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Inventory of the William John Tonesk papers
2015C36  
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Description
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 other aspects of American foreign policy.
Background
The American naval, intelligence, and foreign service officer William John Tonesk was born in 1906 as Władysław Jan Toniecki to a Polish immigrant family in Schenectady, New York. During the years 1925 to 1929, Tonesk studied English and economics, receiving his bachelor’s degree from Union College in Schenectady. He then worked for two years as a supervisor for International Telephone and Telegraph in New York City. In 1931, he began graduate studies at Columbia University, receiving a master’s degree in English and East European studies the following year.
Extent
18 manuscript boxes, 4 oversize boxes, 1 oversize folder (13.3 linear feet)
Restrictions
For copyright status, please contact the Hoover Institution Archives.
Availability
Boxes 20-22 restricted; use copies available in Box 19. The remainder of the collection is open for research; materials must be requested at least two business days in advance of intended use.