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

  • Descriptive Summary

    Title: Leon Mitkiewicz papers,
    Date (inclusive): 1918-1969
    Collection number: 65001
    Creator: Mitkiewicz, Leon
    Extent: 10 manuscript boxes (4 linear feet)
    Repository: Hoover Institution on War, Revolution, and Peace
    Stanford, California 94305-6010
    Abstract: Diary, correspondence, writings, and printed matter, relating to Polish foreign relations with Russia, Czechoslovakia, the Baltic States, and other countries, 1914-1944; the Warsaw uprising of August 1944; and World War II Allied diplomacy.
    Physical Location: Hoover Institution Archives
    Language: Polish.

    Administrative Information


    Collection is open for research.

    Publication Rights

    For copyright status, please contact the Hoover Institution Archives.

    Preferred Citation

    [Identification of item], Leon Mitkiewicz Papers, [Box no.], Hoover Institution Archives.

    Acquisition Information


    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 at http://searchworks.stanford.edu/  to find the full extent of the collection.

    Biographical Note

    1896 Born, Zambrow, Poland
    1914-1917 Cavalry officer, Russian Army
    1918-1921 2nd Legion Infantry Division
    1921 General Staff, 2nd Lancers Regiment
    1925 General Staff Academy graduate
    1925-1935 War Academy lecturer, Field service
    1935-1938 Chief of Staff Army Inspectorate
    1938-1939 Military attaché, Kaunas, Lithuania
    1940-1941 General Staff member
      Chief of Second Intelligence Bureau
    1943 Deputy Commander, 1st Army Division
    1943-1945 Polish Military Mission, Combined Chiefs of Staff, Washington
    1972 Died, New York

    Scope and Content Note

    Leon Mitkiewicz's papers are a unique source of documentation for scholars studying World War II, as they bear testimony to his knowledge of and expertise in the history of 20th century Poland. They relate mainly to his twenty-five yearlong military service as a high rank officer in Poland's General Staff and as a military attaché to both Lithuania and the United States. Of particular significance are his duties in the Polish Military Mission in Washington until its liquidation in 1945, which are documented in the biographical file.
    In the post-war years, Mitkiewicz devoted himself to writing. Having witnessed some of the most important events of the century, he left excellent descriptions of their unfolding; they constitute the core of this collection.
    These papers are supplemented by many other collections from the same period housed at the Hoover Institution, such as the papers of Wladyslaw Anders and Izydor Modelski, and the records of Poland. Ambasada (United States) and Poland. Ministerstwo Spraw Zagranicznych, to mention but a few.
    The Mitkiewicz collection was acquired by the Hoover Institution in 1974. A large portion of his papers is also housed at the Sikorski Institute in London.

    Indexing Terms

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


    World War, 1939-1945.
    World War, 1939-1945--Diplomatic history.
    World War, 1939-1945--Poland.
    Baltic States.
    Baltic States--Foreign relations--Poland.
    Czechoslovakia--Foreign relations--Poland.
    Poland--Foreign relations--Baltic States.
    Poland--Foreign relations--Czechoslovakia.
    Poland--Foreign relations--Soviet Union.
    Poland--History--20th century.
    Soviet Union.
    Russia (Federation)
    Soviet Union--Foreign relations--Poland.
    Warsaw (Poland)--History--Uprising, 1944.