Professor M. P. Kovalskyi and the Library

Intellectual Interrelations


The purpose: the article deals with the Dnipro period scientific achievements (1965–2004) of a scientist, historian, Oles Honchar Dnipro National University professor, Mykola Pavlovych Kovalskyi. According to the analysis of document resources university library using the elements of the search engine, 12 authorʼs monographs and more than 200 scientific articles were found. 5 editions, the editorial board of which included the name of M. P. Kovalskyi were also discovered. Research methods: systemic-structural, analysis and synthesis, comparative. Main results: The readerʼs ticket stored in the scientific library allowed to reveal a range of reading interests of the historian during 30 years of work at Dnipro University.
A separate direction of his legacy is a collection of books which he gathered for a long time. The total number of his library amounts to more than 12 thousand items. In 2016, about 500 copies from his private book collection were donated to the scientific library of Oles Honchar Dnipro National University by the daughter of a scientist I. M.  Kovalska. The value of each copy is the presence of exlibris, seals and gift inscriptions. The collection presents scientific, popular science and fiction in Ukrainian, Russian and Polish. The scientist was interested in art, diplomacy and literary studies. The research shows the first books from the library of the Ukrainian historian, provides a thorough review of professional publications, outlines unique books on Ukrainian and foreign fiction literature. The presence of unique books, illustrated albums, devoted to national decorative arts, customs and traditions in the collection testifies to the diverse interests of the scientist. He created an integral thematic card index and gave a clear quantitative circulation of publications. These facts testify to the high bibliographic level of M. P. Kovalskyi. Conclusions: M. P. Kovalskyi made a significant contribution not only in Ukrainian history, sources study and historiography, but also in library and bibliographic field. His reading interests and the presence of a valuable book collection allow us to expand the image of the historian, scientist, a remarkable person and a real fan of libraries. Practical significance: recommended for scholars to in-depth study of the figure of a historian. Scientific novelty: for the first time the image of a historian as a reader and owner of a personal library is illuminated. Type of article: descriptive.

Author Biography

Liudmyla M. Luchka, Oles Honchar Dnipro National University

PhD in History, Deputy Director of the Scientific Library of the Oles Honchar Dnipro National University


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How to Cite
LUCHKA, Liudmyla M.. Professor M. P. Kovalskyi and the Library. Universum Historiae et Archeologiae = The Universe of History and Archeology = Універсум історії та археології = Универсум истории и археологии ISSN 2664-9950 (Print) ISSN 2707-6385 (Online), [S.l.], v. 2, n. 1, p. 40–45, jan. 2020. ISSN 2707-6385. Available at: <>. Date accessed: 19 sep. 2020. doi:
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