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
a chapter on sources pertaining to Polish Americans. Provides annotated
bibliographies of sources under various headings, such as "Directories and
Encyclopedias", "Periodicals", "History", "Sociology",
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
bibliography of bibliographies and other reference works which directs the
researcher to useful books, articles, and other sources.
Stephan. Harvard Encyclopedia of American Ethnic Groups. Cambridge, MA:
Harvard University Press, 1980. REF E184.A1H35 SSH
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
Wasserman, Paul, ed. Ethnic
Information Sources of the United States. 2 vols. Detroit, MI: Gale Research Company, 1983. REF
E184.A1W27 1983 SSH
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"
Joseph. Polish American History and Culture: A Classified Bibliography. Chicago:
Polish Museum of America, 1975 REF Z1361.P6 FLIC
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
T. Lindsay. The First Polish Americans: Silesian Settlements in Texas.
College Station, TX: Texas A & M University Press, 1979. F395.P7B33 SSH
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.
John. The Transplanted. A History of Immigrants in Urban America.
Bloomington, IN: Indiana University Press, 1985. E184.A1B59 1985 SSH
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
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
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.
Lizabeth. Making a New Deal. Industrial Workers in Chicago, 1919-1939. Cambridge
University Press, 1990. HD8085.C53C64 1990 SSH
to explain how industrial workers in Chicago became effective unionists and
national political participants by the mid-1930s. Focuses to a great extent on
Francis W., Karol Burke, and Joseph Wiewiora. Jamestown Pioneers From Poland.
Chicago, IL: Polish American Congress, 1958. F234.J3J35 1958 POC
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.
Paul. The Poles in America. New York, NY: Arno Press, 1970. E184.P7F8
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.
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
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.
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
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
Bogdan. Poles in the United States of America, 1776-1865. Warsaw:
Interpress, 1976. E184.P7G7713 POC
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.
Mieczyslaw. Poland and the American Revolutionary War. Chicago, IL:
Polish Roman Catholic Union of America, 1932. E184.P7H136 1932 SPE
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.
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
scholarly examination of the early history of Poles in America before the period
of the mass economic migrations.
City. The Settlement of Chicago. Chicago, IL: Department of Development and Planning, 1976. REF
F548.3.C55 1976 SSH
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.
Edward R. Polish-American Politics in Chicago 1888-1940. Chicago, IL: The
University of Chicago Press, 1975. REF F548.9.P7K36 SSH
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.
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
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
W. S. My Name is Million: An Illustrated History of the Poles in America.
New York, NY: Doubleday, 1978. E184.P7K94 SSH
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.
Dominic A. Polish Immigrants and Industrial Chicago. Workers on the South
Side, 1880-1922. Columbus, OH: Ohio State University, 1991. REF F548.9.P7P33
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.
Charles. Paderewski: The Story of a Modern Immortal. New York, NY:
Macmillan, 1934 ML410.P114P5 MU
biography of one of Poland's best-known immigrants, the statesman, pianist, and
composer, Ignace Jan Paderewski.
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
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.
Laura. They Came From Poland: The Stories of Famous Polish-Americans. New
York, NY: Dodd, Mead and Company, 1969. E184.P7P55 SSH
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.
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
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.
Frank, ed. The Poles in America, 1608-1972: A Chronology and Fact Book.
Ethnic Chronology Series #9. Dobbs Ferry, NY: Oceana Publications, 1973. REF
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
L. Polish Contribution to Early American Education. San Francisco, CA: R
and E Research Associates, 1976. LA215.S57 SSH
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.
William and Florian Znaniecki. The Polish Peasant in Europe and America. New
York, NY: Octagon Press, 1974. REF HD728.T562 v1 and v2 BST
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.
William and Florian Znaniecki. The Polish Peasant in Europe and America. Edited
and abridged by Eli Zaretsky, Urbana, IL: University of Illinois Press, 1984.
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.
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
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.
Rachel: The Polish Americans. The People of North America. New York, NY:
Chelsea House Publishers, 1988. E184.P7T57 1988 JUV
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
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
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.
Joseph A. America's Polish Heritage: A Social History of the Poles in
America. Detroit, MI: Endurance Press, 1961. E184.P7W9 JEP
Polish immigration and acculturation. Presents brief histories of the two
largest Polish-American organizations, the Polish National Alliance and the
Polish Roman Catholic Union.
Joseph A. Behold! The Polish-Americans. Detroit, MI: Endurance Press,
1977. E174.P7W913 SSH
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
Joseph A. Poles in American History and Tradition. Detroit, MI: Endurance
Press, 1969. E184.P7W93 SSH
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.
Joseph A. The Poles in America. Minneapolis, MN: Lerner Publications Co.,
1969. JE184.P7W92 JUV
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".
Charles, A. Our Quarter Century Polish Heritage. Newark, NJ: The American
Council of Polish Cultural Clubs, 1973. REF E184.P7B3 SSH
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.
Stephanie. The Ethnic Almanac. Garden City, NY: Doubleday & Company,
Inc., 1981. REF E184.A1B426 SSH
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.
Olgierd. The Melting Pot Revisited. Warsaw: Interpress, 1977. E184.P7B813
of twenty prominent men and women of Polish heritage who have made outstanding
contributions to American life in recent times. Some photographs.
Polish Population. Selected Statistics. Chicago, IL: Department of Development and Planning, 1976. REF
F548.P7C45 1976 SSH
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
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
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.).
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
"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.
Melvin G., ed. Ethnic Chicago. Grand Rapid,MI: William B. Eerdmans
Publishing Co., 1994. F548.9.A1E85 1994 SSH
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.
Richard. Ethnic Chicago. A Complete Guide to the Many Faces & Cultures of
Chicago. Lincolnwood, IL: Passport Books, 1993. F548.18.L56 1993 SSH
"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.
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
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
Dorothy. Master of Light: A Biography of Albert A. Michelson. New York,
NY: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1973. QC16.M56L58 BST
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
Frank, ed. The Poles in America: Bicentennial Essays.
Stevens Point, WI: Worzalia Publishing Co., 1978. E184.P7P65 SSH
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
Eugene E and Helen Stankiewicz Zand. Polish Folkways in America. Community
and Family. Lanham, NY: University Press of America, 1987. E184.P7O24 1987
everyday habits and customs, holidays and seasonal celebrations, practices and
beliefs of the Polish people, as well as their institutions and their survival
Dominic and Ellen Skerrett. Chicago: City of Neighborhoods. Histories &
Tours. Chicago, IL: Loyola University Press, 1986. F548.18P33 1986 SSH
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.