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MS Slavic 11

Lechoń, Jan, 1899-1956. Jan Lechoń papers, 1945-1956: Guide.

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Descriptive Summary

Location: b
Call No.: MS Slavic 11
Repository: Houghton Library, Harvard Library, Harvard University
Creator: Lechoń, Jan, 1899-1956.
Title: Jan Lechoń papers,
Date(s): 1945-1956 and undated.
Quantity: 1 collection (.5 linear feet (1 box)
Language of materials: Collection materials are in Polish.
Abstract: Letters from Polish poet and editor, Jan Lechoń. Also includes compositions by Lechoń and others and some third party correspondence.

Immediate Source of Acquisition:

94M-43. Bequest of Professor Aleksander Janta; received after: 1974.

Processing Information:

Processed by: Bonnie B. Salt, with the assistance of Grazyna Slanda and Gwido Zlatkes.

Conditions Governing Access:

There are no restrictions on physical access to this material.

Preferred Citation for Publication:

Jan Lechoń Papers, 1945-1956 (MS Slavic 11). Houghton Library, Harvard University.

Separated Materials

The other papers received in the Aleksander Janta bequest have been cataloged into separate finding aids as:

Biographical / Historical

Lechoń was a Polish poet, editor, and diplomat, who was born in Poland in 1899 as Leszek Serafinowicz. Lechoń was part of a group of Polish poets who formed a group called Skamander. His first volume of poetry was "Karmazynowy poemat" (The Scarlet Poem) published in 1920. He published additional books of poetry (such as "Rzeczpospolita Babinska" (1921: The Republic of Babin), and "Srebrne i czarne" (1924: Silver and Black)) was editor of a satirical weekly, "Cyrulik Warszawski" (The Barber of Warsaw), and in 1932 was appointed cultural attaché to the Polish embassy in Paris. He escaped from Paris during the Nazi invasion and by 1941 was in New York City where he co-founded the Polish Academic Institute and edited a Polish weekly, "Wiadomości Polskie, Polityczne i Literackie." He also continued to write and publish poetry while in the U.S. and he worked for Radio Free Europe from 1952 until his death by his own hand in 1956.


Arranged in alphabetical order by author.

Scope and Contents

Collection includes numerous letters from Lechoń to others, including letters from him as editor of the Polish weekly, Tygodnik Polski. Also includes some compositions by Lechoń, compositions of others, and some third party correspondence. Includes letters to Mieczysław Grydzewski, Jan Wszelaki, and others; and compositions by Jan Wszelaki.

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