Guide to the Ukrainian National Association Branch No. 63 Records, 1907-1966 AIS.1979.29

ULS Archives & Special Collections

Summary Information

Repository
ULS Archives & Special Collections
Title
Ukrainian National Association Branch No. 63 (Ford City, Pa.) Records
Creator
Ukrainian National Association. Branch 63 (Ford City, Pa.).
Collection Number
AIS.1979.29
Date [bulk]
Bulk, 1925-1955
Date [inclusive]
1907-1966
Extent
1.86 linear feet (6 boxes; 1 microfilm reel)
Language
The language of the material in this collection is in English and some Ukrainian.
Abstract
This collection includes the records of Branch No. 63 of the Ukrainian National Association from 1907-1966. This particular branch was founded in 1903 in Ford City, Pa., in order to help Ukrainian immigrants in the region adjust to their new home, while at the same time preserving their social and cultural heritage. The records include meeting minute books, account books, membership materials, Ukrainian publications and branch documents, and insurance policy books.

Preferred Citation

Ukrainian National Association Branch No. 63 (Ford City, Pa.) Records, 1907-1966, AIS.1979.29, Archives & Special Collections, University of Pittsburgh Library System

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History

The Ukrainian National Association (UNA) was founded in 1894 and is the oldest and most progressive Ukrainian fraternal order, with branches in the United States and Canada. The organization sought to help the first wave of immigrants from Ukraine to adjust to their new surroundings, while at the same time celebrating and preserving their social and cultural heritage through music, dance, cuisine, language and religious customs.

Branch No. 63 of the Ukrainian National Association was founded in 1903 in Ford City, Pennsylvania. Original members consisted of a small group of eighteen Ukrainian immigrants who settled in the region. Michael Beck served as the first president of the branch, with Sam Ball as the secretary. In 1909, Branch No. 187 was formed, but merged with Branch No. 63 on July 26, 1914.

Charter members first met at St. Joseph’s Hall on Fourth Avenue in Ford City. After the flood of 1913, members loaned the organization enough funds to purchase a building at 600 Sixth Avenue from the Pittsburgh Plate Glass Company for $3000. The building had formally housed the community’s first public school and was turned into the Ukrainian National Home. In 1916, Branch No. 63 purchased some adjoining land in Ford City. The organization’s work, meetings, and social activities, such as weddings, concerts and dances, took place at the home. By 1952, the year the branch celebrated its Golden Jubilee, membership reached 528 men, women and children; the UNA Branch No. 63 was reportedly the largest branch in Pennsylvania. In the fall of 1957, a new building was constructed for the Ukrainian National Home and a dedication ceremony held in February 1958.

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Scope and Content Notes

The records of the Ukrainian National Association Branch No. 63 document the existence of the organization in Ford City, Pennsylvania, from 1907-1966, with the bulk of the material from the years 1925-1955. The collection contains a variety of material including branch event information; a limited amount of correspondence; several publications in Ukrainian, including one issue of the UNA’s newspaper, Svoboda; branch tax receipts and licenses; meeting minute books; account books; and a variety of membership material, including applications and cards. It is important to note that most of the material is written in Ukrainian. In the meeting notes, sometimes an English translation follows the Ukrainian entry. The meeting minute books provide information on Branch No. 63’s monthly or bi-monthly meetings of the trustees and officers, with discussions on recurring themes such as financial matters, membership, and activities taking place at and maintenance of the Ukrainian National Association Home in Ford City. Many of the ledgers include loose-leaf material, such as correspondence and liquor license renewals. The account books show monthly membership dues and branch and UNA Home income and expenses. There are only membership applications and cards from 1953-1966, while account and minute books stop in 1955.

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Administrative Information

Publication Information

ULS Archives & Special Collections, February 2011

University of Pittsburgh Library System
Archives & Special Collections
Website: library.pitt.edu/archives-special-collections
412-648-3232 (ASC) | 412-648-8190 (Hillman)
Contact Us: www.library.pitt.edu/ask-archivist

Access Restrictions

No restrictions.

