Edmund I. Zawacki papers, 1935-1993

Zawacki, Edmund I., 1908-1993
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  • Format Mixed Materials; Microforms; Photos, Drawings, Prints; Sound Recordings
  • Contributors
  • Physical Details
    • 0.1 c.f. (1 folder)
    • 3 reels of microfilm (35 mm)
    • 59 disc recordings, and
    • 0.2 c.f. of photographs (2 folders); plus
    • additions of 0.2 c.f
  • OCLC ocn173712615, ocn173700588
  • Finding Aids
    • Register to the processed portion


  • COLLECTION STORED, ALL or IN-PART, AT ARC: Collection can be requested for transfer through the Area Research Center (ARC) Network, consult Reading Room Staff.


  • Primarily papers on a two-year study (1946-1948), proposed and conducted by Professor Edmund I. Zawacki of the Department of Slavic Languages, University of Wisconsin, which aimed at taking a microscopic look at a Polish-derived community of Wisconsin, measuring how both the culture of the Polish immigrant and the culture of the American inhabitant were changed as a result of heavy Polish immigration into the area. The study was part of the Committee on Studies in American Civilization, a research and teaching program conducted at the University of Wisconsin from 1946-1953 sponsored by the Rockefeller Foundation. The collection consists of correspondence; research material obtained from a year's field work by Harriet Pawlowski in Independence, Wis., including eighty case histories of Polish families in the area; various explanations and summaries of the study; and an outline and chapter drafts for the projected but never completed study report. The sound recordings contain Polish and American folk songs, religious hymns sung in Polish and in English, instrumental Polish folk music, and discussions of Polish and American folkways. Also present in paper form only are several articles and lectures (1953-1957) by Zawacki on U.S. international relations and the Cold War.
  • The photographic portion of this collection includes images of Zawacki at a Marquette University presentation; speaking on the Cuba situation at a YGOP rally in Madison, Wis.; and driving a car with a placard on top, "Vote Right, Vote Yes, Frank Lloyd Wright Monona Terrace Site".
  • The processed portion of this collection is summarized above, dates 1942-1957, and is described in the register. Additional accessions are described below, date 1935-1993, and focus on Zawacki's interest in international relations, the Cold War, and sister cities.


  • Except for one folder, the paper portion of this collection is available only on microfilm.
  • The original disc recordings are duplicated on the cassette user tape recordings.
  • Original papers were destroyed after microfilming.
  • One folder presented with the Roy L. Matson papers, 1963; the remainder presented by Mr. Zawacki, 1967 and 1978.