The Institute preserves and holds the most important documents of the Polish State, dated from the interwar period, rescued from the burning city of Warsaw- the Belvedere Archives. Our archives posses pearls of the Polish history, including original documents depicting the dramatic battles of the Polish army, from the time when historical borders of the Second Polish Republic were being established, including the most valuable piece from our collections- the original order of the Battle of Warsaw, unique materials from the Silesian Uprisings 1919-1921, May Coup of 1926, and the documents describing many years activities of Polonia and immigration in the USA.

Armia polska w okolicach Modlina, datowane 1920-08-04In total, we store over 2 million pages of documents, as well as numerous photographs and army maps. In order to save the documents from destruction, they are scanned, indexed to collect rich metadata and published online. Recently, we have completed digitalization of the Archives of the Commander in Chief. The collection contains numerous documents from Józef Piłsudski’s office. The digitalization project lasted 4 years and we have scanned, provided metadata description and published online a collection of 40 thousand pages, dated from November 1918 to December 1922. The collection contains 17,000 documents and 40,000 pages.

Currently, the Institute works on the digitization of the collection of the Head of the General Staff of the Polish Army- General Tadeusz Rozwadowski.

      Please support our Digitization Fund     

The Corporate Catalyst Award is an amalgamation of awards that The Institute has issued over our proud 70 year history of forging strong relations between the USA and Poland. The Institute believes that these unique modern times require us to emphasize the powerful impact that US based multi-national companies and US foreign direct investment has had on the Polish economy by selecting Poland for continued investment. Hence, The Institute is committed to honor leading companies for their continued and pioneering investment in Poland. 

The Corporate Catalyst Award provides a platform to highlight decades of innovation and cooperation between our proud countries and to showcase the modern commercial, educational and cultural relationships which exist today, spanning several generations. 

The Institute would like the Award to serve as a progressive platform from which to advocate for continuing and impactful cooperation between our important stakeholders:

  1. The Polish Diaspora
  2. US corporate sector and US based foreign direct investment
  3. US and Polish governments
  4. US and Polish philanthropy
  5. US and Polish cultural institutions and academic partners

The following honorees have been featured at our ceremonies in recent years: 

  • Citi Group
  • International Paper
  • Polish and Slavic Federal Credit Union
  • Polish National Alliance
  • Coca-Cola HBC Polska i Coca-Cola Poland Services.

The Award is a highly respected accolade in the Polish-American Diaspora, with a special focus in New York City. It garners the attention of executives from across sectors of industry and celebrities from the Polish community, all of whom are committed to maintaining strong cultural and scientific bonds between the U.S. and Poland. 

Corporate Catalyst Award 2019 - General Electric Company Polska

CCA500The Chairman GE Company Polska Marian Lubieniecki, Vice-chairman GE Aviation Services Engineering, Mohamed Ali and the IJP representatives

On January 23, 2020, during a gala in Arkady Kubickiego at the Royal Castle in Warsaw, we presented General Electric Company Polska with the prestigious Piłsudski Institute Corporate Catalyst Award. GECP is a unique company that has been creating the Engineering Design Center together with the Institute of Aviation for 20 years.
When deciding to award General Electric Company Polska, we could not help but notice the company’s invaluable commitment to the future of Polish and American science and technology. We appreciated their cooperation with 12 universities in Poland, the creation of many programs and scholarships for students, as well as their Presidential Internship under the patronage of President Andrzej Duda, which is co-organized with the President's Office and the Polish & Slavic Federal Credit Union.
The ceremony was attended by representatives from the Chancellery of the President of the Republic of Poland, the U.S. Embassy in Warsaw, the American Chamber of Commerce in Poland, and the J. Piłsudski Institute.

Corporate Catalyst Award 2016 - Coca-Cola HBC and Coca-Cola Poland Servies

thumb CoocaCola1Nikos Kalaitzidakis - CEO of Coca-Cola HBC Poland, Anna Jakubowski - CEO of Coca-Cola Poland, Iwona Korga and Magda Kapuścińska.

The Institute presented the Piłsudski Institute Corporate Catalyst Award 2016 during a closed celebration, which took place in Warsaw on Wednesday, May 11, 2016. The award was presented as part of a special event - the Great Polish Dream, organized by the Institute in the presence of over 100 people from the international sector business, philanthropy, and government.
During the ceremony, Deputy Minister Jan Dziedziczak presented Dr. Magda Kapuscińska, long-term president of the Piłsudski Institute, with the "Bene Merito'' Honorary Badge awarded by Minister of Foreign Affairs Witold Waszczykowski. The badge is an honorary distinction given to citizens of Poland and foreign countries for promoting Poland in the international arena.
The guests at the ceremony were: Paul Jones, the US Ambassador to Poland; Nikos Kalaitzidakis, Chairman of the Supervisory Board and CEO of Coca-Cola HBC; Anna Jakubowski, Managing Director of Coca-Cola Poland Services; Adam Bielan, Deputy Speaker of the Senate of the Republic of Poland; Maria Koc, Deputy Speaker of the Senate of the Republic of Poland; and Barbara Dolniak, Deputy Speaker of the Sejm of the Republic of Poland. During the Gala, there was a discussion panel attended by Tony Haush, Chairman of American Chamber of Commerce in Poland; Ryszard Szuster, Deputy Minister of Sport; Adam Hamryszczak, Deputy Minister of Development; Krzysztof Chaciński, Mayor of Radzymin; Dr. Krzysztof Mazur, President of the Jagiellonian Club; as well as Anna Jakubowski and Nikos Kalaitzidakis from Coca-Cola. The participants had a fascinating discussion on foreign economic investments in Poland and the social responsibility of investors.
The Piłsudski Institute would like to thank the panelists and all the distinguished guests who took part in the ceremony.
Below we present a video from this ceremony.



