New Finding Aids to Poland & Polish Émigré Collections Now Available

Monday, July 20, 2015
William Tonesk translating for General Dwight Eisenhower, Warsaw, 1945 (William John Tonesk Papers, Hoover Institution Archives)

New finding aids to four collections relating to Poland and Polish émigrés are now available through the Online Archive of California. Highlights include case files from a Polish relief organization in Germany, documents about Radio Free Europe's 1993 closing of its Polish Service, and photographs of General Dwight Eisenhower in postwar Warsaw.


William Tonesk translating for General Dwight Eisenhower, Warsaw, 1945 (William John Tonesk Papers, Hoover Institution Archives)
William Tonesk translating for General Dwight Eisenhower, Warsaw, 1945 (William John Tonesk Papers, Hoover Institution Archives)

Polish Subject Collection

A significant addition to the Polish Subject Collection is now described. Materials include serial issues, pamphlets, election campaign literature, proclamations, other printed matter, correspondence, reports, and miscellany, relating to various aspects of Polish history, including independence movements, especially during World War I; the Solidarność trade union movement; and political events and elections since 1989. There are also clandestine anti-communist issuances from World War II and the early postwar period.

Andrzej Prusiński Papers

The papers of Prusiński, a Radio Free Europe broadcaster and leader of the Zjednoczenie Polskich Uchodźców w Niemczech (Union of Polish Refugees in Germany), document his life and career, as well as the Polish émigré community in Germany.

Zjednoczenie Polskich Uchodźców w Niemczech (Union of Polish Refugees in Germany) Records

The Union was established on July 28th, 1951 to provide relief services to Polish refugees in Germany. Its records, covering 1952 to 2003, contain minutes, correspondence, reports, case files, and printed matter.

William John Tonesk Papers

The papers of this US intelligence officer include writings, correspondence, memoranda, reports, notes, personnel records, printed matter, photographs, and memorabilia, relating to the post-World War II transition to a communist regime in Poland, relations between the United States and Poland, and miscellaneous aspects of American foreign policy.