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Manfred Kridl Papers, 1925-1974

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Series I: Cataloged Material

Cataloged Correspondence

Box 1 Arnold, Stanislaw

Box 1 Belie, Aleksandr

Box 1 Benesic, Julije

Box 1 Borwicz, Michal M.

Box 1 Budzyk, Kazimierz

Box 1 Bunche, Ralph J.

Box 1 Bundy, McGeorge

Box 1 Chizhevskii, Dmitrii

Box 1 Cieslak, Tadeusz

Box 1 Coleman, Arthur Prudden

Box 1 Cross, Samuel Hazzard

Box 1 Czezowski, Tadeusz

Box 1 Einstein, Albert

Box 1 Fajans, Kazimierz

Box 1 Gillon, Adam

Box 1 Gorski, Konrad

Box 1 Gregoire, Henri

Box 1 Halecki, Oskar

Box 1 Halle, Morris

Box 1 Hazard, John Newbold

Box 1 Ingarden, Roman

Box 1 Karpovich, Mikhail Mikhailovich

Box 1 Kelly, Eric P.

Box 1 Kesten, Hermann

Box 1 Kleiner, Juliusz

Box 1 Kohn, Hans

Box 1 Kot, Stanislaw

Box 1 Krzyzanowski, Julian

Box 1 Kucharzewski, Jan

Box 1 Lange, Oscar

Box 1 Laughlin, James

Box 1 Lednicki, Waclaw

Box 1 Levin, Harry

Box 1 Levi-Strauss, Claude

Box 1 Lunt, Horace G.

Box 1 Manning, Clarence A.

Box 1 Milosz, Czeslaw

Box 1 Nabokov, Vladimir Vladimirovich

Box 1 Noyes, George Rapall

Box 1 Poggioli, Renato

Box 1 Pop, Sever

Box 1 Pusey, Nathan M.

Box 1 Rose, William John

Box 2 Schilt, Jan

Box 2 Senn, Alfred

Box 2 Serafinowicz, Leszek (pseudonym-Jan Lechon)

Box 2 Shapley, Harlow

Box 2 Simmons, Ernest J.

Box 2 Stominski, Antoni

Box 2 Srebrny, Stefan

Box 2 Stender-Petersen, Adolf

Box 2 Tarski, Alfred

Box 2 Thomson, S. Harrison

Box 2 Tuwim, Julian

Box 2 Vasmer, Max

Box 2 Weintraub, Wiktor

Box 2 Wellek, Rene

Box 2 Wierczynski, Stefan

Box 2 Wierzynski, Kazimierz

Box 2 Wittlin, Jozef

Box 2 Yarmolinsky, Avrahm

Box 2 Znaniecki, Florian

Cataloged Photographs

Box 2 Borowy, Waclaw

Box 2 Eisenhower, Dwight David in Warsaw,1945

Box 2 Warsaw Uprising of, 1944

Cataloged Documents

Box 2 Halecki, Oskar

Box 2 Lednicki, Waclaw

Box 2 Moscicki, Ignacy

Series II: Arranged Correspondence

Box 3 Manfred Kridl to unidentified persons

Box 3 Unidentified persons to Manfred Kridl

Box 3 Abramowicz, Dina

Box 3 American... (organizations)

Box 3 American Slavic and East European Review

Box 3 Beal, Chandler

Box 3 Berlin, Free University of

Box 3 Borova, Julia

Box 3 Brussels University

Box 3 Bujnowski, Jozef

Box 3 Bulas, Kazimierz

Box 3 Catholic Committee for Refugees

Box 3 Columbia University

Box 3 Ehrenpreis, Wiktor

Box 3 Erlicfi, Wiktor

Box 3 Fole j ewski, Zbigniew

Box 3 Ford Foundation (recommendations)

Box 3 Gross, Feliks

Box 3 Hertz, Aleksander

Box 3 Koschmieder, E.

Box 3 Kraus, David

Box 3 Langer, Rulka

Box 3 Lodz University

Box 3 Malinowski, Vtfadys^av

Box 3 May enowa, Renata

Box 3 Mizva, Stephen P.

