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Prairie Centre for the Study of Ukrainian Heritage

 

In 1993-95, a group of Ukrainian scholars led by Dr. William Noll, undertook a large-scale research project to collect first-hand accounts of village life and community organization prior, during, and after collectivization of the Ukrainian farmers. Using an elaborate and carefully crafted questionnaire, the researchers recorded 429 interviews with elderly Ukrainian villagers across the country. The collected testimonies served as primary data for the analysis of dramatic sociocultural changes the Ukrainian rural communities were forced to undergo in the 1920-30s. Select interviews were eventually profiled, in part, in a monograph by Noll, that came out in 1999 in Rodovid Publishing House, The Transformation of Civil Society: Oral History of Ukrainian Peasant Culture of the 1920-30s.