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Jurij Lawrynenko Papers, 1880s-1980s

Summary Information


The materials in this collection document personal and professional life of Jurij Lawrynenko, as well as the formation and development of the literary, cultural, and social life of the Ukrainian diaspora in Germany and the United States. They are extremely valuable resources for research on Ukrainian literature, journalism, publishing, and political movements, and on the history of Ukrainian emigration in the 20th century.

At a Glance

Call No.: BA#0224
Bib ID 6312518 View CLIO record
Creator(s) Lawrynenko, Jurij
Title Jurij Lawrynenko Papers, 1880s-1980s
Physical Description 48 linear feet (66 manuscript boxes, 17 boxes for audio materials, 6 card file boxes, 1 flat box)
Language(s) English , Ukrainian , Russian .
Additional Description http://www.columbia.edu/cu/libraries/inside/projects/findingaids/scans/pdfs/Lawrynenko_Jurij.pdf

This collection is located on-site.

This collection has no restrictions.



The collection is arranged in ten series.



The bulk of the collection consists of Jurij Lawrynenko's professional and personal correspondence, manuscripts, research notes, and printed materials. There are also photographs, documents, diaries, notebooks, memoirs, and audio materials. Collection contains extensive files, including documents and editorial materials, from the major Ukrainian publications in Germany and the United States (Ukrains'ka Literaturna Hazeta, Literaturno-Naukovyi Zbirnyk, et al.), and from Ukrainian writers' organization "Slovo." The collection includes some unpublished and unknown original manuscripts by Lawrynenko and other prominent Ukrainian authors. Original manuscripts could be found in the following series: Series I: Correspondence; Series V: Writings; Series VII: Subject Files

A large part of the collection consists of printed materials, including books and brochures, rare serial publications and periodicals from Ukraine and from the Ukrainian diaspora in Germany, the United States, and Canada. There are many clippings with Lawrynenko's margin notes and comments that make them a valuable resource for the study of Lawrynenko's professional activities. Printed materials are not separated from the rest of the collection, remaining in the various series where they logically belong.

For preservation purposes, fragile and deteriorating newspapers and clippings were photocopied on acid-free paper; the photocopies remain in the collection while the originals were sent to the Instytut Literatury in Kyiv, Ukraine. Issues of the newspaper Vpered were microfilmed (microfilm #2007-1010), and the originals transferred to the Shevchenko Scientific Society in New York.

Using the Collection

Rare Book and Manuscript Library

Restrictions on Access

This collection is located on-site.

This collection has no restrictions.

Terms Governing Use and Reproduction

Single photocopies may be made for research purposes. The RBML maintains ownership of the physical material only. Copyright remains with the creator and his heirs. The responsibility to secure copyright permission rests with the patron.

Preferred Citation

Identification of specific item; Date (if known); Jurij Lawrynenko Papers, Box and Folder; Bakhmeteff Archive, Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Columbia University Library.

Related Materials

Jurij Lawrynenko materials (mostly correspondence) can also be found in the following Bakhmeteff Archive collections: New York Group Papers; George Y. Shevelov Papers; Research Program on the U.S.S.R.


No accruals are expected

About the Finding Aid / Processing Information

Columbia University Libraries, Rare Book and Manuscript Library

Processing Information

Papers processed Katia Shraga 7/2007.

Finding aid written by Katia Shraga 7/2007.

Subject Headings

The subject headings listed below are found in this collection. Links below allow searches at Columbia University through the Archival Collections Portal and through CLIO, the catalog for Columbia University Libraries, as well as ArchiveGRID, a catalog that allows users to search the holdings of multiple research libraries and archives.

