Finding Aids to Collections in the Archive of Folk Culture
IN THE ARCHIVE OF FOLK CULTURE
Compiled by: Regina Lyahovetskaya and Darka Lassowsky Nebesh
Series Editor: Ann Hoog
Revised: August 2011
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AFC 1941/012: Robert F. Draves and Helene Stratman-Thomas Collection of Wisconsin Recordings
Seventy-eight 12-inch discs of field recordings of instrumental music, songs, poems, and conversations, recorded at various locations in Wisconsin by Robert F. Draves and Helene Stratman-Thomas (Blotz), November 15, 1940, to August 19, 1941, for the Library of Congress Archive of Folk Song, and the University of Wisconsin. Includes lumberjacks' songs, poetry, and conversations about logging and lumber rafts; dance orchestra music; folk songs; fiddle tunes; popular songs; bawdy songs; choral music; religious songs; tamburitza quartet music; psalmodikon (single-string bowed instrument) quartet music; hardanger fiddle music; German, Norwegian, Welsh, Bohemian, Polish, Ukrainian, French Canadian, Belgian, Croatian, Swiss, Irish and Irish American songs and instrumental music. The collection includes 3/4 linear inch of descriptions and lists. [catalog record]
AFS 5005A3-4: One disc containing "Oj, ne khody Hrytsiu" (Do not go out, Hryts'), and "Smert' Komara" (The Mosquito's Death) sung by Adam Bartosk, originally from Halychyna (Galicia), western Ukraine. Recorded in Stevens Point by Robert F. Draves, August 11, 1941. (2 minutes; tape copy on LWO 3493 reel 6B)
AFS 5007B1-3: One disc containing three Polish mountaineer songs from the Carpathian Mountains, "Oj Goral Ci Ya Goral" (I am a Mountaineer), "W Murowanej Piwnicy" (In the Brick Cellar), and "Czerwony Pas" (The Red Belt), sung by Adam Bartosk, originally from Halychyna (Galicia), western Ukraine. Recorded in Stevens Point by Robert F. Draves, August 11, 1941. (1 minute; tape copy on LWO 3493 reel 6B)
AFS 11,859-11,864: Wayland Hand / Songs and Lore of Urban California
Six 10-inch tapes of songs and stories from the United States and abroad, recorded primarily in the Los Angeles, California area by Wayland D. Hand, D. K. Wilgus, and various UCLA students, 1949-60.
AFS 11,860B8-14: One tape containing the Polish and Ukrainian songs "Vziav By Ia Banduru" (If I Were to Take a Bandura), and "Viiut' Vitry" (The Winds are Blowing) discussed and sung by Michael Janusz, a UCLA undergraduate of Polish and Ukrainian descent. Recorded at UCLA by Wayland D. Hand, January 11, 1957. (6 minutes; LWO 3272 reel 2B)
AFS 11,862A57: One tape containing stories about life around L'viv, Ukraine, spoken in Polish and occasionally English by Zenobia Janusz. Recorded in Venice, California, by Michael Janusz, May 18, 1957. (8 minutes; LWO 3272 reel 4)
AFC 1969/006: Ruth Rubin Collection of Yiddish Folksong and Folklore
Collection comprises 125 sound tape reels compiled by Rubin from her field recordings of Yiddish ballads, chassidic tunes, anti-chassidic songs, children's songs, rhymes, game songs, lullabies, love songs, marriage songs, fiddle tunes, Passover songs, holiday songs, songs of World War II, Yiddish art songs, poverty and work songs, labor songs, Zionist songs, humorous songs, topical songs, street cries, drinking songs, dancing songs, jokes, and prayers. Includes conversations, interviews, memories, and stories recorded primarily by Ruth Rubin from 1947-1967. Recorded at various locations in New York City and state, including Shrub Oak, Croton, Lake Charles, and Patterson, N.Y. (Camp Solomon), 1947-1967; Montreal and Toronto, Canada, 1955-1956, 1961; London, England, 1962; Tel-Aviv, Israel, 1965 by Ruth Rubin; and Chaim Plotkin recorded by his son Norman Cazden in Bridgeport, Connecticut, 1954-1956. The collection includes lists of titles, names, and locations of performers; and correspondence with Ruth Rubin related to the acquisition of this collection dated 1969-1974 is included in the collection. [catalog record]
