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Joanna Wojciechowicz papers

Identifier: MSS 8081

Scope and Contents

Contains materials compiled by Joanna Wojciechowicz on the subject of the Solidarity movement in Poland. Wojciechowicz was an involved participant in the Solidarity movement and these documents reflect her familiarity with leaders of the organization, Communist punishment for being involved in this movement, and the eventual impact that Solidarity was able to have. The collection includes documents such as laser printouts of photographs, newspaper articles, correspondence, DVDs, and personal papers that connect to Wojciechowicz's personal life, but primarily are focused on the actions and impact of NSZZ "Solidarnosc". Dates of material range from 1881 to 2016.


  • Event: 1881-2016


Language of Materials

Materials are in English and Polish, with a few documents in Russian and German.

Conditions Governing Access

Open for public research.

Conditions Governing Use

It is the responsibility of the researcher to obtain any necessary copyright clearances. Permission to use material from this collection must be obtained from Reference Services at

Biographical History

Joanna Wojciechowicz was born in 1944. She was an architecht in Gdansk, Poland for ten years. She was heavily involved in the opposition movement against the Communist government. Her son was a member of the Young Poland movement and both of them became contributors to the Solidarity movement as it developed. She was present in the shipyard during the strike in 1980, and was imprisoned for her involvement. After moving to Washington state, Joanna was heavily involved in several documentaries which commemorate the efforts of the Solidarity movement, including Women in Solidarity.


2 cartons (2 linear ft.)

1 box (0.5 linear ft.)

3 oversize folders (0.3 linear ft.)


Collection is arranged into seven series: 1. Joanna Wojciechowicz collection of legal documents, 1881-2016. 2. Joanna Wojciechowicz collection of Polish history and culture, 1970-2016. 3. Joanna Wojciechowicz personal papers, 1970-2013. 4. Joanna Wojciechowicz correspondence, 1982-2014. 5. Joanna Wojciechowicz collection of newspapers and clippings, 1972-2010. 6. Joanna Wojciechowicz collection of production papers, 1988-2000. 7. and Joanna Wojciechowicz collection of photographs and slides, 1947-2016.

Custodial History

Donated in 2012 and 2014 by Katherine Kenning, a friend of Joanna Wojciechowicz and as a result of their relationship and her interest in the Solidarity movement was originally given the collection of materials. Joanna Wojciechowicz donated additional materials in 2015 and 2018.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Donated; Katherine Kenning; 2012, 2014.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Donated; Joanna Wojciechowicz; 2015, 2018.


Utah and the American West and LDS cultural, social, and religious history (20th century Western & Mormon Manuscripts collection development policy, 5.VII, 2007).

Processing Information

Processed; Tracy Allen, student manuscript processor, and John M. Murphy, curator; 2012.

Processing Information

Processed; Margaret Weddle, student manuscript processor, and John M. Murphy, curator; 2014.

Processing Information

Processed; Karen Glenn; 2022. Addendum added.

Register of the Joanna Wojciechowicz papers
Tracy Allen
2012 December 13
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
Script of description
Language of description note
Finding aid written in English in Latin script.

Repository Details

Part of the L. Tom Perry Special Collections Repository

1130 HBLL
Brigham Young University
Provo Utah 84602 United States