Inventory of the Alfred Poninski papers

Finding aid prepared by Hoover Institution Archives Staff
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Title: Alfred Poninski papers
Date (inclusive): 1917-1942
Collection Number: 81037
Contributing Institution: Hoover Institution Archives
Language of Material: Polish and French
Physical Description: 2 manuscript boxes (0.8 linear feet)
Abstract: Correspondence, memoirs, reports, notes, and printed matter relating to Polish-Soviet and Polish-Romanian relations, and to religious persecution in the Soviet Union.
Physical Location: Hoover Institution Archives
Creator: Poninski, Alfred.


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Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], Alfred Poninski papers, [Box number], Hoover Institution Archives.

Acquisition Information

Acquired by the Hoover Institution Archives in 1981.


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Biographical Note

1896 June 18 Born in Koscielisko, Posen (Poznan) province, Poland
circa 1910-1914 Attended a gymnasium at Bromberg (Bydgoszcz) and studied law at the University of Berlin
1914 Began work as a journalist
1918 October Appointed press attaché at the Polish legation in Berlin
1919-1920 Assistant in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Warsaw
1921 Married Janina Nowodworska
1921-1926 Served in diplomatic posts in Brussels and Paris
1925 Author, "Les Traditions de la Diplomatie Polonaise," Revue d'Histoire Diplomatique
1926 Author, La Question Polonaise Depuis 1830 Jusqu'à la Grande Guerre
1926-1933 Counselor of legation to the Soviet Union
1935-1941 Counselor of legation to Romania
1941-1942 Consul general, Istanbul, Turkey
1942-1945 Ambassador to China
1946 Moved to Australia
1947-1950 President of the Polish Democratic Society, Sydney
1950-1951 Founding president of the Federal Council of Polish Associations in Australia
1950s Vice-president of the United Council of Migrants and of the New Australians' Cultural Association, and a council-member of the State division of the New Settlers' League of Australia, the Australian Council for International Social Service, and the Australian Institute of International Affairs
1953-1963 Regular contributor, Tygodnik Katolicki, Melbourne
1967-1968 Author, "Poland in the Second War" (series of articles in Wiadomosci Polskie)
1968 March 25 Died, Sydney, Australia

Scope and Content of Collection

Correspondence, memoirs, reports, notes, and printed matter relating to Polish-Soviet and Polish-Romanian relations, and to religious persecution in the Soviet Union.

Subjects and Indexing Terms

Communism and religion.
World War, 1939-1945--Poland.
Poland--Foreign relations--Romania.
Poland--Foreign relations--Soviet Union.
Poland--History--Occupation, 1939-1945.
Romania--Foreign relations--Poland.
Soviet Union--Foreign relations--Poland.
Soviet Union--Religion.

Box/Folder 1 : 1-4

Polish legation, Bucharest, 1937-1941

Box/Folder 1 : 5

"Pro publico bono. Rozwazania polityczne o naszej przyszlosci," 1941

Box/Folder 1 : 6

"Le Marechal Pilsudski en Roumanie. Premier voyage"

Box/Folder 1 : 7

Articles and speeches, 1927-1937

Box/Folder 1 : 8


Box/Folder 2 : 1

Correspondence to the Consulate General in Istanbul, 1941-1942


Polish legation, Moscow

Box/Folder 2 : 2-4

Help extended to the deported and imprisoned Polish clergy and correspondence with Cardinal Hlond, 1928-1932

Box/Folder 2 : 5-6

Materials relating to the persecution of Orthodox and Catholic church in Russia, 1923-1933

Box/Folder 2 : 7

Court case of Reverend Teofil Skalski, Butyrki prisoner, 1928 January

Box/Folder 2 : 8

Reports relating to the return of King Stanislaus August's remains to Poland, 1932

Box/Folder 2 : 9

"Reminiscences of the Polish Diplomat in Moscow," 1928

Box/Folder 2 : 10

Polish-Romanian relations between the two world wars

Box/Folder 2 : 11

Anatolia Nowicka: From the history of the Polish Dominican Sisters in Moscow, 1923-1932