Cultural Heritage in Peril: Ukraine

Two articles in the news:

(1) Harding, Luke, and Harriet Sherwood, “Ukrainians in race to save cultural heritage,” Guardian (March 9, 2022) 1:00 EST.

(2) Reid, Anna, “Ukrainian heritage is under threat – and so is the truth about Soviet-era Russia,” Guardian (March 15, 2022), 4:00 EST.

“The physical effects of war on public archives continue to shape the views of [those] who seek to preserve archives, regardless of provenance, in and out of areas affected by war today. Stories of archival evacuation, seizure, and destruction remind practicing archivists and historians of the many fates that can befall cultural heritage during times of civil strife, military occupation, or open warfare. The ways that archives are protected or neglected during war point to vulnerabilities in the human record that transcend time and place.” [1]

Eric C. Stoykovich, co-editor (

[1] Eric C. Stoykovich, “Public Records in War: Toward an Archival History of the American Civil War.” The American Archivist 1 March 2017; 80 (1): 155-156. doi:

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