University of Minnesota

Wolny, Wilhelm A., Papers

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Immigration History Research Center, College of Liberal Arts, University of Minnesota

Descriptive summary

Creator: Wolny, Wilhelm A.
Dates: 1938-1971
Abstract: Papers (1938-1971) of Wilhelm A. Wolny, a leader in the Polish American communities in Detroit, Michigan, and San Francisco, California, include personal correspondence, minutes and records of Northern California Polish organizations, newspaper clippings, a scrapbook, and miscellany. Included are materials pertaining to the Polish Relief Committee of the United Polish Societies (San Francisco, Calif.), the Polish National Alliance (San Francisco) the Polish American Congress (San Francisco), Polish Teatr "Rozmaitosci" (Detroit, Mich.), the Ignacy Paderewski Club, Inc. (San Francisco), the National Association of Polish Americans, Inc., the Polish American Congress (California-Arizona Division), Polish-German relations, social activities of Polonia in California, articles by Jozef Sanocki, correspondence, and miscellany.
Quantity: 1 scrapbook.
Language: Mainly in Polish; some English.
Collection ID: IHRC2852


Wilhelm A. Wolny came to the United States after WWII. He and his wife moved first to Detroit, Michigan, where Wolny was active in the Polish theater "Rozmaitosci" and other cultural activities. The Wolnys then moved to San Francisco, California, where Wilhelm continued to be active in the Polish American community. He was elected president of the Polish National Alliance Council #4, served as a delegrate of Polish American Congress Lodge 7 (Daly City, Calif.), participated in the Ignacy Paderewski Club, and was a member of the Polish American Congress, California Division.



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Index Terms

Polish Americans--California--San Francisco--Societies, etc.
Polish Americans--Arizona--Societies, etc.
Polish Americans--California--Societies, etc.
Polish-American theater.
Ethnic theater--Michigan--Detroit.

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