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Autobiography (series)

This series consists of 24 bound volumes and 12 preparatory folders and typescript notes, correspondence, postcards, travel vouchers, restaurant menus, photographs, sketches, paintings, souvenir objects of people and places, clippings, pamphlets (some rare), etc. A running commentary is added and various paginations are imposed on the volumes. Volumes are identified by serial number of date span.

Batchinsky began compiling his "autobiography" when he was eighty-four years old. He states that is was compiled in an unsystematic fashion; it does, for the most part, take the form of an extended scrapbook. There is no index to these materials.

Ukrains'ka Avtokefal'na Pravoslavna Tserkva (UAPTs)

The series consists of Batchinsky's manuscript drafts of his shitroy of the UAPT, UAPT documents, and clippings and publications concerning the UAPT and Ukrainian religious affairs in general.

Batchinsky, a strong supporter of the Ukrainian national church movement, was appointed in 1922 official lay representative in Western Europe of the Ukrains'ka Avtokefal'na Pravoslavna Tserkva (Ukrainian Autocephalous Orthodox Church), established in 1920. This "church" was dissolved by Soviet state authorities in 1930, however, Batchinsky continued his religious activities as a lay person and later (from 1955 on) as a bishop in one of the branches of the UAPT in the Diaspora.

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.

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.

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.

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