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  • Language of Material: English
    Contributing Institution: Pepperdine University. Special Collections and University Archives.
    Title: Romuald Gantkowski Papers
    Identifier/Call Number: 0152
    Physical Description: 5.9 Linear Feet 14 Hollinger boxes
    Date (inclusive): 1958-1971
    Abstract: This collection contains the papers of Romuald Gantkowski, who held several positions at Pepperdine. The collection includes materials on the Birth of a College Dinner, of which Gantkowski was on the invitation committee, as well as records regarding the Pepperdine Freedom Forums and Great Issues Series. Finally, it includes materials on Russell Kirk's "Roots of American Order" publication, of which Gantkowski was involved in the creation.


    The six series are arranged in alphabetical order by title. All materials within each series are also arranged in alphabetical order within the series. Series were created based on existing order in the collection when it was accessioned.

    Biographical / Historical

    Romuald Gantkowski was born in Poznan, Poland in 1903. He graduated from the National School of Drama in Pozan in 1923 as an actor, and went on to work as an actor, director, and screenwriter before World War II. Gantkowski won a Gold Medal at the Biennel in Venice, Italy, for his full length biographical film, "Stage Genius", about the life of Ludwik Solski, a European actor.
    Gantkowski joined Pepperdine's staff in 1961 as a film consultant. He was later appointed assistant to the vice president before becoming associate director of civic services. Gantkowski became the director of civic services at Pepperdine in 1970 organizer during which time he was the organizer of the Great Issue Series, which aimed to serve the community with information on the great issues from different fields of government.
    He served on the invitation committee for the "Birth of a College" dinner to announce the Malibu campus master plan in 1970 and was also highly involved in the production of political films at Pepperdine highlighting the fight against communism. He both worked on the films and oversaw the distibution of the films to various organizations and schools.
    He passed away in 1989.
    Some biographical information taken from "Gantkowski: Campus Mystery Man" Inner View, 1973 December 7.

    Conditions Governing Access

    Advance notice required for access.

    Conditions Governing Use

    Permission to publish, quote, or reproduce must be secured from the repository and the copyright holder.

    Preferred Citation

    [Box/folder# or item name], Romuald Gantkowski Papers, Collection no. 0152, Special Collections and University Archives, University Libraries, Pepperdine University.

    Scope and Contents

    The Romuald Gantkowski Papers contain six series of materials.
    Series One:"Birth of a College" Dinner Gala contains materials from the planning of the gala in which the Malibu campus master plan was unveiled. Gantkowski served on the Invitation Committee, so there is a large amount of correspondence about invitations to the gala, as well as invitation and RSVP lists, table lists, and seating chart maps for the two ballrooms that were used for the gala.
    Series Two: Film Requests by State, contains correspondence and invoices for the Pepperdine political films that were being rented or bought by organizations across the country.
    Series Three: Foundation Files, contain files for each organization that Gantkowski was in contact with about the political films. It includes correspondence about events at Pepperdine that the heads of the foundations were invited to.
    Series Four: Freedom Forum and Great Issues Series contains materials from each Freedom Forum and Great Issues Series event from 1960-1971 Gantkowski was involved in the organizing of these events. Materials include fliers, invitations, programs, and in some cases, speeches made by presenters.
    Series Five: "The Roots of American Order" holds materials that pertain to Russell Kirk's maunscript and subsequent documentary entitled "The Roots of American Order", which Gantkowsi worked closely on.
    Series Six: Subject Files, include subject files from Gantkowski's office. These files are arranged in alphabetical order and include such things as business trip iteneraries, biographies on important figures with some relaiton to Pepperdine, and materials on verious projects.

    Subjects and Indexing Terms

    Pepperdine College
    Pepperdine University