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HOLLIS 009549248

Nestorovych, Volodymyr T., 1895-1980. Papers, 1948-1979: A Finding Aid.

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Descriptive Summary

Call No.: HOLLIS 009549248
Repository: Ukrainian Research Institute Reference Library, Harvard Library, Harvard University
Creator: Nestorovych, Volodymyr T., 1895-1980.
Title: Papers, 1948-1979.
Date(s): 1948-1979.
Quantity: 1 collection (3 boxes (1 linear ft.)
Language of materials: Materials are in English, Ukrainian, German and Polish.
Abstract: Papers of Ukrainian émigré and author Volodymyr Nestorovych including biographical material, personal documents, correspondence, newspaper clippings, manuscripts, and a scrapbook.

Acquisition Information:

Gift of Anatol Romach, ca. 1983-1984.

Processing Information:

Processed by: Ksenya Kiebuzinski

Conditions Governing Access:

Access is by appointment only. Contact the Institute Bibliographer/Archivist.

Biographical / Historical

Volodymyr Nestorovych was born January 23, 1895, in Lviv, Ukraine. After completing studies at the Academic Gymnasium in Lviv in 1914, he was conscripted into the Austrian army and was subsequently captured in battle near Berezhany and deported by the Russians to the Far East. In Nikolsk-Ussuriiskii he became a leading member of the Ukrainian community. In 1921 he came to Vienna, and enrolled in the Higher School of International Trade, from which he graduated in 1924. He worked and taught for several years in the Polish cities of Lodz and Katowice. In the 1930s he taught economics and bookkeeping at the Ridna Shkola commerce school and the business gymnasium in Lviv. Also during this period he contributed economic and political articles to various Ukrainian newspapers and edited the journal Torhovlia i promysl. Nestorovych left Ukraine for Germany in 1944, where he served as bookkeeper for the World's YMCA-YWCA British zone headquarters from September 1, 1948 to April 1, 1950. Upon moving to the United States in 1950, he served as cashier for the Downtown Detroit YMCA until his retirement in 1961.
In Detroit, Nestorovych was also active in Ukrainian credit unions, served as president of the city's Literary-Artistic Club (1952-1959), and was a member of the editorial board of Nash svit (1959-1962). He wrote several books, including the autobiographical novel Sertse i burevii (1965), and a history of businessmen in Western Ukraine entitled Ukraïns'ki kuptsi i promyslovtsi v Zakhidnii Ukraïni, 1920-1945 (1977). Nestorovych died on February 5, 1980.

Scope and Contents

The collection consists of papers and a scrapbook. The papers include biographical material, personal documents, correspondence, newspaper clippings, and manuscripts.
There are several unpublished autobiographical and published biographical sketches about Nestorovych and his family. His personal documents include baptismal and school certificates, diplomas, and honorary decrees. Arranged chronologically, the general correspondence relates primarily to Nestorovych's work on a novel about the forced resettlement of Ukrainians in the Far East, and on a history of Ukrainian merchants and manufacturers in Western Ukraine. The general correspondence is followed by material concerning his involvement in the publication of the Entsyklopediia Ukraïnoznavstva; participation in the Union of Ukrainian Merchants and Entrepreneurs (SUKiP); publication of his own works Sertse i burevii and Ukraïns'ki kuptsi i promyslovtsi v Zakhidnii Ukraïni, 1920-1945; and membership on the Jubilee Committee of the 100th anniversary of the Academic Gymnasium of Lviv. The series of articles were written by Nestorovych and are either speeches delivered to the Literary-Artistic Club in Detroit or articles published in the émigré press, such as Svoboda. There is also a manuscript of an unpublished work entitled "Vtechi vid Sovietiv" (Escape from the Soviets).
The scrapbook was kept by Nestorovych during his years as bookkeeper for the World's YMCA-YWCA for Displaced Persons in the British zone of Germany from 1948 to 1950. Its pages include autographs and letters from representatives and staff of the World's YMCA-YWCA. In addition, the scrapbook contains photographs of the World's YMCA-YWCA training centers in Neustadt and Horneburg, including images from the YMCA-YWCA leader's conferences held in Horneburg and Neustadt; photographs of joint conferences of Ukrainian YMCA-YWCA leaders from the American and British zone held in Regensburg, Horneburg, and Delmenhorst; photographs of Ukrainians at Displaced Persons camps in Burgdorf, Delmenhorst, and Neugraben; and photographs of Volodymyr Nestorovych and his wife. Among the photographs of Ukrainians in DP camps, those of particular interest include: an elementary school in the DP Camp Westerflug in Delmenhorst; a ceremony remembering Ukrainian heroes at the DP Camp Vancouver Barracks in Delmenhorst; a chess game portraying the struggle of Ukrainians against the Turks involving live players at the DP Camp Vancouver Barracks in Delmenhorst; a performance of the operetta Natalka Poltavka at the DP Camp in Delmenhorst; and portraits of Vasyl Ryzhevskyi, Head of the Ukrainian YMCA-YWCA in the British zone of Germany.

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