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The UCRDC archive was established in 1988 to organize the large collection of materials pertaining to the 1932-33 Famine (Holodomor) in Ukraine. Since then, the archive has been expanded to include material on Ukraine and Ukrainians in the Second World War as well as on the history of Ukrainians in Canada.

The archival collection, housed in a special climate-controlled room, contains an extensive oral history collection and a collection of textual and photographic records. The collection is enhanced by a reference library and a small art collection.

The library is a research and reference collection, used to provide context and analysis and assists in interpreting and understanding the archival material. Extensive vertical files of newspaper clippings provides current information on material housed at the archives.

A small art collection consists of a Holodomor sculpture by Kateryna Nemyra, an oil painting of gulag prisoners by Opanas Zalyvakha and linoleum cut (2/150) of the destroyed village Remel-Volyn by Vitali Lytvyn.

The UCRDC archive relies heavily on volunteers to assist in:processing records, conducting interviews, identifying people in photographs, etc... Some volunteers have been with the UCRDC for over twenty  years.


Lydia Palij conducting interview with Dr. Peter Smylski, veteran of the Canadian Armed Forces. 20.04.1989

Interview by Oksana Zakydalsky with journalist Ivan Kedryn-Rudnytsky, editor of the newspaper Dilo in interwar Lviv, Ukraine. New York. 21.12.1993

Daria Husiak (left), former UPA member and Roman Shukhevych’s courier after being interviewed by Iryna Moroz. 31.03.1993


Access to the archival holdings of UCRDC is provided for legitimate researchers, academics and students. Materials available include video and audio interviews (both on tape and digital), videos, films, photographs, documents, and books.

A registration form is filled out by users of any UCRDC materials. It includes: name, position, address, telephone, purpose of research, date of visit. UCRDC holdings are not permitted to leave the premises of the UCRDC under any circumstances.

Reproduction of UCRDC holdings may be subject to copyright and other restrictions placed on it by the donor. A fee of $25.00 per image for publication of any photo shall be paid to the UCRDC. Photocopies of UCRDC material may be supplied at 25 cents per 8" x 11" page of copy. Colour laser copies may be supplied at $5.00 per copy. These regulations are subject to revision and application by the UCRDC Staff.


UCRDC continues to accept donations of personal archival materials (passports, birth and death certificates, diplomas, unpublished memoirs).

If you have material which you think may be suitable for inclusion in the UCRDC Archive, please contact the office before bringing it to the Centre.

Preparing archival material for the use by researchers is an expensive operation. The donors of archival collections are asked to assist by providing funds towards arranging, describing, preserving and digitizating of their records.They are encouraged to discuss that with the archivist.

Once accepted, ownership of the archival material transfers to UCRDC.

Interview with Iroida Wynnyckyj, archivist of the UCRDC