The microfiche collection, published by the Dutch company IDC, is based on the Radio Free Europe samizdat archive [OSA HU 300-55-6] currently at OSA, and complemented by holdings from the Polish Library (POSK) in London, the Feltrinelli Foundation in Milan, as well as a number of smaller contributions from archives and libraries in the US, UK and Canada. It contains 1,361 Polish independent journal titles published between 1976 and 1988. Some of these titles are also available in our Digital Repository.
Titles include not only complete serials of the most known periodicals, but also many less well-known underground publications, from leaflets and newsletters of local and regional Solidarity units, religious groups and academic circles, to the prestigious literary reviews and political journals. The émigré journals are not represented.
The collection is divided into three parts:
- Uncensored Periodicals (1976 – December 12, 1981)
- Solidarność Periodicals (1980 – December 12, 1981)
- Martial Law and Underground Periodicals (post-December 1981)