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Archives & Special Collections
Fronczak Room Collections


The Fronczak Room (BUTL 207) was established through the efforts of Dr. Walter M. Drzewieniecki, Professor Emeritus and former Director of the East European and Slavic Studies Program.

The Fronczak Room Collections contain manuscripts, personal papers and memorabilia of Dr. Francis E. Fronczak. The papers, correspondence and documents in this collection reflect the concerns of Dr. Fronczak as a medical doctor, Commissioner of Public Health, and his activities as an activist for Polish and Polish-American issues, including his work as a member of the Polish National Committee in Paris.

Also in the collections are the documents and memorabilia of Dr. Fronczak’s daughter, Dr. Eugenia Fronczak-Bukowski, and her husband, Dr. Edward Bukowski, who succeeded Dr. Fronczak as the Commissioner of Public Health.

Other items include those of Dr. Walter M. Drzewieniecki, Capt. Jacob F. Swist, Stanislaw Skrzypek, and the Polish labor and social movement, “Solidarity,” radio cassette collection of Dr. Marek Zaleski. The Fronczak Room Collections also contain books by Polish American local authors and anniversary publications of Polish American churches and organizations. The Fronczak Room is the local archive for Polish American history. It contains several paintings, Dr. Fronczak’s orders and decorations, and memorabilia.

The curator, Wanda Slawinska, MSLS, MA, can be reached for an appointment either by phone: (716) 878-6208, fax: (716) 878-3163, or e-mail:

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Historical Background

Dr. Francis E. Fronczak, the son of Polish immigrants, was born in Buffalo, New York, on September 20, 1874. He became a lawyer and a medical doctor, serving as a general practitioner for the Polish community in Buffalo. Besides his private practice, he also held the position of Commissioner of Public Health for the City of Buffalo.

Active in causes related to the restoration of Polish independence, he became friends with several well known political figures. During World War I, he and Ignacy Jan Paderewski guided the Polish American Organization for the relief of Polish victims of the war. Between World War I and World War II, he represented the United States at many international medical conventions. He kept in close contact with Polish leaders such as Roman Dmowski and Ignacy Jan Paderewski.

In 1946 Dr. Fronczak was appointed to the United Nations Relief and Rehabilitation Administration. His main assignment was to investigate the sanitary conditions in Poland. Dr. Fronczak died on December 27, 1955.


Dr. Fronczak in Scotland         Dr. Fronczak with Paderewski

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Archives houses various college publications, scrapbooks, memorabilia and statistics from 1860 on, as well as college annual reports, budgets, and salary information.

Our special collections include scores of unique collections of local history, regional interest, and national significance.

Many of these collections are in BUTL 218 (map). To use these materials, please review our policies, and schedule an appointment using the contact information below.


Monday - Friday:
8 a.m. - 4 p.m.


Archivist: Daniel DiLandro
Telephone: 716-878-6308
Fax: 716-878-3134

Staff Assistant: Margaret Hatfield
Telephone: 716-878-6304
Fax: 716-878-3134

Fronczak Room Curator: Wanda Slawinska
Telephone: 716-878-6208
Fax: 716-878-3134

This page was last updated on February 22, 2010.