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Series VII: Photographs, circa 1880-1989

Call Number: GEN MSS 661, Series VII

Scope and Contents

Series VII consists of photographs, mostly of Czesław Miłosz, some of which include family members, friends and colleagues. Early photographs (before 1940) include family members and snapshots of Miłosz as a university student and employee of Polish Radio in Vilnius. Family photographs include portraits of members of the Kunat and Syruć families dating to the late nineteenth century and of Czesław Miłosz as a child.

Later photographs are generally of a less personal nature, though they do include snapshots of Miłosz with friends and family in addition to photographs of events and appearances. Many snapshots and portraits were taken by Czesław Miłosz's brother Andrzej, a journalist and film-maker. Fifteen folders of photographs document Miłosz's 1981 trip to Poland.

Miłosz and others wrote notes on the verso of many photographs that identify people and places portrayed.


  • circa 1880-1989

Language of Materials

From the Collection: The bulk of the material is in Polish and English. Includes material in French and other languages.

Conditions Governing Access

From the Collection: Correspondence with Jeanne Hersch, Jadwiga Tomaszewicz and Lillian Valee was formerly restricted until 2010. Five notebooks were formerly restricted until 2010. Correspondence with Józef Sadzik is restricted during the lifetime of John Peter Miłosz.

Boxes 254, 256-261: Restricted fragile material. Reference surrogates have been substituted in the main files. Consult Access Services for further information.

Box 255 (computer disk): Restricted Fragile Material. Reference copies of electronic files may be requested. Consult Access Services for further information.

Box 162 (sound recordings): Restricted Fragile Material. Consult Access Services for further information.


Series VII is arranged roughly chronologically.


2.29 Linear Feet (6 boxes)


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