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Guide to the Wladyslaw W. Kulski Papers, 1933-1987

Abstract

Wladyslaw W. Kulski was born in Warsaw, Poland on July 27, 1903. After earning his doctorate, Dr. Kulski served as diplomat and an educator. He taught Political Science at Duke University from 1964 until his retirement in 1973. He died May 16, 1989.

Materials include correspondence, pamphlets, manuscripts, course notes, notebooks, photographs, printed matter and a scrapbook. The collection ranges in date from 1710-1987 and is in English, Polish, French and German.

Descriptive Summary

Repository
University Archives, Duke University
Creator
Kulski, Wladyslaw W.
Title
Wladyslaw W. Kulski papers 1933-1987
Language of Material
English, Polish, French, German
Extent
7 Linear Feet, 5000 Items
Location
For current information on the location of these materials, please consult the Library's online catalog.

Collection Overview

Contains correspondence, diplomatic papers, conference papers, articles, printed matter and other materials related to Dr. Kulski's role as a Polish diplomat before and during World War II and as a lecturer and teacher of Political Science after the war. The materials, approximately half of which are in Polish, pertain to Slavic Studies, Soviet politics and government, and issues in European diplomacy and politics before, during and after World War II. The collection includes hand- and typed-written manuscripts in Polish, English, French and German and materials by and about his brother, Julian E. (1905-1988), including a memoir of Stefan Starzynski, mayor of Warsaw. Also included is the correspondence of Antonina Kulski, largely in Polish with a few in English and French. Her letters that largely cover the Kulski's time in London during World War II and consists of communication with Polish soldiers, namely Kazimierz Domaszewski and Bohdan Brzozowski. There are also some photographs of presumably Polish soldiers during World War II and likely Kulksi family members and friends. There is also a scrapbook of clippings and correspondence. Material ranges in date from 1710-1987, with the bulk covering 1933-1969.

