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Collection Details


Collection Name: Oral History Archives at the Chicago Polonia Project
Repository Name: Chicago Historical Society. Research Center, Oral History, Film and Video [Repository Details]
Repository Location: Chicago, Illinois, United States
URL: http://www.chicagohs.org/planavisit/aboutcollection/oralhistory
Dates Spanned: 1973-1978
Description: The project archives include recorded life histories of 140 Chicago-area Polish-Americans, many of whom emigrated to the United States from Austria, German Poland, and elsewhere in Eastern Europe between 1880 and 1930. The interviews were taken in the mid-1970s and provide firsthand accounts of adjustment to American culture, work and business enterprises, family life, and other experiences. The project was directed by Mary Cygan, and was underwritten by the National Endowment for the Humanities.
Estimated Total of Interviews: 140
Broad Subjects: Ethnic groups; Economics
ASP Subjects: Austria; Business; Chicago, IL; Eastern Europe; Emigration and immigration; Entrepreneurship--United States; Local history; Oral history; Poland; Polish Americans; United States
Other Subjects: Family life; German Poland; Polish community
Collection Code: OHC0000103