Roman B.J. Kwasniewski Photographs, 1897-1959,  (bulk 1920-1931)

Administrative/Restriction Information

Access Restrictions

Handling of the glass negatives and lantern slides requires the assistance of an archivist. Access to the nitrate and safety film negatives is restricted; researchers must use digital access copies. There are no other access restrictions on the materials, and the collection is open to all members of the public in accordance with state law.

Use Restrictions

The researcher assumes full responsibility for conforming with the laws of libel, privacy, and copyright which may be involved in the use of this collection (Wisconsin Statutes 19.21-19.39).

Acquisition Information

The University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee acquired the collection in January 1979 through the assistance of Polanki, the Polish Women's Club of Milwaukee; and Roman Kwasniewski's daughter, Adele, and her husband, John Kaczmarowski (unnumbered accession). Representative Walter Kunicki and Senator John Plewa secured state funding for processing the collection. The collection was formally opened for research on May 3, 1991 during a program at the Golda Meir Library.

Barbara Nelson donated additional negatives, prints, and an accounting ledger to the Archives in December 2007 (accession 2007-027).

Processing Information

William C. Mona and James P. Kusik led a team of students, including Kevin Corbitt, Linda Crippen, Michael Keane, Christel Maass, and Bob Mink, who processed the collection at the Archives between 1989 and 1991. Around 1998 Kathy Koch added assigned job numbers to prints that did not have an assigned number. Christel Maass finished processing the documents and revised the finding aid in 2007. Christel Maass added accession 2007-027 to the collection (as boxes 302-303) and updated the database in April 2008.

From July 2010 through mid-January 2011, Bob Jaeger led a project to prepare the collection for digitization. Nitrate and safety film negatives were moved to a location with like materials. Cracked and broken glass negatives were moved to boxes 304-309. Copy negatives were separated from the collection and placed in the case file. A full report is in the case file.

In February 2014, Dan Hauck removed 33 poorly developed, nitrate negatives.