Kamanin, Ivan [Каманін, Іван], b 1850 in Dymer, Kyiv county, Kyiv gubernia, d 1921. (Photo: Ivan Kamanin.) Historian, archivist, and paleographer. A graduate of Kyiv University (1872), where he studied under Volodymyr Antonovych and Mykhailo Drahomanov, Kamanin was a specialist in 16th- and 17th-century Ukrainian history. From 1883 he worked at and then directed the Kyiv Central Archive of Old Documents. He helped compile and edit the series Arkhiv Iugo-Zapadnoi Rossii, and was a member of the Commission for the Study of the History of Western-Ruthenian and Ukrainian Law at the All-Ukrainian Academy of Sciences. His monographs, some of which also appeared in Kievskaia starina and Chteniia v Istoricheskom obshchestve Nestora-letopistsa, include Ocherk getmanstva P. Sagaidachnogo (An Essay on the Hetmanate of P. Sahaidachny, 1901), K voprosu o kozachestve do Bogdana Khmel’nitskogo (On the Problem of the Cossacks up to the Time of Bohdan Khmelnytsky, 1894), and Poslednie gody samoupravleniia Kieva po Magdeburskomu pravu (The Last Years of Kyiv's Self-Government under Magdeburg law, 1888). He also published many important collections of documents, especially on the history of the Khmelnytsky Uprising, and such valuable studies of Ukrainian paleography as Paleograficheskii Izbornik (Paleographic Collection, 1909) and Vodiani znaky na paperi ukraïns’kykh dokumentiv XVI i XVII vv. (1566–1651) (Watermarks on the Paper of Ukrainian Documents of the 16th and 17th Centuries [1566–1651], with O. Vitvytska, 1923).
[This article originally appeared in the Encyclopedia of Ukraine, vol. 2 (1988).]