I have been in correspondence with a historian in Chernihiv Ukraine, Valentin's home town, and have sent him documents and photos from that period, plus an "autobiography" (mostly of his professional experience) that Valentin wrote in 1938. Still I was surprised when his autobiography was published in full in the journal Siverian Chronicle. This chronicle is published by a Society that was restored in 1991. The original society existed from 1917 till 1919 and published a paper by Valentin, Coin and money account in the Left Bank Ukraine in the 17th century. Here is the abstract of the autobiograpy.
92 Siverian chronicle. 2020. № 4
AUTOBIOGRAPHY OF ARCHAEOLOGIST AND NUMISMAT VALENTIN SHUGAEVSKY
The purpose of the article is to publish the original text of the autobiography of the Ukrainian archaeologist, numismatist and museologist Valentyn Shugaevsky (1884-1966), which reﬂects the life and scientiﬁc achievements of the scientist from 1884 to the end of the 1930s, who worked for a long time in Chernihiv region. Valentyn Shugaevsky was the ﬁrst head of the museum «monopolist» of Chernihiv – Chernihiv State Museum (now – V. V. Tarnovskyi Chernihiv Historical Museum), the ﬁrst chairman of the Committee for the Protection of Antiquities and Art of Chernihiv, one of the ﬁrst researchers of archaeological complexes near the villages of Shestovytsia and Vypovziv, the author of the ﬁrst monograph on the history of money circulation in the Ukrainian lands in the seventeenth century, took an active part in the creation Hlukhiv, Konotop, Novhorod-Siversky, Sosnytsia and Oster museums, researched and studied the numismatic collections of the following museums: Odessa Historical and Archaeological, Kharkiv Archaeological, Poltava, Dnipropetrovsk, Vinnytsia, Mariupol and Yalta. Valentyn Andriyovych was born into the family of Chernihiv lawyer Andriy Stepanovych Shugaevsky, and his grandfather, Archpriest Stefan Vasyliovych Shugaevsky, was the rector of the Friday Church in Chernihiv (from 1839 to 1898). The family had an estate, which was located at the corner of Vozdvyzhenska and Mstislavska streets. V. Shugaevsky was almost the only specialist in the Chernihiv region
in archeology, numismatics and museum work, who had the appropriate education and work experience (graduated from the Archaeological Institute in St. Petersburg). The scientiﬁc novelty is that the text of Valentin Shugaevsky’s autobiography, which is kept in the family archive in the USA, was published for the ﬁrst time. The document provides biographical data and an overview of the scientiﬁc activities of V. Shugaevsky from 1884 to 1938. Conclusions. Autobiography helps to establish the little-known pages of the life and work of V. Shugaevsky, especially in the 20–30s. Twentieth century, when the scientist was actively engaged in museum work, archeology, numismatics. The document was compiled in late 1938 by Valentin Shugaevsky himself.