Poland after 1945

Hoover has an outstanding collection of primary source materials on the Polish People’s Republic, the anticommunist opposition, and Poland’s transition to democracy after 1989. Besides substantial holdings of papers of communist functionaries, a vast volume of documentation exists on the Solidarity trade union and related movements.

Poland Słuzba Bezpieczeństwa Departament III Collection, Box 33, Envelope 2, Hoover Institution Archives

Records of the Polish internal security police


Jakub Berman Papers

Polish communist leader; Polska Zjednoczona Partia Robotnicza Biuro Polityczne member, 1944–56

Stefan Jędrychowski Papers

Vice president, Rada Ministrów, 1951–56; president, Komisja Planowania, 1956–68; minister of foreign affairs, 1968–71; minister of finance, 1971–74

Mieczysław F. Rakowski Papers

Polish journalist and politician; editor in chief Polityka, 1958–82; deputy prime minister, 1981–85; vice-marshal, Sejm, 1985–88; chairman, prime minister, 1988–89

Poland Rada Ministrów Records

Polish council of ministers

Poland Służba Bezpieczeństwa Departament III Collection

Materials collected by Polish internal security police

Henryk Piecuch Collection

Miscellaneous materials relating to Polish intelligence, counterintelligence, and internal security

Irena Lasota Papers

Polish dissident; subsequently émigré in the United States; director of programs, Institute for Democracy in Eastern Europe.

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Poland after 1945 Archival Collections     Poland after 1945 Library Materials

Dwyer, Joseph D., ed. Russia, the Soviet Union and Eastern Europe: A Survey of Holdings at the Hoover Institution on War, Revolution and Peace. Stanford: Hoover Institution Press, 1980.

Filipiak, Miroslaw. Archiwalia Ambasady RP w Moskwie-Kujbyszewie (1941-1943) i Ministerstwa Informacji i Dokumentacji (1939-1945) w zbiorach Instytutu Hoovera Uniwesytetu Stanforda. Warszawa: Naczelna Dyrekcja Archiwow Panstwowych, 2002.

Scerbinskis, Valters. "Dokumenti par Latviju Huvera Instituta Arhiva Kalifornija," Latvijas Arhivi, no. 4, 2005.Scerbinskis, Valters. "Dokumenti par Latviju Huvera Instituta Arhiva Kalifornija," Latvijas Arhivi, no. 4, 2005.

Siekierski, Maciej. "Hoover Institution's Polish Collections: An Overview and a Survey of Selected Materials on Polish-Soviet Relations." Polish Review, 33, no.3 (1988): 325-32.

Siekierski, Maciej with Christopher Lazarski, compilers. Polish Independent Publications, 1976-1990. Guide to the Collection in the Hoover Institution Archives. Stanford: Hoover Institution Press, 1999.

Stepniak, Wladyslaw. Archiwalia polskie w zbiorach Instytutu Hoovera Uniwersytetu Stanforda. Warszawa: Naczelna Dyrekcja Archiwow Panstwowych, 1997.

Sworakowski, Witold S. List of Polish Underground Collection (1939-1945) in the Hoover Library. Stanford, 1948. (supplemented and revised by Helena Sworakowska, Stanford, 1961).


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Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty Broadcast Records

RFE/RL Corporate Records, Box 100, Folder 39, Hoover Institution Archives