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MS Slavic 18

Grubiński, Wacław. Wacław Grubiński papers, 1915-1972: Guide.

Houghton Library, Harvard Library, Harvard University


Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts 02138 USA

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Descriptive Summary

Location: Harvard Depository
Location: b
Call No.: MS Slavic 18
Repository: Houghton Library, Harvard Library, Harvard University
Creator: Grubiński, Wacław.
Title: Wacław Grubiński papers,
Date(s): 1915-1972.
Quantity: 1 collection (1.5 linear feet (1 box)
Language of materials: Collection materials are in Polish, English, and Russian.
Abstract: Papers of Wacław Grubiński, the Polish writer, playwright, and theater critic.

Immediate Source of Acquisition:

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

Processing Information:

Processed by: Gwido Zlatkes, with assistance from Bonnie B. Salt.
See curatorial file for additional detailed lists of these materials prepared by Gwido Zlatkes, but not used in this finding aid.

Conditions Governing Access:

There are no restrictions on physical access to this material. Collection is open for research.
This collection is not housed at the Houghton Library but is shelved offsite at the Harvard Depository. Retrieval requires advance notice. Readers should check with Houghton Public Services staff to determine what material is offsite and retrieval policies and times.

Preferred Citation for Publication:

Wacław Grubiński Papers, 1915-1972 (MS Slavic 18). 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

Wacław Grubiński, Polish short-story writer, novelist, playwright of the "Warsaw School," and theater critic, was born in Warsaw in 1883 and died in London in 1973. He wrote narrative prose such as Pocalunek (The kiss, 1906), Czlowiek z klarnetem (Man with a clarinet, 1927), and Listy pogańskie (Pagan letters, 1938); produced and published over 10 one-act and full-length plays such as, Kochankowie (Lovers, 1915), and Niewinna grzesznica (The innocent sinner, 1926); and also wrote his memoirs about his deportation to the Soviet Union during World War II and his condemnation to death (later commuted to 10 years of imprisonment) for publishing a comedy about Lenin in 1921Miedzy młotem a sierpem (Between Hammer and Sickle, 1947).


Arranged into the following series:

Scope and Contents

Includes Wacław Grubiński's correspondence with family members, colleagues, political activists, and Aleksander Janta (donor). Correspondents include: Mieczysław Grydzewski, Adam Grzymała-Siedlecki, Julian Krzyżanowski, Antoni Pająk, August Zaleski, and others. Also with a few third party letters, especially between Janta and others concerning Grubiński. Compositions includes autograph manuscripts of Grubiński's journals from 1962-1971, and typescripts of his memoir, Miedzy młotem a sierpem = Between hammer and sickle and his play, Kochankowie = Lovers, among others. Also included are printed articles and clippings saved by WG and a few photographs.


This collection is shelved offsite at the Harvard Depository. See access restrictions below for additional information.

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