Copyright

The University of Pittsburgh holds the property rights to the material in this collection, but the copyright may still be held by the original creator/author. Researchers are therefore advised to follow the regulations set forth in the U.S. Copyright Code when publishing, quoting, or reproducing material from this collection without the consent of the creator/author or that go beyond what is allowed by fair use.

Processing Information

This collection was processed by Samantha Keenan in January 2011.

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Related Materials

Separated Material

The volumes in the Insurance Policy Books section were microfilmed and originally given the accession number AIS.1979.37. It is available in the Archives Service Center reading room microfilm cabinet.

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Controlled Access Headings

Corporate Name(s)

  • Ukrainian National Association. Branch 63 (Ford City, Pa.).

Genre(s)

  • Bylaws (Administrative records)
  • Correspondence
  • Ledgers (Account books)
  • Minutes

Geographic Name(s)

  • Pennsylvania -- Emigration and immigration
  • Ukraine -- Emigration and immigration

Subject(s)

  • Ethnic groups
  • Fraternal organizations -- Pennsylvania
  • Societies
  • Ukrainian Americans -- Pennsylvania
  • Ukrainian Americans -- Pennsylvania -- Ford City
  • Ukrainian Americans -- Pennsylvania -- Ford City -- Societies and clubs
  • Ukrainians -- Pennsylvania
  • Ukrainians -- Pennsylvania -- Emigration and immigration
  • Ukrainians -- Pennsylvania -- Ford City

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Previous Citation

Ukrainian National Association Branch No. 63 (Ford City, Pa.) Records, 1907-1966, AIS.1979.29, Archives Service Center, University of Pittsburgh

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Collection Inventory

  BoxFolder
Anniversary Celebrations and Dedication Ceremonies, 1952-1962 11

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  Folder
By-Laws, 1933-1941 2

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  Folder
By-Laws, 1955 3

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  Folder
Certificate, 1922 4

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  Folder
Correspondence, 1942-1957 5

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  Folder
Publications (Ukrainian), 1918, 1925 6-10

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  Folder
Svoboda, 1953 11

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  Folder
Tax Receipts and Licenses, 1949-1957 12

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Section: Account Books, 1907-1955 

  BoxVolume
Financial Ledger, 1907-1911 21
  Volume
Financial Ledger, 1923-1937 2
  Volume
Financial Ledger, 1926-1942 3
  Volume
Financial Ledger, 1927-1937 4
  Volume
Financial Ledger, 1929-1931 5
  Volume
Financial Ledger, 1937-1949 6
  BoxVolume
Financial Ledger, 1940-1951 37
  Volume
Financial Ledger, 1942-1949 8
  Volume
Financial Ledger, 1949-1951 9
  BoxVolume
Financial Ledger, 1952-1955 410

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Section: Meeting Minutes, 1927-1955 

  Volume
Meetings Ledger, 1927-1936 11
  Volume
Meetings Ledger, 1936-1943 12
  BoxVolume
Meetings Ledger, 1936-1944 513
  Volume
Meetings Ledger, 1945-1949 14
  Volume
Meetings Ledger, 1945-1950 15
  Volume
Meetings Ledger, 1955 16

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Section: Membership Material, 1946-1966 

  BoxItem
Membership Applications, 1953-1966, undated 61
  Item
Membership Cards, 1959-1966 2
  Item
Membership Dues Book, 1946-1953 3
  Item
Membership Applications, Ukrainian National Home, Inc., January 1956 4

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Section: Insurance Policy Books, 1902-1953 

Scope and Content Notes

The volumes in the Insurance Policy Books section are available on microfilm under the collection number AIS.1979.37.

  Microfilm-cabinetDrawerReel
Volume 1, 1902-1907 291
Volume 2, 1908-1913 
Volume 3, 1913-1928 
Volume 4, 1927-1942 
Volume 5, 1942-1953 

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