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COLLECTION Identifier: MS Slavic 18

Wacław Grubiński papers


Papers of Wacław Grubiński, the Polish writer, playwright, and theater critic.


  • 1915-1972

Language of Materials

Collection materials are in Polish, English, and Russian.

Conditions Governing Access

There are no restrictions on physical access to this material. Collection is open for research.

This collection is not housed at the Houghton Library but is shelved offsite at the Harvard Depository. Retrieval requires advance notice. Readers should check with Houghton Public Services staff to determine what material is offsite and retrieval policies and times.


1.5 linear feet (1 box)
Includes Wacław Grubiński's correspondence with family members, colleagues, political activists, and Aleksander Janta (donor). Correspondents include: Mieczysław Grydzewski, Adam Grzymała-Siedlecki, Julian Krzyżanowski, Antoni Pająk, August Zaleski, and others. Also with a few third party letters, especially between Janta and others concerning Grubiński. Compositions includes autograph manuscripts of Grubiński's journals from 1962-1971, and typescripts of his memoir, Miedzy młotem a sierpem = Between hammer and sickle and his play, Kochankowie = Lovers, among others. Also included are printed articles and clippings saved by WG and a few photographs.

Biographical / Historical

Wacław Grubiński, Polish short-story writer, novelist, playwright of the "Warsaw School," and theater critic, was born in Warsaw in 1883 and died in London in 1973. He wrote narrative prose such as Pocalunek (The kiss, 1906), Czlowiek z klarnetem (Man with a clarinet, 1927), and Listy pogańskie (Pagan letters, 1938); produced and published over 10 one-act and full-length plays such as, Kochankowie (Lovers, 1915), and Niewinna grzesznica (The innocent sinner, 1926); and also wrote his memoirs about his deportation to the Soviet Union during World War II and his condemnation to death (later commuted to 10 years of imprisonment) for publishing a comedy about Lenin in 1921Miedzy młotem a sierpem (Between Hammer and Sickle, 1947).


Arranged into the following series:
  1. I. Correspondence
  2. II. Compositions by Wacław Grubiński
  3. III. Other materials

Physical Location

Harvard Depository


Immediate Source of Acquisition

94M-43. Bequest of Professor Aleksander Janta; received after: 1974.

Separated Materials

The other papers received in the Aleksander Janta bequest have been cataloged into separate finding aids as:

General note

This collection is shelved offsite at the Harvard Depository. See access restrictions below for additional information.

Processing Information

Processed by: Gwido Zlatkes, with assistance from Bonnie B. Salt.

See curatorial file for additional detailed lists of these materials prepared by Gwido Zlatkes, but not used in this finding aid.
Link to catalog
Grubiński, Wacław. Wacław Grubiński papers, 1915-1972: Guide.
Houghton Library, Harvard College Library
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Repository Details

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