The Immigration History Research Center holds the richest and most extensive collection of materials for Ukrainian American history in the world. The foundation of this collection is the personal library and extensive body of personal and professional papers compiled by the well-known entomologist, publicist, community activist, and poet Alexander A. Granovsky. Also included are the papers and records of scholars, political and social activists, publishers and writers, among others; and organizations, such as fraternals (for example, Ukrainian National Association, Ukrainian Fraternal Association, Providence Association of Ukrainian Catholics in America) and war relief, religious, and cultural associations.
In addition to these records and papers, the IHRC holds over 4,500 books and pamphlets and over 700 newspaper and serial titles written by, for, and about Ukrainian Americans. They emanate from various parts of North America and reflect a full range of Ukrainian American perspectives and interests.
(Photo: The Ukrainian Zaporozhs'ka Sich Society of Minneapolis MN, 1914)
Because of the unique value of this resource, used by researchers from around the world, the IHRC is establishing the Ukrainian American Studies Fund, an endowment to provide staff support, research assistance, and outreach services to the Ukrainian American community. Care and development of this precious resource require the ongoing commitment of professional staff. Therefore, the first goal is to provide additional staff for the Ukrainian collection. Equipped with Ukrainian language skills, cultural knowledge, and archival experience, staff will not only process materials and provide reference service to researchers, but also actively work with Ukrainian American institutions, organizations, and individuals to preserve precious records that still languish in basements and attics.
As a major national initiative, the creation of the Ukrainian American Studies Fund will both raise public consciousness of Ukrainian American history and make a significant investment in preserving the story of the Ukrainian experience in the United States.
Follow the University of Minnesota Foundation link to make an online gift through the University of Minnesota Foundation's secure site. Type in the designation "HRC: Ukrainian American Collection (Fund 6594)" in order to have your gift directed to this particular fund. You may also submit a pledge through the same Web page.