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  • Descriptive Summary
  • Administrative Information
  • Biographical Note
  • Scope and Content Note
  • Indexing Terms

  • Descriptive Summary

    Title: Karol Poznanski papers,
    Date (inclusive): 1918-1975
    Collection number: 95014
    Creator: Poznanski, Karol, 1893-1972
    Extent: 9 manuscript boxes (3.6 linear feet)
    Repository: Hoover Institution on War, Revolution, and Peace
    Stanford, California 94305-6010
    Abstract: Correspondence, diary, speeches and writings, memoranda, reports, printed matter, and photographs, relating to Polish foreign relations, especially with France and Great Britain, during the interwar period, and to Allied diplomacy and the Polish government in exile during World War II.
    Physical Location: Hoover Institution Archives
    Language: Polish.

    Administrative Information


    Collection is open for research.
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    Publication Rights

    For copyright status, please contact the Hoover Institution Archives.

    Preferred Citation

    [Identification of item], Karol Poznanski papers, [Box no.], Hoover Institution Archives.

    Acquisition Information

    Materials were acquired by the Hoover Institution Archives in 1995.


    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.

    Alternative Form Available

    Also available on microfilm (11 reels).


    Increments may have been received since this finding aid was prepared. Please check Stanford University's online catalog Socrates at http://library.stanford.edu/webcat  to find the full extent of the collection.

    Biographical Note

    1893 Born, Warsaw
    1913-1919 Studied law in Paris as well as in Geneva and Fribourg in Switzerland
    1919 Adviser, Polish Legation, Bern, Switzerland
      Clerk, Consular Department, Polish Ministry of Foreign Affairs
    1920 Volunteer in Polish-Russo War
    1920-1921 Expert and Secretary of the delegation to negotiate peace with Soviet Russia, Riga, Latvia
    1921 Consular negotiator with Latvia, Estonia and Finland
    1922-1927 Chief, Consular Department, Polish Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Warsaw
    1922 Member, Polish delegation to negotiate with Germany on Upper Silesia
    1922-1923 Expert in Polish-Czechoslovak and Polish-Turkish negotiations
    1924 Reporter on Polish consular law
    1925 Plenipotentiary delegate to negotiate the Treaty of Friendship and Commerce between Poland and Turkey, Lausanne, Switzerland
    1927-1934 Consul General, Paris
    1929 Delegate to the League of Nations Conference on Ethnic Minorities
    1930-1933 Lecturer on Polish consular law, Warsaw
    1934-1945 Consul General, London
    1943-1945 Deputy director and director, Diplomatic-Consular Course, London
    1943-1950 Expert in inheritance law
    1945-1947 Section head, Interim Treasury Committee for Polish Question
    1945-1970 Chairman, Polish Citizens Committee for Refugees
    1947-1970 Consultant in Polish and international law, London
    1950-1952 Lecturer on comparative consular law and diplomatic service, London
    1971 Died, London

    Scope and Content Note

    Karol Poznanski, diplomat, consul general, teacher, writer and émigré activist was born in partitioned Poland and spent most of his life working abroad in the Polish diplomatic service. Educated as a lawyer, he made a significant contribution to the restoration of Poland's consular network. Being only in his early 30s he became Poland's top expert in international negotiations. He served in the capacity of secretary, legal and plenipotentiary delegate of various Polish delegations, and signed agreements with other countries.
    Most of Poznanski's life was spent in Great Britain, where he was appointed Consul General in London in 1934. He remained in this position until 1945, when the British withdrew recognition of the government he represented. Thereafter he kept himself busy in the Polish émigré circles where he provided legal assistance and volunteered in many organizations (some of which he created) such as the former Foreign Service officials, refugees, cultural and professional associations. He also performed the functions of administrator of estates, notary public, translator, and judge.
    The various series in this collection reflect the different stages of Poznanski's life, mainly the time he spent in Great Britain. This is true especially of the correspondence series, covering to a small degree the 1930s, as well as late 1960s and early 1970s. The same is true with the subject series. Of particular importance is the conventions and treaties series, which illustrates the significant input Poznanski made in the diplomatic arena. The photographs portray individuals and events of Poland's inter-war diplomatic history.
    This collection was acquired by the Hoover Institution in 1995.

    Indexing Terms

    The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in the repository's online public access catalog.


    Poland--Foreign relations--France.
    France--Foreign relations--Poland.
    Poland--Foreign relations--Great Britain.
    Great Britain--Foreign relations--Poland.
    World War, 1939-1945--Diplomatic history.
    World War, 1939-1945--Governments in exile.
    World War, 1939-1945--Poland.
    Great Britain.
    World War, 1939-1945.
    Poland--Foreign relations.