Papers of Col. Stanislas Machowicz (fl. 1935-1939)

Scope and Content

The material is composed of 5 files within a box-file and comprising, in Polish, the various chapters of Droga do Katastrofy. Wspomnienia Wojskowego Komendanta Miasta Warszawy z lat 1935-39. There is an English translation of the contents of this work with the English title, The road to disaster. Reminiscences of the military commandant of the city of Warsaw 1935-39.

Administrative / Biographical History

Colonel Stanislas Machowicz was Military Commandant of the city of Warsaw, 1935-1939. This was the very short pre-war period during which the 'Colonels' had succeeded Marshall Josef Pilsudski on his death in 1935, and which was marked by increased antagonism between the right and left in Poland.

Access Information

This material was noted as 'for restricted use' until 1997. Generally open for consultation to bona fide researchers, but please contact repository for details in advance.

Acquisition Information

Material deposited by A. J. A. Malkiewicz on 3 July 1957 and to become property of the Library after 40 years (1997).


The biographical/administrative history was compiled using the material contained in the collection.

Compiled by Graeme D Eddie, Edinburgh University Library, Special Collections Division.

Other Finding Aids

Important finding aids generally are: the alphabetical Index to Manuscripts held at Edinburgh University Library, Special Collections and Archives, consisting of typed slips in sheaf binders and to which additions were made until 1987; and the Index to Accessions Since 1987.


Check the local Indexes for details of any additions.