Skip to main content

Matilda Sapieha-Kodenski Papers

Identifier: SC 01193

  • Staff Only
  • No requestable containers

Scope and Contents

Acc. 2007.77 consist of thirteen letters, 1942-1944, written by Polish-Lithuanian Princess Matilda Bornemisza de Kaszon Sapieha-Kodenski (b. 1894) while residing in the United States during the World War II period. Her outgoing correspondence written from Pennsylvania and Florida document the perspective of a Polish American during the wartime period. Her letters express explicit anti-Semitic views, distaste for Bolshevism, Nazism, the fate of Poland, the lack of Allied help given to Poland, emerging details about the Nazi Holocaust, and her life in the United States. Matilda married Prince Wladislaw Sapieha-Kodenski (1893-1956) in Budapest, Hungary on 25 September 1935. Acc. 2010.137 consists of a set of 3 records recorded by Matilda Sapieha under the name Princess Ilda Sapieha: Old Budapest Is Singing. The inside cover of the set is signed "Matilda Sapieha." Also included is a CD containing the content of the records. For a more detailed description of the recording and list of titles, provided by the donor is available.


  • Creation: 1942-1944


Language of Materials

English German

Conditions Governing Access:

Collection is open to all researchers. Manuscript collections and archival records may contain materials with sensitive or confidential information that is protected under federal or state right to privacy laws and regulations, such as the Virginia Public Records Act (Code of Virginia. § 42.1-76-91); and the Virginia Freedom of Information Act (Code of Virginia § 2.2-3705.5). Confidential material may include, but is not limited to, educational, medical, and personnel records. If sensitive material is found in this collection, please contact a staff member immediately. The disclosure of personally identifiable information pertaining to a living individual may have legal consequences for which the College of William and Mary assumes no responsibility.

Conditions Governing Use:

Before reproducing or quoting from any materials, in whole or in part, permission must be obtained from the Special Collections Research Center, and the holder of the copyright, if not Swem Library.

Biographical Information:

Matilda Sapieha-Kodenski married Prince Wladislaw Sapieha-Kodenski (1893-1956) in Budapest, Hungary on 25 September 1935. Prior to 1942 the couple fled Europe to escape the Nazi advance into Eastern Europe. They relocated to Pennsylvania and spent part of their time in Florida.


0.1 Linear Feet

Processing Information:

Processing began by Tramia Jackson in 2007 and finished by Zach Jones in 2007.

Guide to the Matilda Sapieha-Kodenski Papers
Special Collections Staff.
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
Script of description
Language of description note

Repository Details

Part of the Special Collections Research Center Repository