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Visiting Librarians: Henryk Citko

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National Library of Poland, Warsaw

International Associate, Spring 2009


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This semester the Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library and the Slavic and East European Collection are hosting visiting archivist Henryk Citko. He is helping to process the Czeslaw Milosz Papers and assessing Sterling's holdings in Polish literature.

Henryk is the ninth information professional to come to Yale under the auspices of the International Associates Program, a Library-funded project launched in 2005.

Henryk is Curator of the Zbigniew Herbert Archive at the Biblioteka Narodowa (National Library of Poland) in Warsaw, where his most recent project was to catalog the Herbert Archive, published by the Biblioteka Narodowa in 2008.

In addition to his work on the Herbert Archive, Henryk has worked as an archivist and editor for Zeszyty Literackie in Warsaw, and as a freelance translator (from French to Polish) for Larousse Polska.

He has a Master of Arts in Central European History from the Institut National des Langues et Civilisations Orientales (INALCO) in Paris, and a Bachelor's Degree in Library and Information Science from the University of Warsaw.

While in Paris, he worked from 1992-99 as a librarian/archivist at the Biblioteka Polskaw w Paryżu (Polish Library in Paris), where he was responsible for the periodical section and the compilation of archives of émigré writers and activists.

Henryk's visit is part of a larger initiative at the Beinecke to arrange and describe our unprocessed collections of Polish-language manuscripts. His expertise in Polish literature is also invaluable in assessing the collections of the Library as a whole.