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Polish Jubilee Collection, 1906-1988
5 boxes (2.5 linear ft.)
Collection number: MS 57

The Polish Jubliee Collection includes booklets containing parish and community histories, photographs, and local advertisements celebrating the Jubilee, other anniversaries, and events in over twenty Massachusetts Polish American parishes. Among other items, the collection includes booklets furnishing histories and names associated with Polish American groups such as the Brotherly Aid Society and Polish American Veterans, a paper on the history of the Chicopee Polish Community, a pamphlet including songs and recipes, photographs, and other printed material.

Terms of Access and Use:

The collection is open for research.

Special Collections and University Archives, University of Massachusetts Amherst Libraries

Biographical Note

After the failure to gain independence of Russia in 1863 and years of political and social unrest, Poles emigrated to the United States in ever increasing numbers, peaking in the 1880s. In Western Massachusetts between 1890 and 1910, immigrants created a string of institutions to support their community, including social clubs, benevolent societies, veterans' groups, and a long string of Polish Catholic churches.

Scope and contents of the collection

The Polish Jubilee Collection consists primarily of commemorative booklets containing parish and community histories, photographs, and local advertisements, that celebrate the Jubilee, other anniversaries, and events in over twenty Massachusetts Polish American parishes. It also includes booklets furnishing histories and names associated with Polish American groups, such as the Brotherly Aid Society, Medical and Dental Association, Polish National Home Association, Polish American Veterans, and the Polish Women's Alliance.

Among other items are a paper, "The Dawn of Polish Independentism in New England: Separatists of Chicopee, Massachusetts" by William Wolkovich-Valkavicius; a pamphlet "Images of a Polish Christmas Wigilia" by Sophia Kielb 1988, including songs and recipes; photographs of Our Lady of Czestochowa Church in Turner's Falls and of Fr. Alfons A. Skoniecki; a booklet, "Springfield's Ethnic Heritage: The Polish Community" by Barry Schatz, 1976; and two books, Last of the Titans: Monsignor-Colonel Alphonse A. Skoniecki of Massachusetts, by Daniel S. Buczek, 1986, and Society of Christ in America, a church history detailing the life of a priest and the immigrant communities he served; and Struggle for Life, by "Laudator" 1971, which contains a bibliography and details the dangers of communism.

Materials are arranged by town and organized chronologically.

Information on Use
Terms of Access and Use
Restrictions on access:

The collection is open for research.

Preferred Citation

Cite as: Polish Jubilee Collection (MS 57). Special Collections and University Archives, University of Massachusetts Amherst Libraries.

History of the Collection

Acquired from various sources, via Stanley Radosh.

Processing Information

Processed by Linda Seidman.

Additional Information
Contact Information
Special Collections and University Archives
W.E.B. Du Bois Library
University of Massachusetts Amherst
Amherst, MA 01003-9275

Phone: (413) 545-2780
Fax: (413) 577-1399
Link to SCUA
English and Polish
Related Materials
Massachusetts (West)
Poland and Polish Americans

Encoding funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

Contents List
Boston: Our Lady of Czestochowa 90th Anniversary Booklet, South Boston

Box 1:1
Boston: Polish Constitution Day, A Celebration, State House

Box 1:2
Chicopee: St. Stanislaus 25th Anniversary Book

Box 1:3
Chicopee: Silver Jubilee (25th), Friends of Liberty Society

Box 1:4
Chicopee: Veterans of the Polish Home Army of World War II

Box 1:5
Chicopee: Jubilee Journal: 40th Anniversary of the Friends of Liberty Society

Box 1:6
Chicopee: 45th Anniversary of the Polish National Home Association

Box 1:7
Chicopee: St. Stanislaus Diamond Jubilee

Box 1:8
Chicopee: Grand Opening Banquet: Polish American Veterans of World Wars

Box 1:9
Chicopee: 75th Anniversary Souvenir Book, Holy Mother of the Rosary Church