AFS 13,519A13: One tape containing a Ukrainian Jewish wedding chant "Bazetsn di Kale," performed by a Jewish ensemble directed by M. Rabinovitch from Aprelevsky Zavod, Ukraine. Recorded possibly in Romania in the early 1930s. (6 minutes; LWO 5679 reel 16A)
AFS 13,520A9: One tape containing the Ukrainian children's tale "Zhyly buly did i baba" (Once there lived an old man and an old woman) spoken by Rachel Grober-Spivak, born and raised in Bessarabia. Recorded in New York City by Ruth Rubin, 1955. (20 seconds; LWO 5679 reel 17A)
AFS 14,516A1-14: One tape containing 14 Yiddish fiddle tunes and one Yiddish chant discussed (in Yiddish), played, and sung by Berish Katz, who learned the tunes from his uncle, Moyshele Shtam who was from Hlina, a village near L'viv, Ukraine. Recorded in New York City, 1947. (13 minutes; LWO 6514 reel 1; tape copy on LWO 12,393 reel 13B)
AFS 14,541A4; 7-8: One tape containing two Yiddish songs which are said to be based on Ukrainian melodies, and one Ukrainian song: "S'u tsiono noys badegel" (melody is based on Ukrainian march); "Iak do tebe khodyty?" (How shall I walk to you?) (Ukrainian song); "Bo-i na yaldoti" (melody is based on Ukrainian song). Sung and discussed (in English) by Moshe Frank, originally from Homel, Belorus'. Recorded in New York City, 1947. (7 minutes; LWO 6514 reel 24; tape copy on LWO 12,393 reel 19A2)
AFC 1973/028: Laura Boulton Collection
AFS 16,336-16,653: Laura Boulton Collection Part 11: Music of the Peoples of Canada
Three hundred eighteen 10-inch discs of instrumentals and songs recorded in British Columbia, Illinois, Manitoba, Minnesota, Northwest Territories, Nova Scotia, Ontario, and Quebec by Laura Boulton, 1941-42, for the National Film Board of Canada. The collection includes three linear inches of notes.
AFS 16,535A-B2: One disc containing two Ukrainian dance tunes "Kozachok" (Kozak dance); and "Verkhovyno" (Verkhovyna Mountains) played on the piano. (3 minutes; LWO 7551)
AFS 16,535B3-16,538: Two discs containing eight Ukrainian songs performed by a Ukrainian children's choir: "Hospody Nash" (Our Lord); "Oj, na hori pavy khodyly" (Oh, on the hill pheasants were wandering), Ephiphany carol; "Maty Don'ku Kolykhala" (The Mother sang a lullaby to her daughter), lullaby; "Dyvnaia Novyna" (Wonderous News), Christmas carol; "Vziav By Ia Banduru" (If I were to take a bandura), parlor song; "Oj, letila horlytsia" (Oh, the turtle-dove flew), courting song; "Kraj lisu na poliantsi" (At the forest's edge by the valley), children's song; and "Oy, tam za Dunayem" (Oh, beyond the Danube). (12 minutes; LWO 7551)
AFS 16,539-16,540: One disc containing five Ukrainian carols and two "vinshuvannia" (Christmas greetings) performed by a Ukrainian carolers group, plus a discussion: "Boh predvichny" (God Eternal); "Oy, day Bozhe" (Grant us, oh Lord) (performed twice); "Vo Vyfleyemi" (In Bethlehem); "Nova radist' stala" (A new wonder has come); "Vozveselimsia" (Let us rejoice). (7 minutes; LWO 7551)
AFS 16,552A: One disc containing "Kolomyika" (ditty from village of Kolomyia) performed by a Polish orchestra. (3 minutes; LWO 7551)
AFS 16,559B2: One disc containing "Kozachok" (Kozak dance), performed by a Polish orchestra. (2 minutes; LWO 7551)
AFS 16,958-16,972: Laura Boulton Collection Part 15: Miscellaneous from U.S.
Fifteen 10-inch discs of instrumentals and songs, including examples from African American, Mexican, Polish, and Ukrainian traditions, recorded at various locations in the United States by Laura Boulton, 1941-42, for the National Film Board of Canada. The collection includes two linear inches of notes.
