GUIDES AND BIBLIOGRAPHIES

Miller, Wayne and Faye Nell Vowell. A Comprehensive Bibliography for the Study of American Minorities. New York, NY: New York University Press, 1976. REF E184.A1M5 v 1 SSH

Includes a chapter on sources pertaining to Polish Americans. Provides annotated bibliographies of sources under various headings, such as "Directories and Encyclopedias", "Periodicals", "History", "Sociology", "Politics", etc.

 

Prucha, Francis Paul. Handbook for Research in American History. A Guide to Bibliographies and Other Reference Works. Lincoln, NE: University of Nebraska Press, 1994. Z1236.P78 1994 SSH

A bibliography of bibliographies and other reference works which directs the researcher to useful books, articles, and other sources.

 

Thernstrom, Stephan. Harvard Encyclopedia of American Ethnic Groups. Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press, 1980. REF E184.A1H35 SSH

A guide to the history, culture, and distinctive characteristics of more than 100 ethnic groups in the United States. Describes the origins, history, and present situation of each ethnic group. "Poles" pp. 787-803. Short, annotated bibliography provided.

 

Wasserman, Paul, ed. Ethnic Information Sources of the United States. 2 vols. Detroit, MI: Gale Research Company, 1983. REF E184.A1W27 1983 SSH

A guide to organizations, agencies, foundations, institutions, media, commercial and trade bodies, government programs, research institutes, libraries and museums, religious institutions, banking firms, festivals and fairs, travel and tourist offices, airlines and ship lines, book dealers and publishers' representatives, books, pamphlets, and audiovisuals on specific ethnic groups. "Poles" pp. 956-997.

 

Zurawski, Joseph. Polish American History and Culture: A Classified Bibliography. Chicago: Polish Museum of America, 1975 REF Z1361.P6 FLIC

Prepared by the former Director of the Polish Museum of America in Chicago; lists nearly 1700 items. Valuable source of information on various aspects of Polish history and culture.


POLISH PAST IN AMERICA

Baker, T. Lindsay. The First Polish Americans: Silesian Settlements in Texas. College Station, TX: Texas A & M University Press, 1979. F395.P7B33 SSH

Provides information on the oldest Polish colonies in America such as Panna Maria, in Texas. Follows the life of an immigrant from his Silesian homeland through life on the frontier and into the twentieth century, showing the Silesian impact on Texas and its significance. Includes a bibliography.

 

Bodnar, John. The Transplanted. A History of Immigrants in Urban America. Bloomington, IN: Indiana University Press, 1985. E184.A1B59 1985 SSH

Traces the dynamic process of adaptation to the American way of life and capitalism by the different groups of preindustrial immigrants from different parts of the world.

 

Bukowczyk, John J. And My Children Did not Know Me: A History of the Polish Americans. Bloomingtown, IN: Indiana University Press, 1987. E184.P7B84 1987 SSH

Discusses what it meant to be Polish-American in the past and what it means in the present. Presents examples of anti-Polish bias and stereotypes as well as attempts to fight them. Provides information on the history of Poland and factors causing immigration, and about the hard work of immigrants in America. Many photographs. Contains a bibliographical essay to lead readers to additional sources.

 

Cohen, Lizabeth. Making a New Deal. Industrial Workers in Chicago, 1919-1939. Cambridge University Press, 1990. HD8085.C53C64 1990 SSH

Attempts to explain how industrial workers in Chicago became effective unionists and national political participants by the mid-1930s. Focuses to a great extent on Polish immigrants.

 

Dziob, Francis W., Karol Burke, and Joseph Wiewiora. Jamestown Pioneers From Poland. Chicago, IL: Polish American Congress, 1958. F234.J3J35 1958 POC

A commemorative book published on the 350th anniversary of the arrival of the first Poles in America. Contains reprints of articles, speeches, and congressional addresses on the Jamestown Poles. Profusely illustrated.

 

Fox, Paul. The Poles in America. New York, NY: Arno Press, 1970. E184.P7F8 1970 JEP

Reprint of a work originally published in 1922 under the auspices of the Interchurch World Movement. Outlines the social, economic, and religious background of the Polish people, and presents the experiences of Polish immigrants in America, with special reference to their contact with religious institutions in America.

