Gierat, Ewa
Papers, 1943-1995

DESCRIPTION    36 boxes (30.5 linear ft.)

Ewa Gierat, b. Karpinska - author, editor, social worker, active in
Polish scouting, Polish American Congress, North American Study
Center for Polish Affairs, Polonia of the Free World. Author of
short stories, essays, a history of Polish scouting in the US. Born in
Poland in 1922, MA from University of Glasgow in 1944, came to 
US in 1951, Columbia University School of Social Work, 1967. 

Stanislaw Gierat (1902-1977) - young peasants' movement activist in
the pre-WWII Poland, advisor to Gen. W. Anders during WWII, founder
and leader of Polish Veterans in Exile (SPK), active in Polish
American politics.

CONTENT   Personal papers of Ewa Gierat; some of Stanislaw Gierat's
Collection of letters Ewa Gierat exchanged with over 300 people,
mostly after-WWII Polish immigrants. Some letters are included in
scrapbooks called Kulig (1955-66) and Ksiegi Domkowe (1966-95).
Letters by Polish writers, editors, scholars (among Others Danuta
Mostwin, Melchior Wankowicz, Anna Morawska, Jerzy Giedroyc,
Jacek Wozniakowski, Jązef Wittlin, Florian Smieja). Also
extensive family correspondence: Zygmunt Karpinski in Poland,
Grazyna Dygat and sister Wanda Mycielska in Brazil and Great
Britain. Diaries, notes, manuscripts and bibliography of Ewa
Gierat's writings. Documents, correspondence, newsclippings
concerning Polish scouting in exile. Materials on Pierre Teilhard
de Chardin, Regina Laudis benedictine abbey and the town of
Bethlehem, Conn. Stanislaw Gierat's papers include correspondence
with his friend Jan Kazimierski in London (1943-1977). Also documents
and correspondence pertaining to Polish Veterans in Exile (SPK), North
American Study Center for Polish Affairs (its origins), Polish
American Congress, Polonia of the Free World, London Polish
political parties. Several documents from 1940s regarding political
opinions of Gen. Wladyslaw Anders, fundraising for KOR, position
papers, 88 pamphlets. Gierats' legal documents and photographs
LANGUAGE       Chiefly in Polish, some English and French
FINDING AIDS   Inventory, folder level
control. Indexes to correspondence available upon request.

RESTRICTIONS   Some family correspondence is restricted until after
Mrs. Gierat's death