Polish American Archives
The Orchard Lake Schools
Orchard Lake, MI 48324
Rev. Roman Nir, Ph. D., Director (313)
683 - 0412
Mrs. Carol Baerman, Vice-Director (313) 683 - 0409
The Polish American Archives at Orchard Lake is an educational
institution whose purpose is to safeguard written documents and other
memorabilia which pertain to Polish culture.
Basically, the Archives can be referred to by two different
names with each name indicating the area of emphasis. The first is the
ARCHIVES OF THE ORCHARD LAKE SCHOOLS which contains collections pertaining
to SS. Cyril and Methodius Seminary, St. Mary 7S College, and St. Mary's
Prep School. In addition, the Archives encompasses the research centers:
the Polish American Liturgical Center and the Pope John Paul II Center.
The second category is the CENTRAL ARCHIVES OF AMERICAN POLONIA IN ORCHARD
LAKE. In this respect the Archives collects memorabilia relating to Poland
and the Polish people.
The actual contents of the Archives are divided into
three categories. The first category contains historical sources pertaining
to the research centers and the various schools at Orchard Lake. Memorabilia
included in these collections are such things as materials from students
[for example, theses], yearbooks, faculty and administrators' records,
school records, and materials from school organizations. These are documents
which originated from and are still originating from the continued growth
and development of the Orchard Lake Schools.
The second category refers to historical sources associated
with American and international Polonia. It contains artifacts which came
from the Polish people in America and other nations. In particular, the
collection contains memorabilia from Church organizations, Polish societies
and schools, and Polish literature printed outside of Poland.
Sources associated with Polish history itself comprise
the third category. Included in this category are old Polish publications,
genealogical literature, magazines and books published in Poland, and
special collections such as stamps, coins, and historical letters.
Father Roman Nir, Ph.D., is the Director of the Archives
and is a native of Poland. In addition to his duties as the Archivist,
he is the editor of the Jana Pawla II Biuletyn which is issued five times
yearly. He is also preparing a series of books on the Sources of History
of Polish Americans. The first volume has already been published and
additional volumes are forthcoming. Currently, he is categorizing and
cataloging many of the materials which belong to the Archives. When completed,
the Archives readily will have available a wealth of information for anyone
interested in the Orchard Lake Schools, Poland, and Polonia.
Hours are weekdays from 9 a.m. to noon and 1 p.m. to
4 p.m.. Other hours are by appointment. We would appreciate a call or
letter asking for an appointment before coming.