Rare Books Collection

The Polish and Rare Book Collection, housed in the Adam Cardinal Maida Alumni Library, consists of over 20,000 volumes. Books in Polish published after 1945, as well as books in English on Polish and Polish American subjects, are available on the main level. Books in Polish published before the end of World War II, as well as selected books in other languages, are available for research in the Rare Book Room, located on the lake level.

Photo: Karen Majewski, Ph.D. Library and Archives

Karen Majewski received her Ph.D. in American Culture from the University of Michigan, where she specialized in the study of immigration and ethnicity in the United States. She also received training from the Polish National Archives in Warsaw. From 1998-2007 she served as Executive Director of the Polish American Historical Association. Majewski’s articles appear in many books and journals, and she is a frequent speaker at conferences and public events. Her book, Traitors and True Poles: Narrating a Polish-American Identity, 1880-1939, was published by Ohio University Press in 2003. It received the Oskar Halecki Award as the Best Book in Polish American Studies from Polish American Historical Association (2004) and the Waclaw Lednicki Prize from the Polish Institute of Arts and Sciences in America as the Best Book in the Humanities on a Polish Subject (2005).