The Polish Jubliee Collection includes booklets containing parish and community histories, photographs, and local advertisements celebrating the Jubilee, other anniversaries, and events in over twenty Massachusetts Polish American parishes. Among other items, the collection includes booklets furnishing histories and names associated with Polish American groups such as the Brotherly Aid Society and Polish American Veterans, a paper on the history of the Chicopee Polish Community, a pamphlet including songs and recipes, photographs, and other printed material.
The collection is open for research.
After the failure to gain independence of Russia in 1863 and years of political and social unrest, Poles emigrated to the United States in ever increasing numbers, peaking in the 1880s. In Western Massachusetts between 1890 and 1910, immigrants created a string of institutions to support their community, including social clubs, benevolent societies, veterans' groups, and a long string of Polish Catholic churches.
Scope and Contents of the Collection
The Polish Jubilee Collection consists primarily of commemorative booklets containing parish and community histories, photographs, and local advertisements, that celebrate the Jubilee, other anniversaries, and events in over twenty Massachusetts Polish American parishes. It also includes booklets furnishing histories and names associated with Polish American groups, such as the Brotherly Aid Society, Medical and Dental Association, Polish National Home Association, Polish American Veterans, and the Polish Women's Alliance.
Among other items are a paper, "The Dawn of Polish Independentism in New England: Separatists of Chicopee, Massachusetts" by William Wolkovich-Valkavicius; a pamphlet "Images of a Polish Christmas Wigilia" by Sophia Kielb 1988, including songs and recipes; photographs of Our Lady of Czestochowa Church in Turner's Falls and of Fr. Alfons A. Skoniecki; a booklet, "Springfield's Ethnic Heritage: The Polish Community" by Barry Schatz, 1976; and two books, Last of the Titans: Monsignor-Colonel Alphonse A. Skoniecki of Massachusetts, by Daniel S. Buczek, 1986, and Society of Christ in America, a church history detailing the life of a priest and the immigrant communities he served; and Struggle for Life, by "Laudator" 1971, which contains a bibliography and details the dangers of communism.
Materials are arranged by town and organized chronologically.
Acquired from various sources, via Stanley Radosh.
Processed by Linda Seidman.
Encoding funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.
Cite as: Polish Jubilee Collection (MS 57). Special Collections and University Archives, University of Massachusetts Amherst Libraries.