Papers, 1877-1971 (inclusive), 1951-1959 (bulk).
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Sichynskyi corresponded with a number of artists and art historians, including Ivan Kurakh, Mykhailo Babii, Mykhailo Mykhalevych, Damian Horniatkevych, Ivan Keivan, Serhii Lytvynenko, Bohdan Stebelskyi, and Petro Andrusiv. His other correspondents include writers and scholars such as Pavlo Bohatskyi, Mykhailo Miller, Marta Kalytovska, Iurii Tys-Krokhmaliuk, Semen Demydchuk, and Stepan Protsiuk. One interesting letters is from Savella Stechishin who wrote to Sichynskyi regarding her cookbook Traditional Ukrainian Cookery. She explained to him the politics behind writing a Ukrainian cookbook in English, and that her goal was to educate North Americans about national customs and to elevate Ukrainian cuisine to the rank of that of other cultures. Still others wrote to Sichynskyi asking for advice on architectural projects, such as the building of churches in Hartford, Connecticut, and in Brazil. A significant number of the letters in this series relate to Sichynskyi's work as head of the Mazepa Jubilee Committee that commemorated the 250th anniversary of the hetman's death in 1959. In addition, there are letters from Ukrainian-born French film director Eugène Deslaw (pseudonym of Ievhen Slabchenko) that describe his attempts to make a film about Ivan Mazepa.
The bulk (1 c.f.) of the collection consists of manuscripts and notes for Sichynskyi's articles and books. These are arranged alphabetically by title. This series includes manuscripts for his books Ukraine in Foreign Comments and Descriptions from the Sixth to the Twentieth Century (1938; English translation 1953), Ukrains'ka kul'tura (1949), Ivan Mazepa: liudyna i metsenat (1951), Istoriia ukrains'koho mystetstva (1956), and Roksoliana (1957), as well as other monographs and articles. Many of the articles were published in Ukrainian émigré newspapers such as Chas, Nedilia, Ukrains'ke slovo, Svoboda, Narodna volia, Ovyd, and The Ukrainian Weekly. Sichynskyi kept clippings of these articles and these form part of the publications series. Notes, clippings, and citations that Sichynskyi used for his research are arranged in the subject files. The photographs, mostly portraits of Ivan Mazepa, as well as architectural and ornamental designs, also pertain to his scholarship.
Biographical / Historical
In addition to teaching, Sichynskyi worked as an architect designing churches, schools, and many private and public buildings in Ukraine, Slovakia, Brazil, Canada and the United States. He designed the Redemptorist Church of the Holy Spirit in Michalovce (1933-1934) and the Boiko-style wooden Church of the Nativity of the Mother of God in Komarnyky (1937), both in Slovakia; the Ukrainian churches in Whippany, New Jersey (1949), and Pôrto Uniao, Brazil (1951); and the Orthodox cathedral in Montreal (1957).
Sichynskyi published over 500 articles, books and reviews. He is the author of works on Ukrainian art, culture, architecture, engraving and printing, industry, and foreign sources on the history of Ukraine. Two bio-bibliographies of Sichynskyi have been published: Volodymyr Sichyns'kyi: arkhitekt, mystets'hrafik, mystetstvoznavets', doslidnyk, by Ivan Keivan (Toronto, 1957), and Volodymyr Sichyns'kyi: biobibliohrafichnyi pokazhchyk (Lviv, 1996). In addition, proceedings of a conference devoted to Sichynskyi have been published under the editorship of Viacheslav Kolomiiets in Kyiv in 1996.
- I. Personal files [Box 1]
- II. Correspondence, 1949-1969 [Box 1]
- III. Manuscripts, 1946-1958 [Boxes 1, 2]
- IV. Publications, 1937-1960 [Box 2]
- V. Subject files, 1877-1959 [Boxes 2, 3]
- VI. Photographs, 1939-1959 [Box 4]
- Sichynskyi, Volodymyr, 1894-. Papers, 1877-1971 (inclusive), 1951-1959 (bulk): A Finding Aid.
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