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Evhen Batchinsky fonds Series
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Chronological Dossiers

The series consists of materials extracted from the Biographical Dossiers and rearranged by year and month. Either for personal or historical reasons, Batchinsky selected materials he considered most important: correspondence, photographs, clippings, whole newspapers and documents. Where they exist, his notes of such transfers, written on various containers, are filed at the front of the year.

The monthly Chronological Dossiers (CD) form the second major file created by Batchinsky. They consist of about four hundred folders on contemporary events spanning the periods of 1914-1968.

Lev Yurkevych

This series consists of photographs

Lev Yurkevych was a prominent member of the Ukrainian intelligentsia in tsarist Ukraine, a prolific writer on the national question and socialism, a well-known social democrat, and actively involved in publishing. Along with Volodymyr Vynnychenko (a leading Ukrainian social democrat) and Iurii Tyshchenko, they established the Dzvin publishing house in 1907.

Serial Collection

Two hundred fifty eight catalogued serials represented by at least several issues or known to be important appear in the list with holdings. Square brackets around holdings, e.g.[2-4], indicate defective copies of holding gaps between the first and last issues cited. Approximately two hundred fifty other titles are unlisted and are held only in single or scattered issues.

In addition to the thousands of single serial issues (newspapers, newsletters, journals, etc.) dispersed by Batchinsky to specific dossiers concerning individuals, organizations, particular dates and subjects, the Collection contains many collected runs of serials published in the Ukraine and Western Europe

The serial files range from the late nineteenth century to the 1960's, but cover principally the period spanned by the two World Wars. The collection is notably strong in newspapers and the bulletins of Ukrainian press services of that period in Western Europe. Many formats, frequencies (daily, weekly, monthly), and languages (but predominantly Ukrainian) are represented. Holdings vary from fragmentary to extensive. Some, especially the newspapers, are extremely rare or fragile, or both.

Monographs

Four hundred sixty-five catalogue monographs (books and pamphlets) exist. Approximately four hundred others, consisting of standard texts, reference words and multiple copies are unlisted.

Only the remnants of Batchinsky's library (i.e. of his books as opposed to his papers) were acquired by Carleton. As noted in the General Description, it appears from his own statements in the Autobiography, from his surviving lists and from other clues in the Collection that Batchinsky's holdings of books and serials had been considerably depleted by theft, as well as by donations, such as those to the Symon Petlura Library in Paris.

Diary Dossiers

  • The daily Diary Dossiers (DD) are the third major file in the Collection, both in quantity and in importance in Batchinsky's system of file building. There are about 230 folders of manuscript, documentary and clipped material, and about 400 folders of removed whole publications (DDR), mostly newspapers.
  • The period covered extends from 1905-1939, with notable gaps in 1914, 1916, 1919-20, 1922-23, 1925, 1927, 1929-30 and 1933-38. The gaps match some years available in the Chronological Dossiers which constitute a less detailed record. In view of the historical value of the Diary Dossiers, the file is the first to have been microfilmed.

After creating the monthly Chronological Dossers, Batchinsky trasformed some of them into daily Diary Dossiers. He arranged the selected material in day-date order and interlaved a manuscript commentary describing his activities on the relevant day, with other background information about the accompanying correspondence, news clippings and other papers. Batchinsky used the terms "volumes" and "diary" in referring to materials in the resulting bundles in this file. He did not indicate why only some of the Chronological Dossiers were transformed into Diary Dossiers.

Minor files

This series consists of small separate files supplementing other sections: Het'man Pavlo Skoropads'kyi (1873-1945): articles and publications, 1933-1958, mainly from emigre courses.

Subject Dossiers

This series consists of the Subject Dossiers that range from the 1920's to the early 1970's. They are concentrated in the later 1930's and 1940's. The Dossiers contain correspondence, clippings and sometimes official documents.

Although Batchinsky originally concentrated his documentation in the Biographical Dossiers, he also created a few Subject Dossiers concerning organizations, religious and secular groups, countries or cities where Ukrainian questions arose, and dealing with particular periodicals, publishing houses and other businesses. Sixty-five subjects are covered, of which only eight occupy more than one folder. The relationship of these Dossiers to other Dossier files and to Batchinsky's autobiography is unclear: the Subject Dossiers may have been depleted by transfers to the larger but more structured files.

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