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Polanie Club of Minneapolis, Minnesota records

Identifier: ihrc2161

Scope and Contents

This collection consists of materials dating between 1876 and 2014 and includes: administrative materials such as board meeting minutes, by-laws and articles of incorporation, committee meeting minutes, reports, financial records, and correspondence; publications documents such as drafts, invoices, recipe cards, and copies of original publications; song books and sheet music in both English and Polish; memorabilia and ephemera including publicity, maps, travel brochures, photographs, postcards, scrapbooks, and clippings; publications from other organizations such as newsletters, brochures, and annual reports; and media including audio reel tape, CDs, video reels, disks, cassette tapes, and a record. Artifacts include a gavel, an unidentified key, and three Polanie Club stamps.

A component of the collection includes the digital files of the organization. These records reflect administrative working of the organization, project files, and both digital and digitized photographs and films.


  • Creation: 1876-2014


Language of Materials

Collection materials in English and Polish.

Use of Materials

The majority of the materials are open for use in the Elmer L. Andersen Library reading room. Some materials are restricted from access until 2020. All restricted materials are noted as such in the Collection Contents.


Researchers may quote from the collection under the fair use provision of the copyright law (Title 17, U.S. Code). Requests to publish should be arranged with the Immigration History Research Center Archives; please contact the archives for more detailed copyright information.

Historical Note

In 1927, the Polanie Club began as twelve women living in the Twin Cities convened to enjoy sharing their Polish background with each other and to enrich their knowledge of the language, music, literature, food, history, art, and folklore. Their first constitution, published in 1933, states the purpose of the invitation-only women's club was to perpetuate Polish culture, spread the knowledge of it, and encourage higher education among people of Polish descent. Each year a program of study was printed, with events aimed at teaching themselves more about Polish traditions. A library of books on Polish subjects began to grow, and the members soon found themselves acting as a resource for others on Polish subjects.

The club was also interested in publishing their own materials, culminating in their 1942 publication, Piesni Lodowe, a booklet of 110 Polish love songs. Their 1948 publication, Treasured Polish Recipes for Americas, was released to honor their twentieth anniversary and quickly became their most successful publication ever. More publications followed, including 1950's If the Branch Blossoms, short stories from Monica Krawczyk, and 1952's Treasured Polish Songs with English Translations. The income generated from these publications went to merit awards such as the Marcella Kochansky Sembrich Vocal Competition, scholarships for Minnesota students of Polish descent attending higher education, and for a fellowship in graduate work at the University of Minnesota on a Polish subject. The club sponsored annual conventions of the American Council of Polish Culture in 1960, 1996, and 2003, providing Polanie Club with the opportunity to have a wider audience. The year 2000 heralded a fresh energy to a longstanding Polanie tradition: a Wigilia celebration, open to the entire metropolitan community, was held with traiditional Polish food, decorations, singing and dancing. The Club closed down its operations in 2014.


20 Linear Feet (20.2 cubic feet (48 boxes))

5.9 Gigabytes


This collection consists of organizational administrative records documenting over 80 years of existence of the Minneapolis-based Polish American women's club.


This collection is divided into series:

Series 1: Polanie Club records

Sub-series 1: Administartive and business records

Sub-series 2: Publications and newsletters

Sub-series 3: Cookbook research and production

Sub-series 4: Monica Krawczyk Short Story Contest

Sub-series 5: Polish Language Instruction course

Series 2: American Council of Polish Clubs (ACPC) records

Series 3: Sheet music and song books

Series 4: Memorabilia

Series 5: General Publications and Books

Series 6: Film and media

Source of acquisition

Collection acquired from the Polanie Club of Minneapolis, Minnesota (Marta Swica) in 1998 and 2015.

Related Materials

A number of Communist-era Polish children's books were donated as part of this collection. These books are currently housed with the Children's Literature Research Collections. To find the materials, search the CLRC catalogue with the keyword "Polanie Club." Contact their archivist for more information and access to these titles.

Inventory of the Polanie Club of Minneapolis, Minnesota records, 1876-2014.
Finding aid created by Kate Dietrick
May 2015
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