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

Abstract:
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, W.E.B. Du Bois Library, University of Massachusetts Amherst

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, W.E.B. Du Bois Library, University of Massachusetts Amherst.

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
Language
English and Polish