Online Polish Directories at the Library of Congress
The Library of Congress has digitized two historic Polish directories and
made them available to the public at the internet addresses below. The rare
and fragile items were felt to be of sufficiently broad interest to historians
and genealogists to merit digitization in this pilot project. Eventually
the items will be linked to their entries in the Library of Congress online
catalog (http://catalog.loc.gov). The
presentation is via "page view" display. They are now available for immediate
use at the following URLs. (Note: these are "handles" or "permanent" URLs
that have been established for these materials.)
1. Handlowa ksiega adresowa Polski i Gdanska
Contents: A 1923 commercial directory for the entire country, including Gdansk (Danzig), totaling about 700 pages.
- Front matter (including advertisements and a map of Polish railroads)
- PART I.
- Timeline of Polish history
- Administrative districts of the Republic of Poland
- Constitution of the Republic of Poland
- Officials of the Republic of Poland
- Polish diplomatic missions abroad
- Polish consulates abroad
- Foreign diplomatic representatives in Poland
- Foreign consulates in Poland
- Statistical data on the Polish economic situation
- Historical sketch of Gdansk (Danzig)
- Treaty of Versailles provisions concerning the Free City of Gdansk
- Officials of the Free City of Gdansk (Danzig) and the Supreme Commissioner
of the League of Nations in Gdansk (Danzig)
- Port of Gdansk (Danzig)
- Economic organizations in Poland and Gdansk (Danzig)
- Polish Information Bureau for foreign commerce in Gdansk (Danzig)
- Index of branches of industry and products listed in Part II.
- Alphabetic index of branches of industry listed in Part III.
- PART II.
- Enterprises [grouped by economic sector, enterprises are arranged
alphabetically, and street addresses are included; this is the heart
of the directory]
- PART III.
- PART IV.
2. Spis abonentow warszawskiej sieci telefonow Polskiej Akcyjnej Spolki Telefonicznej i rzadowej warszawskiej sieci okregowej
Contents: This is a 540-page white pages directory
of Warsaw and environs on the eve of World War II, along with a listing of
businesses and advertisements arranged by product or service, e.g., office
machines, sporting goods, physicians. This directory should be of special
interest to researchers who lost relatives, friends, and/or property during
Related material on the Library of Congress website:
Address/Telephone Directories from Poland
at the Library of Congress This
compilation lists the Polish directories held and available at the Library
of Congress as of November 2003. The first of its two sections covers the
period 1939-45 and includes a full listing of cities, towns and villages.
The second section begins after 1945 and is organized by the scope of coverage,
beginning with directories for the entire country and followed by directories
for specific regions.
Good Will'. A Polish Declaration of Admiration and Friendship
for the United States of America. An Online Exhibit. An extraordinary
gift of 111 volumes presented to the United States by Poland on the 150th
anniversary of American independence. These volumes consist of a declaration
of admiration signed by an estimated 5,500,000 Polish citizens, representing
more than one- sixth of the total population of Poland in 1926. Read
the Library of Congress Information Bulletin article about
the opening of the original exhibit at the Library.
Press in Poland 1976-1990 The European Division of the
Library of Congress houses a collection of 865 titles, representing some
at the Library of Congress History of the collections and description
of the highlights.
Records from the
Central Military Archives in Warsaw The online index to a microfilm
collection of declassified records covering the early years of the Cold
War, primarily 1945-50. They include letters, memoranda, policy papers
of the Polish Cabinet of Ministers, the Minister of Defense, the General
Staff, and other high military bodies. This and similar collections for
Hungary and Romania are held in the Library's European Reading Room.