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Contents of the Collection

Collection Inventory
Box 1
Biographical Info, CV, Bibliography, Lecture Announcements
Box 1
Revue de Droit International. 1953: 31(3)
Box 1
Russian Review. 1954-1956, 13(2); 15(3); 15(4)
Box 1
Russian Review. 1959-1960, 18(2); 19(3); 19(4)
Box 1
Russian Review. 1966-1967, 25(3); 25(4); 26(1)
Box 1
Book of Poems by Elizabeth Siedlecki: Steps of a Pilgrim
Box 1
Correspondence, 1938
Box 1
Correspondence, news clippings, 1940-1946
Box 1
Correspondence, 1952-1959
Box 1
Correspondence, Soviet Regime, 1954-1956
Box 1
Correspondence, Syracuse [University] Press, 1958-1961
Box 1
Correspondence, Peaceful Co-Existence, 1958-1962
Box 1
Correspondence, 1961
Box 1
Correspondence, 1970
Box 1
Correspondence, 1980-1987
Box 1
Correspondence, various, 1949-1964
Box 1
Correspondence, undated
Box 1
Portfolio covers
Box 1
Nazi Propaganda, 1940s
Box 1
"White Book," Manuscript, 1939-1940
Box 1
"Ministers Two Spraw Zagranicznyck" and "White Book," 1940
Box 1
"White Book," General File, 1940
Box 1
"La Vente Sur les Organies de la Guerre Actuelle," Manuscript, 1948
Box 1
Outline on "Germany: Eternal Enemy of Europe and of Civilization," 1940s
Box 1
Handwritten Papers (in Polish), 1940s
Box 1
Foreign Ministry, 1940s
Box 1
Miscellaneous Poems, News Clippings, 1940s
Box 1
"Thus Spake Germany," News Clippings, Correspondence, 1941
Box 1
Polish Exhibition, News Clippings, Correspondence, 1944-1945
Box 1
Article Manuscripts, Post-1946
Box 1
Article Manuscripts, 1950s
Box 1
Julian E. Kulski, 1947-1980
Box 1
Manuscript on the Jagiellonian Library, circa 1957
Box 1
Social Science Research Council Correspondence, 1959
Box 1
Various letters, 1959-1961
Box 1
Conference Board of Associated Research Councils, Fulbright Award, 1960-1961
Box 1
Guggenheim and Fulbright correspondence, 1960-1962
Box 1
Dog pedigree papers, 1956
Box 1
Trip to Paris, 1961-1962
Box 1
Paris lectures with news clippings, 1962
Box 1
Manuscripts, 1965-1969
Box 1
AAUP article on publishing, circa 1970
Box 1
Polish Institute of International Affairs, 1974
Box 1
Datebooks, 1940-1945
Box 2
Address book
Box 2
Notebooks: Excerpts from League of Nations, United Nations Declarations and Philosophy, Creative Fiction Excerpts
Box 2
W.W. and Antonina Kulski's Polish Visas, 1933-1939
Box 2
1968 Duke Football program (includes article and inserted clipping on Kulski)
Box 2
Kulski articles: Russian Review, 1956-1969 American Journal of International Law, 1950s-1980s Miscellaneous, 1953-1980
Box 2
Kulski reviews
Box 2
Antonina Kulski's "Christmas in Poland," from Nineteenth Century and After, 1943
Box 2
Assorted pamphlets, publications
Box 2
Preservation of Principles of Freedom Seminars, 1969
Box 2
Soviet Treaties of Peace with Italy, Bulgaria, Hungary, Romania, Finland (book), 1947
Box 2
U.S. Congressional Reports, 1957, 1964
Box 2
American Slavic and East European Review, 1953: 12(1)
Box 2
Contemporary Review, 1942: 919
Box 2
Dublin Review, 1943: 426
Box 2
Foreign Affairs, 1947: 25(4); 1950: 28(4); 1953: 32(1); 1969: 47(2)
Box 2
Journal of Central European Affairs, 1943: 2(4); 1947: 7(3); 1949: 8(4); 1950: 10(1)
Box 2
Modern Age, 1965: 9(3)
Box 2
Nineteenth Century and After, 1941: 129(770)
Box 2
Polish Politics, 1972-1975
Box 3
Retirement, 1973
Box 3
Miscellaneous notes, 1976
Box 3
Miscellaneous notes, undated
Box 3
Julian Kulski, Stefan Starzynski W Mojej Pamiqoi (book), undated
Box 3
Antonina Kulski: Miscellaneous writings, Fiction story, Diary, February 1961, Christmas in Poland manuscript, news clippings, Woman's Outlook, The Dope, Co-operative News, 1940s
Box 3
New York conferences, 1959-1961
Box 3
Lectures, conferences, 1959-1961
Box 3
Southern Conference on Slavic Studies, 1970, 1978
Box 3
Canadian Political Science Association, 1969
Box 3
NYU Conference on Czechoslovakia, 1958
Box 3
Foundation for Foreign Affairs Conference, 1965
Box 3
University of Pennsylvania Conference, 1967
Box 3
Bernard Fall memorial service, speech, 1967
Box 3
Emory University Conference on communism, 1967
Box 3
Hoover Institution Conference, 1967
Box 3
Seminars, Political Science 360; NC Conference, 1966
Box 3
Vanderbuilt University lectures, 1964; Television Notre Dame, 1967
Box 3
Lectures, 1964-1983
Box 3
Course materials, PS 165, undated
Box 3
Course materials, PS 198, student paper on "The French Socialist Party," 1966
Box 3
Course materials, PS 225, undated
Box 3
Course materials, PS 360, undated
Box 3
Course materials, Seminar on International Relations, undated
Box 3
Course materials, PS 145, Soviet Politics, circa 1964
Box 3
Photocopied miscellaneous pamphlets, undated
Box 4
Manuscript Actum in Castro Bedgo, 1710
Box 4
Statute: Swiatowego Zwiazku Polakow Z Zagranicy (Constitution of the International League of Poles Abroad), 1936
Box 4
The Bulletin (German), 1971-1973
Box 4
Pamphlets: Hexology and Among the Amish, 1960s
Box 4
Pamphlet: Uniwersal O Podwodach, 1978
Box 4
Pamphlet: Library of J.G. Herder Institute in Marburg, undated
Box 4
Tito Speaks, magazine article, 1940s
Box 4
18th century French manuscript facsimiles (including Rousseau)
Box 4
News clippings, 1940s-1960s
Box 4
Reviews of Kulski's books
Box 4
Photographs, undated
Box 4
Correspondence, 1939
Box 4
Correspondence, 1940
Box 4
Correspondence, 1941
Box 4
Correspondence, 1942
Box 4
Correspondence, 1943
Box 4
Correspondence, 1944
Box 4
Correspondence, 1945
Box 4
Correspondence, 1946
Box 4
Correspondence, 1947
Box 4
Correspondence, 1948
Box 5
Correspondence, 1949
Box 5
Correspondence, 1950s
Box 5
Correspondence, 1974
Box 5
Correspondence, undated
Box 5
Postcards, 1940-1952
Box 5
Miscellaneous
Box 5
Concert programs, transcript, miscellaneous writings, circa 1960s
Box 5
University of Alabama notebooks: Rousseau, Rousard, undated
Box 5
University of Alabama notebooks: Old French, Rabelais, undated
Box 5
University of Alabama notebook: Montaigne, undated
Box 5
University of Alabama term papers: Montaigne, Rabelais, undated
Box 5
University of Alabama term papers: Polish government, French, de Staël, undated
Box 5
University of Alabama term papers: Bourget, Roussard, Voltaire, undated
Box 5
Antonina Kulski's Christmas in Poland, from The Nineteenth Century and After, 1943
Box 5
The Tomb of Agamemnon, translated from Polish by Antonina Kulska, printed in The Nineteenth Century and After, 1944
Box 5
Miscellaneous Writings
Box 5
Journal, 1961 February
Box 5
Christmas in Poland
Box 5
The Dope, Comparative News, Woman's Outlook, 1940s
Box 5

