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Andrzej Korbonski Collection of Research Materials on Communist Poland 098
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Series 1: Radio Free Europe Research Department Situation Reports. 1988-1999

Physical Description: 3.0 Folders

Series Description

Series 1 holds reports that the research department of Radio Free Europe issued on Poland. The reports cover all aspects of Polish life: politics; the economy and foreign trade; religion, especially the role of the Roman Catholic Church and John Paul II in opposing the Communist government; living standards; and dissent, including the rise of Solidarity under Lech Walesa.
The dates of the reports run from 1988 through 1999.
Box-folder 1:1

Research Departments of Radio Free Europe: Situation Reports. Re: Polish Roman Catholic Church, including election of Karol Wojtyla as John Paul II; Polish foreign and economic relations with Communist and non-Communist nations; Polish economy; Polish press survey. 1965-1978

Language of Material: English
Physical Description: 1.0 Folder
Box-folder 1:2

Radio Free Europe Research: Situation Report. Re: Polish dissidence, including Lech Walesa and Solidarity; visit of John Paul II; Polish economy,including Polish-Soviet economic relations. 1979-1984

Language of Material: English
Physical Description: 1.0 Folder
Box-folder 1:3

Radio Free Europe Research: Situation Report. Re: Polish Roman Catholic Church; agricultural economy; shortage of medicines; Solidarity. Includes newspaper articles. 1984-1993

Language of Material: English
Physical Description: 1.0 Folder
Box-folder 2: 1-2

Series 2: Radio Free Europe Polish Press Summaries. 1989-1991

Language of Material: Polish
Physical Description: 2.0 Folders

Series Description

Series 2 provides press summaries of Polish print media that Radio Free Europe gathered. Each summary consists of photocopies of excerpts of articles, preceeded by a table of contents providing the date and title of the article. The dates of the materials span the years 1989-1991. In Polish, the materials are found in Box 2, Folders 1-2.
Box-folder 2:3

Series 3: Polish Government Documents. 1966-1987 (dates broken)

Language of Material: Polish
Physical Description: 1.0 Folder

Series Description

This one folder series (Box 2, Folder 3) contains documents in Polish that the Polish archepiscopate and other Polish entities issued. All are photocopies, mostly from the Archiwum Akt Nowych of Warsaw, one of the main governmental repositories in Poland. The originals date from 1966 through 1987. Samples of these documents include an information bulletin from the Ministry of Internal Affairs concerning meetings of Polish Roman Catholic bishops. Another concerns a statement from the Archbishop of Krakow, Karol Wotlyja (John Paul II), to a member of the Polish Parliament concerning a religious procession.
The materials here are all in Polish. Dr. Nibel Raab, of LMU's Department of History, graciously helped in the translation of some of the documents, which provided insight into the information that they contain.
Box-folder 2:4

Series 4: Publications. 1982-1991 (dates broken)

Physical Description: 1.0 Folder

Series Description

This small series, found in Box 2, Folder 4, contains three issues of "Report on Eastern Europe" specifically on Communist Poland, when the Research Institute of Radio Free Europe and Radio Liberty published these reports in journal form.
There is also an occasional paper from the East European Program European Program of the Wilson Institute of the Smithsonian (1985) on religion and nationalism in Eastern Europe, and a periodical dedicated to book reviews on communism ("Problems of Communism"; 1982).
Box-folder 3:1-2

Series 5: United States Government Declassified Documents. 1943-1945 (of originals).

Physical Description: 2.0 Folders

Series Description

In two folders (Box 3, Folders 1-2), this series consists of memoranda and some telegrams (all photocopies) from the Department of State and Secretary of State sent either to President Franklin D. Roosevelt or to the Secretary of State concerning U.S. relations with the Polish government in exile in the last years of World War II. Topics include the U.S. government's relations with Polish Premeir Stanislaw Mikolajczyk, U.S. financing of the Polish underground, the American Polish Congress, Polish-Soviet Union relations, the Warsaw Uprising, and U.S. and Soviet views on the post-war form of Polish government and society.
Most of the original material was classified until the 1970s. Names of note in this series include diplomat Averell Harriman (1891-1986) and U.S. Secretary of State Cordell Hull (1871-1955).
Box-folder 3:3-4

Series 6: Andrzej Korbonski Conference Papers and Other Research Materials. 1983-1995 (dates broken).

Physical Description: 2.0 Folders

Series Description

This series consists of miscellaneous resources that Andrzej Korbonski gathered for his research. Most important is a press release from the Polish People's Republic embassy in Washington, D.C., concerning the visit of John Paul II to Poland in 1983. There is also master's thesis from the University of Toronto on relations between church and state in Communist Poland from 1956 to 1970.
Also there are conference papers that Korbonski wrote on the role of religion in Eastern Europe, in one case, specifically Poland.