Archacki Cartoons

Cover Image:
Archacki Cartoons
"Polish All-American Football Team" - Image Source

Collection Facts

Dates of Original:
1935 - 1942

Historical Context

Henryk Archacki, 1907-1988, a Polish immigrant, journalist, and well-known graphic artist, drew weekly cartoons for Polish-language newspapers for over 20 years. With his wife, he researched current events, sports, literature, and historical curiosities, and presented them in these factoid cartoons, with a strong flavor of pride in being Polish. This syndicated series was entitled "Czy wiecie, ze..." ("Do you know that...").

In the mid-20th century, Polish Americans were simultaneously assimilating and realizing a new pride in their heritage, as Poland arose after World War I from over a century of partition. An unknown Buffalo subscriber clipped the cartoons in this collection from Buffalo's Dziennik dla Wszystkich (Everybody's Daily) from 1931 to 1952 and saved them in scrapbooks; the scrapbooks were recently acquired by Steven Piwowar and donated to UB's Polish Collection. Mixing serious and light content, Archacki both enlightened and entertained his beloved Polonia.

Scope of Collection

The collection includes newspaper clippings of cartoons drawn by Henry Archacki in the 1930s and early 1940s. The cartoons were originally published in Buffalo's Dziennik dla Wszystkich (Everybody's Daily).