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The Ethnology Notebooks. 2023. № 4 (172), 841—849

UDK [39:061.2(477.83-25)НТШ]:271-725

DOI https://doi.org/10.15407/nz2023.04.841



  • ORCID ID: https://orcid.org/0000-0001-8111-6563
  • Candidate of Historical Sciences, Senior Research Associate,
  • Active Member of the Shevchenko Scientific Society,
  • Institute of Ethnology of the National Academy
  • of Sciences of Ukraine,
  • Departament of Modern Ethnology,
  • 15, Svobody Avenue, 79000, Lviv, Ukraine,
  • Contacts: e-mail: oksana.sapelyak@gmail.com

Abstract. Formulation of the problem. On the initiative of the Chairman of the Branch of the Shevchenko Scientific Society and the head of the historical and philological section Mykhailo Hrushevsky 1895  «Ethnographic collection» began to be published. At the same time, M. Hrushevsky expressed an opinion about the creation of an Ethnographic Commission within the structure of the National Academy of Sciences, which would deal with the development of ethnological science. The chairman of the commission was Ivan Franko (doctor of philosophy, received the title in 1894 at the University of Vienna), whose role as an organizer of scientific research was undeniably great, highly appreciated in Ukraine and beyond. Volodymyr Hnatyuk, a young scientist, was elected secretary of the commission, with his name all its organizational activities are connected.

Compared to other commissions of the Society, the ethnographic commission was much more active. It had two series of publications («Ethnographic Collection» and «Materials for Ukrainian-Russian Ethnology»), conducted ethnographic expeditions annually, and had a significant budget (for paying storytellers and collectors of materials, for photography, and purchasing exhibits for the Museum of the National Academy of Sciences). To carry out all the enormous work its organizers involved a wide range of intelligentsia and peasants. First of all, Ukrainian priests participated in all areas of the commission’s work.

In the article, the author set the goal: to find out the range of cooperation of the clergy with the Ethnographic Commission of the National Academy of Sciences.

The object of this publication is to outline the contribution of priests to the activities of the Ethnographic Commission, and the subject is the work of specific ministers of the Greek-Catholic and Orthodox Churches in the commission.

The methodological basis is the principle of historicism and analysis.

The significance for Ukrainian science and culture of the activities of the Ukrainian clergy in the Ethnographic Commission was clarified by the method of historical and systemic analysis.

Keywords: Ethnographic Commission, collection work, museum work, organizational work, publications.

Received 21.06.2023


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