 

Friedel, Mieczyslaw W. This Polish Blood in America's Veins. Sketches from the Life of Polish Immigrants and their Descendants in America, Illustrating a Part of American History Unknown to Most Americans. New York, NY: Vantage Press, Inc., 1978. E184.P7F84 SSH

Chronicles dozens of brief biographical sketches of such historical figures as Jan of Kolno, the Polish sea captain who was a contemporary of Columbus, to President Carter's adviser, Zbigniew Brzezinski. Contains information on customs and the language of Polish-Americans, the influence of Catholic Church on their lives, class antagonism, the Polish-American press, etc.

 

Greene, Victor R. For God and Country. The Rise of Polish and Lithuanian Ethnic Consciousness in America 1860-1910. Madison, WI: The State Historical Society of Wisconsin, 1975. E184.P7G73 SSH

Focuses on how, and to what degree, individual Polish and Lithuanian immigrants became cognizant of their membership in the larger, distinctive ethnic group, and offers a hypothesis about the compatibility of ethnic awareness and American identity.

 

Grzelonski, Bogdan. Poles in the United States of America, 1776-1865. Warsaw: Interpress, 1976. E184.P7G7713 POC

Written by a Polish specialist on American history. A collection of sketches dealing with the part played by Poles in two important events in the USA history: the American Revolution (1775-1783) and the Civil War (1861-1865). Also portrays the first Poles to arrive on the North American continent -- twelve years before the Pilgrim Fathers founded the Plymouth Colony in New England in 1620.

 

Haiman, Mieczyslaw. Poland and the American Revolutionary War. Chicago, IL: Polish Roman Catholic Union of America, 1932. E184.P7H136 1932 SPE

Presents a detailed account of the contributions of Poles to the American Revolution. Includes biographies of Generals Thaddeus Kosciuszko and Casimir Pulaski. Also gives information on other Poles who participated in the Revolution, on the relations between George Washington and his Polish friends, and on late 18th century Poland's attitude toward the American cause.

 

Haiman, Mieczyslaw. Polish Past in America, 1608-1865. Special edition with revised and updated introduction and bibliography by LeRoy H. Fisher. Chicago, IL: Polish Museum of America, 1975. E184.P7 SSH

A scholarly examination of the early history of Poles in America before the period of the mass economic migrations.

 

Historic City. The Settlement of Chicago. Chicago, IL: Department of Development and Planning, 1976. REF F548.3.C55 1976 SSH

Provides, in pp. 47-49, information on Polish immigrants, the area of early settlements, Polish Catholic parishes, leaders of the Polish community, Polish newspapers, Polish businesses, and ethnic organizations created to promote Polish culture.

 

Kantowicz, Edward R. Polish-American Politics in Chicago 1888-1940. Chicago, IL: The University of Chicago Press, 1975. REF F548.9.P7K36 SSH

A study of ethnic politics from within the ethnic community, describing political leadership, voting patterns, significant issues and the economic and psychological functions served by participation in American politics. Provides information on the Polish language press in Chicago and detailed descriptions of Chicago's many Polish neighborhoods.

 

Kula, Witold. Writing Home: Immigrants in Brazil and the United States 1890-1891. Edited and translated by Josephine Wtulich. New York, NY: Columbia University Press, 1986. REF 184.P7K9313 1986 SSH

An annotated translation, as well as an analysis and interpretation, of a collection of "America letters" sent home from the USA and Brazil, telling the stories of Polish immigrants in their own words. An invaluable source to anyone wishing to learn about Polish immigrants in the late 19th century.

 

Kuniczak, W. S. My Name is Million: An Illustrated History of the Poles in America. New York, NY: Doubleday, 1978. E184.P7K94 SSH

Popular history of Polish immigrants in America, from the legendary Jan of Kolno, Polish navigator living in 15th century, to Czeslaw Milosz, Janusz Korczak-Ziolkowski, Edmund Muskie, and Stan Musial. Profusely illustrated.

