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Chester and Luba Kuc UCAMA collection
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After leaving the Shumka Dancers group in 1969, Chester Kuc founded another dancing group called Cheremosh. The series consists of the Cheremosh's booklets, leaflets, posters, and other promotional materials. There also are newspaper clippings and letters of appreciation. A collection of photographs shows the Cheremosh performances and the group's trip to Ukraine in 1981 (Reshetylivka village, Poltava region). There is also a picture taken at the Cheremosh concert showing Chester Kuc and Swystun, a founder of the Kashtany Singers.

Kuc, Chester and Luba

Chester and Luba Kuc UCAMA collection

  • CA BMUFA 0266
  • Collection
  • 1911-1998, predominant 1950s-1980s

The collection consists of materials related to Chester and Luba Kuc's professional and social life. It includes materials representing dance groups founded or taught by Chester; photographs of Ukrainian costumes and dances; concert programs, music scores of Ukrainian songs, a collection of Ukrainian postcards, and some self-published educational materials of the Ukrainian youth organizations.

Kuc, Chester and Luba

Dnipro Ensemble

The collection consists of two concert programs, one photograph of the Dnipro choir and ensemble, and a booklet about Dnipro Choir of Edmonton.

Kuc, Chester and Luba

Miscellaneous photographs

Miscellaneous photographs, some unrecognized. 24 photographs of the Ukrainian folk costumes show. A copy of a photo of the Ukrainian Greek Catholic Association (taken in Edmonton, Alberta, on September 30, 1917) (art rack, Archival Collections Room).

Personal papers

This series consists of the appreciation letters and certificates given to Luba and Chester Kuc by the Edmonton Branch of the Ukrainian National Federation of Canada, the Ukrainian Canadian Committee, the Ukrainian War Veterans' Association in Edmonton for performances and participation in the community life.

The following records are also included:

  • a brochure "Бойовий інстинкт у визвольних змаганнях народів" (УНО: Саскатун, 1935) by Н.Романюк, given to Luba Yusypchuk on June 25, 1939, in memory of completion of the second year at the UNF School (Рідна Школа);
  • Petro Mohyla Ukrainian Institute materials belonged to Luba Kuc, the Institute's Summer School student in 1948 (Saskatoon, SK);
  • a personal letter from Vasyl Avramenko, his portrait, and the Avramenko Ukrainian Dancing School Certificate without a name to whom it has been issued;
  • an old photograph of the concert "Glory to Canada" (1946) directed by Avramenko;
  • a negative of the episcopal scroll;
  • metal artifact with the tryzub (trident) sign on it and the inscription "Боєвий фонд ОУН [OUN Military Fund]. Executive Committee of "O.D.W.U" P.O. Box 13, Station D. New York, N.Y".

Photographs dating back to 1931 and 1933.

A separate folder of the series contains records about concerts and plays held in Edmonton, Toronto, Calgary, and Vancouver, where Luba and Chester performed at the early stage of their careers (1945-1961).

Kuc, Chester and Luba


The series comprises the following publications:

  • "Rapport (Oeuvre des Ruthenes catholiques grecs du Canada)", Saint-Boniface, Man, 1911-1917, six brochures.
  • Self published album of the Plast Youth Organization, Edmonton 1970. (Luba Kuc's stamp on it)
  • Choreo-Bulletin, 1977, three issues.
  • Жіноча доля (Women's fate). Kolomyia, 1938.


Chester Kuc organized the Ukrainian Shumka Dancers group in the latter months of 1958. Their first public performance took place at the first "Ukrainian Autumn Festival of Songs and Dances" on October 29, 1960. The series contains a program of the first Shumka performance and its other concerts, as well as promotional booklets, newspaper clippings of publications about Shumka. There is also a manuscript of the "Origins of Shumka" research project conducted by Joy Muller and Associates LTD in 1990.

Ukrainian Canadian Committee

The series consists of concerts programs organized by the Edmonton and Saskatoon Branches of the Ukrainian Canadian Committee (now Ukrainian Canadian Congress). The concerts are celebrating the anniversary of Mazeppa's call to arms for freedom and independence of Ukraine, Shevchenko's anniversaries, anniversaries of Declaration of Independence of Ukraine, Franko's anniversaries, etc. One photograph of the UCC Choir at the Mazeppa Concert.

Kuc, Chester and Luba

Ukrainian Cultural and Educational Centre in Winnipeg

Chester Kuc was a student of the Ukrainian Cultural and Educational Centre Summer School in Winnipeg (1947) supervised by Dr. O. Koshetz. The series contains several concert programs dedicated to the summer schools conclusion and a brochure about the Ukrainian Centre in Winnipeg.

Kuc, Chester and Luba

Ukrainian National [Youth] Federation

The series consists of photographs and programs of concerts and other events, organized by the Ukrainian National Federation and the Ukrainian National Youth Federation of Canada where Luba and Chester Kuc participated. There are also newspaper clippings about the UNF initiatives such as the Ukrainian School of the UNF, the String Orchestra of the UNF Ukrainian School, the UNF Choir, and the UNYF Choir; UNF and UNYF exhibitions, conventions, and anniversary meetings. Some materials (programs and clippings from newspapers) cover the topic of the Ukrainian National Federation Dancing School and related to it the Ukrainian Dance Festivals. In addition, there are self published UNYF materials designed to help leaders and instructors of junior groups.

Kuc, Chester and Luba