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Leokadia Rowinska Papers, 1917-1988
1 box (0.25 linear ft.)
Collection number: MS 102

Abstract:
Courier for the underground in Nazi occupied Poland during the 1944 Warsaw Uprising who was apprehended and placed in a concentration camp. After the war she and her husband moved from England to Holyoke, Massachusetts. Includes typescripts and photocopies of short stories; "Ameryce", a booklet of poems; Poklosie, a book of poems published in Polish and English (Artex Press, 1987); audiotaped oral histories of Leokadia and Stanley Rowinska (primarily in Polish) done by their children; and photographs, audiotape, program and text of poems read at a public reading.

Terms of Access and Use:

The collection is open for research.

Special Collections and University Archives, University of Massachusetts Amherst Libraries

Biographical Note

As a teenager, Leokadia Rowinska served as a courier for the underground in Nazi occupied Poland during the 1944 Warsaw Uprising. She was apprehended by the Germans and placed in a concentration camp. After the war she moved to England where she met her husband, a Polish soldier who served in the North Africa campaign. They moved to Holyoke, Massachusetts, where they raised their family. In her late 50s, Rowinska earned an undergraduate degree in Chemistry and worked for a film manufacturing company.

Scope and contents of the collection

Typescripts and photocopies of short stories; "Ameryce", a booklet of poems; Poklosie, a book of poems published in Polish and English (Artex Press, 1987); audiotaped oral histories of Leokadia and Stanley Rowinska (primarily in Polish) done by their children; and photographs, audiotape, program and text of poems read by Leokadia Rowinska at a reading in Amherst, Massachusetts in April, 1988.


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

The collection is open for research.

Preferred Citation

Cite as: Leokadia Rowinska Papers (MS 102). Special Collections and University Archives, University of Massachusetts Amherst Libraries.

History of the Collection

Acquired from Leokadia Rowinska in November 1985 as a deposit, with accretions by Stanley Radosh, 1988.

Processing Information

Processed by Linda Seidman, November 1985.


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
Language
English and Polish
Sponsor
Encoding funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.


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Subjects
  • Polish Americans--Massachusetts.
  • Rowinska, Leokadia.
  • Rowinska, Stanley.

Contributors
  • Rowinska, Leokadia.


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