Anna BohomolecThe Institute is a non-profit organization, subsisting on membership fees, cash donations, grants, and wills. We encourage everyone who cares about the good of an important Polish cultural institution to keep the Institute in their thoughts.

The generous inheritance comes from Anna Bohomolec Farman, born on August 28, 1906, and passed away on December 7, 2003. During World War II, Anna Bohomolec was active in the French resistance movement and worked in the Polish and French Red Cross. After the war, she married Colonel Elbert Farman, the first American military attaché in Warsaw between 1919-1923.

Jan Weiss w Instytucie Another substantial bequest comes from Jan Weiss, born on December 20, 1913, and died on June 26, 2002. He was a long-time member of the Institute's Council and the head of the library. Before World War II, he graduated from the Department of Law and Economics at the Jan Kazimierz University in Lviv, during the September Campaig he fought in the 27th Light Artillery Regiment with the Pomeranian Army. After deportation to the Soviet Union, Mr. Weiss joined the ranks of the Polish Army under the command of General W. Anders, and along with the Second Corps fought in Italy. After the war, he settled in the United States where for many years he was an employee of the Houghton Library at Harvard University. When he reached retirement age, he moved to New York and worked pro bono in the Institute's library. Thanks to his work, the card catalog of the library was created.

In 2001, the Institute received a bequest from Tadeusz Leser, who was born in 1908 in Lviv and passed away on March 28, 2000. He was a soldier for the Second Polish Republic as well as a graduate of the Military Engineering School in Warsaw and University of London. During World War II, he served out West in the Polish Army. After the war he went into exile in the United States and became a scientist, mathematician, and longtime employee of the Ballistic Research Laboratory. Additionally, Tadeusz Leser came to be a long-time member of the Institute.

thumb Marek ZielinskMarek Zielinski, PhD

 In 2020, the Piłsudski Institute received a bequest from Marek Zieliński, PhD. longtime Vice President of the Institute.

Marek Zieliński was born in Łódź, where he graduated from the University of Technology and received a doctorate from the Center for Molecular Research of the Polish Academy of Sciences. During the "Solidarity" period, he published the "Poglądy" magazine along with a group of friends. In 1981, he received a scholarship at New York University, with which he was associated for the next several years. Later he worked as a software architect for publishers New York Times and Boston Globe. He was also the founder of one of the first companies providing Internet access in Poland. Mr. Zieliński was associated with the Institute since 1981. In 2006, he initiated a program of digitization of archival resources. It is thanks to his hard work that the Institute has become a leading institution in the field of digitization of archives.


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We are very grateful to all founding donors to the Campaign For the Future, who helped us in the difficult and uncertain time of search for a new headquarters. Thanks to your support we were able to find our new home in Brooklyn, complete necessary renovation of the the building and start operating again in the summer of 2015.

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Polish American Historical Association
Polonia Aid Foundation Trust
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Iconnel Inc.
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Regina Misztela
George L. Morgan
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Joanna Mozler
Christina & Andrew Nagorski
Conrad Namiesniowski
Bożena Nowicka McLees
Wojciech Oktawiec
Peter E. Ollen
Wiesław Opałka
P.S.C. Community Services, Inc.
Marek Pakulski
Matthew Patkowski
Andrzej Pelc
Roma Pilarczyk
Joanna Piziak
Beata Pociask
Polanki Inc.
Polish Supplementary School Council of America Onc.
Richard Poremski
Przyjaciele z Warszawy
Andrzej & Iwona Riess
Richard Roland
Slawomir Rubinsztajn
Krzysztof Rzamek
John W. Saletnik
Katherine Sekowski
Henryk Sienkiewicz Educational Society, Inc.
Christopher & Eva Skibicki
Janusz Skowron
Stanisław Skrowaczewski
Marek W. Skulimowski
Polish & Slavic Center
Helena Ślusarczyk
Felix Smigiel
Elisabeth Stahre
Halina Szewczyk
Julita Szylar
Andrew Targowski in memory of Bishop Marian Tokarzewski
Ewa Thompson
James Thompson
Eryka Volker
Piotr S. Wandycz
Charles A. Weiss
Monika & Ray Yaworski
Jaroslaw Zajac
Edyta Zielinska & Stefan Zajic
Ewa A. Zalewska
Ewa Zalewska
Wallace Zielinski
Marek Zielinski

We are grateful to all the donors of the Campaign For the Future, who helped us in the difficult and uncertain time of search for a new headquarters. Thanks to your support we were able to find our new home in Brooklyn, complete necessary renovation of the the building and start operating again in the summer of 2015.

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