J. William Gorski Collection   1909, 1920, 1954-55, 1964, 1972-2002  (bulk 1972-2001 )
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Subject Files. Michigan – Wayne County [subseries]:

The “Art and Culture” file contains materials on Polish cultural events and organizations in the Detroit metropolitan area. Items include magazine and newspaper clippings. A brochure announces the 1984 Bank of Commerce Ethno-Art Exhibition at the Hamtramck Public Library. Brochures, slides and a program pertain to the Rzeszow Dancers, who recite traditional Polish dances. Finally, there is a Polish Heritage Catalog from the Polish Art Center of Hamtramck. This catalog lists Polish heritage items such as ethnic music recordings, cookbooks, flags and dolls. It also lists items such as t-shirts, bumper stickers and jewelry that are fitted with Polish-themed images and messages.

The “Biography Files” provide information on certain individuals of Polish heritage. These are arranged alphabetically, by surname. These materials consist of lineage charts, some family photographs, short family histories and short biographies and autobiographies. The “Catholic Church in Detroit” file documents the Roman Catholic Church and includes an issue of the Orchard Lake Schools newsletter that focuses on the Polish Seminary in Detroit, and correspondence (1982-1983) between Gorski and the Felician Sisters at Madonna College. The letters concern Gorski’s research on the Felician Sisters order, listing books that Gorski borrowed and discussing meeting arrangements.

“Church and cemetery” files include church bulletins, newsletters, newspaper clippings, photograph copies of church anniversary books and photographs. The cemetery photographs depict general cemetery scenes, tombstones and portraits of interred individuals. In some cases, the hard copy images were also digitally scanned onto compact disc. In such instances, the disc appears in the collection before the actual photographs. Other photographs include exterior images of churches and prints of church anniversary souvenir book photographs and pages.

Several folders contain photographic prints of the 1907 Polish Business Directory of Detroit. These prints depict prominent Polish American citizens of 1907. They include businessmen, clergymen, physicians and military veterans, among others. There are also group photographs of organizations, churches, businesses and some general scenes of the Detroit area. The Business Directory images also appear on slides and were digitally scanned onto compact disc. The “Dom Polski” file contains thirty-eight additional photographic prints of the 1907 Business Directory. These are largely portraits of 1907 members of the Dom Polski (or “Domu Polskiego”). A Dom Polski was a community center. These images have been digitally scanned onto a compact disc, and this disc is present in the file.

The Wayne County material also contains photographs of buildings on Michigan Avenue (Detroit) and slides in binders documenting the East side of Detroit, the West side of Detroit, and Hamtramck. The slides are arranged, classified and numbered by subjects. A master index appears in the first folder of each set of folders.

Box   8 F   14
Art and Culture  1955,1981-1984,1998,not dated
Box   8 F   15
Biographical Files, A-C  1925,1981-1986,not dated
Box   9 F   1
