Register of the Leon Mitkiewicz Papers

Prepared by Zbigniew L. Stanczyk
Hoover Institution Archives
Stanford University
Stanford, California 94305-6010
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© 2003
Hoover Institution Archives. All rights reserved.

Register of the Leon Mitkiewicz Papers

Hoover Institution Archives

Stanford University

Stanford, California

Contact Information

  • Hoover Institution Archives
  • Stanford University
  • Stanford, California 94305-6010
  • Phone: (650) 723-3563
  • Fax: (650) 725-3445
  • Email: archives@hoover.stanford.edu
Prepared by:
Zbigniew L. Stanczyk
Date Completed:
2002
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© 2003 Hoover Institution Archives. All rights reserved.

Descriptive Summary

Title: Leon Mitkiewicz papers,
Date (inclusive): 1918-1969
Collection number: 65001
Creator: Mitkiewicz, Leon
Extent: 10 manuscript boxes (4 linear feet)
Repository: 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
Language: Polish.

Administrative Information

Access

Collection is open for research.

Publication Rights

For copyright status, please contact the Hoover Institution Archives.

Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], Leon Mitkiewicz Papers, [Box no.], Hoover Institution Archives.

Acquisition Information

Acquired.

Alternative Form Available

Also available on microfilm (11 reels).

Accruals

Increments may have been received since this finding aid was prepared. Please check Stanford University's online catalog at http://searchworks.stanford.edu/  to find the full extent of the collection.

Biographical Note

1896 Born, Zambrow, Poland
1914-1917 Cavalry officer, Russian Army
1918-1921 2nd Legion Infantry Division
1921 General Staff, 2nd Lancers Regiment
1925 General Staff Academy graduate
1925-1935 War Academy lecturer, Field service
1935-1938 Chief of Staff Army Inspectorate
1938-1939 Military attaché, Kaunas, Lithuania
1940-1941 General Staff member
  Chief of Second Intelligence Bureau
1943 Deputy Commander, 1st Army Division
1943-1945 Polish Military Mission, Combined Chiefs of Staff, Washington
1972 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.

Indexing Terms

The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in the repository's online public access catalog.

Subjects

World War, 1939-1945.
World War, 1939-1945--Diplomatic history.
World War, 1939-1945--Poland.
Baltic States.
Baltic States--Foreign relations--Poland.
Czechoslovakia.
Czechoslovakia--Foreign relations--Poland.
Poland.
Poland--Foreign relations--Baltic States.
Poland--Foreign relations--Czechoslovakia.
Poland--Foreign relations--Soviet Union.
Poland--History--20th century.
Soviet Union.
Russia (Federation)
Soviet Union--Foreign relations--Poland.
Warsaw (Poland)--History--Uprising, 1944.


Series Description

box 1

Biographical File, 1945-1976.

Scope and Content Note

Correspondence, clippings, notes, typescripts documenting the life and career of Leon Mitkiewicz, arranged alphabetically by subject
box 1

Correspondence, 1939-1958.

Scope and Content Note

Letters arranged alphabetically by name of corespondent
box 1

Diary, 1942.

Scope and Content Note

Typescript
box 1-2

Subject File, 1933-1945.

Scope and Content Note

Correspondence, clippings, memoranda, minutes of meetings, reports, arranged alphabetically by subject
box 3-10

Writings, 1943-1967.

Scope and Content Note

Typescripts, notes, and clippings relating to Mitkiewicz's military career, particularly when he was a military attaché and to his relationship with General Sikorski; Polish military action against Czechoslovakia; the Wars of 1920-1921 with Russia; the Warsaw Uprising, 1944; and Poland's relations with Russia, Lithuania, and Germany; arranged chronologically by title

Container List

Box 1

BIOGRAPHICAL FILE, 1945-1976

 

General

Box/Folder 1 : 1

General

Box/Folder 1 : 2

Invitations

Box/Folder 1 : 3

Photostats

Box/Folder 1 : 4

Stationery

 

Career and military service.

