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Register of the Poland. Ministerstwo Prac Kongresowych Records
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  • Descriptive Summary
  • Administrative Information
  • Historical Note
  • Scope and Content Note
  • Indexing Terms

  • Descriptive Summary

    Title: Poland. Ministerstwo Prac Kongresowych records,
    Date (inclusive): 1940-1945
    Collection number: 47036
    Creator: Poland. Ministerstwo Prac Kongresowych
    Collection Size: 13 manuscript boxes (5.2 linear feet)
    Repository: Hoover Institution Archives
    Stanford, California 94305-6010
    Abstract: Essays, bulletins, reports, and studies, relating to Poland's boundary disputes following World Wars I and II; events and conditions in Poland under German and Soviet occupations during World War II; Polish-Soviet relations; communism in Poland; and twentieth century Polish agriculture, economy, foreign relations, history, politics, and government.
    Physical Location: Hoover Institution Archives
    Language: Polish.

    Administrative Information


    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], Poland. Ministerstwo Prac Kongresowych records, [Box no.], Hoover Institution Archives.

    Acquisition Information

    Materials were acquired by the Hoover Institution Archives in 1947


    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 (16 reels).

    Historical Note

    Ministry of Preparatory Work Concerning the Peace Conference, Polish Government-in-Exile (London).

    Scope and Content Note

    The Ministerstwo Prac Kongresowych was brought to life by the Presidential decree of July 1942. It had been known earlier, since 1940, as the Biuro Prac Politycznych, Ekonomicznych i Prawnych (Department of Political, Economic and Legal Analysis). The ministry's English name is self-explanatory: Ministry of Preparatory Work Concerning the Peace Conference.
    Unlike other branches of the government it functioned more as an advisory agency by collecting ideas for the country's post-war political and economic reconstruction. Ideas were solicited from top class specialists, researchers, government experts, and non-government employees.
    That was also a way for the ministry to provide financial support to those who found themselves out of work in exile but who could, thus, contribute to the government's information bank.
    The materials included in this collection deal with some of the most critical issues for Poland, which should have been solved either during the war or shortly thereafter. They document how Poles envisioned their future and how little of those plans materialized between 1945 and 1989. But the researcher should remember that these are not official government plans but merely suggestions submitted for consideration.
    Among the issues of particular importance discussed here are the restoration of the German state; Poland's relations with the Soviet Union; borders and historic disputes about them; and events and conditions in the country under Soviet and German occupation. Plans to restore the Polish economy and the problem of war reparations are particularly well covered.
    Researchers are also advised to consult the Poland. Ministerstwo Spraw Zagranicznych records, also in the Hoover Archives, on topics such as disarmament, execution of treaties, economic organization of post-war Europe, Central European federation, boundary disputes, and military and political alliances.
    The records of the Ministerstwo Prac Kongresowych were sent to the Hoover Institution in 1947 along with the archives of the Polish Research Centre (London).

    Indexing Terms

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


    Katyn Forest Massacre, 1940.
    World War, 1939-1945.
    World War, 1939-1945--Peace.
    World War, 1939-1945--Poland.
    Poland--Economic conditions.
    Poland--Foreign relations--Soviet Union.
    Poland--History--Occupation, 1939-1945.
    Poland--Politics and government--1918-1945.
    Soviet Union.
    Russia (Federation)
    Soviet Union--Foreign relations--Poland.