Biographical Files, D-I  1979-1986,not dated
Box   9 F   2
Biographical Files, J  1979-1987
Box   9 F   3
Biographical Files, K  1930,1974,1980, not dated
Box   9 F   4
Biographical Files, L  1979-1992, not dated
Box   9 F   5
Biographical Files, M-O  1979-1984,2000, not dated
Box   9 F   6
Biographical Files, P-R  1977-1979,1984, not dated
Box   9 F   7
Biographical Files, S-T  1979-1987
Box   9 F   8
Biographical Files, W-Z  1979-1986
Box   9 F   9
Campau, James (Photocopy of Deed)  Not dated
Box   9 F   10
Carr, Julia (Correspondence)  1983
Box   9 F   11
Catholic Church in Detroit  1982-1984,1999
Box   9 F   12
Churches and Cemeteries, All Saints  Not dated
Box   9 F   13
Churches and Cemeteries, Assumption Blessed Virgin Mary  198,319,891,992
Box   10 F   1
Churches and Cemeteries, Betholem Cemetery (Hamtramck)  1984
Box   10 F   2
Churches and Cemeteries, Holy Cross Cemetery – Images Scanned on Compact Disc  Not dated
Box   10 F   3
Churches and Cemeteries, Holy Cross Cemetery – Photos, #1-100  Not dated
Box   10 F   4
Churches and Cemeteries, Holy Cross Cemetery – Photos, #101-200  Not dated
Box   10 F   5
Churches and Cemeteries, Holy Cross Cemetery – Photos, #201-300  Not dated
Box   10 F   6
Churches and Cemeteries, Holy Cross Cemetery – Photos, #301-401  Not dated
Box   10 F   7
Churches and Cemeteries, Holy Cross Church  1982-1983, not dated
Box   10 F   8
Churches and Cemeteries, Mt. Olivet Cemetery  Not dated
Box   10 F   9
Churches and Cemeteries, Our Lady Help of Christians  1983, not dated
Box   10 F   10
Churches and Cemeteries; Our Lady of Good Counsel, Our Lady of Mt. Carmel and Our Lady Queen of Heaven  1986-1989
Box   10 F   11
Churches and Cemeteries, Our Lady Queen of Apostles (Hamtramck)  Not dated
Box   10 F   12
Churches and Cemeteries, Our Savior (Dearborn Heights)  1982-1986
Box   10 F   13
Churches and Cemeteries, Polish Baptist Christian Center and Polish Congregational Church  Not dated
Box   10 F   14
Churches and Cemeteries, Resurrection Church  Not dated
Box   10 F   15
Churches and Cemeteries, Sacred Heart Cemetery – Images Scanned on Compact Disc  Not dated
Box   11 F   1
Churches and Cemeteries, Sacred Heart Cemetery (Old Section), Photos, #1-50  Not dated
Box   11 F   2
Churches and Cemeteries, Sacred Heart Cemetery (Old Section), Photos, #51-126  Not dated
Box   11 F   3
Churches and Cemeteries, Sacred Heart Cemetery (New Section), Photos, #1-42  Not dated
Box   11 F   4
Churches and Cemeteries, St. Albertus Church  Not dated
Box   11 F   5
Churches and Cemeteries, St. Ann’s Church  1983
Box   11 F   6
Churches and Cemeteries, St. Barbara Church (Dearborn)  19,861,989
Box   11 F   7
Churches and Cemeteries, St. Bartholomew Church  Not dated
Box   11 F   8
Churches and Cemeteries, St. Casimir’s Church, Photos from Jubilee Books  Not dated
Box   11 F   9
Churches and Cemeteries, St. Casimir’s Church, Photos of Surrounding Area  Circa 1970’s
Box   11 F   10
Churches and Cemeteries, St. Cunegunda Church  1986, Not dated
Box   11 F   11
Churches and Cemeteries, St. Florian (Hamtramck)  19,831,989
Box   11 F   12
Churches and Cemeteries, St. Francis D’Assisi  1982
Box   11 F   13
Churches and Cemeteries, St. Hedwig Cemetery, Photos Scanned on Compact Disc  Not dated
Box   11 F   14
Churches and Cemeteries, St. Hedwig Cemetery, Photos, #1-125  Not dated
Box   11 F   15