AFS 16,959-16,960: Two discs containing four Ukrainian songs and a verse of "God Save the King" performed by a Ukrainian choir: "Plache, tuzhe divchynon'ka" (The girl weeps, longs); "U mistechku Bohuslavku" (In the town of Bohuslav); "Oy, zakuvala syva zozulen'ka" (Oj, the grey cuckoo cuckooed); "U peretyku khodula" (She walked at the crossroads) and a verse of "God Save the Queen", recorded in Winnipeg, Manitoba, June 1942. (13 minutes; tape copy on LWO 7551 reels 68B-69A)
AFS 17,177-17,194: Laura Boulton Collection Part 21: Appendix to Part 11 (Canada)
Eighteen discs of instrumentals, songs, and spoken word, including examples from French, Gaelic-Scots, American Indian, Tsimsian, and Ukrainian traditions. Recorded at various locations in Canada and the United States by Laura Boulton, 1941-42, for the National Film Board of Canada.
AFS 17,188-17,191A: Four discs containing a Christmas Mass celebrated at a Ukrainian Orthodox Church with a speech in English by Governor McWilliams, who was visiting the parish. The Mass is sung in Ukrainian and the priest's homily is in English, recorded in Winnipeg, Manitoba, ca. January 1942. (1 hour and 30 minutes; tape copy on LWO 7551 reel 76)
AFS 17,192-17,193: Two discs containing six Ukrainian Christmas carols and four Ukrainian songs performed by a Ukrainian choir, recorded in Winnipeg, Manitoba, 1942: "Boh predvichny" (God eternal); "Vo Vyfleyemi" (In Bethlehem); "Dyvnaia Novyna" (Wonderous News); "Boh sia razhdaye" (Christ is born); "Prechysta Diva" (Virgin Mary); "Nebo i Zemlia" (Heaven and Earth); "Hey, u luzi chervona kalyna" (Hey, in the meadow there is a guelder-rose bush); "Oy, vydno selo" (Oh, the village can be seen); "Ikhav strilets' na viinon'ku" (The rifleman rode off to war); "Divcha v siniakh stoiala" (The girl stood in the entrance-way). (1 hour; tape copy on LWO 7551 reel 76B)
AFS 17,194A1: One disc containing a Ukrainian dance tune played on violin with piano. Recorded in Winnipeg, Manitoba, 1942. (1 minute; tape copy on LWO 7551 reel 76B)
AFC 1976/011: Pekka Gronow Collection of Ethnic Music
Two 7-inch tapes of dance tunes, humor, and songs, mostly immigrant and non-English language material, from 78 rpm commercial recordings of Armenian, Finnish, German, Greek, Hawaiian, Hungarian, Italian, Irish, Lithuanian, Polish, Romanian, Serbian, Sicilian, Swedish, Turkish, Ukrainian, and Yugoslavian material.Gift of Pekka Gronow and Richard Spottswood. (AFS 18,000-18,001) (LWO 8858) [catalog record]
AFC 1976/014: Jack Manischewitz Duplication Project
Six 10-inch tapes of Yiddish, international, and urban children's folksongs recorded in Cincinnati, Ohio; Denver, Colorado; New York, New York; Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania; West Orange, New Jersey; and elsewhere by Jack Manischewitz, 1957-61. The collection includes 32 pages of notes. [See also AFC 1996/080: recordings by Manischewitz of Harry Rudman and Rachel Marshak.]
AFS 18,054B33: One disc containing "U susida khata bila" (The neighbor has a white house, described as "Another Russian song" in notes), sung and discussed by Mr. Elvov. Recorded in Cincinnati, Ohio, 1957. (33 seconds; LWO 8692 reel 2B)
AFS 18,055A21: One disc containing "Kozachok" (identifed as "Kazatsky" by the singers) sung and discussed by Mr. and Mrs. Schwartz. Recorded in Cincinnati, Ohio, ca. 1958. (3 minutes; LWO 8692 reel 3A)
AFS 18,057B18: One disc containing "U susida khata bila" (The neighbor has a white house) sung and discussed by Libbie Borusky, originally from the Halychyna region, western Ukraine. Recorded in West Orange, New Jersey, ca. 1961. (2 minutes; LWO 8692 reel 5B)
AFS 20,260-20,266: Carter Inaugural Concert Duplication Project, Part 1
Eight 10-inch tapes of musical performances by numerous artists including Beau Soleil, Jimmy Driftwood, John Jackson, and Ralph Stanley from folk and ethnic music and dance events celebrating the inauguration of President Jimmy Carter. Recorded at the National Visitors Center and at Union Station in Washington, D.C., January 18 and 21, 1977. Events sponsored by the Smithsonian Institution. The collection includes 1 3/4 linear inches of correspondence, logs, performance releases, programs, and schedules.
