Milwaukee-Downer College Records, 1840-1964

Container Title
Micro 908/Milwaukee Micro 35/Stevens Point Micro 18
Part 1 (Micro 908, Milwaukee Micro 35, Stevens Point Micro 18): Original Collection, 1917-1975
Physical Description: 1 reel of microfilm (35 mm) 
Scope and Content Note

The collection illustrates Bartosz's personal and professional literary work, the history of the Gwiazda Polarna, and the history of the Polish press in the United States. Bartosz's career as a journalist and free-lance writer is seen in the run of his Gwiazda Polarna columns, 1938-1940, 1959-1970: and in the two issues of Postep (August and September 1919, volume 4, numbers 8 and 9) which contain articles by Bartosz. There is also a short play, W Niebie, published in the newspaper in 1937, and an undated one-act sketch in English, entitled Conjugate Mazur!, written by Bartosz under the pseudonym John Marchewka. Examples of Bartosz's poetry include a handwritten volume, dated 1917, Bloomfield, New Jersey, in which Bartosz also pasted pertinent newspaper clippings. There are several examples of typewritten poetry, with newspaper clippings, some of which concern publication of Szara Godzina; these items are mostly in Polish, and date from 1917-1934. In addition to Bartosz's other works is a series of newspaper clippings in Polish, which comprise his 1931 “History of the Polonian Press” in the United States. These also include articles about prominent individuals connected with the Polish press, and Bartosz's compilation of Gwiazda Polarna news clippings entitled “60 Years of Gwiazda Polarna, Stevens Point and 105 Years of Polish Press in America” (which was printed in 1968). As of 1981, the Gwiazda Polarna continues to appear; it is Wisconsin's only remaining Polish language newspaper, and the largest Polish language weekly in the nation. Its companion, Rolnik, ceased publication in 1960.

Researchers should also consult the tape-recorded interviews conducted with Adam and Bernice Bartosz 28 October 1974 by Richard Zeitlin as part of the Ethnic Heritage Studies Project. In the interviews the Bartoszes discuss their parentage, background, farm life, ethnic and cultural remembrances, religious life, family and community customs and activities and politics and intergroup relations in the community.

Reel   1
Frame   1-25
Biographical Sketches
Gwiazda Polarna Columns
Reel   1
Frame   26-50
1938-1940
Reel   1
Frame   51-75
1940, 1959
Reel   1
Frame   76-100
1960s-1970s
Reel   1
Frame   101-125
1960s-1970s
Reel   1
Frame   126-150
1970s, undated
Literary Writings
Reel   1
Frame   151-200
1919
Reel   1
Frame   201-225
1937, undated
Poetry
Reel   1
Frame   226-250
1917-1918, 1928, undated
Reel   1
Frame   251-275
1929, 1932, 1934, 1936, 1957, undated
Reel   1
Frame   276-350
undated
“History of the Polonian Press,”
Reel   1
Frame   351-375
1931-1932
Reel   1
Frame   376-400
1968, undated
Reel   1
Frame   401-425
1968, late 1960s, 1971, 1973, 1981, undated
Reel   1
Frame   426-450
undated