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Polish Declarations of Admiration and Friendship
for the United States

Front cover of volume one of Polish Declarations of Admiration and Friendship

Polish Declarations of Admiration and Friendship for the United States is a collection of 111 manuscript 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, volumes one through six include the greetings and signatures of national, provincial, and local government officials and representatives of religious, social, business, academic, and military institutions. Volumes seven through thirteen present the signatures and a small number of photographs of students and faculty of secondary schools, as well as some elementary schools. Volumes one through thirteen have been digitized and are now accessible via the link below.

Digitization of the 96 elementary school volumes, totaling some 28,000 pages, was not undertaken because of staffing and budgetary considerations. However, a complete inventory of all the place names in Volumes 14-110 is available below. The index is arranged alphabetically by the names of the cities, towns, or villages in which elementary schools were located. Also provided are the names of the administrative districts (powiaty) and volume and page numbers. The index indicates which schools are accompanied with photographs; about one percent of the entries have photographs. Volume 111 includes a brief guide to the collection and acknowledgments. Eventually it may be possible to digitize volumes 14-111. Until then, researchers may consult the originals in the Manuscript Reading Room.

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