Note

See also SUBJECT FILE/ Combined Chiefs of Staff (U.S. and Great Britain) and Intelligence services - Poland
Box/Folder 1 : 5

General

Box/Folder 1 : 6

Polish Military Mission in the United States, 1945

Box/Folder 1 : 7

Childhood

Box/Folder 1 : 8

Mitkiewiczowa, Stefania

 

Press, 1970-1971

Box/Folder 1 : 9

General

Box/Folder 1 : 10

Placowka Star

 

CORRESPONDENCE, 1939-1958

Box/Folder 1 : 11

Arnold, H. H., 1944

Box/Folder 1 : 12

Bellona, 1943

Box/Folder 1 : 13

Biddle, Anthony, 1941-1942

Box/Folder 1 : 14

Bissel, Clayton, 1944

Box/Folder 1 : 15

Charwat, Franciszek, 1939

Box/Folder 1 : 16

Clarke, A. W., 1941

Box/Folder 1 : 17

Coleridge, R. D., 1944

Box/Folder 1 : 18

Cornwall, Marshall, 1940

Box/Folder 1 : 19

Davidson, Major, 1941-1942

Box/Folder 1 : 20

Davis, Donald, 1945

Box/Folder 1 : 21

Dill, J. G., 1943-1944

Box/Folder 1 : 22

Gibson, A., 1949

Box/Folder 1 : 23

Giedroyc, Jerzy, 1958.

Note

See also BIOGRAPHICAL FILE/Press
Box/Folder 1 : 24

Kelly, W. D., 1949

Box/Folder 1 : 25

King, E. J., 1944

Box/Folder 1 : 26

Klimecki, Tadeusz, 1942

Box/Folder 1 : 27

Kopanski, Stanislaw, 1944

Box/Folder 1 : 28

Kukiel, M., 1943

Box/Folder 1 : 29

Leahy, William, D., 1943-1945

Box/Folder 1 : 30

Lodd, Virginia, 1943

Box/Folder 1 : 31

Lubienski, Ludwik, 1943

Box/Folder 1 : 32

Macready, G. N., 1944

Box/Folder 1 : 33

Marshall, George C., 1944

Box/Folder 1 : 34

Molloy, P. G., 1947

Box/Folder 1 : 35

Onacewicz, Wlodzimierz, 1943

Box/Folder 1 : 36

Roberts-McCoy, Clare, 1944

Box/Folder 1 : 37

Rowan, Colonel, 1942

Box/Folder 1 : 38

Sosnkowski, Kazimierz, 1944

Box/Folder 1 : 39

Timesdell, S., 1944

Box/Folder 1 : 40

Wierzynski, Kazimierz, 1944

Box/Folder 1 : 41

DIARY, 1942 April 21 - May 14.

Scope and Content Note

Typescript
Box 1-2

SUBJECT FILE, 1933-1945

Box/Folder 1 : 42

Beck, Jozef, "Preliminacje polityczne do wojny 1939," letter to Wieniawa-Dlugoszowski, 1940

Box/Folder 1 : 43

Cavalry - Poland, 1933

Box/Folder 1 : 44

Cieszyn Region, 1938-1946

 

Combined Chiefs of Staff (U.S. and Great Britain)

Box/Folder 1 : 45

1943

Box/Folder 1 : 46

1944

Box/Folder 1 : 47

1945

Box/Folder 2 : 1

Germany - Military policy. Field service regulations, 1930

 

Intelligence services - Poland

 

General

Box/Folder 2 : 2

1939

Box/Folder 2 : 3

1940

Box/Folder 2 : 4

1941

Box/Folder 2 : 5

1942

Box/Folder 2 : 6

1943

 

Reports

Box/Folder 2 : 7

1941

Box/Folder 2 : 8

1942

Box/Folder 2 : 9

1943

Box/Folder 2 : 10

1945

Box/Folder 2 : 11

1946

Box/Folder 2 : 12

Pilsudski, Jozef - Funeral, 1935

 

Sikorski, Wladyslaw - Airplane accidents, 1942-1943

Box/Folder 2 : 13

General

Box/Folder 2 : 14

Polish-American press

Box/Folder 2 : 15

Slaski, Eugeniusz, 1963

 

World War, 1939-1945

 

September 1939 campaign

Box/Folder 2 : 16

General

Box/Folder 2 : 17

Bzura battle, 1939

Box/Folder 2 : 18

Warsaw Uprising, 1944.

