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MS Slavic 13

Mackiewicz, Józef. Józef Mackiewicz papers: Guide.

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Descriptive Summary

Location: b
Call No.: MS Slavic 13
Repository: Houghton Library, Harvard Library, Harvard University
Creator: Mackiewicz, Józef.
Title: Józef Mackiewicz papers,
Date(s): 1945-1970.
Quantity: 1 collection (4 boxes and 12 volumes (2 linear ft.)
Language of materials: Collection materials are in Polish and some in Russian.
Abstract: Letters to and compositions by 20th-century Polish novelist, journalist, and publicist, Józef Mackiewicz.

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 Grażyna Slanda, Nina Karsov, Golda Steinberg, Joseph Zajac, and Gwido Zlatkes.

Conditions Governing Access:

There are no restrictions on physical access to this material.

Preferred Citation for Publication:

Józef Mackiewicz Papers (MS Slavic 13). 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

Józef Mackiewicz (1902-1985) was a Polish novelist, journalist, and publicist. He was born in St. Petersburg, Russia in 1902 and in 1907 his family moved to Wilno, Poland. He fought as a Polish volunteer in the Soviet-Polish war of 1920 and studied at Warsaw University. He worked in Wilno (under Polish control 1920-1939) as a journalist until the Red Army drove him west in 1945. He spent the rest of his life in exile in Rome, then London, and finally Munich. He was the brother of journalist Stanisław Mackiewicz (1896-1966), and the husband of writer Barbara Toporska (1913-1985).
His first venture as a writer was in 1922 in the Vilnius-based daily newspaper Słowo (The Word.). He later wrote semi-documentary historical novels on the fate of the Poles and other ethnic groups during World War II and also wrote about the 1919-1921 Polish-Bolshevik war. He wrote consistently anti-communist political journalism, stories, and memoirs.


Organized into the following two series: Please note that this finding aid skips item numbers 47 and 51.

Scope and Contents

These papers contain letters to Mackiewicz from friends and colleagues, especially other writers, mostly concerning Mackiewicz's writing. The composition series contains autograph manuscript drafts and notes for some of his published works, as well as corrections to these works by his wife, Barbara Toporska. Includes manuscripts for: Droga donikąd, Lewa wolna, Nie trzeba głośno mówić, and Sprawa pułkownika Miasojedowa, among others.

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