Fonds A1981-000 - Michael Hethman Fonds

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Michael Hethman Fonds

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CA UCECA A1981-000

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19 linear cm of material
71 Records of Correspondence

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Michael Hethman (Mykhailo Het’man) was born on September 14, 1893 in Zaliztsi, Zboriv county, Crownland of Galicia, Austro-Hungarian Empire (currently Ukraine). During the Ukrainian Revolution (1917-1921) he served with the Ukrains’ki Sichovi Stril’tsi (Ukrainian Sich Riflemen). During the 1920s he immigrated to Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada and became active in the conservative Ukrainian Hetmanite or Monarchist movement, which was dedicated to the restoration of a Ukrainian Hetman state under the authoritarian rule of General Pavlo Skoropads’kyi. From 1927 he was on the Supreme Council of the Ukrainian Sporting Sitch Association of Canada, a.k.a. Canadian Sitch Organization (Kanadiis’ka Sichova Orhanizatsiia), the movement’s first Canadian embodiment, and on the editorial board of the association’s Winnipeg newspaper Kanadiis’ka Sich (Canadian Siege) (1928-1930). From 1932 through 1937 he was Commander-in-Chief (holovnyi oboznyi) of the United Hetman Organization (Soiuz Het’mantsiv Derzhavnykiv), as the movement now styled itself. Concurrently he devoted himself to journalism, editing the UHO’s weekly Ukrains’kyi robitnyk (Ukrainian Toiler) in Toronto. Hethman died on February 2, 1981 in Toronto.

Custodial history

The fonds was acquired with the Demetrius M. Elcheshen papers in 1981. Demetrius Elcheshen (Dmytro Il’chyshyn) was a member of Canadian Sitch Organization (Kanadiis’ka Sichova Orhanizatsiia) and the United Hetman Organization (Soiuz Het’mantsiv Derzhavnykiv).

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The fonds consists primarily of correspondence with individuals, in Canada and abroad, who belonged to or sympathized with the Hetmanite movement, and with various local Canadian branches, or more accurately, paramilitary units, of the Hetmanite movement [see the glossary below]. Some correspondence with Ukrainian newspapers, as well as speeches, articles and verses are also found in the fonds.
Glossary of commonly used terms: komanda – command; rada – council; okruh – (military) district; kish – (military) unit; hurtok – patrol; oboznyi (military) – quartermaster/commander; holovnyi oboznyi (military) – commander-in-chief; orhanizatsiia – organization.

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  • Ukrainian

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See also the Demetrius M. Elcheshen fonds and the Antin Oleksiuk/United Hetman Organization (Winnipeg Branch) fonds in the Oseredok, Ukrainian Cultural and Educational Centre Archives, and the Walter (Volodymyr) J. Bossy fonds, MG 30 C 72, at Library Archives Canada, Ottawa.

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Created March 2021 (by Tetyana Dyachyshyn).

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