Box 3 Nagurski, Irene

Box 3 New Europe (journal)

Box 3 Pankiewicz, Michal

Box 3 Polish... (organizations, journals)

Box 3 Polish Embassy

Box 4 Polski Instytut Naukovy w Ameryce

Box 4 Rapacka, Halina

Box 4 Roy Publishers

Box 4 Rzeuska, Maria

Box 4 Salman, Artur

Box 4 Scherer-Virski, Olga

Box 4 Schmitt, Bernadette

Box 4 S^avinska, Irena

Box 4 Smith College

Box 4 Staniewska, A. and H.

Box 4 Torun University

Box 4 Tygodnik Polski (New York)

Box 4 U.S. Department of Justice

Box 4 U.S. Department of State

Box 4 U.S. Offices of Price Administration & War Information

Box 4 Whitfield, Francis

Box 4 "Wiedza" Spoldzielnia wydawnicza

Box 4 Witenberg, Joseph C.

Box 4 Woloszynowa, Lidia

Box 4 Zajkowska, A.

Box 4 Zaklad Narodowy im. Ossolinskich

Box 4 Zawacki, Edmund

Box 4 Zawadzki, B. and N.

Box 4 Zgorzelski, Czeslaw

Box 4 Zlotovski, Ignacy

Box 4 Zubrzycki, Boleslaw

Box 4 Zygmund, Antoni and Irena

Box 4 Other Correspondents, A-B

Box 5 Other Correspondents, C-Z

Series III: Manuscripts

College and University Lectures

Box 6 Lectures on Czech Literature, Brussels University

Box 6 Lectures on the History of Polish Culture, Columbia University

Box 6 Lectures on the History of the Polish Language, Columbia University

Box 6 Lectures on Modern Slavic Poetics, Columbia University

Box 6 Lectures on the 19th and 20th century Polish Novel, Columbia University

Box 6 Lectures on Old Polish Literature, Columbia University

Box 7 Lectures on Polish Folklore, Columbia University

Box 7 Lectures on Polish Intellectual History, Columbia University

Box 7 Lectures on Polish Poetry, Columbia University

Box 7 Lectures on Slavic Literary Theory, Columbia University

Box 7 Lectures on 19th century Slavic Literature, Columbia University

Box 7 Miscellaneous Lectures at Smith College

Box 8 Lectures on Literary Theory, Wilno University

Box 8 Miscellaneous Lecture Notes

Box 9 Curriculum Vitae and Lists of Publications

Box 9 "Adam Mickiewicz" (1955 United Nations talk)

Box 9 "Adam Mickiewicz" in Great Men and Women of Poland

Box 9 "Adam Mickiewicz (1798-1855)"

Box 9 "Adam Mickiewicz jako poeta i jako dzialacz"

Box 9 Adam Mickiewicz, Poet of Poland: A Symposium

Box 10 "Alexandre Fredro"

Box 10 Anthology of Polish Literature

Box 11 "Bibliography of Prose Fiction Studies" (with related correspondence)

Box 11 "Bibliography on Czechoslovak Literature"

Box 11 "Cyprien Norwid"

Box 11 "Early Russian Epic Poetry (Byliny)"

Box 11 "The First Polish Translation of the Slovo o polku Igoreve"

Box 11 "La genese de la 'Jeune Pologne'"

Box 11 "Henryk Sienkiewicz"

Box 11 "Introduction a la theorie du roman"

Box 11 "Introduction to the Study of Literary Works"

Box 11 "JTai a vous parler de la Pologne contemporaine..."

Box 11 "Jean Kochanowski (1530-1584)"

Box 11 Juliusz Slowacki. Liryki

Box 12 "Literatura polska na emigracji (1939-1945)"

Box 12 Literatura polska (na tie rozwoju kultury)

Box 12 "The Lyric Poems or Juliusz Slowacki"

Box 12 "Lyric Poetry and its 'Genres'"

Box 13 "Mickiewicz on America and the American Potato"

Box 13 "Mickiewicz w powojennej krytyce polskiej"

Box 13 "Narodiny nowego swiata"

Box 13 Obituaries of Berent, Boy-Zeleriski, Brzozowska, Kleiner, Piwinski

Box 13 "O pierwszej sowieckiej okupacji Wilna"

Box 13 "O polskosci Wilna"

Box 13 "O przyszlosl kultury polskiej"

Box 13 "O t.zw. polityce realistycznej"

Box 13 Office of War Information Broadcasts

Box 13 Pharaoh screenplay (with related correspondence)