AFS 20,262A12-B3: One tape containing a medley of "Hey, Khloptsi do Zbroi" (Hey, boys to arms, a 16th-century Ukrainian kozak call to arms song) and "Zasvystaly Kozachenky" (The Whistle Call of the Kozaks); "Zeleny Hay" (The Green Meadow); "Oy Chorna, Ia sy Chorna" (The dark-haired girl); a medley of "Zanadyvsia Zhuravel'" (The Crane Sneaked into Grandma's Hemp), "I Shumyt' i Hude" (It's Blowing and Thundering), and "Vid Kyiva do Luben'" (From Kyiv to Lubeny) sung by a Ukrainian bandura ensemble from the Washington, D.C., metropolitan area. (15 minutes; RWA 112)
AFC 1981/004: Chicago Ethnic Arts Project
Ninety-nine 7-inch tapes and 245 audiocassettes,13 linear inches of contact sheets, eight and three-fourths linear feet of field notes and logs, 3080 slides, 210 photographs, and 2 videos from the Chicago Ethnic Arts Project Collection, a field survey of ethnic artistic expression including dance, foodways, neighborhood gatherings, religious celebrations, and instrumental and vocal music. Recorded in the Chicago, Illinois, area by various collectors under the direction of Elena Bradunas, February-November 1977; under the joint sponsorship of the American Folklife Center and the Illinois Arts Council. The collection includes a 561-page report on the project published by the American Folklife Center in January 1978. The following Ukrainian examples were recorded in Chicago by Robert Klymasz. [catalog record] [finding aid]
AFS 20,712-20,713A: Two cassettes containing an interview in Ukrainian with Mychailo Huminiak on the Ukrainian crafts classes offered in the Chicago area, especially on the ceramic class taught by Mr. Huminiak. Recorded June 7 and 11, 1977. (1 hour and 11 minutes; RYA 0732-0733A)
AFS 20,714: One cassette containing an interview in English with the Ukrainian band "Veseli Chasy" (The Good Times). Recorded June 8, 1977. (1 hour; RYA 0734)
AFS 20,715: One cassette containing the Sts. Volodymyr and Olha Ukrainian Catholic Choir rehearsing "Otche Nash" (The Lord's Prayer). Recorded in June 9, 1977. (10 minutes; RYA 0735)
AFS 20,716: One cassette containing Mr. Poszewanyk rehearsing a bandurist ensemble of youths. Recorded June 9, 1977. (20 minutes; RXA 1061)
AFS 20,717: One cassette containing two interviews with Mrs. Maria Hrynewych on the making of dolls dressed in Ukrainian costume, and Mr. Lubo Maciuk, half way through joined by Mrs. Hrynewych and Ms. Natalia Huminiak, on the cultural arts situation in the Ukrainian diaspora, recorded May 19, 1977. (37 minutes; RYA 0736)
AFC 1981/018: Ethnic Broadcasting in America Collection
Eighteen 7-inch tapes, 2 5-inch tapes, and 117 audiocassettes of ethnic radio broadcasts recorded for the Ethnic Broadcasting in America Project of the American Folklife Center. Recorded mostly off the air by Elena Bradunas, Theodore Grame, Alan Jabbour, and others at various locations in the United States, 1977-78. Documentation includes Theodore Grame's Ethnic Broadcasting in the United States (Washington, D.C.: American Folklife Center, 1980) and 6 linear inches of manuscript materials. [catalog record]
AFS 23,094A: One cassette containing a Catholic Mass identified as "Ruthenian religious" and announced as "Divine Liturgy according to the Byzantine Rite from the St. Nicholas Byzantine Catholic Church, McKeesport, Pennsylvania," Most Reverend John Vila, celebrant, on WLOA, Braddock, Pennsylvania, October 16, 1977. (30 minutes; RYA 2952)