 

Pacyga, Dominic A. Polish Immigrants and Industrial Chicago. Workers on the South Side, 1880-1922. Columbus, OH: Ohio State University, 1991. REF F548.9.P7P33 1991 SSH

Explores the process of how Polish immigrants who worked as packing house and steel-mill workers on the South Side of Chicago adjusted to the industrial milieu and joined the American urban working class.

 

Phillips, Charles. Paderewski: The Story of a Modern Immortal. New York, NY: Macmillan, 1934 ML410.P114P5 MU

A biography of one of Poland's best-known immigrants, the statesman, pianist, and composer, Ignace Jan Paderewski.

 

Pienkos, Donald E. P.N.A. Centennial History of the Polish National Alliance of the United States of North America. New York, NY: Columbia University Press, 1984. HS2018.P62P33 1984 POC

Presents the history of the eighth largest fraternal insurance association in the USA, the PNA, which supports the economic, cultural, and political advancement of Polish Americans and the preservation of ethnic consciousness and pride in their heritage among successive generations of Americans of Polish descent.

 

Pilarski, Laura. They Came From Poland: The Stories of Famous Polish-Americans. New York, NY: Dodd, Mead and Company, 1969. E184.P7P55 SSH

Brief biographies of noted Poles who have made lasting contributions to America's history and culture. Includes profiles of the Jamestown Poles, Casimir Pulaski, Thaddeus Kosciuszko, Anthony Sadowski, Helena Modjeska, Ignace Jan Paderewski, Casimir Funk, Matthew Nowicki, Artur Rubinstein, Edmund Muskie, John Gronouski, and Stan Musial.

 

Poles of Chicago 1837-1937. A History of One Century of Polish Contribution to the City of Chicago, llinois. Chicago, IL: Polish Pageant, Inc., 1937 REF F548.9.P7P7 SSH

Collective work written in conjunction with the celebration of Chicago's Charter Jubilee in 1937. Explores the Polish presence in Chicago during the century of 1837-1937. Discusses such issues as the economic contribution of Poles to Chicago's progress, the rise of Poles in American politics, contribution of Americans of Polish ancestry to the development of music in Chicago, Polish churches in Chicago and vicinity, Polish organizations in Chicago, etc.

 

Renkiewicz, Frank, ed. The Poles in America, 1608-1972: A Chronology and Fact Book. Ethnic Chronology Series #9. Dobbs Ferry, NY: Oceana Publications, 1973. REF E184.P7R46 SSH

An annotated chronology of the major events in the evolution of the Polish-American community. Contains significant excerpts from documents which illustrate this evolution. Includes Captain John Smith's remarks on the Jamestown Poles; Pulaski's last letter to the Continental Congress; the entire text of Kosciuszko's will; immigrant letters, newspaper and journal articles; the statement of purpose of Detroit's Black-Polish Conference; and remarks by Edmund Muskie, Eugene Kusielewicz, Barbara Mikulski, and Aloysius Mazewski. Statistical appendices.

 

Siekaniec, L. Polish Contribution to Early American Education. San Francisco, CA: R and E Research Associates, 1976. LA215.S57 SSH

Examines Polish-American educational activities since the first Poles arrived in the USA until the time of the American Civil War, 1865. Describes Polish contribution in the field of liberal arts.

 

Thomas, William and Florian Znaniecki. The Polish Peasant in Europe and America. New York, NY: Octagon Press, 1974. REF HD728.T562 v1 and v2 BST

Originally published in five volumes between 1918 and 1920. Explains the sociology of the immigrants through reference to the breakup of traditional society, particularly its family system. Primarily concerned with "Russian" or "Congress" Poland, from which mostly single, young male laborers emigrated to America.

 

Thomas, William and Florian Znaniecki. The Polish Peasant in Europe and America. Edited and abridged by Eli Zaretsky, Urbana, IL: University of Illinois Press, 1984. E184.P7T481984 POC

An abridged version of the detailed 1927 sociological study of Polish peasant and Polish immigrant societies in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. Some biographical information on Thomas and Znaniecki, as well as reflections on the significance of The Polish Peasant for the history of sociology.