Churches and Cemeteries, St. Hedwig Cemetery, Photos, #126-269  Not dated
Box   12 F   1, 2
Churches and Cemeteries, St. Hedwig Church (2 folders)  1939,1969,1982-2000,not dated
Box   12 F   3
Churches and Cemeteries, St. Helena Church (Wyandotte)  1975,1982,1987, not dated
Box   12 F   4
Churches and Cemeteries, St. Hyacinth Church  1973,1982,1987, not dated
Box   12 F   5
Churches and Cemeteries, St. Ignatius Church  Not dated
Box   12 F   6
Churches and Cemeteries, St. John Cantius Church  1982
Box   12 F   7
Churches and Cemeteries, St. John’s Ukrainian Church  1983
Box   12 F   8
Churches and Cemeteries, St. Josaphat  19,821,992
Box   12 F   9
Churches and Cemeteries, St. Ladislaus  1982
Box   12 F   10
Churches and Cemeteries, St. Patrick Church  1965, not dated
Box   12 F   11
Churches and Cemeteries, St. Paul’s Cemetery (Grosse Point Farms)  1981
Box   12 F   12
Churches and Cemeteries, St. Peter’s Church, Ss. Peter and Paul Church, St. Philomena Church and St. Stanislaus Church (Wyandotte)  1976,1982-1989
Box   12 F   13
Churches and Cemeteries, St. Stanislaus Church (Detroit)  1982-1983,1989, not dated
Box   12 F   14
Churches and Cemeteries, St. Stephen Church (New Boston)  Not dated
Box   12 F   15
Churches and Cemeteries, St. Stephens Church (Detroit)  197,519,821,989
Box   12 F   16
Churches and Cemeteries, St. Thomas the Apostle  1989, not dated
Box   12 F   17
Churches and Cemeteries, Sweetest Heart of Mary  1961,1984, not dated
Box   12 F   18
Churches and Cemeteries, Transfiguration Church  19,801,989
Box   12 F   19-20
Directory of Polish Businesses in Detroit (1907) – Photographic Prints from Original Directory (2 folders)  Not dated
Box   12 F   21
Directory of Polish Businesses in Detroit (1907) – Photographic Negatives from Original Directory  Not dated
Box   13 F   1
Directory of Polish Businesses in Detroit (1907) – Slides, #1-46  Not dated
Box   13 F   2
Directory of Polish Businesses in Detroit (1907) – Slides, #47-80  Not dated
Box   13 F   3
Directory of Polish Businesses in Detroit (1907) – Slides, #81-110  Not dated
Box   13 F   4
Dom Polski (Domu Polskiego) – Photographic Prints of 1907 members  Not dated
Box   13 F   5
Grosse Pointe Historical Society  19,821,987
Box   13 F   6
Hamtramck - Eaglet Issue  1985
Box   13 F   7
National Polish American – Jewish American Task Force  1984
Box   13 F   8
Photographs – Detroit  Not Dated
Box   13 F   9
Photographs – Detroit, Michigan Avenue  1987
Box   13 F   10
Photographs – Detroit (East Side) and Hamtramck  1983-1984
Box   13 F   11
Photographs - Hamtramck  Not dated
Box   13 F   12
Poletown  1986, not dated
Box   13 F   13
Restaurants – Detroit  Not dated
Box   14 F   1, 2
Slides of Detroit (2 folders)  1976-1978
Box   14 F   3
Slides – Detroit (East Side), Images Scanned on Compact Disc  Not dated
Box   14 F   4
Slides – Detroit (East Side), General Index; Newspapers and Maps  1982-1984
Box   14 F   5, 6
Slides – Detroit (East Side), Churches, Sweetest Heart of Mary (3 Folders)  1982-1984
Box   14 F   7
Slides – Detroit (East Side), Churches, St. Josaphat  1982
Box   15 F   1, 2
Slides – Detroit (East Side), Buildings and Manufacturers (Folder 2 of 2)  1982-1984
Box   15 F   3, 4
Slides – Detroit (East Side), Churches, St. Albertus (2 Folders)  1982-1984
Box   15 F   5, 6
Slides – Detroit (East Side), Churches, Sweetest Heart of Mary (3 Folders)  1982-1984
Box   15 F   7
