James D. Bratush papers, 1921-1948.
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Extent1 collection (.5 linear (1 box))
The collection primarily contains correspondence and newsletters sent to Bratush spanning the period that coincides with the inception in 1920 and dissolution in 1947 of Defense of Ukraine. Bratush corresponded with leading activists of this organization, including Myroslav Sichynskyi, Iaroslav Chyz, Mykola Tsehlynskyi, and Volodymyr Levytskyi. Defense of Ukraine was established in the United States in the early 1920's to assist the political and military struggles for independence in Western Ukraine. Much of the correspondence reflects the organization's relief efforts to support cultural clubs, National Homes, and publications in the Rohatyn region.
Members of Defense of Ukraine also worked closely with the Ukrainian Socialist Radical party. Bratush kept in touch with USRP Rohatyn county executives Andrii Hryvnak and Ivan Muryn. This correspondence reflects the financial efforts of Rochester's Rohatyn Relief Committee to assist the Prosvita society in Rohatyn. USRP members were interested in establishing a reading room in Rohatyn, as well as in seeking material assistance for the party's magazine Hromadskyi Holos and other of its activities. Some of the letters to Bratush from USRP and Prosvita members also describe the general conditions of Ukrainians under Polish and then Soviet rule.
Much of the rest of the correspondence relates to the activities of Central Committee in Rochester which organized many events, including concerts featuring Vasyl Iemets, Roman Prydatkevych, Mykhailo Holynskyi, and the Ukrainian Community Choir under the direction of Lev Sorochynskyi.
Biographical / Historical
- I. Correspondence
- II. Subject files
- Bratush, James D., 1893-1982. James D. Bratush Papers, 1921-1948: A Finding Aid.
- Ukrainian Research Institute
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