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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.
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Immediate Source of Acquisition
Papers: Source of acquisition--Elizabeth K. Valkenier. Method of acquisition--Gift; Date of acquisition--1979.
About the Finding Aid / Processing Information
Columbia University Libraries, Rare Book and Manuscript Library
Papers Accessioned 1979.
Papers Processed 06/--/79.
Papers Revised 01/--/80.
2009-06-26 File created.
2019-05-20 EAD was imported spring 2019 as part of the ArchivesSpace Phase II migration.
History / Biographical Note
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.