Slides – Detroit (East Side), Churches, St. Josaphat  1982
Box   16 F   1
Slides – Detroit (East Side), Churches, St. Stanislaus  1982-1983,1989, not dated
Box   16 F   2
Slides – Detroit (East Side), Churches, St. Hyacinth  1982-1984
Box   16 F   3, 4, 5
Slides – Detroit (East Side), Churches, Immaculate Conception (3 Folders)  1981-1982
Box   16 F   6
Slides – Detroit (East Side), Churches, St. Mary’s  1982
Box   16 F   7
Slides – Detroit (East Side), Churches, St. Joseph  1984
Box   16 F   8
Slides – Detroit (East Side), Churches, St. Patrick’s  1982
Box   16 F   9
Slides – Detroit (East Side), Churches, Sacred Heart  1982
Box   16 F   10
Slides – Detroit (East Side), Churches, St. Elizabeth  1982
Box   16 F   11
Slides – Detroit (East Side), James Tye  1983
Box   17 F   1
Slides – Hamtramck, Scanned Images on Compact Disc  Not dated
Box   17 F   2
Slides – Hamtramck, General Index; Newspapers and Maps  Not dated
Box   17 F   3
Slides – Hamtramck, Restaurants  1982
Box   17 F   4
Slides – Hamtramck, People and Societies  1982-1984
Box   17 F   5, 6
Slides – Hamtramck, Buildings and Manufacturers (2 Folders)  1982-1983
Box   17 F   7
Slides – Hamtramck, Churches, St. Florian’s  1982
Box   17 F   8
Slides – Hamtramck, Churches, Our Lady Queen of Apostles  Not dated
Box   17 F   9
Slides – Hamtramck, Churches, St. Ladislaus  1982, Not dated
Box   17 F   10
Slides – Hamtramck, Churches, Holy Cross  1982-1983
Box   17 F   11
Slides – Hamtramck, Churches, St. Peter’s  1982
Box   18 F   1
Slides – Detroit (West Side), Images Scanned on Compact Disc  Not dated
Box   18 F   2
Slides – Detroit (West Side), General Index; Newspapers and Maps  1983-1984
Box   18 F   3
Slides – Detroit (West Side), People and Societies  1982-1984
Box   18 F   4, 5
Slides – Detroit (West Side), Buildings and Manufacturers (2 Folders)  1982-1983
Box   18 F   6, 7
Slides – Detroit (West Side), Churches, St. Casimir ‘s (2 Folders)  1982-1983, not dated
Box   18 F   8
Slides – Detroit (West Side), Churches, St. Francis D’Assisi  1982-1984
Box   19 F   1, 2
Slides – Detroit (West Side), Churches, St. Hedwig (2 Folders)  1982-1987
Box   19 F   3, 4
Slides – Detroit (West Side), Churches, St. John Cantius (2 Folders)  1982-1983
Box   19 F   5
Slides – Detroit (West Side), Churches, Assumption Blessed Virgin Mary  1983
Box   19 F   6
Slides – Detroit (West Side), Churches, Our Lady Queen of Angels  1982
Box   19 F   7
Slides – Detroit (West Side), Churches, St. Stephen  1982
Box   19 F   8
Slides – Detroit (West Side), Churches, St. Andrew  Not dated
Box   19 F   9
Slides – Detroit (West Side), Churches, St. Cunegunda  1986
Box   19 F   10
Slides – Detroit (West Side), Churches, Our Lady of Mt. Carmel  1982-1984
Box   19 F   11
Slides – Detroit (West Side), Churches, St. Stanislaus  19,821,987
Box   19 F   12
Slides – Detroit (West Side), Churches, St. Helena  1982
Box   19 F   13
Slides – Detroit (West Side), Churches, St. Ann’s  1982
Box   20 F   1
Slides – Detroit (West Side), Churches, St. Boniface  1982
Box   20 F   2
Slides – Detroit (West Side), Churches, Sacred Heart  19,831,986
Box   20 F   3, 4
Slides – Detroit (West Side), Churches, Our Savior (Dearborn Heights) (2 Folders)  1983-1986
Box   20 F   5, 6
Slides – Detroit (West Side), Wyandotte (2 Folders)  1987
Box   20 F   7
Wyandotte  1985-1987
Box   20 F   8
Ontario, General  19,811,986