The Chopivsky Family Foundation was founded
in 1986 to promote cultural education, religious activities with emphasis
on Ukraine, or Ukrainian related projects.
In the fall of 1994, the Chopivsky Family Foundation
established a $1 million fund to support the study of Ukraine at Yale.
The five-year project is administered by the Yale Center for International
and Area Studies (YCIAS) and includes important support for library collections.
While the major portion of the gift will
support graduate studies ( Chopivsky Fellowship ), research and teaching
about Ukraine, the Chopivsky Fund helped sponsor
on the topics ranging from security issues and Chernobyl disaster to economic
In addition, $200,000 from the fund has
considerably enhanced the library's Ukraine collection through purchase,
travel, and processing. The most significant purchase funded primarily
by the Chopivsky's generosity is a microform set of major Ukrainian monographs
and serials containing 223 titles on over 16,000 microfiche and 25 reels
of film. In addition, hundreds of current books, journals, and newspapers
have been acquired.
The fund also enabled the library to accelerate
both ordering and processing of this large influx of materials from Ukraine
by hiring a half-time acquisitions assistant for the duration of the grant.
In addition, the grant will support two Ukrainian library interns; after
working in Sterling Memorial Library, they will carry the fruits of this
experience back to their libraries in Ukraine.