Collection 0286 - Kost' Telychko collection

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Kost' Telychko collection

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    CA BMUFA 0286

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    • 1944-1994 (Creation)
      Telychko, Kost'

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    • 4 cm of textual records
    • 3 cm of photographs and negatives

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    Biographical history

    Kost’ Telychko was born in Ohiltsi village, Kharkiv region on May 27, 1907 to the family of Mykhailo and Tetiana Telychko (nee Tymchenko). In 1927 he graduated from the Institute of National Economy. In 1931, he was imprisoned, after getting out of jail, he managed to build a successful career.

    By the end of WWII, Telychko lived in Austria, working on construction and Austrian farms. In 1945 he moved to Germany and lived first in Karsfeld DP camp; when the camp was closed in spring 1946, he moved to Mittenwald DP camp, Germany. While in Karsfeld, Telychko became a secretary of the newly founded Ukrainian National State Union organization (Український Нац. Державний Союз). After relocating to the Mittenwald camp, Telychko was elected as the organization's head and participated in all its conventions in 1946, 1947 and 1949.

    Telychko arrived in Canada on June 10, 1949, and settled in Edmonton. The same year he became a Ukrainian Greek Orthodox Church member. In September 1949, he also joined the Edmonton division of the Ukrainian Canadian Congress and remained its member for 22 years. He was also a member of the Ukrainian Self-Reliance Association where in 1950 he served as elected secretary. Telychko worked towards the founding of the Committee for the Ukrainian National Council (Комітет Сприяння Українській Народній Раді), was its secretary for many years and, later, the head of the initiative.

    On November 1956 Telychko initiated a radio broadcasts in Edmonton. By 1982 over 381 programs were aired through the CKUA Radio Network. Majority of the programs were written by Kost' Telychko.

    He often was elected a convention delegate. On July 6, 1960, he delivered a main speech at the USRL/CYC Convention in Toronto. In the 1970s and 1980s, he also worked as an advisor and journalist, taught at the Ukrainian Saturday school (Рідна школа), was an author of radio broadcasts and newspaper articles. Kost’ Telychko was awarded the Shevchenko medal and many scrolls of honour. He died on April 23, 1999, in Edmonton, Alberta.

    Custodial history

    The collection was formed by putting together Telychko materials transferred from UCAMA. A file folder containing Kost' Telychko materials initially was a part of the Presentations box, however, not listed (perhaps added later). Since this folder contains not only presentations, but also Telychko's radio programs and other materials, it was decided to move it to the rest of Telycho's papers that constitute this collection.

    Scope and content

    This collection consists of the following groups of materials:

    • baptism and Canadian citizenship certificates,
    • biographies,
    • private photographs and negatives, portraits,
    • certificates of honour,
    • appreciation letters and greeting postcards,
    • materials of anniversary celebrations: thank you letters, clipping about Telychko's 75-anniversary celebration (1982),
    • newspaper publications, presentations and addresses by Telychko: essay about the Day of Statehood (1960), an obituary of Metropolitan Illarion (1972), Telychko's speech at the Ukrainian schools' exhibit opening (1979),
    • eight broadcast scripts compiled by Telychko about Mykola Leontovych, Lesia Ukrainka, Mykola Lysenko, some historical events (Konotop battle, Carpathian Ukraine), SUS convention in 1979, Easter holiday, and Thanksgiving Day.

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    Transfer from UCAMA


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    • Ukrainian

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      See Telychko's file at LAC in the Doris E. Yanda fonds R2431 / MG30-D393, file 53.

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      Created 2020-06-11 by MM

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