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Polish Society of Cardiganshire Papers

Reference code(s): GB 0210 POLCARD

Held at: National Library of Wales

Title: Polish Society of Cardiganshire Papers

Short Title: Polish Society of Cardiganshire Papers

Creation date(s): 1942-1973

Level of description: Fonds

Extent: 0.076 cubic metres (2 large boxes, 2 small boxes)

Name of creator(s): Polish Society of Cardiganshire


Administrative/Biographical history: The Polish Society of Cardiganshire had its origins in the emigration of Poles from Poland during and after the Second World War, and it was formally constituted in 1955 with the intention of uniting those Polish citizens who had settled in Cardiganshire. Under the guiding influence of Colonel L.M.E. Szul-Skjoldkrona, who acted as its Secretary for the entire duration of its existence and activity, the Society's aim was to preserve the Polish language amongst the emigrant community, to promote national traditions, festivals and values, and to support the Polish Government in Exile. Many donations were made from the Society to the exiled Government, and also to the Polish Library Fund, both of which were based in London. The Society contributed to the creation of a well-organised and tightly bound Polish community in Cardiganshire, working closely with the Polish Roman Catholic parish and local authorities. The need for such an institution faded over time, however, and the Polish Society of Cardiganshire was dissolved in 1973.


Scope and content/abstract: Papers of the Polish Society of Cardiganshire, 1942-1973, including: correspondence; financial papers; minutes of meetings; membership and subscription records; papers relating to the organisation of festivals and events; papers relating to Polish servicemen in Britain; cuttings from the Polish press and the Western Mail; and papers relating to the foundation, constitution and dissolution of the Society.


Language/scripts of material: Polish and English. All files are predominantly in Polish, but most also contain some material in English; those entirely in Polish are noted at the appropriate level of description.

System of arrangement: Arranged in 3 groups: correspondence; administrative and financial papers; and miscellaneous meetings and events. The original arrangement, although somewhat haphazard, has been retained.

Conditions governing access: Readers consulting modern papers in the National Library of Wales are required to abide by the conditions set out in information provided when applying for their Readers' Tickets, whereby the reader shall become responsible for compliance with the Data Protection Act 1998 in relation to any processing by them of personal data obtained from modern records held at the Library.

Conditions governing reproduction: Usual copyright laws apply.

Finding aids: The catalogue is available online.


Appraisal, destruction and scheduling information: All records donated to NLW have been retained.

Accruals: Accruals are not expected.

Archival history:

Immediate source of acquisition: Donated by L.M.E. Szul-Skjoldkrona, Llanrhystud, Cardiganshire, 1973 and 1983



Note: Title supplied from contents.

Archivist's note: Description compiled by Anna Rolewska and David Moore. The following sources were used in the compilation of this description: documents within the archive.

Rules or conventions: Description follows NLW guidelines based on ISAD(G) 2nd ed.; AACR2; and LCSH.

Date(s) of descriptions: July 2011

Cardiganshire (Wales) | Emigration and immigration | 20th cent.
Emigration and immigration | Cardiganshire (Wales) | 20th cent.
Harvest festivals | Wales
Poland | Emigration and immigration | Cardiganshire (Wales) | 20th cent.
Polish Society of Cardiganshire | Records and correspondence
Polish people | Cardiganshire (Wales) | 20th cent.
Wales | Emigration and immigration | 20th century

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