Dear members It is 7 years since Julek Plowy wrote to us about the Polish Declarations of Admiration and Friendship for the United States (signed by 5.5Jun 17, 2012 1 of 2View SourceDear membersIt is 7 years since Julek Plowy wrote to us about the "Polish Declarations of Admiration and Friendship for the United States" (signed by 5.5 million Poles in 1926 - imagine, that was nearly one sixth of the country's entire population!)
The online collection of signatures from the digitized volumes held at the US Library of Congress has now been indexed at http://www.deklaracja.genealodzy.pl/ I should mention that the digitised volumes include signatures of secondary students but the elementary students have not yet been scanned. Nevertheless, I was able to zone in on my ancestral town of Brody in the geographic places index at http://international.loc.gov/intldl/pldechtml/pldechome.html, and was able to write directly to the Library of Congress, who scanned those pages for me (for a nominal fee), finding the elementary signature of my oldest aunt Stasia (7 at the time!).
Have a look and let us know if you do - it is a fascinating document and may yield some surprises!
--- In Kresy-Siberia@yahoogroups.com, "julek2205" <julian_plowy@...> wrote:
> To All:
> Just some information found at other web sites. Hope this information will be of some use and interest to some of us.
> POLISH GLOBAL VILLAGE
> wAsHiNgToN...aNd BeYoNd
> The Library of Congress
> unveils a new Web site:
> "Polish Declarations of
> Admiration and Friendship
> for the United States"
> From Ron Bachman...
> > "Polish Declarations of Admiration and Friendship
> > for the United States," a presentation of selected
> > manuscript volumes from the Manuscript Division of
> > the Library of Congress, is now available on the
> > Global Gateway Web site at
> > http://international.loc.gov/intldl/pldechtml/
> > Polish Declarations of Admiration and Friendship for
> > the United States is a presentation of the first 13
> > manuscript volumes of a larger collection of 111
> > volumes compiled in Poland in 1926 and delivered to
> > President Calvin Coolidge at the White House to
> > honor the 150th anniversary of the Declaration of
> > Independence. Richly illustrated with original
> > works by prominent Polish graphic artists, the
> > collection includes the greetings and signatures of
> > national, provincial, and local government
> > officials, representatives of religious, social,
> > business, academic, and military institutions, and
> > approximately five-and-a-half million school
> > children. At President Coolidge's behest, this
> > unique gift was transferred to the Library of
> > Congress, where it remained largely forgotten for
> > some seven decades. In 1996 the collection was
> > "rediscovered" serendipitously during the visit of
> > Polish First Lady Jolanta Kwasniewska and other
> > dignitaries from the Embassy of Poland. The
> > collection generated such intense interest that the
> > Library, in cooperation with the Embassy of Poland,
> > organized a special program on May 2, 1997 to
> > showcase this symbol of the enduring friendship
> > between Poland and the United States.
> > More than an impressive artifact, the collection is
> > an important, largely unexplored primary source for
> > genealogical, historical, and sociological research
> > for it includes the signatures of nearly one-sixth
> > of the population of Poland as it existed in 1926.
> > This searchable online presentation is a complete
> > facsimile of the six oversized presentation volumes
> > and the seven volumes of secondary school
> > signatures. With the exception of famous persons
> > after whom institutions are named, such as the Maria
> > Konopnicka Municipal Gimnazjum in Leszno or the
> > Queen Jadwiga State Gimnazjum in Pabianice, personal
> > names are not searchable. However, researchers are
> > now able to search by keyword (English or Polish
> > without diacritics) and locate information about
> > particular villages, cities, districts, provinces,
> > institutions, or organizations.
> > The Library of Congress Global Gateway Web site of
> > international collections and links to international
> > Web sites is available at
> > http://international.loc.gov/. "Polish Declarations
> > of Admiration and Friendship for the United States"
> > is under the link "Individual Digital Collections,"
> > which includes links to presentations of other
> > international materials.
> > Ron Bachman (rbac@)
> > Area Specialist for Poland
> > European Division, Library of Congress
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That is fascinating! It s a way of seeing a list of every school in a city in 1926. (What a lot of them in Lwow!) -- Dan Ford, New Hampshire USAJun 17, 2012 1 of 2View SourceThat is fascinating! It's a way of seeing a list of every school in a
city in 1926. (What a lot of them in Lwow!) -- Dan Ford, New Hampshire USA
On 6/17/2012 12:07 PM, stefan.wisniowski@... wrote:
> Nevertheless, I was able to zone in on my ancestral town of Brody in
> the geographic places index at