Tag Archives: books

Album Pamiatkowe is now digitized!

The University at Buffalo has digitized a valuable resource. Album pamiatkowe i przewodnik handlowy : osady polskiej w miescie Buffalo, z dolaczeniem okolicznych miejscowósci ze stanu New York is now available to download as a PDF. Go to the University at Buffalo to download. The Album Pamiatkowe was published in 1906 and lists the Polish businessmen of Buffalo.

Hat tip to Louise T.



A Visit From the Pope

And now a look at historical item from our collection. This is the Adam Mickiewicz Library and Dramatic Circle’s guest book. The earliest signature dates from 1896.

kdiam amldc book cover

kdiam amldc book cover closeup

This reads, “Ksiazka Pamiatkowa KDIAM”.

One of the most famous people to sign our guest book is Cardinal Karol Wojtyła in 1969 who later became Pope John Paul II.


In the note, Cardinal Wojtyła asks God to bless AMLDC and Our Lady of Ostrabrama to protect it.

We have quite a few books on Pope John Paul II. Here is a selection.

In the footsteps of Pope John Paul II : an intimate personal portrait by John M. Szostak
BX1378.5 .S95 1980

The people’s Pope : the story of Karol Wojtyla of Poland by James Oram
BX1378.5 .O7

Man From a Far Country by Mary Craig
BX1378.5 .C72 1979

John Paul II, the Pope from Poland by Tadeusz Karolak
BX1378.5 .K37 1979

Come to the Library and check these out!

Recent additions to the collection

wroclaw book

Wroclaw: Portret Miasta by Tadeusz Drankowski.

Call number: DK4780.1 K36

41C79W1V5RL._SL500_AA300_Lech Walesa: The Struggle and the Triumph: An Autobiography

“In this speechifying autobiography, Poland’s president delivers a dramatic and self-dramatizing account of the rise of the Solidarity movement, his role in the labor strikes of 1988, his battle with the Polish Communist party and his election to the presidency. Interspersing transcripts, Walesa presents a witty, Kafkaesque replay of government wiretapping and judicial harassment of him through 1986, and vividly re-creates the news-making kidnap and murder of the Rev. Jerzy Popieluszko in 1984. He credits Solidarity’s survival as due in large measure to the moral support of the Roman Catholic Church. In down-to-earth prose, the former electrician writes about his father’s internment in a Nazi concentration camp, his own religious faith, and the joys of family life and of raising eight children. But in denying the existence of “racially based” anti-Semitism in Poland, past or present, he ignores history. Glaringly short on specifics about his plans for Poland’s future, his self-portrait is padded with accounts of a blur of meetings, talks and travel, as well as encounters with Elie Wiesel, George Bush, Elton John, Pope John Paul II and Francois Mitterrand, among others.”

Call number: DK4452 .W34 A3

Chopin bookFrederic Chopin by Victor Seroff.

Call number: ML410 .C54 S47

Come to the library and check out these books!

Recent Additions to the Collection

Come check out our new additions to the library’s catalog.

50th Anniversary, 1942-1992, Polish Institute of Arts and Sciences of America edited by Tadeusz Gromada. Its call number is  AS36.P843 F5.

“The Polish Institute of Arts & Sciences of America (PIASA), Polski Instytut Naukowy w Ameryce (in Polish) a non profit, 501 © tax exempt, academic, cultural organization founded in 1942 in New York City is dedicated to the maintenance of a center of learning and culture. Its mission is to advance knowledge about Poland and Polish Americans and serve as a liaison between American and Polish academic circles.” (PIASA’s website)

Visit the Polish Institute of Arts and Sciences of America’s website to learn more about the organization.

Dziela wybrane, a seven volume collection of works written by Ignacy Maciejowski. Their call number is PG7158 .M15 S95.

The volumes are entitled:
Szkice z anglii
Nowele cz.1
Nowele cz.2
Nowele cz.3
Slowa a czyny;
U progu sztuki
Matka. Bajecznie Kolorowa

Recent Additions to the Collection

Here are a couple recent additions to the library’s catalog.

The Image and the Figure: Our Lady of Czestochowa in Polish Culture and Popular Religion by Anna Niedzwiedz

The image of Our Lady of Częstochowa is the most famous and the most venerated holy image in Poland. In contemporary Poland the image is a kind of a cultural icon, instantly recognizable and connected with popular symbolic and mythological meanings. Presented in this book is an analysis of beliefs, narratives, myths and rituals. This analysis reveals that for its devotees the image is not merely a material object and a picture – it is perceived, lived and experienced as a real person – figure of Mary – Queen and Mother.

Masterpieces of Polish Painting by Maria Poprzecka

So stop by the Adam Mickiewicz Library and check these books out!