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Manfred Kridl Papers, 1925-1974

Summary Information

At a Glance

Call No.: BAR Ms Coll/Kridl
Bib ID 4077720 View CLIO record
Creator(s) Kridl, Manfred, 1882-1957 ; Kalecki, Oskar, 1891-1973 ; Jakobson, Roman, 1896-1982 ; Kohn, Hans, 1891-1971 ; Miłosz, Czesław, 1911- ; Lechoʹn, Jan, 1899-1956 ; Wittlin, Jozef, 1896- ; Znaniecki, Florian, 1882-1958 ; Shapley, Harlow, 1885-1972 ; Slonimski, Antoni, 1895-1976 ; Wierzyʹnski, Kazimierz, 1894-1969
Title Manfred Kridl Papers, 1925-1974
Physical Description 5000 items (30 boxes; 1 folder of negatives on glass plates)
Language(s) Polish .

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Material is arranged into eight series.


Scope and Content

These papers, which concern mostly Kridl's years in the United States, consist of correspondence, manuscripts, documents, photographs, and printed materials. Among the correspondents are Oskar Kalecki, Roman Jakobson, Hans Kohn, Czesław Miłosz, Leszak Serafinowicz (Jan Lechoʹn), Kazimierz Wierzyʹnski, Jʹosef Wittlin, and Florian Zaniecki; there are one or two items each from Vladimir Nabokov, Harlow Shapley, and Antoni Slonimski. The manuscripts include lectures and articles by Kridl; there are also personal and family documents. There are about 100 photographs from Warsaw during the 1944 uprising and immediately after World War II. Printed materials include copies of books by Kridl.

Using the Collection

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Restrictions on Access

Permission of donor required to use.

About the Finding Aid / Processing Information

Columbia University Libraries, Rare Book and Manuscript Library

Processing Information

Papers Accessioned 1979.

Papers Processed 06/--/79.

Papers Revised 01/--/80.

Revision Description

2009-06-26 File created.

2019-05-20 EAD was imported spring 2019 as part of the ArchivesSpace Phase II migration.

Subject Headings

The subject headings listed below are found in this collection. Links below allow searches at Columbia University through the Archival Collections Portal and through CLIO, the catalog for Columbia University Libraries, as well as ArchiveGRID, a catalog that allows users to search the holdings of multiple research libraries and archives.

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"Nat'l / Int'l Archives:"
Articles Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Lectures Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Photographic prints Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID


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"CUL Collections:"
"Nat'l / Int'l Archives:"
Books Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Emigration and immigration -- Poland -- 20th century Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Emigration and immigration -- Soviet Union -- 20th century Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Emigration and immigration -- United States -- 20th century Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Letters Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Polish literature in foreign countries Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID

History / Biographical Note

Biographical sketch

Polish literary historian. Kridl taught at the universities of Brussels and Wilno (Vilnius) in the 1920s and 1930s. He came to the United States in 1940, and taught at Smith College in 1940-1948. In 1948-1955 he was Adam Mickiewicz Professor of Polish Studies at Columbia University. He was the author or editor of numerous works on Polish literary history.