Title: Poland. Ambasada (United States) Records,
Date (inclusive): 1918-1956
Collection Number: 45015
Poland. Ambasada (United States)
111 manuscript boxes.
(46.2 linear feet)
Hoover Institution Archives
Stanford, California 94305-6010
Reports, correspondence, bulletins, communiques, memoranda, dispatches, and instructions, speeches and writings, and printed
matter, relating to the establishment of the Republic of Poland; the Polish-Soviet War of 1920; Polish politics and foreign
relations; national minorities in Poland; the territorial question of Danzig, Memel, the Polish Corridor, and
Galicia; the Polish emigration abroad; Poland during World War II; and the Polish
Government-in-Exile in London. A digital copy of this entire collection is available at
Collection is open for research.
For copyright status, please contact the Hoover Institution Archives
[Identification of item], Poland. Ambasada (United States) Records, [Box no.], Hoover
Alternative Form Available
Also available on microfilm (139 reels).
Poles in foreign countries.
World War, 1939-1945.
World War, 1939-1945--Diplomatic history.
World War, 1939-1945--Governments in exile.
World War, 1939-1945--Poland.
Galicia (Poland and Ukraine)
Poland--Foreign relations--United States.
Poland--History--Wars of 1918-1921.
Poland--Politics and government--1918-1945.
United States--Foreign relations.
United States--Foreign relations--Poland.
The United States and Poland established formal diplomatic relations in January 1919, a
month ahead of the other Allied powers. During the next eleven years Poland was
represented in Washington by an envoy in the rank of minister and, since January 1930, by
an ambassador. The following diplomats were the Second Polish Republic's chief
representatives in the United States:
The archives of the Polish embassy in the United States fared better than those of other
Polish diplomatic posts. Most of the embassy's files were tranferred to the Ministry of
Foreign Affairs Archives during the 1930's. There about 38 linear meters survived World
War II. This collection is now held in the Contemporary Records Archives (Archiwum Akt
Nowych) in Warsaw. The rest of the embassy's records, as well as those generated during
the war, remained in Washington until July 1945. When the United States withdrew its
recognition from the London-based Polish government in exile, the Second Republic's
Ambassador to the United States, Jan Ciechanowski, decided to protect all of the archival
collections held in Washington from falling into the hands of the Soviet-sponsored
government in Warsaw by transferring them to the Hoover Institution. The Hoover
collection of the Polish embassy in Washington, supplemented by some related later emigre
files and printed matter, occupies 111 manuscript boxes or about 14 linear meters.
Ambassador Jan Ciechanowski's personal collection is held in the Archives of the Polish
Institute and the Sikorski Museum in London.