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The Salyk collection consists almost exclusively of correspondence from the pedagogue and writer Mykhailo Lomatskyi. This correspondence is arranged chronologically by year. There are a few letters from other individuals following Lomatskyi's death in 1968. These individuals include W. Bedryi, A. Roik, R. Werhun, T. Kobzei, I. Durbak, M. Bryk-Deviatnytskyi, and I. Hrynioch. Salyk began to correspond with Lomatskyi in 1958 upon reading his book Ukrains'ke vchytel'stvo na Hutsul'shchyni. He had met Lomatskyi several times in the 1930's when they were both teaching in the Hutsul region. Lomtatskyi's letters have to do not only with personal matters and his work on Hutsuls, but reflect general émigré concerns.
Stepan Salyk completed his studies at the Ukrainian Teachers' Seminary in Lviv in 1921. He taught in various towns including Iunashkiv and Lypytsia Horishna in Rohatyn county, and from 1934 in Lanchyn and Vorokhta in Nadvirna county. Salyk emigrated to the United States. He settled in New York City where he worked as a machinist and taught at the local Ukrainian school.
Mykhailo Lomatskyi was born on November 23, 1886 in Husiatyn, Galicia. He studied at the Teachers' Seminary in Ternopil and in Zalishchynky. From 1906 he worked as a village school teacher and itinerant tutor in Galicia, teaching in places such as Sniatyn, Chornohora, and Holovy. After being persecuted by the Polish authorities and imprisoned during the 1939-41 Soviet occupation he sought refuge following the Second World War in Germany; there he taught and helped to organize the Ukrainian Youth Association in displaced persons camps and contributed to Ukrainian émigré newspapers. Between 1956 and 1968 he published 13 books of ethnographic sketches and Romantic-historical prose about the inhabitants of the Hutsul region. Lomatskyi died on October 21, 1968 in Germany.