Box 1:10
Chicopee: St. Anthony of Padua, Golden Jubilee of the Parish

Box 1:11
Chicopee: 33rd Annual Convention, Polish American Veterans of Massachusetts

Box 1:12
Chicopee: 25th Anniversary, Polish Veterans of World War II, Post #38

Box 1:13
Chicopee: Festival Kultury Polskiej: A Celebration of Polish Culture, Society of Polish American Culture of Western Massachusetts
1984, 1988

Box 1:14
Chicopee: Dawn of Polish Independencies in New England, by William Wolkovich-Valkavicius

Box 1:15
Chicopee: Images of a Polish Christmas "Wigilia," by Sonia Kielb

Box 1:16
Easthampton: Album Jubileuszowy, 50th Anniversary of the Founding of Sacred Heart Parish

Box 2:17
Granby: Silver Jubilee, St. Hyacinth Seminary

Box 2:18
Greenfield: Golden Jubilee Album, Sacred Heart Church

Box 2:19
Hadley: Dedication, Holy Rosary Church

Box 2:20
Hatfield: Silver Jubilee Album, Holy Trinity Parish

Box 2:21
Holyoke: Profile, Mater Dolorosa Church

Box 2:22
Housatonic: Fiftieth Anniversary Album, All Saints Parish

Box 2:23
Indian Orchard: First Baptism in New Church; Golden Jubilee of the Gwardja Tadeusza Kosciuszki Society; Immaculate Conception Church
1906, 1954, 1980

Box 2:24
Ludlow: 25th Anniversary, Christ the King Church; Czerwone Maki; Rev. Xavier S. Baranowski, 45th and 50th Anniversary of his Ordination, Christ the King Parish
1973, 1979, 1983, 1984, 1985

Box 2:25

(For more on Czerwone Maki, see MS 306 Newspaper Collection)

Northampton: St. John Cantius Church, 50th Anniversary; Golden Jubilee, St. Valentine's (Polish National)
1954, 1981

Box 2:26
Pittsfield: 50th Anniversary Album of the Holy Family Parish

Box 2:27
South Deerfield: 20th, 25th, 50th, and 60th Anniversaries, Holy Name of Jesus (Polish National); Album Jubileuszowy 50, St. Stanislaus Bishop and Martyr Church; St. Stanislaus Church, 75th Anniversary
1949, 1954, 1959, 1974, 1989

Box 2:28
Springfield: Polish Day Tercentenary Observance

Box 3:29
Springfield: Grand Opening, New Home and Club of the Polish Community Home

Box 3:30
Springfield: History of Our Lady of the Rosary Church

Box 3:31
Springfield: 30th Anniversary of the St. Stanislaus Brotherly Aid Society

Box 3:32
Springfield: As We Know Ks. Stanislaus S. Orlemanski, Parishioners of Our Lady of the Rosary

Box 3:33
Springfield: 40th Anniversary of the St. Stanislaus Brotherly Aid Society

Box 3:34
Springfield: 350th Anniversary to Commemorate the Arrival of the First Polish Settlers to the U.S.

Box 3:35
Springfield: Silver Jubilee, St. Joseph's Parish (Polish National)

Box 3:36
Springfield: The Millennium of Poland: One Thousand Years of Her History as a Christian Nation

Box 3:37
Springfield: 50th Anniversary of the St. Stanislaus Brotherly Aid Society

Box 3:38
Springfield: Springfield's Ethnic Heritage: The Polish Community

Box 3:39
Springfield: Rev. John P. Skowronski, 40th Anniversary of his Ordination, Our Lady of the Rosary

Box 3:40
Springfield: Golden Jubilee, St. Joseph's Church (Polish National)

Box 3:41
Springfield: Polish Women's Alliance of America, Group 422, 60th Anniversary

