Milwaukee-Downer College Records, 1840-1964

Contents List

Container Title
Milwaukee Mss 72
Part 1 (Milwaukee Mss 72, Milwaukee Tape 8): Original Collection, 1948-1980
Physical Description: 2.0 c.f. (6 archives boxes) and 4 tape recordings 
Scope and Content Note

This part is arranged in two series: WISCONSIN DIVISION RECORDS and NATIONAL PAC RECORDS.

The WISCONSIN DIVISION RECORDS date from 1948 to 1980, and consist of by-laws, membership records, administrative records, and correspondence, with related materials. Within the files of administrative records are minutes of annual meetings, financial and treasurers' reports, resolutions, and other papers pertaining to the meetings. Most of the documents are in Polish. Supplementing the administrative files are four tape recordings of the May 21, 1978 executive board meeting and of the delegates' meeting, January 21, 1979. The tapes are in English.

Much of the general correspondence in the collection concerns local celebrations and commemorations of anniversaries in Polish and Polish American history. There are letters describing arrangements for public ceremonies, letters of invitation and regret, and programs from events. Among the occasions observed were the 50th anniversary of the restoration of independence to Poland, 1968; the 50th anniversary of the restoration of independence to Poland, 1968; the 30th anniversary of the invasion of Poland in 1939; commemoration of the Katyn Forest Massacre in 1939; and the American Revolution Bicentennial, 1979. In addition, there is correspondence opposing selection of Munich as Milwaukee's Sister City (1965) and letters written to protest a Nazi rally in Milwaukee in August 1977. Other correspondence concerns administrative matters, such as perceived PAC election irregularities (1977 and 1978), PAC national finances (1968-1974, 1977), membership recruitment (1977-1978), problems with internal communication (12 December 1975 and 16 January 1976), and the establishment of a new Texas State Division (23 March 1971). The Wisconsin Division was also involved with the 1977 Milwaukee public schools desegregation plan, and from 1972 to 1976 sought veterans' benefits for veterans of allied military forces from both World Wars.

Specific correspondence files include those on defamation, stressing formation of a positive Polish identity, elimination of defamatory remarks and anti-Polish jokes, and establishment of “Project Pole,” to combat negative stereotypes; and files concerning celebrations of the Polish Millennium of Christianity and Kopernik Quincentennial. The file on Polish ethnicity promotes use of the Polish language in Milwaukee area churches, in the media, and through language classes; establishment of a Chair of Polish history at the University of Wisconsin; formation of cultural clubs; and the development of the Polish exhibit at the Milwaukee Public Museum. There is a file of correspondence concerning United States foreign policy, primarily consisting of correspondence between the Wisconsin PAC and representatives in Congress on matters pertaining to Poland.

NATIONAL PAC RECORDS primarily consist of records of meetings of the Supreme Council (1962), board of directors (1956-1978), and of national conventions (1960-1976). Included in the files are minutes, agenda, committee reports, correspondence, speeches, and materials pertaining to the business under consideration. . There are also several versions of the national by-laws from different dates; national newsletters; bulletins of the Illinois Division of the PAC, with a few issues from the Michigan, New York, and Ohio PAC groups; and several “Komunikats” and news abstracts of the Studium Spraw Polskich, (the North American Study Center for Polish Affairs), a group of intellectuals associated with the PAC from 1976-1977.

Series: Wisconsin Division Records
Box   1
Folder   1
By-laws, 1964, 1975, 1980
Box   1
Folder   2
Membership records, 1971-1980
Box   1
Folder   3-5
Administrative records, 1948-1980, undated
Milwaukee Tape 8
No.   1-2
Wisconsin Division Executive Board meeting, May 21, 1978
No.   3-4
PAC delegates meeting, January 21, 1979
Milwaukee Mss 72
Correspondence and related materials
General
Box   1
Folder   6-8
1956-1969
Box   2
Folder   1-6
1970-1981, undated
Regarding defamation
Box   2
Folder   7
1963-1978 April
Box   3
Folder   1
1978 May-1979
Box   3
Folder   2
Regarding Pope John Paul II, 1978
Box   3
Folder   3
Kopernik Committee, 1972-1974
Box   3
Folder   4
Millennium Committee, 1962-1967, 1970, undated
Box   3
Folder   5-6
Regarding Polish ethnicity, 1956-1979, undated
United States foreign policy
Box   3
Folder   7
1956-1971
Box   4
Folder   1-2
1972-1980, undated
Series: National PAC Records
Box   4
Folder   3
National by-laws, 1960, 1970, 1972, 1976, undated
Box   4
Folder   4
Supreme Council meeting, 1962
Board of Directors meetings
Box   4
Folder   5-8
1956-1975
Box   5
Folder   1-3
1976-1978
Convention minutes and other records
Box   5
Folder   4-8
1960, 1964, 1968, 1970, 1972
Box   6
Folder   1-2
1972, 1976
Box   6
Folder   3
Newsletters, 1969-1978
Box   6
Folder   4
Bulletins, 1974-1979
Box   6
Folder   5
Studium, 1978-1979
Box   6
Folder   6
Miscellaneous, 1976-1979, undated
Milwaukee Mss 72
Part 2 (Milwaukee Mss 72, PH 6548): Additions, 1979-2003
Physical Description: 4.4 c.f. (11 archives boxes) and 0.3 c.f. of photographs (1 archives box and 1 oversize folder) 
Scope and Content Note