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Andii︠e︡vsʹka, Emma Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Authors, Ukrainian Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Bahri︠a︡nyĭ, Ivan Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Barka, Vasylʹ Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Boĭchuk, Bohdan Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Carynnyk, Marco Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Chub, Dmytro Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Communism -- Ukraine -- Bibliography Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Critics -- Ukraine -- Biography Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Exiles' writings, Ukrainian Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Fizer, John Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Giedroyc, Jerzy Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Hirni︠a︡k , Ĭosyp, 1895-1989 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Hordynsʹkyĭ, Svi︠a︡toslav, 1906-1993 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Hryshko, Vasylʹ I., 1914-2008 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Humenna, Dokii︠a︡ Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Intellectuals -- Ukraine -- History -- 20th century Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Izarsʹkyĭ, Oleksa, 1919-2007 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Kachurovsʹkyĭ, Ihor Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Klen, I︠U︡riĭ, 1891-1947 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Kosach, I︠U︡riĭ Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Koshelivet︠s︡ʹ, Ivan Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Kostet︠s︡ʹkyĭ, Ihor, 1913-1983 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Kubiĭovych, Volodymyr, 1900-1985 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Kytasty, Hryhory, 1907-1984 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Luckyj, George S. N., 1919-2001 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Luczkiw, John, 1923-1974 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Lyman, Leonid, 1922-2003 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Malani︠u︡k , I︠E︡vhen, 1897-1968 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Manuscripts, Ukrainian Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Ohloblyn, Oleksander, 1899-1992 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Osʹmachka, Todosʹ, 1895-1962 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Persecution -- Ukraine -- History -- 20th century Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Pipes, Richard Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Poets, Ukrainian Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Political persecution -- Ukraine -- History -- 20th century Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Pyziur, Eugene, 1917-1980 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Samchuk, Ulas Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Sherekh, I͡Uriĭ Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Shevelʹov, I︠U︡riĭ Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Slavutych, I︠A︡r, 1918-2011 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Soviet Union -- Politics and government -- Bibliography Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Tarnavsʹkyĭ, I︠U︡riĭ Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Tschižewskij, Dmitrij, 1894-1977 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Ukraine -- 20th century Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Ukraine -- History -- 1917- Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Ukraine -- History -- 20th century Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Ukraine -- Politics and government -- 1917-1945 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Ukraine -- Politics and government -- 1917-1945 -- Bibliography Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Ukrainian American periodicals Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Ukrainian American poetry Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Ukrainian Americans Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Ukrainian drama -- 20th century Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Ukrainian essays Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Ukrainian literature Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Ukrainian literature -- 20th century Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Ukrainian literature -- Foreign countries Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Ukrainian newspapers -- Foreign countries Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Ukrainian periodicals Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Ukrainian periodicals -- Foreign countries Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Ukrainian poetry -- 20th century Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Ukrainians -- United States Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Ukraïnsʹka partii︠a︡ sot︠s︡ialistiv-revoli︠u︡t︠s︡ioneriv Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Ukraïnsʹka revoli︠u︡t︠s︡iĭno-demokratychna partii︠a︡ Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Ukraïnsʹka vilʹna akademii︠a︡ nauk Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Vovk, Vira, 1926- Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Wynar, Lubomyr Roman, 1932-2017 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID

History / Biographical Note

Biographical / Historical

Jurij Adrijanovych Lawrynenko (Dyvnych) born on May 3, 1905, Khyzhyntsi Zvenyhorod district, Kyiv county, was an author, editor, literary theorist and critic, historian, political and social journalist, and prominent figure in the Ukrainian community in the United States.

Jurij Lawrynenko graduated from Kharkiv University, where he studied in the Department of Literature and Linguistics from 1926 to 1930. In 1932, he completed his post-graduate education in the Kharkiv Institute on the History of Literature, part of the Ukrainian Academy of Sciences. From 1926 to 1930, he also worked as a manager of the art and proofreading department at the "Visti VUTsVK" newspaper.

Jurij Lawrynenko was arrested twice by the Soviet regime for political offenses and became a prisoner in Stalin's Gulag system. He was sentenced to five years in a concentration camp followed by three years of exile. He served his term in Norillag (Taymyr) and in the North Caucasus until 1942. In 1943 he ended up in Austria as a forced-laborer. He was liberated by the French army in 1945 and lived in Mittenwald DP (displaced person) camp.

In April 1950, Lawrynenko settled in the United States. He became a key figure in the cultural, literary, political, and social life of the Ukrainian community. He was a fellow of UVAN (the Ukrainian Academy of Arts and Sciences in the United States of America). He was a member of DOBRUS (the Democratic Union of Ukrainians Formerly Persecuted by the Soviet Government) and of MUR (the Ukrainian Art Movement). He was a co-founder and active member of Slovo, organization of Ukrainian writers in exile. He was editor of the Ukrains'ki Visti and, from 1959 to [1966?], of the Ukrainian broadcasts of Radio Liberty.

The bibliography of the works of Jurij Lawrynenko contains over three hundred titles, including articles, essays, memoirs, and monographs on history, politics, literature, and philosophy. Ukrainian scholar Tetiana Shestopalova describes Lawrynenko as "a figure outstanding, brilliant, and productive in the creative life of two continents, whose life doesn't fit any simple pattern of the artist adapting himself to alien soil."

Jurij Lawrynenko died in New York on December 14, 1987.