finkouski (Bishop Vladimir), St. Euphrosinia Orthodox Church Committee (S. River, NJ), A. Asipchyk (Asipovich), copy of a letter from Archbishop A. Martos of Buenos Aires, M. Iskrytski (later known as Fr. Michael Iskrytski), Bishop Matthew of Aspendos (Siemaszko) of London, Metropolitan Nikolai Korsunski of Moscow Patriarchate's Exarchate in France, letters from and to Mitred Archpriest Mikalay Lapitski.
FOLDER 2. Belarusian Organizations in Chicago. 1970-1980
Activities of Belarusian organizations in Chicago: invitations, programs of events, minutes, congratulatory letters from various fraternal organizations, list of Belarusians living in Chicago area in mid-1970s, relations of Belarusian Organizations with the US government, articles by J. Kipel, R. Astrouski and J. Kasiak, materials related to the Belarusian Byzantine Catholic Church of Christ the Redeemer in Chicago, Il.
FOLDER 3. Correspondence related to activities of the Belarusian-American National Council, Belarusian-American Congress Committee and other Belarusian organizations. 1959-1980
Letters from General M. Dziamidau, I. Kasiak, D. Kasmovich, A. Chareuka.
FOLDER 4. Handwritten notes, speeches, texts of radio broadcasts by Puntus. 1960-1980
Hand-written scripts of speeches and radio braodcasts, hand-written notes.
FOLDER 5. Belarusian Congress Committee of America and Committee for defense of Prisoners of Conscience in Belarus. 1970-1983
Materials related to the Belarusian Congress Committee of America and Committee for defense of Prisoners of Conscience in Belarus.
FOLDER 6. Miscellaneous materials related to Belarusian history and culture. 1960-1980
1976 Belarusian Heritage Festival, New Jersey; 1988 World tour festival in Chicago, posters, leaflets, Belarusian periodicals "The World" (S'viet), copies of the Congressional Record (No. 30, 37, 39);
Also included in Series 1 (Box 1) is a rubber stamp of the White Russian (Byelorussian) American National Coucil - Chicago, Ill.

SERIES 2. Family correspondence and miscellaneous materials

BOX 1.
FOLDER 7. Family correspondence. 1970-1978
Letters V. Puntus wrote to and received from his parents and siblings.
FOLDER 8. Miscellaneous materials. n.d.
Texts of German drinking songs and Russian proverbs.


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