This part is arranged into four series, ADMINISTRATIVE FILES, SUBJECT FILES, PUBLICATIONS, and VISUAL MATERIALS, organized alphabetically. There is some overlap in the content of files in all four series due to the interrelated nature of the organization, its interests and its events.

The records contained in the ADMINISTRATIVE FILES date from approximately 1964 to 2003, and include activity reports, bulletins, by-laws, constitutions, correspondence, financial reports, meeting minutes, membership files, newsletters, and record books. The constitutions and by-laws - in both Polish and English - included in the collection are mostly undated, spanning approximately from the creation of PAC Wisconsin up to 2000, after which the chronological files diminish drastically. The correspondence included in the administrative files relates primarily to the activities of three PAC Wisconsin leaders: Eugene Kaluzny, Edward Wojtkowski, and Mark Lazar. A substantial amount of this correspondence is related to some legal questions arising from questions of leadership and some general internal discord. The community events files detail the activities of PAC Wisconsin in the Milwaukee area, including concerts, lecture series, and banquets. Documentation of these events includes flyers, brochures, pamphlets, and letters relating to the planning and execution of the events. Many of these events were sponsored in conjunction with the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and other Polish community organizations in the area, and larger publications related to these events can found in the PUBLICATIONS series.

The SUBJECT FILES contains mostly research and correspondence relating to PAC Wisconsin's interests, providing the foundation for many of their commemorative events and activities. Most of these files and their names were already established by PAC Wisconsin, so loose records were incorporated into existing files when pertinent. Other files were created according to subject categories and organizational interests outlined in the Organizational History. The SUBJECT FILES are composed almost entirely of newspaper clippings, as well as reproductions of articles and book chapters, and transcriptions of speeches from momentous occasions in Polish and English. Some examples of subject files representing matters of considerable interest for PAC Wisconsin include: Polish-Jewish relations, Polish-American cultural issues and ethnicity, Polish history, Janusz Korczak, the Katyn Massacre, the Rev. Waclaw Kruszka, the Polish Relief Fund, Solidarity, the Martial Law Period, Eastern European issues under Communism, and Polish Churches in Wisconsin.

The PUBLICATIONS include all materials produced by PAC Wisconsin partners and related member organizations, as well as general published material on topics related to the interests of PAC Wisconsin. These include pamphlets, brochures, flyers, sheet music, and several books. Most of these publications are relating to banquets and other commemorative events organized and/or sponsored by PAC Wisconsin or its partners. Most of the pamphlets are dated, however most of the books and most of the sheet music are without dates. The sheet music provides an interesting overview of traditional Polish chorals, mazurkas, folk music and other scores used in PAC Wisconsin events.

The VISUAL MATERIALS series includes photographs of people, places and events documented elsewhere in the collection. There are also many negatives in the collection, some of which mirror the prints in the collection, but several of which have no print. The highlights of the VISUAL MATERIALS series include photographs of several member organizations, many photos of Polish dancers in costume, theater troupes, musical events and authors in the cultural events folder and several photographs of businesses in the 1930s with their owners in the Polish businesses in Wisconsin folder.

