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Inventory of the Aleksander Pruszynski papers
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  • Title: Aleksander Pruszynski papers
    Date (inclusive): 1917-2014
    Collection Number: 2009C30
    Contributing Institution: Hoover Institution Archives
    Language of Material: Multiple languages
    Physical Description: 17 manuscript boxes (6.8 linear feet)
    Abstract: Writings, correspondence, reports, personal documents, photocopies of government documents, election campaign literature, and other printed matter, relating to political conditions in Belarus and Poland. Includes photocopies of Polish secret police files.
    Physical Location: Hoover Institution Archives
    Creator: Pruszynski, Aleksander, 1934-


    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.

    Publication Rights

    For copyright status, please contact the Hoover Institution Archives.

    Preferred Citation

    [Identification of item], Aleksander Pruszynski papers, [Box number], Hoover Institution Archives.

    Acquisition Information

    Materials originally received in 2009 with a large increment of materials received in August of 2014 and appearing under the Incremental Materials series.


    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

    Aleksander Pruszyński is a Polish, Canadian and Belarusian journalist and collector. He was born on May 4, 1934 in Rohoźnica, in what is now Western Belarus. Pruszyński is an ethnic Pole born of an aristocratic family and holds the title of a Count. Pruszyński’s father was the famed Ksawery Pruszyński: journalist, writer and diplomat. Aleksander Pruszyński holds a triple citizenship: Polish, Belarusian and Canadian. Though his political campaigns were unsuccessful, he is well known as an electoral candidate both in Poland and Belarus. Pruszyński’s primary career focus is writing and political journalism. In the 1980s he published a Polish émigré newspaper in Toronto, “The Polish Express,” and still actively publishes articles and brochures primarily for the Toronto branch of the “Goniec,” a weekly Polish magazine.

    Scope and Content of Collection

    The collection is highly eclectic and primarily composed of materials documenting various elections, both in Poland and elsewhere. It also includes information on various campaigns and controversies, ephemera, posters, various monographs and writings by Pruszyński and others. The highlights of the collection are the documents housed in boxes 12 to 15 that speak to Pruszyński’s involvement with the Służba Bezpieczeństwa (Polish security service). The period documented is 1950s to 1980s, from Pruszyński’s work as an agent for the SB to his time as an anti-communist activist in Canada. The documents in this section are copies of the original internal documents housed at the Institute of National Remembrance in Warsaw.
    Due to the wide-ranging nature of the materials, especially those that were originally contained in envelopes, the collection has been kept as recevied, in its original order. The envelopes have been rehoused into folders and ordered by date the materials were received from the collector. To facilitate ease of access a detailed description of the envelope content is provided. This is a multilanguage collection in Polish, Belarusian, Russian, Ukrainian, and English.

    Subjects and Indexing Terms

    Belarus--Politics and government.