Scope and Content Note
Title: Leon Mitkiewicz papers,
Date (inclusive): 1918-1969
Collection number: 65001
10 manuscript boxes
(4 linear feet)
Hoover Institution on War, Revolution, and Peace
Stanford, California 94305-6010
Abstract: Diary, correspondence, writings, and printed matter, relating to Polish foreign relations with Russia, Czechoslovakia, the
Baltic States, and other countries, 1914-1944; the Warsaw uprising of August 1944; and World War II Allied diplomacy.
Physical Location: Hoover Institution Archives
Collection is open for research.
For copyright status, please contact the Hoover Institution Archives.
[Identification of item], Leon Mitkiewicz Papers, [Box no.], Hoover Institution Archives.
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Also available on microfilm (11 reels).
Increments may have been received since this finding aid was prepared. Please check Stanford University's online catalog at
to find the full extent of the collection.
||Born, Zambrow, Poland
||Cavalry officer, Russian Army
||2nd Legion Infantry Division
||General Staff, 2nd Lancers Regiment
||General Staff Academy graduate
||War Academy lecturer, Field service
||Chief of Staff Army Inspectorate
||Military attaché, Kaunas, Lithuania
||General Staff member
||Chief of Second Intelligence Bureau
||Deputy Commander, 1st Army Division
||Polish Military Mission, Combined Chiefs of Staff, Washington
||Died, New York
Scope and Content Note
Leon Mitkiewicz's papers are a unique source of documentation for scholars studying World War II, as they bear testimony to
his knowledge of and expertise in the history of 20th century Poland. They relate mainly to his twenty-five yearlong military
service as a high rank officer in Poland's General Staff and as a military attaché to both Lithuania and the United States.
Of particular significance are his duties in the Polish Military Mission in Washington until its liquidation in 1945, which
are documented in the biographical file.
In the post-war years, Mitkiewicz devoted himself to writing. Having witnessed some of the most important events of the century,
he left excellent descriptions of their unfolding; they constitute the core of this collection.
These papers are supplemented by many other collections from the same period housed at the Hoover Institution, such as the
papers of Wladyslaw Anders and Izydor Modelski, and the records of Poland. Ambasada (United States) and Poland. Ministerstwo
Spraw Zagranicznych, to mention but a few.
The Mitkiewicz collection was acquired by the Hoover Institution in 1974. A large portion of his papers is also housed at
the Sikorski Institute in London.
The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in the repository's online public access catalog.
World War, 1939-1945.
World War, 1939-1945--Diplomatic history.
World War, 1939-1945--Poland.
Baltic States--Foreign relations--Poland.
Poland--Foreign relations--Baltic States.
Poland--Foreign relations--Soviet Union.
Soviet Union--Foreign relations--Poland.
Warsaw (Poland)--History--Uprising, 1944.