AFS 23,112A-B1: One cassette containing "The Ukrainian Program" on WPIT, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, October 16, 1977. (45 minutes; RYA 2969)
AFS 23,112B2: One cassette containing "The Ukrainian Gospel Voice Program" on WPIT, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, October 16, 1977. (15 minutes; RYA 2969)
AFS 23,117: One cassette containing "The Ukrainian Catholic Hour" on WPOW, New York City, May 26, 1978. (1 hour; RYA 2974)
AFS 23,141A: One cassette containing "The Ukrainian Catholic Hour from the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception" on WTEL, Philadelphia, March 5, 1978. (30 minutes; RYA 2989)
AFC 1991/022: Rhode Island Folklife Project Collection
One hundred and thirty-eight 7-inch reels, 59 audiocassettes, approximately 7500 color slides, 8300 black-and-white negatives, 11 linear inches of photo and sound logs, 6 linear inches of fieldnotes, 1 linear inch of interview report forms, 10 linear inches of survey response forms, as well as 1 1/2 linear feet of administrative materials, correspondence, publications, ephemera, final reports, and essays for the Rhode Island Folklife Project. This project documented and analyzed ethnic, regional, and occupational traditions of Rhode Island, especially ethnic traditions (Black, French-Canadian, Greek, Irish, Polish, Portuguese, Ukrainian, and others), maritime activities, material culture, and local history. Collected by Peter Bartis, Michael E. Bell, Thomas Burns, Carl Fleischhauer, Kenneth Goldstein, Nancy Harley, Henry Horenstein, and Geraldine Johnson, July 15 - December 31, 1979. Conducted by the American Folklife Center of the Library of Congress, in cooperation with the Rhode Island Heritage Commission, the Rhode Island Council on the Arts, and the Rhode Island Historical Society. The Ukrainian examples include 353 slides, 255 color transparencies, and 10 pages of field notes. [catalog record]
AFS 22,378-22,379: Two tapes containing an interview with Natalie Michaluk discussing her life in the Ukrainian community in Woonsocket, Rhode Island, and most extensively about the making of and history of pysanky, Ukrainian Easter eggs. Recorded in Woonsocket, Rhode Island, by Geraldine Johnson, September 4, 1979. (1 hour; RXA 3979-3980)
AFS 22,383-22,386: Four tapes containing a Mass sung in Ukrainian with some parts spoken in English (Gospel, homily, communion prayer, and announcements) and a Memorial Service for the fortieth day after death. Recorded in St. Michael's Ukrainian Orthodox Church, Woonsocket, Rhode Island, by Geraldine Johnson, September 9, 1979. (2 hours; RXA 3984-3986)
AFS 22,390-22,393: Four tapes containing an interview with Taissa Decyk about her life, Ukrainian culture, dance, embroidery, and clothing. Recorded in Woonsocket, Rhode Island by Geraldine Johnson, September 11, 1979. (2 hours; RXA 3991-3994)
AFC 1991/030: Myron Surmach Collection
Five cassettes of interviews with Myron Surmach, a Ukrainian immigrant who owned the Surma Book and Music Store in New York City. Recorded in Saddle River, New Jersey, by Elena Bradunas, June 11-12, 1978, and in New York City by Judy Harway, September 11, 1978.