Box 3:42
Springfield: 75th Anniversary of the Jan Sobieski Brotherly Aid Society

Box 3:43
Springfield: Our Lady of the Rosary Parish, 70th Anniversary

Box 3:44
Three Rivers: Zloty Jubileusz Poswiecenua Kosciola SW Piotra i Pawla

Box 3:45
Three Rivers: Father Skoniecki, 40th Anniversary Photograph

Box 3:46
Three Rivers: In Honor of the 50th Anniversary of Priestly Service of Alphonse A. Skoniecki, SS Peter and Paul Church; Dedication of the Newly Renovated St. Stanislaus Polish Lyceum; Ordination to the Priesthood of Raymond A. Soltys; Diamond Jubilee, SS Peter and Paul Church; Mass of Thanksgiving, Pope John Paul II Polish-American Foundation, Bishop Czczepan Wesely
1967, 1972, 1979, 1980, 1985

Box 3:47
Three Rivers: Last of the Titans: Msgr. Col. Alphone A. Skoniecki of Massachusetts, by Daniel S. Buczek

Box 4:48
Turners Falls: Holy Rosary Society, Our Lady of Czestochowa, 25th anniversary booklet; Souvenir of the 30th Year of the Founding of the Our Lady of Czestochowa Parish; Newspaper Articles on history of Turners Falls and formation of Our Lady of Czestochowa Church
1937, 1939, n.d.

Box 4:49
Turners Falls: Srebrny Jubileusz, Ks. A. A. Skonieckiego; Srebrny Jubileusz, Ks. Joseph P. Szczepaniak; Golden Jubilee Album, St. Kazimier Society; Golden Jubilee Album, Our Lady of Czestochowa Church; Golden Jubilee Program, St. Stanislaus B.M. Society; 50th Anniversary Album, Holy Rosary Society, Our Lady of Czestochowa
1942, 1951, 1954, 1959, 1961, 1962

Box 4:50
Turners Falls: Photographs; Certificate honoring church founders Jakob and Marja Sojka
1946-1988; n.d.

Box 4:51
Ware: Golden Jubilee, St. Mary's Parish; Golden Jubilee, Polish National Catholic Church; Mass program for St. Mary's Church
1956, 1978, 1985

Box 4:52
Webster: Ad multus Annos, Pamietnik z okazji Srebrnego Jubileuszu Kaplanstwa Wiel. Ks. Dr. Andrzeja Lekarczyka, Proboszcz Parafji Sw. Jozefa; Diamond Jubilee, St. Joseph's Church
1941, 1962

Box 4:53
Webster: Centennial, St. Joseph's Parish

Box 4:54
West Adams: Srebrny Jubileusz; Parafji Sw. Stanislawa Kostki

Box 4:55
West Warren: Silver Anniversary Ordination, Rev. Lipinski

Box 5:56
Westfield: Golden Jubilee, St. Joseph's Church (Polish National); Holy Trinity Church, Diamond Jubilee; 60th Anniversary, St. Joseph's Church (Polish National)
1970, 1978, 1980

Box 5:57
Worcester: First Poles in America, Our Lady of Czestochowsa Parish; American Struggle for Life from 1774: Yesterday, Today, Tomorrow: St. Mary's CC High School
1958, 1971

Box 5:58
Ellsworth, Pennsylvania: Golden Jubilee, Holy Family Institute; Orchard Lake, Michigan: A Novena for the Holy Millennium of Poland's Christianity, Polish Seminary
1950, 1966

Box 5:59
National Medical and Dental Association, Bulletin, 75th Anniversary Issue

Box 5:60

Search Terms
The following terms represent persons, organizations, and topics documented in this collection. Use these headings to search for additional materials on this web site, in the Five College Library Catalog, or in other library catalogs and databases.

  • Catholic Churches--Massachusetts.
  • Chicopee (Mass.)--History.
  • Polish-Americans--Massachusetts.
  • Springfield (Mass.)--History.
  • Turners Falls (Mass.)--History.

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