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The Institution

The Library of Congress is not an educational institution in terms of offering courses or granting degrees. It is however the nation's oldest federal cultural institution, and it serves as the research arm of Congress. It is also the largest library in the world, with more than 120 million items on approximately 530 miles of bookshelves. The collections include more than 18 million books, 2.5 million recordings, 12 million photographs, 4.5 million maps, and 54 million manuscripts.

Poland-related Resources

POLAND - A Country Study

One in a continuing series of books prepared by the Federal Research Division of the Library of Congress under the Country Studies/Area Handbook Program sponsored by the Department of the Army. The study was completed in October 1992. As with other books in the series, it describes and analyzes the political, economic, social, and national security systems and institutions, and examines the interrelationships of those systems and the ways they are shaped by cultural factors. Particular attention is devoted in the books of this series to the people who make up the society, their origins, dominant beliefs and values, their common interests and the issues on which they are divided, the nature and extent of their involvement with national institutions, and their attitudes toward each other and toward their social system and political order. The study is available to the following internet address

Handlowa ksiega adresowa Polski i Gdanska (Commericial address book for Poland and Gdansk):

A 1923 commercial directory totaling about 700 pages. This historic Polish directory, a rare and fragile item, has been digitized and made them available to the public on the following internet addresses The presentation is via "page-turner" display.
Front matter (including advertisements and a map of Polish railroads)
  • Timeline of Polish history
  • Administrative districts of the Republic of Poland
  • Constitution of the Republic of Poland
  • Officials of the Republic of Poland
  • Polish diplomatic missions abroad
  • Polish consulates abroad
  • Foreign diplomatic representatives in Poland
  • Foreign consulates in Poland
  • Statistical data on the Polish economic situation
  • Historical sketch of Gdansk (Danzig)
  • Treaty of Versaille provisisions concerning the Free City of Gdansk (Danzig)
  • Officials of the Free City of Gdansk (Danzig) and the Supreme Commissioner of the League of Nations in Gdansk (Danzig)
  • Port of Gdansk (Danzig)
  • Economic organizations in Poland and Gdansk (Danzig)
  • Polish Information Bureau for foreign commerce in Gdansk (Danzig)
  • Index of branches of industry and products listed in Part II.
  • Alphabetic index of branches of industry listed in Part III.
  • Enterprises [grouped by economic sector, enterprises are arranged alphabetically, and street addresses are included; this is the heart of the directory]
  • Advertisements
  • Index of advertisers

Spis abonentow warszawskiej sieci telefonow (Telephone Directory for Warsaw)

A 540-page white pages directory of Warsaw and environs on the eve of World War II, along with a listing of businesses and advertisements arranged by product or service, e.g., office machines, sporting goods, physicians. This historic Polish directory, a rare and fragile item, has been digitized and made them available to the public on the following internet addresses The presentation is via "page-turner" display.

Last updated 10/28/02


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