The Jozef Piłsudski Institute of America is a world renowned research center for Polish history in the United States. The Institute was founded on July 4, 1943 in New York City on the initiative of prominent Americans of Polish descent, as well as known Polish exiles, former ministers and politicians from prewar Poland, closest collaborators of Marshal Józef Piłsudski.
The Institute's mission is:
- Collecting, storing, preserving and sharing archival resources which consist of about one million documents,
- initiating and conducting research on Polish and Central European history,
- promoting Polish history and culture in the United States.
The Institute organizes many open and free to the public programs like documentary film screening, educational workshops, history classes for children and book promotions.
The Institute is a leader in archive digitization, many of the Institute collections are available online at: http://www.pilsudski.org/archiwa/