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  • Title: Leopold Tyrmand Papers
    Date (inclusive): 1941-1985
    Collection Number: 86015
    Contributing Institution: Hoover Institution Archives
    Language of Material: In English and Polish.
    Physical Description: 25 manuscript boxes, 4 envelopes (10.6 linear feet)
    Abstract: Writings, diaries, correspondence, notes, and printed matter, relating to social conditions in Poland, cultural conditions in communist countries, popular culture in the United States and other Western countries, standards of sexual behavior in the United States, and American conservative thought. Includes fictional writings.
    Creator: Tyrmand, Leopold


    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], Leopold Tyrmand Papers, [Box no.], Hoover Institution Archives.

    Acquisition Information

    Acquired by the Hoover Institution Archives in 1986.


    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 Socrates at http://library.stanford.edu/webcat . Materials have been added to the collection if the number of boxes listed in Socrates is larger than the number of boxes listed in this finding aid.

    Biographical Note

    1920, May 16 Born, Warsaw, Poland
    1938-1939 Student, Department of Architecture, L'Academie des Beaux-Arts, Paris
    1941 Wilno, Soviet occupied zone, arrested and sentenced for 25 years for political activities
    1942-1944 Voluntary labor, Germany
    1944 Concentration camp prisoner, Norway
    1946 Chief-correspondent, Polish Press Agency, Norway
    1946 Returned to Poland
    1947-1948 Assumed various positions as journalist
    1949-1953 Joined Tygodnik Powszechny
    1954 Wrote Dziennik, 1954
    1955 Author, Zly
    1956 Organized First Jazz Music Festival
    1959 Author, Seven Long Voyages
    1961 Author, Filip
    1964 Suspended from publishing
    1965 Traveled around Europe
    1966 State Department invitation to U.S.
    1967 U.S. permanent residence
    1967 Published first essays, New Yorker Magazine
    1968-1969 Lecturer, Slavic Literature Department, Columbia University
    1970 Author, Notebook of a Dilettante
    1970 Editor, Kultura Essays, Explorations in Freedom
    1971 Married Mary Ellen Fox
    1972 Author, Rosa Luxemburg Contraceptives Cooperative
    1976-1980 Associate Director, Rockford College
    1977-1985 Editor, Chronicles of Culture
    1978 Author, Media Shangri-La
    1981 Appointed Vice-President, Rockford College

    Edits, Rockford Papers
    1985 Author, Ugly, Beautiful People
    1985, March, 19 Died, Fort Myers, Florida

    Subjects and Indexing Terms

    American literature.
    Civilization, Modern--20th century.
    Communism and culture.
    Conservatism--United States.
    Poland--Social conditions.
    Polish literature.
    Polish people--United States.
    Sex customs--United States.
    United States--Civilization.
    United States--Politics and government.