Series: Administrative Files
Box   7
Folder   1
Bulletins/newsletters, 1983-1989
Box   7
Folder   2-4
Bulletin file, 1983-1989
Box   7
Folder   5
Constitution/by-laws, 1964-1994
Box   7
Folder   6
Community events, 1979-1988
Chronological files
Box   7
Folder   7
1964-1979
Box   8
Folder   1-7
1981-1986
Box   9
Folder   1-4
1986-1989
Box   10
Folder   1-10
1989-2001
Box   11
Folder   1
Landmark committees, 1973-1974
Box   11
Folder   2
Lazar correspondence, 1983-1995
Box   11
Folder   3
Membership, 1974-1995
Box   11
Folder   4-5
Meeting minutes, 1981-1984
Box   11
Folder   6
Meeting protocols and agendas, 1971-1989
Box   12
Folder   1
Polish Relief Fund correspondence, 1984-1989
Record books
Box   12
Folder   2
1981
Box   12
Folder   3
1977-1984
Box   12
Folder   4
Various statistics, 1984-1983
Wojtkowski
Box   12
Folder   5
Correspondence, 1968-1989
Personal file
Box   12
Folder   6
1975-1986
Box   12
Folder   7
1977-1997
Series: Subject Files
Box   13
Folder   1
Auschwitz convent, 1987-1989
Box   13
Folder   2
Copernicus event, 1973
Box   13
Folder   3
Jaruzelski demonstration, 1985
Box   13
Folder   4
Jewish-American Council meeting, 1998
Box   13
Folder   5
Katyn, 1980-1989
Box   13
Folder   6
Korczak, 1989-1993
Box   13
Folder   7
Korczak lecture series, 1979-1995
Box   13
Folder   8
Kruszka, 1987
Box   13
Folder   9
Kruszka Memorial Celebration, 1986-1989
Box   13
Folder   10
Milwaukee ethnic information, 1909-1994
Box   13
Folder   11
Poland/Eastern Europe, 1987-1989
Box   14
Folder   1-3
Polish American Ethnic Committee, 1906-1986
Box   14
Folder   4
Polish cultural events, 1978-1997
Box   14
Folder   5-6
Polish churches in Wisconsin, 1895-1898, 1964-1987
Box   15
Folder   1-3
Polish Jewish-relations, 1979-1999
Box   15
Folder   4
Polish Radio Cultural Hour, 1954-1994
Box   15
Folder   5
Stas Radosh, 1984-1987
Box   15
Folder   6
Sobieski 300 anniversary, 1983
Box   15
Folder   7
Solidarity, 1980-1983
Box   15
Folder   8
University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, 1981-1994
Box   15
Folder   9
University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, events, 1986-1998
Box   15
Folder   10
World War II anniversary, 1995
Box   15
Folder   11
Yalta Conference anniversary, 1975
Series: Publications
Box   16
Folder   1
Ecumenical Prayer Service, 1982
Box   16
Folder   2
Federation Life Insurance, 1976
Holy Name Parish
Box   16
Folder   3
1954-1989
Box   16
Folder   4
1983-1989
Box   16
Folder   5
New Life Chorus, 1987
Box   16
Folder   6
“Poland: Facts and Figures,” 1971
Box   16
Folder   7
Polish American Congress, 1944-1994
Box   16
Folder   8
Polonia Appeal to Arms, 1987
Box   16
Folder   9
Polish Army Recruiting, 1967
Box   16
Folder   10
Polish Center of Wisconsin, 2000
Box   16
Folder   11
[folder number skipped]
Box   16
Folder   12
Polish Embassy, 1991
Box   17
Folder   1
Polish League of American Veterans, 1977-1988
Box   17
Folder   2
Polish Millennium Committee, 1966
Box   17
Folder   3-4
Polish National Church, 1971-1997
Box   17
Folder   5
Polish National Alliance, 1975-1995
Box   17
Folder   6
Polish Women's Cultural Club, 1981
Box   17
Folder   7
Polonia Sport Club, 2000
Box   17
Folder   8
Polish Women's Cultural Club, 1981
Box   17
Folder   9
Rola Boza, 1973
Box   17
Folder   10
Syrena Polish Folk Dance Ensemble, 1985
Box   17
Folder   11
United Circle Choirs, 1932-1982
PH 6548
Series: Photographs
Box   1
Folder   1
Cultural events, undated
Box   1
Folder   2
Headshots, undated
Box   1
Folder   3
Kruszka exhibits, 1987
Box   1
Folder   4
Kruszka Memorial Celebration, 1987
Box   1
Folder   5
Polish businesses in Wisconsin, 1939
Box   1
Folder   6
Polish churches, 1900-1930
Box   1
Folder   7
Sports and community activities, 1932
Box   1
Folder   8
Wojtkowski events, undated
Oversize Folder  
Group photos