The Immigration History Research Center holds the nation's most extensive resource for the study of Polish American history. Included are over 4,000 monographs written by, for, and about Polish immigrants and their descendants pertaining to virtually all facets of the Polish American experience.
The Collection also contains more than 500 newspaper and serial titles published by Polish organizations and institutions throughout the country, dating back to the late 1800s. In addition, the Center holds ca. 650 linear feet of unpublished records and documents from Polish American organizations and individuals, including records of the Polish American Congress, the Polish National Catholic Church, and the Paryski Publishing Company of Toledo, Ohio along with papers of journalists Henry Archacki and Karol Jaskólski, religious leaders Paul Fox and Józef Zawistowski, authors Helen Ogrodowska Bristol and Edward Symans,and Polish National Alliance leaders Aloysius Mazewski and Edward Rózanski.
(Photo: Pulaski Day Parade. New York City. 1939)
Because of the richness of this resource, used by researchers worldwide, its care and development requires the commitment of ongoing, dedicated staff. Such staff must be equipped with Polish language expertise, cultural knowledge, and archival/library experience in order to serve the needs of the Polish American Collection and the people who use it.
The first priority of the Polish American Studies Fund is to provide additional staff responsible for the care and development of the Polish collection. Polish American Studies staff will not only process materials and provide reference service to researchers, but also actively work with Polonia institutions, organizations, and individuals to preserve precious records that still languish in basements and attics.
As a national initiataive, the creation of the Fund will raise public consciousness of Polish American history, foster wider understanding of the contribution of Polish immigrants to American life, and make a significant investment in future scholars of the Polish experience in the United States.
Follow the University of Minnesota Foundation link to make an online gift through the University of Minnesota Foundation's secure site. Type in the designation "IHRC: Polish American Collection (Fund 6055)" in order to have your gift directed to this particular fund. You may also submit a pledge through the same Web page.