Fonds OPMA A-2018-13 - Jozef (Joe) Zwierzchowski fonds

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Jozef (Joe) Zwierzchowski fonds

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CA OPMA OPMA A-2018-13

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0.1 m of textual records
16 photographs
1 plaque

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Biographical history

Jozef was born in the Grabina powiat of Plock, Poland, on September 12, 1902. He arrived in Quebec on June 23, 1928. He resided in Gerald, SK, before moving to Winnipeg in 1935. In Winnipeg, he worked as a barber, initially operating out of a barbershop in the Dufferin Hotel.
Over his career as a Master Barber, Jozef operated out of various locations, including 241 Dufferin Ave, and later, Joe’s Barber Shop at 408 Selkirk Avenue in Winnipeg.
Jozef was a member of the Holy Ghost Parish Church in Winnipeg, the Independent Order of Foresters Court No. 763, the Manitoba Master Barbers Association, the Royal Canadian Legion, Branch 34, Mynarski V.C., and the S.P.K. Polish Combatants Association, Branch No. 13.
Jozef died in Winnipeg on September 3, 1999.

Custodial history

The custodial and transfer history of the fonds was not originally noted at the time of the donation. It is believed that the records were collected by Jozef Zwierzchowski over the course of his life and were donated to Ogniwo Polish Museum by acquaintances of Jozef Zwierzchowski following his death in 1999.

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The fonds consists of records pertaining to Jozef Zwierzchowski’s professional career as a barber; some records relating to his membership in the Order of Foresters; personal records including passports, health records, and membership cards; a WW-II-era ration booklet; correspondence from family and friends; some financial records, and 16 photographs. The fonds also contains ephemera collected by Jozef Zwierzchowski, including prayerbooks, obituary and memorial cards, and a collection of banknotes, including Japanese government-issued Philippine centavos and pesos, a German Umlauf Gesetzt 10 Zehn Mark (WWII, Allied Occupation, 1944), a Japanese Sen banknote (ca. 1940) and a Reichsbanknotes (1910).

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  • Polish

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Items removed from the collection and placed into Ogniwo’s artefact collection.

  1. Wall hanging (triangle shaped) (with decorative green/white edging), front has a decorative Polish flag with the Polish eagle; back has a picture of a windmill and emblazoned “Ciechocinek.”
  2. Wooden and plastic wall hanging/thermometer with photo of windmill, emblazoned “Ciechocinek.”
  3. Wooden and plastic decorative wall hanging picture with photo of Ciechocinek town square, emblazoned “Ciechocinek.”
  4. Maroon leather jewelry box containing a stand-up metal sculpture of a Polish eagle on red background and surrounded by decorative leaf border. Ca. 1920s.
  5. Metal (steel and copper?) letter opener with handle carved/relieved to look like a woman with her arms crossed. Decorated with white (plastic?) jewel.
  6. Wall hanging (triangle shaped) (with decorative green/white edging), front has a decorative Polish flag with the Polish eagle; back has a picture of a windmill and emblazoned “Plock.”
  7. Red and white fabric patch with the words “966 Poland’s Millennium – Milenium Polski”

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List of library books searated out from archival accession A-2018-13 Jozef (Joe) Zwierzchowski fonds

  1. Elizabeth Wiskemann “Europe of the Dictators 1919-1945.” London: Collins, 1966.
  2. M. Rosciszewski. “Polak we Francji”.
  3. Edmund Meclewski. „Polska nad Odra i Baltykiem,” 1962.
  4. Auschwitz 1940-1945 Guide-Book through the Museum.

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