The Polish Institute and Sikorski Museum

The Archives

Keeper of Archives: Dr Andrzej Suchcitz

Deputy Keeper of Archives: Miss Jadwiga Kowalska MA



The Archive reading room is open: Tuesday - Friday

9.30 - 4.00 pm (files cannot be ordered between 12.30 and 2 pm or after 3.30 pm)

The reading room is closed throughout February.


Photocopies: 40 pence per copy (b/w), colour £ 1.00p

Digital camera: 25 pence per photo.

Rules governing the use of the reading room (doc - 42 KB) 


The first two pages of Gen. W. Sikorski's letter to President W. Raczkiewicz with Gen. Sikorski's hand written additions.


     The Institute Archives cover approximately 1.5 kilometres of shelving, including 250 metres of the Polish Underground Movement (1939-1945) Study Trust collections.

     The majority of the documentation held in the Archives pertain to the period of the Second World War 1939-1945 and Poland's role in it. Researchers will also find the papers of the Polish Goverment in Exile, residing in London between 1945 and 1990, as well as fragmentary documentation for the inter war period 1918-1939.

     The Archives are basically divided into three parts:


- Documents relating to the Polish Goverment and its administration beginning with the Chancellery of the President of the Republic, the Council of Ministers, the National Council (parliament in exile), individual ministries, embassies, legations and commissions.


- Documents relating to the Polish Armed Forces starting with the C-in-C's Secretariat, General Staff, Ministry of National Defence, corps, divisions, regiments, battalions, companies, military schools and institutions. There is also a large collection of written depositions concerning the 1939 Polish Campaign, unit daily orders and unit war diaries and chronicles. The Polish Navy and the Polish Air Force papers form a separate subsection. In both cases the documents cover their respective headquarters, through to the papers of individual squadrons and warships together with non combat institutions.


- Personal and Subject Collections of which there are over 680. These are the papers of individual persons and institutions. They include papers of politicians, soldiers, diplomats, academics, writers, painters and actors as well as of various societies, veterans associations, academic and press institutions.

     Since the establishment of the Institute there have been four Keepers of Archives:


1. Dr. Edmund Oppman (1945-1951)

2. Regina Oppman (1951-1980)

3. Capt. Wacław Milewski (1980-1989)

4. Dr. Andrzej Suchcitz (1989- )

Dr. Edmund Oppman

Keeper of Archives


Mrs. Regina Oppman M.A.

Keeper of Archives


Capt. Wacław Milewski

Keeper of Archives


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