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Archiwum Stowarzyszenia Weteranów Armii Polskiej w Ameryce

Teofil Lachowicz, Archiwum Stowarzyszenia Weteranów Armii Polskiej w Ameryce, w: Archeion, t. 103, wyd. NDAP, Warszawa 2001, ss. 98-118 

"Teofil L a c h o w i c z, Archives of the Society of the Polish Army Veterans in the USA.
The Archives include collections related to the operations of the mutual aid organization of
Polish veterans set up in 1921 in Cleveland (USA) by former soldiers of the Polish Army in
France, referred to as the „Blue Army”, which exists until now. The organization provided
assistance to Polish disabled and unemployed veterans, in particular in the years of the Great
Crisis. During the World War II, it actively participated in the recruitment to the Polish Army
in Canada, provided material support to prisoners of war and soldiers fighting at various
fronts. After the end of the World War II, veterans from the Polish Armed Forces in the West,
from the US Army, those on service with the Polish Guards Corps in occupied Germany, and
even, staring as of 1944, former soldiers of the Polish Peoplé s Army, were joining the
organization. The seat of the Management Board of the Society was changed many times; it
has recently been moved to New York. The holdings of the archives were arranged subsequently
by different persons, which resulted in the lack of any professional and systematic arrangement
of records. Records used to be kept in boxes, some of them in a very poor condition. The
holdings include documents from the period of 1917–1999 (about 50 current meters). Individual
items in the inventory are described in very general, abridged terms (dates and reference
numbers are not always included). 34 series of documents may be distinguished, including,
inter alia, the records of Haller´s soldiers, general assemblies, correspondence, official
documents, problems of local agencies, finances, archives of a periodical issued under the
title „Weteran” (since 1921), mutual aid, cooperation with Polish diplomatic offices in the
USA and Canada, with the US authorities, veterans´ and religious organizations, records
regarding celebrations and events. Fonds of records such as the one of the Association of
Polish Aviators (1955–1982) and the photographic and audio-visual archives are discussed
separately. The holdings of the Society are constantly increasing: new documents are acquired
from local agencies liquidated and from individual donors – members of the Society and their
families. The majority of photographs depict activities of the Polish Armed Forces in Great
Britain. The film section is much more modest. The archives also include some tape recordings,
i.a. speeches delivered by General Anders."
Źródło: Archeion, t. 103 

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