Ukrainian Historical and Educational Center of New Jersey
135 Davidson Avenue Phone: 732-356-0132
Somerset, NJ 08873 Fax: 732-356-5556
USA Email: info [at] UkrHEC.org
About the institution:
The Ukrainian Historical and Educational Center of NJ is dedicated to telling the many stories of Ukrainian history, Ukrainian culture, and individual Ukrainians and Ukrainian-Americans that are contained in the 15,000 museum items, 50,000 library titles, and the nearly 200 archival collections that have been collected since the 1960s. The Center’s archival holdings are one of the most significant groups of “hidden collections” of primary source material in the United States related to Ukraine and Ukrainian-American immigrants, and the Center has been working hard to make these collections accessible. The archives are strong in Ukrainian religious history, archives by and about post-WWII displaced persons, and a significant body of materials related to Ukrainian-language radio broadcasting in the United States and Western Europe.
Holdings related to RFE/RL:
Radio Liberty Ukrainian Service collection
This collection consists primarily of radio scripts of the daily broadcasts of Radio Liberty's Ukrainian Service from 1961 to 1963 that were sent by the Service’s director to (then) Archbishop Mstyslav of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church of the USA. They provide a record of broadcasting of news and political commentary to Ukrainian speakers living in the Soviet Union during the Cold War.
Mykola Francuzenko was a Ukrainian-American writer (under the pseudonym Mykola Virnyi), translator, theatrical director, radio journalist, and social activist. His literary output includes over 400 works, and he was also a writer and broadcaster for the Ukrainian services of both Radio Liberty and the Voice of America during the Cold War. His papers contain scripts, working notes, photographs, and audio tapes which contain radio programs, raw interview recordings, recordings of poets reading their own works, and live recordings of events in the Ukrainian-American community. This collection is currently being processed with concurrent audio digitization. A formal finding aid will be available when the arrangement and description of the full collection is complete, but selected audio is being made available through the Center’s Ukrainian Recorded Sound portal as it is digitized.
Michael Andrec, Archivist
Tel.: +1 732 356 0132
E-mail: archives [at] UkrHEC.org