Box 13 "Poland and Russia in the Past and Future"

Box 13 "Poland's Fight for Democracy"

Box 13 "Polish Democratic Traditions"

Box 13 "Polish Literature" in Collier's Encyclopedia (with related correspondence)

Box 13 "Polish Literature" in Encyclopedia Americana (with related correspondence)

Box 13 "Polish Literature between 1918 and 1939" in Poland, 1918

Box 13 "Polish Literature in Exile"

Box 13 "Polish Poetry" in Dictionary of Poetics and Poetry (with correspondence)

Box 13 "Polish Post-War Literature"

Box 13 "The Position of Poland"

Box 13 "Present Ideological Trends in Poland"

Box 13 "Psychologia sowietystow"

Box 13 Reviews

Box 13 "The Role of Joseph Pilsudski in Polish Life"

Box 13 "Romantik und Moderne des Zeitgenossen der Heimat, Adam Mickievicz:

Box 13 Juliusz Slowacki"

Box 14 "Russian Formalism"

Box 14 "Salt of Earth"

Box 14 "Shprt Stories, of Erski.ne Caldwell

Box 14 "Some Remarks about Realism in Fiction"

Box 14 "The Structure of Slowacki's Lyric Poems"

Box 14 "Die Struktur der lyrischen Gedichte von Juliusz S^owacki"

Box 14 Survey of Polish literature and Culture

Box 14 "Szkic dziejow kultury polskiej" (with related correspondence)

Box 14 A Treasury of Slavic Literature

Box 14 "Two Champions of a New Christianity: Lamennais and Mickiewicz"

Box 15 "Waclaw Borowy, 1880-1950

Box 15 "What is Theory of Literature?"

Box 15 "Wielki szyderca"

Box 15 "Wstep do liryk Slowackiego"

Box 15 "Zadania demokracji polskiej"

Box 15 Za wasza i nasza wolnosc. Polska mysl demokratyczna w ciagu wiekow

Box 15 "Zu einer richtigen Auffasung des Mickiewicz Nachlasses"

Box 15 Unidentified (on various authors)

Manuscripts by Other Persons

Box 15 Ryszard Matuszewski, "Poezja polska na nowych drogach"

Box 15 Skafander, "De profundis ad astra"

Box 15 Julian Tuwim, Poems

Box 15 Jozef Wittlin, "The Tragic Gogol"

Box 15 Students' Papers

Series IV: Subject Files

Box 16 Adam Mickiewicz, Poet of Poland: A Symposium

Box 16 Anthology of Polish Literature

Box 16 Applications for Guggenheim Fellowship

Box 16 Book on Erskine Caldwell

Box 16 Columbia Slavic Department

Box 16 Copernicus Celebration, 1953

Box 17 Dissertations at Columbia

Box 17 Joseph Conrad

Box 17 Mickiewicz Chair at Columbia Controversy

Box 17 Polish Circle at Columbia

Box 17 Polish Relief after World War II

Box 17 Polskie Stronnictwo Demokratyczne

Box 17 Survey of Polish Literature and Culture

Series V: Documents and Notes

Box 18 Documents

Box 18 Passports and Residence Permits

Box 18 Financial Records


Box 18 English Novel

Box 18 French Novel

Box 18 German Novel

Box 18 Spanish Novel

Box 19 Notebooks on the Russian Language

Box 19 Miscellaneous Notes

Box 21 Bibliographic Card File

Box 21 Diaries

Box 21 Notebooks

Series VI: Printed Materials

Box 20 Invitations

Box 20 Announcements of M. Kridl's Lectures

Box 20 News Releases on Poland

Box 20 Newspaper Clippings and Miscellaneous Printed Materials

Box 23 Printed Materials by Manfred Kridl

Box 24 Printed Materials by Manfred Kridl

Box 25 Printed Materials by Manfred Kridl

Box 26 Printed Materials by Manfred Kridl

Box 27 Printed Materials by Manfred Kridl

Box 28 Printed Material by Others

Series VII: Photographs

Box 22 Photographs of Manfred Kridl

Box 22 Poland after World War II

Box 22 Warsaw before and after World War II

Box 22 Miscellaneous Photographs

Series VIII: Family Correspondence

Box 29 Family Correspondence

Box 30 Family Correspondence