Oversize

1 Box
Photograph: Antonina Kulski, 1954
Box 6
Large newspaper clippings, 1940s-1980s
Box 6
Assorted magazines, pamphlets (mostly Polish), 1930s-1980s
Box 6
Scrapbook of news clippings, correspondence
Box 6
Cardboard mailing roll: 1790s Japanese print
Box 6

Historical Note

Born in Warsaw, Poland on July 27, 1903, Wladyslaw W. Kulski was a diplomat and educator who earned a Master of Law degree in 1925 from Warsaw Law School and a Doctor of Law in 1927 from Paris School of Law. In 1938, he married Antonina Reutt of Kislovodsk, Russia. They had no children. He was a member of the Polish diplomatic service from 1928-1945 and Minister Plenipotentiary, Polish Embassy, London from 1940-1945. Dr. Kulski served as Professor of Political Science at the University of Alabama from 1948-1951, at Syracuse University from 1951-1964, and at Duke University from 1964-1973. He authored several works, including Thus Spake Germany (1941) and The Soviet Regime (1954) and was editor of the Polish "White Book." Dr. Kulski died in Durham, NC on May 16, 1989.

Dr. Kulski began his diplomatic career as a member of the staff of the League of Nations service at the Polish Ministry of Foreign Affairs (1928-1933). In that position, he functioned as a legal and political officer, was a member of the Polish delegation to the Conference of the Reduction and Limitation of Armaments in Geneva (1932-1933), and was councilor and later Secretary of the Permanent Delegation of Poland to the League. From 1936-1940, he was head of the legal service at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. In 1939, he was sent to London to negotiate the British-Polish Treaty of Mutual Assistance, which soon became the diplomatic basis for Britain's declaration of war on Nazi Germany. In 1940, he became Minister Plenipotentiary at the Polish Embassy in London and held that post until 1945 when he left the Polish service. He came to the U.S. in 1946 and became a naturalized citizen in 1953.

In 1964, he came to Duke University where he was named James B. Duke Professor of Political Science. He retired in 1973. During his academic career, Dr. Kulski continued to lecture to audiences in academia and government. He specialized in comparative government, in particular the Soviet government, international relations, and international law. He was awarded several foreign decorations and held both Fulbright and Guggenheim research awards.

Subject Headings

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Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], Wladyslaw W. Kulski Papers, Duke University Archives, David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library, Duke University.

Provenance

The Wladyslaw W. Kulski Papers were received by the University Archives as a gift in 1989.

Processing Information

Processed by Archives Staff, June 2006

Encoded by Kimberly Sims, July 2006

Accessions A89-0073, A89-0078 were merged into one collection, described in this finding aid.

Descriptive sources and standards used to create this inventory: DACS, EAD, NCEAD guidelines, and our local Style Guide.

This finding aid is NCEAD compliant.