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Evhen Batchinsky fonds

  • BATC
  • Fonds
  • 1736-1975

The fonds consists of 13 series that document the activities and interests of Evhen Batchinsky. The series include: Autobiography of Evhen Batchinsky and Leonid Bachynsky; Biographical Dossiers (arranged alphabetically); Chronological Dossiers, Diary Dossiers (arranged chronologically); Subject Dossiers; Ukrains'ka Avtokefal'na Pravoslavna Tserkva (UAPTs); Swiss Ukrainica; Taras Shevchenko; Soiuz Vyzvolennia Ukrainy (SVU); Lev Yurkevych; Minor Files; Serial Publications and Monographs.

Batchinsky, Evhen (Eugene) Vasylovych

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.

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.

Taras Shevchenko

This series contains a very broad selection of Shevchenkiana ranging from miscellaneous newspaper articles to commemorative souvenirs. There are two typescripts of a history of Swiss-Ukrainian relations.

Batchinsky was interested in all things concerning Shevchenko and collected almost anything that he could find on this theme. Batchinsky was also interested in any connections between Shevchenko and Switzerland.

Autobiography; Manuscript and typescript records

Batchinsky's original collection manuscript and typescript records include: some Dossier indexes and lists, a register of correspondence with accounts of moneys received from supporters and parishioners; address file; sample letterhead; and a catalogue of his library.

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.

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.

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