AFC 1991/030:SR1-4: Four cassettes containing an interview with Myron Surmach, recorded in Saddle River, New Jersey by Elena Banduras, June 11-12, 1978. Surmach discusses his life and on the last cassette he plays the bandura. (3 hours and 30 minutes)
AFC 1991/030:SR5: One cassette containing an interview with Myron Surmach, recorded in New York City by Judy Harway, September 11, 1978. This interview took place in the Surma Book and Music Store which sold Ukrainian books, recordings, and various paraphernalia. (1 hour)
AFC 1992/005: Ry'l'ski Institute Ukrainian Cylinder Collection
Thirty-seven U-Matic DATs (copied from ca. 200 wax cylinders), 7 linear inches of manuscripts, 64 graphic materials primarily collected during the early twentieth century (ca. 1908-1930s) by Ukrainian folklorists and musicologists, and include Ukrainian folk music traditions from various regions of Ukraine including the Kharkiv (Kharkov) region in what was then Soviet Ukraine and the Carpathian region of Eastern Galicia in Interwar Poland (1919-1939). These regions are now part of present day Ukraine. The collection is primarily comprised of field recordings on wax cylinders held by the Ryl's'kyi Institute of Art, Folklore Studies and Ethnology (Kiev, Ukraine). There are approximately 400 individual song and instrumental compositions representing several genres and performance styles specific to Ukraine, including bardic traditions (secular and religious songs), seasonal ritual folk songs (winter carols, spring songs), life-cycle rituals (weddings, funerals, etc.), as well as ballads, and instrumental and ensemble compositions. Of significant note are recordings of blind minstrels (e.g., "kobzari," lirnyky) probably made during the late 1920s and early 1930s. The collection also includes musical transcriptions of some of the recordings made by folklorists of the period as well as accompanying ethnographic photographs of performers and their instruments dating from the turn of the twentieth century and from 1960. Other photographs document Joseph Hickerson's trip to Ukraine and the Ryl's'kyi Institute in March 1994. Two videos, produced in 1994, promoting the institutional collaboration between the Ryl's'kyi Institute and the Library are also included in the collection. [catalog record]
AFC 1993/001: Ethnic Heritage and Language Schools in America Project Collection
Twenty-four 5-inch tapes, 60 7-inch tapes, and 288 audiocassettes from the Ethnic Heritage and Language Schools in America Project, a survey of 23 ethnic schools from 22 ethnic groups. Recorded in various locations throughout the United States by Elena Bradunas and 23 fieldworkers, April-July 1982, sponsored by the American Folklife Center. The collection includes 14 linear feet of slides, photographs, and reports. [catalog record] [finding aid]
AFS 23,706: One cassette containing an interview with Anne Michaluk about her life growing up bilingual, how her children were exposed to the Ukrainian language and culture, and the school at St. Michael's Ukrainian Orthodox Church, Woonsocket, Rhode Island. Recorded April 30, 1982. (1 hour; RYA 4644)
AFS 23,707: One cassette containing an interview with Father Myron Oryhon about the school at St. Michael's Ukrainian Orthodox Church, Woonsocket, Rhode Island. Recorded April 30, 1982. (45 minutes; RYA 4645)
AFS 23,708-23,709: Two cassettes containing an interview with Natalie Michaluk about attending Ukrainian school and growing up in Woonsocket, Rhode Island. Recorded May 14, 1982. (1 hour and 5 minutes; RYA 4646-4647)
AFS 23,710: One cassette containing an interview with Linda Oryhon, a teacher at the school at St. Michael's Ukrainian Orthodox Church (Woonsocket, Rhode Island) about teaching Ukrainian and her family history. Recorded May 2, 1982. (30 minutes; RYA 4648)
AFS 23,711: One cassette containing a high school religion class taught by Father Myron Oryhon at the school at St. Michael's Ukrainian Orthodox Church, Woonsocket, Rhode Island. Recorded May 24, 1982. (50 minutes; RYA 4649)
AFS 23,712: One cassette containing a fourth grade religion class taught by Linda Oryhon at the school at St. Michael's Ukrainian Orthodox Church, Woonsocket, Rhode Island. Recorded May 24, 1982. (45 minutes; RYA 4650)
AFS 23,713: One cassette containing a talk by Father Oryhon about the Ukrainian Orthodox League, recorded May 24, 1982. (15 minutes; RYA 4651)
AFS 23,714: One cassette containing an interview with Mr. Chaharyn about the history of the Ukrainian community in Woonsocket, Rhode Island, recorded May 24, 1982. (1 hour; RYA 4652)
AFS 23,715: One cassette containing a fifth and sixth grade religion class taught by Father Myron Oryhon and an interview with the fifth and sixth grade students at the school at St. Michael's Ukrainian Orthodox Church, Woonsocket, Rhode Island. Recorded May 28, 1996. (1 hour; RYA 4653)
AFS 23,716: One cassette containing a kindergarten religion class taught by Natalie Michaluk at the school at St. Michael's Ukrainian Orthodox Church, Woonsocket, Rhode Island. (50 minutes; RYA 4654)
AFS 23,717: One cassette containing an interview with Janice Meschisen, a teacher in Woonsocket, Rhode Island, about teaching Ukrainian. Recorded May 30, 1982. (30 minutes; RYA 4655)
AFS 23,718: One cassette containing a first confession class at the school at St. Michael's Ukrainian Orthodox Church, Woonsocket, Rhode Island. Recorded May 30, 1982. (45 minutes; RYA 4656)
AFC 1993/001:Box 21: Nineteen pages of notes about the school at St. Michael's Ukrainian Orthodox Church, Woonsocket, Rhode Island, collected by Mary-Louise Hass and Carole O. Bell, May 1982.
