The UMA houses a sophisticated collection of cultural artifacts that are representative of Ukrainian artistic achievements, as well as a collection of unique and original historical documents from Ukraine and from numerous Ukrainian American immigrant communities worldwide. During the past 50 years, the UMA has assembled an astonishingly rich and diverse collection with thousands of rare and unique items, among them:

  • a permanent collection of artwork and a sculpture by the world renowned 20th century artist and sculptor Alexander Archipenko;
  • a collection of paintings, lithographs, sculptures, ceramics, textiles, Easter eggs (pysanky), folk instruments;
  • more than 1,000 posters;
  • thousands of photographs that depict life in Ukraine and in Ukrainian immigrant communities throughout the world, including a large number from the Cleveland area community;
  • more than 4,000 different postcards;
  • a phonograph record collection with 3,000 records that date to the 1910s;
  • an archive and library that contains more than 20,000 books printed in the Ukrainian, English and other languages or about Ukrainian topics and published on five continents, from the 17th century to the present, as well as more than 2,000 periodicals that date from the late 19th century;
  • a year-by-year compilation the Ukrainian community life in Cleveland beginning in the 1910s, consisting of thousands of handouts, photos, programs, and other documents;
  • original religious records beginning with the 17th century to the present from the Orthodox, Catholic and Protestant Churches, elements of Judaica, as well as artifacts that document the practices of paganism, and atheism in Ukraine;
  • a complete collection of weekly television programs that were broadcast into Ukraine since 1993 by a U.S. government agency and that were given to the UMA as a result of an Act of Congress;
  • currency, coins and postage stamps from 1917 to the present;
  • primary source materials: minutes, ledgers, personal accounts, letters, etc.; and a
  • comprehensive video documentation of the extensive Ukrainian folk art collection, including costumes, embroidery and pottery, of a collector in Michigan.