 

Tomczak, Anthony C., ed. Poles in America. Their Contribution to a Century of Progress. Chicago, IL: Polish Day Association, 1933. REF F548.9.P7 P68 SSH

Commemorative souvenir book compiled and published on the occasion of the Polish Week of Hospitality in Chicago during July 17th to 23rd, 1933. Discusses the contributions of Americans of Polish descent to the historical progress of the United States. Some facts on the history of Poland also included.

 

Toor, Rachel: The Polish Americans. The People of North America. New York, NY: Chelsea House Publishers, 1988. E184.P7T57 1988 JUV

Discusses the history, culture, and religion of the Poles, factors encouraging immigration, and the acceptance of Poles as an ethnic group in North America. Profiles famous Polish-Americans. Richly illustrated. Intended for children and young adults.

 

Wieczerzak, Joseph W. A Polish Chapter in American Civil War: The Effects of the January Insurrection on American Opinion and Diplomacy. Poland's Millennium Series of the Kosciuszko Foundation. New York, NY: Twayne Publishers, 1967. E183.8.P7W5 SSH

Focuses on the mutual influence of Poland and America during the period of the War between the States and the Polish January Insurrection of 1863. Examines official documents and popular and journalistic reactions in the two countries to demonstrate that there is a link between these two wars, and that this link served to strengthen the sentimental connection between Poles and Americans in each other's struggles for freedom.

 

Wytrwal, Joseph A. America's Polish Heritage: A Social History of the Poles in America. Detroit, MI: Endurance Press, 1961. E184.P7W9 JEP

Examines Polish immigration and acculturation. Presents brief histories of the two largest Polish-American organizations, the Polish National Alliance and the Polish Roman Catholic Union.

 

Wytrwal, Joseph A. Behold! The Polish-Americans. Detroit, MI: Endurance Press, 1977. E174.P7W913 SSH

Includes new chapters which offer an additional dimension to this work: notably a comparative study of the Poles as they relate to African Americans, Jewish Americans, Native Americans and Irish Americans during their encounters with American culture as new immigrants to the USA. Examines the rise of national fraternal and cultural organizations, and the role of the Catholic church in the Polish-American community.

 

Wytrwal, Joseph A. Poles in American History and Tradition. Detroit, MI: Endurance Press, 1969. E184.P7W93 SSH

Expanded and updated edition of the author's America's Polish Heritage. Traces in detail the presence of Poles in America, their participation in its wars, and their contributions to its culture and society.

 

Wytrwal, Joseph A. The Poles in America. Minneapolis, MN: Lerner Publications Co., 1969. JE184.P7W92 JUV

A richly illustrated work for children and young adults. Includes chapters on "Poland: Land of the White Eagle"; "Explorers and Pioneers"; "Poles in the War for American Independence"; "Polish-Americans: 1783-1865"; "The American Civil War"; "Polish Immigration: 1865-1900"; "The Early Twentieth Century"; "World War II and Beyond"; and "Recent Contributions to American Life".


RECENT CONTRIBUTIONS TO AMERICAN LIFE

Baretski, Charles, A. Our Quarter Century Polish Heritage. Newark, NJ: The American Council of Polish Cultural Clubs, 1973. REF E184.P7B3 SSH

History of activities and accomplishments of the American Council of Polish Cultural Clubs (A.C.P.C.C.) established in 1948 to promote Polish culture in American society. Describes the Polish arts club movement, the birth of the A.C.P.C.C. and its yearly conventions. Includes a list of affiliated member clubs and necrologies for deceased members.

 

Bernardo, Stephanie. The Ethnic Almanac. Garden City, NY: Doubleday & Company, Inc., 1981. REF E184.A1B426 SSH

On pp. 44-48 provides facts on the past and present history of Poland, Polish immigration to America, famous Poles who contributed to American society, and on some specialties of Polish food.

 

Budrewicz, Olgierd. The Melting Pot Revisited. Warsaw: Interpress, 1977. E184.P7B813 POC

Profiles of twenty prominent men and women of Polish heritage who have made outstanding contributions to American life in recent times. Some photographs.