AFC 1993/001:Box 28: Twenty color slides of St. Michael's Ukrainian Orthodox Church, parish house, pysanky (Ukrainian Easter eggs), and Odessa Ukrainian Dance Group. Photographed by Mary-Louise Hass and Carole O. Bell in Woonsocket, Rhode Island, May 1982.
AFC 1993/001:Box 32: One hundred seventy-six negatives of the Ukrainian community in Woonsocket, Rhode Island, photographed by Mary-Loiuse Hass and Carole O. Bell, May 1982.
AFC 1996/035: Cheres Ukrainian Ensemble / Demonstration Tape Collection
One audiocassette of seven instrumentals and three songs performed on the clarinet, drymba (Jew’s harp), fiddle, sopilka (end-blown flute), svyril (panpipes), electronically generated trembita (alpenhorn-like instrument), and tsymbly (hammered dulcimer) by the Cheres Ukrainian Instrumental Ensemble. Recorded in New York City by Andriy Milavsky, 1990 and 1994. See also: AFC 2000/015. (32 minutes)
AFC 1996/062: Alexander V. Medvedev / Folk Ensembles of the Former Soviet Union Video Collection
Six videotapes of folk art performance groups recorded at various locations in Southern Russia and North and South Ossetia; and of the professional dance theater at the State Institute of Theatrical Art (Gitis), recorded in Moscow. Donated April 1, 1991, and June 13, 1992, by Alexander V. Medvedev. [Note: The members of both groups performing on these videotapes are descendants of Ukrainian kozaks of Zaporizhia, south central Ukraine, who were banned to the Kuban region in Russia by the Tsarist regime. The group has retained its Ukrainian identity as is evident in their performances that are sung purely in Ukrainian and in their obvious Ukrainian accents when speaking Russian to the field workers who filmed the videotapes.]
AFC 1996/062:V2: One videotape containing a Ukrainian male ensemble singing seven Ukrainian songs and one male solo singing Russian ditties in macaronic style: "Zazhurylys' chornomortsi" (Sorrows of the Black Sea Kozaks); "Sydyt' Bajda, dumaye dumochku" (Ballad about the Legendary Kozak Bajda); "Oy tam kolo richky, oy tam kolo brodu" (Oh by the river, oh by the ford); "Proshchaite, Umans'ka Stanytsia" (Farewell, Umans'ka Stanytsia); ballad to the poem "Oj, choho zh ty pochornilo, zelene pole" (Oh, Why Did You Blacken, Green Field) by Taras Shevchenko; "I po toi bik hora, i po tsei bik hora" (A Star Rose in between Two Mountains); "Cholovik propyv indyka" (The Man Drank away the Fowl); Chatushki, Russian ditties sung in macaronic style (in Russian and Ukrainian), with balalaika accompaniment. Songs are discussed in Russian. Recorded in Umans'ka Stanytsia, Krasnodarksky region, Kuban', Russia. (35 minutes)
AFC 1996/062:V6: One videotape containing an ensemble performing and explaining a series of wedding rituals, reenacting a traditional kozak's farewell, and singing five songs: parents blessing the bride; svakhy (honorary matchmakers) singing wedding songs: "De zh ty doniu zaberayeshsia" (Where are You Going, Daughter?), "Oj, uchora iz vechora" (Oh, Yesterday Eve), "Ia zh tebe budu shanuvaty" (I Will Take Care of You); wedding ritual of receiving monetary gift from bride's father; two humourous songs: "Oj, Ty zh didu, didusen'ku" (Oh, You Old Man) and "Pishla maty na selo" (lit. trans. as Mother Went to the Village but, it is known as "Buckwheat Cakes"); kozak song "Oy, ty Haliu" (Oh, Halia); kozak departing reenactment with the song "Sontse nyz'ko sidalo" (The Sun Sets Low); song dedicated to Taras Shevchenko "Spy, Tarase, Bat'ko Ridny" (Sleep, Taras, Our Own Father); song "Oy zabilily snizhechky bili" (Oh, the Snowflakes), recorded in Chebal'sk'ka Stanytsia, Krasnodarsky Region, Kuban', Russia.. (25 minutes)
AFC 1996/080: Jack Manischewitz / Rachel Marshak and Harry Rudman collection
One cassette containing conversations with and songs performed by Harry Rudman (originally from Ukraine) and Rachel Marshak (originally from Minsk, Russia). Recorded in Rockville, Maryland by Jack Manischewitz, June 17, 1995. The collection includes one page of fieldnotes. (1 hour and 30 minutes)
AFC 1997/027: David Kresh / Esther Korshin Yiddish Songs Collection
One cassette containing songs in Yiddish and Russian performed by Esther Korshin (originally from Ukraine). Recorded on home disc recorder by Benjamin Herring, 1946. The collection includes three pages of correspondence and notes. (10 minutes)
AFC 1998/012: Cheres Ukrainian Ensemble / "From the Mountains to the Steppe"
One CD of the Cheres Ukrainian Ensemble titled "From the Mountains to the Steppe: Village Music of the Ukraine."
