Maciej Siekierski

Maciej Siekierski


Maciej Siekierski was curator of the European Collections at the Hoover Institution Library & Archives and was a research fellow at the Hoover Institution.

A specialist on Poland and Eastern Europe, he has been a member of the staff since 1984, with principal responsibility for acquiring European archival materials.

He was named assistant curator of the Soviet and East European Collection in 1986, deputy curator in 1990, and curator of the East European Collection in 1992.

From 1991 to 1993, Siekierski directed Hoover Institution's Warsaw Office, overseeing the collection and shipment to Stanford of tons of publications and documents released by the revolutions and transition to democracy taking place in Eastern Europe.

Between 1995 and 2001, and since 2011, Siekierski, as curator of the European Collections, has been responsible for both East and West European acquisitions.

He is the compiler of Polish Independent Publications: Guide to the Collection in the Hoover Institution Archives (Hoover Institution Press, 1999). He edited Wiktor Sukiennicki's two-volume East Central Europe during World War I: From Foreign Domination to National Independence (East European Monographs, 1984). Siekierski's doctoral dissertation, "Landed Wealth in the Grand Duchy of Lithuania: The Economic Affairs of Prince Nicholas Christopher Radziwill," was published by the Polish Academy of Science in Acta Baltico-Slavica, vols. 20–21, 1992–93. Together with Feliks Tych, he published I Saw the Angel of Death: Experiences of Polish Jews Deported to the USSR during World War II (Warsaw: Rosner, 2006). Siekierski's latest publication is the 19101920 memoirs of Helena Paderewska published both in the original English (Stanford: Hoover Institution Press, 2015) and in Polish translation (Warsaw: Państwowy Instytut Wydawniczy, 2015).

Siekierski is a member of the American Historical Association, the American Association for the Advancement of Slavic Studies, and the Polish Institute of Arts and Sciences of America.

He was the recipient of fellowships from the International Research and Exchanges Board and the Kosciuszko Foundation.

In June 2001, Polish prime minister Jerzy Buzek honored Siekierski with the Laur Award for his work on the preservation of Polish historical records. In May 2013, he was recognized by the Lithuanian Ministry of Culture for his contributions to the restoration of Lithuanian cultural and archival heritage.

Siekierski received a BA degree in history and Russian with great distinction from San Jose State College in 1970. He received an MA in history in 1971, candidate in philosophy in 1975, and a PhD in history in 1984, all from the University of California, Berkeley. He holds an MLS degree from San Jose State University.

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Remembering the Warsaw Uprising

by Maciej Siekierskivia Hoover Digest
Saturday, October 30, 2004

Sixty years later, a look back at the longest and bloodiest urban insurgency of the Second World War. By Maciej Siekierski.SIDEBAR: History of a Friendship: Herbert Hoover and Poland
SIDEBAR: Hoover’s Polish Collection

Messages from a Lost World

by Elena Danielson, Zachary Baker, Maciej Siekierskivia Hoover Digest
Friday, January 30, 2004

A collection of thank-you letters from Polish children to Herbert Hoover following World War I offers a glimpse into a lost world of European Jewry. By Hoover Archives director Elena S. Danielson, Zachary Baker, and Maciej Siekierski.


Polish Independent Publications, 1976–1990: Guide to the Collections in the Hoover Institution Archives

by Maciej Siekierski, Christopher Lazarskivia Hoover Institution Press
Tuesday, December 15, 1998

"This work was made possible in part through a grant from the United States Institute of Peace." Updated and expanded ed. of: Guide to the Polish independent publications, 1976-1990, in the Hoover Institution Archives, published 1995.