 

Chicago's Polish Population. Selected Statistics. Chicago, IL: Department of Development and Planning, 1976. REF F548.P7C45 1976 SSH

Describes general characteristics of Chicago's Polish population (first and second generation of Polish- Americans) in 1970. Provides data on age and family, education, housing, income, and occupation and industry. Includes comparisons between Chicago's Poles and those in the suburban portion of the Chicago Standard Consolidated Area (SCA), between the Chicago Polish and Chicago total populations, and between the suburban Polish population and the total suburban population.

 

Grammich, Clifford A. The Chicago Area Polish Community: An MCIC Special Survey Report. Chicago, IL: Metro Chicago Information Center, 1992. REF 548.9.P7C55 1992 SSH

Provides information on the distribution of the English-speaking Polish community in suburban Cook County and in the "collar counties" and on the percent of English-speaking Polish population in different parts of Chicago and suburban Cook county, as well as other data characterizing the Polish community (occupations, properties, etc.).

 

Holli, Melvin G. and Peter d'A Jones. Ethnic Chicago. Revised and Expanded. Grand Rapids, MI: William B. Eerdmans Publishing Co., 1984. F548.9.A1E85 1984 SSH

Describes "Polish Chicago" on pp. 143-173. Discusses history of settlement, and facts about the Polish past in Chicago. Also focuses on the current Polish presence in Chicago -- Polish cultural institutions, Polish ethnic cultural centers and societies, Polish language broadcasting, annual events, and celebrations, etc. Includes addresses of Polish bookstores, delicatessens, bakeries, restaurants, and nightclubs.

 

Holli, Melvin G., ed. Ethnic Chicago. Grand Rapid,MI: William B. Eerdmans Publishing Co., 1994. F548.9.A1E85 1994 SSH

Describes Polish immigrant settlement patterns, the process of building the Polish community, churches, parochial schools, Polish-American fraternal organizations, Polish newspapers, prominent Polish leaders, and politicians. Compares Polish experiences with other ethnic communities experiences.

 

Lindberd, Richard. Ethnic Chicago. A Complete Guide to the Many Faces & Cultures of Chicago. Lincolnwood, IL: Passport Books, 1993. F548.18.L56 1993 SSH

Describes "Polish Chicago" on pp. 141-173. Includes information on history and settlement, Polish Museum in America, annual events and celebrations, shopping and dining guide, and bookstores and radio stations.

 

Lopata, Helena Znaniecka. Polish Americans. 2nd rev. ed. with a new chapter by Mary Patrice Erdmans. New Brunswick, NJ: Transaction Publishers, 1994. E184.P7 L66 1994 SSH

Examines the Polish ethnic community in America created by the three waves of immigration in the years between 1880 and 1990. Examines the impact of post communist changes in Poland. Extensive bibliography.

 

Michelson-Livingston, Dorothy. Master of Light: A Biography of Albert A. Michelson. New York, NY: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1973. QC16.M56L58 BST

Biography of the noted American scientist of Polish-Jewish descent who first calculated the speed of light and was the first American to win a Nobel prize in the sciences.

 

Mocha, Frank, ed. The Poles in America: Bicentennial Essays. Stevens Point, WI: Worzalia Publishing Co., 1978. E184.P7P65 SSH

Contributions by many scholars concerning the history of Poles in America, their religion and education, scholarship, literature and culture, and their organizational life and scholarly institutions. Divided into four parts -- History, Religion and Education, Scholarship, Literature and culture, Organizations and Scholarly Institutions.

 

Obidinski, Eugene E and Helen Stankiewicz Zand. Polish Folkways in America. Community and Family. Lanham, NY: University Press of America, 1987. E184.P7O24 1987 SSH

Examines everyday habits and customs, holidays and seasonal celebrations, practices and beliefs of the Polish people, as well as their institutions and their survival in America.

 

Pacyga, Dominic and Ellen Skerrett. Chicago: City of Neighborhoods. Histories & Tours. Chicago, IL: Loyola University Press, 1986. F548.18P33 1986 SSH

Fifteen suggested tours which describe neighborhoods, or "communities". Illustrated with historic and contemporary photographs and street maps. "Polish Downtown" (Milwaukee and Division) described on pp. 164-197.