Scope and Content Note

Materials relating to the Polish military efforts in the United States on behalf of the Warsaw Uprising
 

WRITINGS, 1943-1967

 

"Trzy Wizyty Generala Wladyslawa Sikorskiego do Stanow Zjednoczonych, 1941-1942," 1943-1944.

Scope and Content Note

Typescript
Box/Folder 2 : 19

Part I, "Pierwsza wizyta, Marzec-Maj, 1941"

Box/Folder 3 : 1

Part II, "Zalacznik no. 2"

Box/Folder 3 : 2

Part III, "Zalacznik no. 5"

 

"Na Obczyznie z Generalem Wladyslawem Sikorskim. Wspomnienia Wojenne z Lat 1940-1943," 1946.

Scope and Content Note

Typescript
 

Chapters

Box/Folder 3 : 3

1-4

Box/Folder 3 : 4

5-7

Box/Folder 3 : 5

Enclosures

 

"Powstanie Warszawskie w Sierpniu 1944 Roku w Swietle Dokumentow Polskiej Misji Wojskowej w Stanach Zjednoczonych," 1953.

Scope and Content Note

Typescript
Box/Folder 3 : 6

Copy 1

Box/Folder 4 : 1

Copy 2

Box/Folder 4 : 2

Copy 3

Box/Folder 4 : 3

"Polska Akcja Przeciwko Czechoslowacji Celem Odzyskania Slaska Zaolzianskiego w Jesieni 1938 roku," 1954.

Scope and Content Note

Typescript
Box/Folder 4 : 4

"Litwa i Polska Pomiedzy Dwoma Wojnami Swiatowymi, 1914-1939," 1955.

Scope and Content Note

Typescript
 

"Wspomnienia Kowienskie, 1938-1939," 1956.

Scope and Content Note

Typescript
Box/Folder 4 : 5

Copy 1

Box/Folder 5 : 1

Copy 2

Box/Folder 5 : 2

Copy 3

Box 6

"Odwieczna Polityka Rosyjska Wzgledem Rzczypospolitej Polskiej," 1956-1958.

Scope and Content Note

Typescript in Polish and English
Box/Folder 6 : 1

Part I

Box/Folder 6 : 2

Part II

Box/Folder 6 : 3

Part III

Box/Folder 7 : 1

Part IV

Box/Folder 7 : 2

Part V

 

"Kawaleria Samodzielna Rzeczypospolitej Polskiej w Wojnie 1939 Roku," 1961

 

Research material

Box/Folder 7 : 3

Clippings

Box/Folder 7 : 4

Notes

Box/Folder 8 : 1

Typescript

Box/Folder 8 : 2

"W Najwyzszym Dowodztwie Aliantow. Wspomnienia Wojenne, 1943-1945," 1962.

Scope and Content Note

Typescript
Box/Folder 8 : 3

"W Najwyzszym Sztabie Zachodnich Aliantow. Wspomnienia Wojenne, 1943-1945," 1962.

Scope and Content Note

Typescript
Box 9

"W Wojsku Rzeczypospolitej Polskiej w Czasie Wojen 1917-1921," 1967.

Scope and Content Note

Typescript
 

Copy 1

Box/Folder 9 : 1

Part I

Box/Folder 9 : 2

Part II

Box/Folder 9 : 3

Part III

 

Copy 2

Box/Folder 9 : 4

Part I

Box/Folder 10 : 1

Part II

 

"Z Brzekiem Ostrog i z Dzwiekiem Szabli," 1967.

Scope and Content Note

Typescript
Box/Folder 10 : 2

Part I

Box/Folder 10 : 3

Part II

Box/Folder 10 : 4

Part III