Appeal

For several years, the Pilsudski Institute of America has been running a major project of digitization of archival materials. In our archives we have more than 1.5 million pages of documents related to the history of Poland since 1863 to the present. The collections are systematically scanned by us and described, and then made available on our website. This allows us to protect them from damage, destruction and oblivion. The digitization process is time - consuming, requires equipment and skills.

For several years, the government of Poland partly financed this program which is of utmost importance for the preservation of our national heritage. This year, the aid was unexpectedly halted.

Our situation has become critical. We would not want to stop further work on this project, which has borne abundant fruit, allowing access to priceless documents viewed and consulted by about 20,000 persons per year; these unique historical documents need to be protected against deterioration through decay. For this reason we are asking for your financial support. We appeal to all who appreciate the importance of saving, securing, and maintaining for posterity valuable archival resources that are held by the Institute.

Any amount of money at this difficult time will be appreciated.

Donations can be made online, where credit cards may be used. We also welcome checks made out to Pilsudski Institute of America, and mailed to Pilsudski Institute, 180 Second Avenue, New York, NY 10003.  We are a non-profit research organization and all donations are tax deductible.

We count on your support.

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