AFC 2000/015: Andriy Milavsky / Cheres Collection
One videocassette entitled Cheres: A Carpathian Folk Ensemble, featuring the group Cheres performing folk music of the Carpathian region, specifically Ukraine, Romania, Hungary, and Moldova, as well as Gypsy and Jewish tunes. Cheres was founded by Andriy Milavsky in 1990 and performs primarily in the New York City area. Produced in New York City with some clips from Ukraine. The collection includes two publicity photos and five pages of correspondence, a biography of the group, a log, and a concert flier.
AFC 2003/002: Aaron Ziegelman Foundation Collection
Twenty-five linear feet of manuscripts, more than 2000 photographs, 276 videos, 160 sound recordings, and 20 artifacts from the Luboml Exhibition Project. In 1994, the Aaron Ziegelman Foundation initiated the Luboml Exhibition Project to preserve the history and the memory of his birthplace, Luboml, a shtetl (market town) in Poland, whose Jewish community was destroyed in World War II. (Luboml, Libivne in Yiddish, is now within the national borders of Ukraine.) The Foundation collected photographs, letters, maps, posters, artifacts, and oral histories from more than 100 families and archives around the world. The material was then used in a traveling exhibition, Remembering Luboml: Images of a Jewish Community, that focused on the every day lives of the Luboml Jews, rather than their deaths.
AFC 2003/027: Pete and Toshi Seeger Film Collection
Approximately 700 film and audio elements relating to Pete and Toshi Seeger's filmmaking from 1955-1965 at various locations in: Angola, Australia, Austria, Canada, England, Ghana, India, Indonesia, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Jamaica, Japan, Kenya, New Zealand, Nigeria, Poland, Russia, Somoa, Sweden, Tanzania, Trinidad, Ukraine, and the United States. In the United States, locations include Beacon, New York; Circle Pines, Michigan; Hamilton, Ohio; Huntsville, Texas; Los Angeles, California; Madison, Wisconsin; New York, New York; Newport, Rhode Island; Oklahoma City, Oklahoma; and Washington, DC, among others. Collection includes three bamboo flutes. [catalog record]
AFC 2004/043: Ivan Kupalo: Ritual in Post-Soviet Ukraine, Lecture by Natalie Kononenko
Illustrated lecture by Dr. Natalie Kononenko, Professor of Slavic Languages, Literatures, and Folklore at the University of Virginia, on the re-emergence of ritual celebrations of Ivan Kupalo, the mid-summer festival of St. John the Baptist, in post-Soviet Ukraine. [catalog record] [flyer and essay; PDF/2 pgs, 891kb]
AFC 2005/042: Cultural Rescue in Post-Chornobyl Ukraine, Lecture by Myron O. Stachiw
Sound recording and powerpoint of lecture titled "Cultural Rescue in Post-Chornobyl Ukraine: The Impact of the Chornobyl Nuclear Accident on the Cultural Heritage of the Polissia Region of Ukraine," on the effects of the nuclear explosion at Chornobyl on cultural heritage in the region, based on field work. Illustrated with 94 slides (powerpoint presentation on CD-R), mostly color photographs of people in traditional dress, architecture, needlework, interiors of homes, religious ceremonies, and maps. Lecture was given in the AFC Conference Room, G-49, Jefferson Building, Library of Congress on June 2005. [catalog record]