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Archives of Maryland Polonia

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: R0004-AMP

Scope and Contents

This collection contains newspaper clippings, brochures, correspondence, photographs, books, and other artifacts documenting the Polish community and its history in Baltimore and Maryland. Some subjects include immigration and customs, various industries, labor and trade, education, housing, genealogy, government, and other issues and events related to the Polish community in Baltimore and Maryland. Materials were donated by community members.


  • 1875-2001

Language of Materials

Materials are primarily in English. Some materials may be in Polish.

Conditions Governing Access

Collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

To the extent that they own copyright, the donor has assigned the copyright of this collection to the University Foundation. However, copyright for some items in this collection are held by their respective creators.

Historical Note

The Archives of Maryland Polonia was founded in 1982 to preserve, document and make available to researchers the history of Polish immigrants and people of Polish heritage in the State of Maryland. In an effort to document every aspect of the Polish experience in Maryland, the public is encouraged to donate items related to the history and genealogy of the Polish presence in Maryland.


40.21 Linear Feet (43 containers)


This collection contains clippings, brochures, correspondence, photographs, books, and other artifacts documenting the Polish community and its history in Baltimore and Maryland.


This collection is arranged in 37 series.

  • Accidents
  • Agriculture and Seafood Industry, 1927-2008
  • Art and Artists, 1982-2000
  • Athletics and Sports
  • Banking
  • Business
  • Charity and Poverty, 1883-1937
  • Clubs, Fraternal and Other Organizations, 1889-2002
  • Communications
  • Criminal Justice
  • Customs
  • Education
  • Immigration
  • Ethnic Groups
  • Firefighters and Fires
  • Genealogy and Nobility, 1979-2009
  • Government
  • Health Care
  • History and Archaelogy, 1886-2000
  • Housing and Real Estate
  • Labor and Trade
  • Maritime
  • Military, 1916-1999
  • Neighborhoods and Communities
  • Performing Arts
  • Photographs, 1897-2005
  • Poland
  • Polonians
  • Politics and Politicans, 1889-2004
  • Press, Publications and Writers
  • Professionals
  • Religion, 1904-2004
  • Senior Citizens
  • Transportation
  • Women, 1949-1992
  • Youth
  • Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender

Custodial History

The collection was donated to the University of Baltimore by Thomas L. Hollowak on March 15, 1999. Multiple accessions of selected items from individuals have occured since 1999, including the addition on 2 digital photographs from Mr. and Mrs. Norman Bronzert on April 22, 2017.

Accessing Digital Copies

Digital versions of items in this collection are available online. Locate records by using the "Print" button above, or browse records in “Collection Organization." Records with associated digital objects are identified with a red Digital Object icon.

Processing Information

Collection processed by Thomas L. Hollowak between 1999 and 2017.

Finding aid for the Archives of Maryland Polonia
Finding aid created by Special Collections and Archives staff. Revised by Aiden Faust (2011). Revised by Laura Bell (April 2020).
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
Script of description

Repository Details

Part of the Baltimore Studies Archives Repository

H. Mebane Turner Learning Commons, Room 104
1415 Maryland Avenue
Baltimore Maryland 21201 USA