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Catalog Number 2001:17
Collection Zygmunt Collection
Object Name Records
Title Polish American Congress
Polish Arts League of Pittsburgh
American Council of Polish Cultural Clubs
Polish Falcons of Braddock, PA
Scope & Content This collection contains the records of four Polish organizations that flourished here in the United States for its citizens of Polish ancestry. Included are correspondence, meeting minutes, magazines, newspapers, by-laws and constitutions, newsletters, ledger books, photographs, buttons, and sheet music.

The collection is organized accordingly: papers and publications of the Polish American Congress; papers and publications of the ACPCC; papers and publications of the Polish Arts League; misc. papers and publications of other Polish organizations that had relations with the above mentioned; Polish newspapers; sheet music; artifacts; and, ledger books from the Polish Falcons and/or the Polish American Congress.
Admin/Biographical History The Polish American Congress is a national organization of Americans of Polish origin that strives to create a unified body of Polish Americans without regard to political affiliations. It was organized during World War II as a support group to the United States government in its efforts to win and maintain peace. The purpose of the PAC is to inform the American public of Poland's historical role, her aims, her needs and her rights to independence. The Western PA Division of the PAC annually honors the memory of General Casimir Pulaski, an American Revolution war hero, who devoted his life to the cause of liberty in both the United States and Europe. Accordingly, he died for liberty at Savannah, Georgia, on October 11, 1777. Thus, October 11 is Pulaski Day, as proclaimed by President Johnson. The PAC honors the memory of this hero with an annual Pulaski Day Dinner.

The Polish Arts League of Pittsburgh was founded in 1947 as a subsidiary of the American Council of Polish Cultural Clubs. This national organization is made up of dozens of local clubs, like the PAL, across the country. Annual conventions bring them all together so as to get progress reports of what other clubs are doing as well as to discuss better ways to promote Polish culture. The Polish Arts League of Pittsburgh was founded with a purpose to render moral and material aid to promising Polish and American writers, musicians, artists, and students of the arts; to make Polish art, music and literature more well-known in the United States; and to popularize the knowledge, appreciation, and enjoyment of music, art, and literature. In a sense, this is the same purpose as the ACPCC, only at a local level.

Dates of Creation 1899 - 1981