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Keith Sword Collection: Polish Migration Project

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The Polish Migration Project was set up at the School of Slavonic and East European Studies (SSEES) in October 1982 with a grant from the MB Grabowski Fund, it was a joint initiative between the two organisations. Dr. Keith Sword was the project's Research Fellow.

The aim of the first phase 1982-1986 was to investigate the origins of the Polish Community in the United Kingdom, principally during 1939-1950. Members of the Polish community from London, Slough, Brighton and Bradford were interviewed. The second phase, which began in 1986, researched the experiences of Poles in the Soviet Union between 1939-1947. From 1990-1994 the project concentrated on the ethnic identity of second or 'half' generation Poles.

Dr. Sword was a social anthropologist who had conducted research among Poles in Britain for his Doctorate at the University of Sussex. He worked together with Dr. Jan Ciechanowski, and Professor Norman Davies of SSEES.

Source: SWO/5/26

Contents

Papers (notes, transcripts, articles, National Archives records) and tape recordings chiefly relating to the MB Grabowski project 'Polish immigration to Great Britain 1939-1950' (Polish Migration Project), set up at SSEES in October 1982 with a grant from the MB Grabowski Fund, a joint initiative between the two organisations. The collection contains transcripts and tapes of the interviews. The Polish Migration Project ran again from 1990-1994.

Publications

Published works include:

Iglicka, Krystyna and Sword, Keith (eds.) 'The Challenge of East-west Migration for Poland' (London: Macmillan, 1998)

Sword, Keith 'Deportation and Exile: Poles in the Soviet Union, 1939-48' (London: Macmillan in association with School of Slavonic and East European Studies, University of London, 1994)

Sword, Keith, Davies, Norman and Ciechanowski, Jan 'The Formation of the Polish Community in Great Britain: 1939-1950' (London: School of Slavonic and East European Studies, University of London, 1989)

Sword, Keith 'Identity in Flux: The Polish Community in Britain' (London: School of Slavonic and East European Studies, University of London, 1996)

Sword, Keith (ed.) 'The Soviet Takeover of the Polish Eastern Provinces, 1939-1941' (Basingstoke: Macmillan in association with the School of Slavonic and East European Studies, University of London, 1991)

Access

Parts of the collection may have restricted access.

The papers are available subject to the usual conditions of access to Archives and Manuscripts material, after the completion of a Reader's Undertaking.

Photocopies/photographs/microfilm are supplied for private research only at the Archivist's discretion. Please note that material may be unsuitable for copying on conservation grounds, and that photographs cannot be photocopied in any circumstances. Researchers who wish to publish material must seek copyright permission from the copyright owner.



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