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  • Title: Ignace Jan Paderewski papers
    Date (inclusive): 1687-1983
    Collection Number: 75017
    Contributing Institution: Hoover Institution Archives
    Language of Material: In Polish, English and French.
    Physical Description: 10 manuscript boxes, 1 oversize box, 1 album box, 2 envelopes, 1 motion picture film reel, memorabilia (5.8 linear feet)
    Abstract: Correspondence, speeches and writings, clippings, printed matter, and photographs, relating primarily to the establishment of an independent Polish state, the Paris Peace Conference, Polish politics in the interwar period, the occupation of Poland during World War II, and the musical career of I. J. Paderewski.
    Physical Location: Hoover Institution Archives
    Creator: Paderewski, Ignace Jan, 1860-1941.


    Collection is open for research.
    The Hoover Institution Archives only allows access to copies of audiovisual items. To listen to sound recordings or to view videos or films during your visit, please contact the Archives at least two working days before your arrival. We will then advise you of the accessibility of the material you wish to see or hear. Please note that not all audiovisual material is immediately accessible.


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    Publication Rights

    For copyright status, please contact the Hoover Institution Archives

    Preferred Citation

    [Identification of item] Igancy Jan Paderewski papers, [Box no.], Hoover Institution Archives.

    Acquisition Information

    Materials were acquired by the Hoover Institution Archives in 1975.


    Materials may have been added to the collection since this finding aid was prepared. To determine if this has occurred, find the collection in Stanford University's online catalog at http://searchworks.stanford.edu/ . Materials have been added to the collection if the number of boxes listed in the online catalog is larger than the number of boxes listed in this finding aid.

    Biographical Note

    Ignace Jan Paderewski (also known as Ignacy Jan Paderewski) was a Polish statesman and musician.

    Biographical Chronology

    1860 Nov. 6 Born, Kurylowka, Podolia, Ukraine
    1872 Studied music, Warsaw Conservatory
    1876 Taught piano, Warsaw Conservatory
    1880 Married Antonina Korsak, who died a year later
    1882 Studied in Berlin under Friedrich Kiel
    1884-1887 Studied in Vienna under Theodor Leschetizky Taught at Strasbourg Conservatory
    1887-1891 Made first public appearances as a pianist in Vienna, Paris, London, and New York
    1893 Composed "The Polish Fantasia" for piano and orchestra (Opus 19)
    1896 Established the Paderewski Fund in support of musical compositions in the United States
    1898 Settled in Riond-Bosson near Morges, Switzerland
    1899 Married Helena Gorska
    1901 Composed the opera Manru
    1909 Director, Warsaw Conservatory
    1910 Presented the City of Krakow with a monument commemorating the victory of the Poles over the Teutonic Order upon the 500th anniversary of the Battle of Grunwald
    1915 Member and representative to the United States, General Committee for Polish Relief (organized in Switzerland in January)
    1917 Member and representative to the United States, Polish National Committee; frequently urged Woodrow Wilson to include Poland in his Fourteen Points
    1919 Prime Minister and Foreign Minister of Poland; delegate, Paris Peace Conference
      Resigned November 27 and returned to Riond-Bosson
    1920 Delegate plenipotentiary of Poland to the League of Nations
    1921 Resumed musical career in Europe and the United States
    1938 Author (with Mary Lawton), The Paderewski Memoirs
    1939 President, Polish National Council (Rada Narodowa) of the Polish Government-in-Exile, Paris
    1940 Left Europe for the United States
    1941 June 29 Died, New York City