Conrad A.E. Saskowski Papers, 1934-1984 (bulk 1939-1949)

Summary Information

Title: Conrad A.E. Saskowski Papers
Inclusive Dates: 1934-1984 (bulk 1939-1949)

  • Saskowski, Conrad A.E.
Call Number: Milwaukee Mss 214; PH Milwaukee Mss 214

Quantity: 3.2 c.f. (5 archives boxes and 3 flat boxes) and 9 photographs

Archival Locations:
UW-Milwaukee Libraries, Archives / Milwaukee Area Research Ctr. (Map)

Papers of Conrad A.E. Saskowski, a son of Polish immigrants, who established himself as a composer of operettas and musicals that disseminated Polish-American culture to Milwaukee. The bulk of the collection (1939-1949) is comprised of compositions arranged by genre--operettas, sacred works, and musicals. In addition to the vocal and orchestral parts, this collection features scripts and synopses of his compositions, and correspondence, publicity materials, and programs relating to his productions. As a founding member of the Polish Fine Arts Club, Saskowski was an active promoter of both the club's activities and his own compositions, especially his two major operettas, Polonaise (1939) and Blond Squaw (1949) which was revived in 1978 and renamed Spring Song. Of particular note is Saskowski's working relationship with Jerzy Bojanowski who conducted the premiere of Polonaise in 1939 and helped arrange Saskowski's Credo from Latin Mass in A (1978) that was subsequently titled Mass in Honor of Our Lady of Czestochowa (1984) and ultimately performed at Saskowski's funeral.


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Language: English, Polish

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