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  • October 02, 1986

    Letter of Lech Walesa to the Council of State

    Letter of Lech Walesa to the Council of State calling for the end of martial law and the establishment of union pluralism

  • October 18, 1986

    Memorandum of Conversation of Polish Officials Concerning a Proposed Consultative Council

    Memorandum of conversation regarding the proposed Consultative Council and its goal to increase trust and develop recommendations and the inclusion of non-party people and members of the Catholic church

  • August 28, 1987

    [Polish Government] Report, 'A Synthesis of the Domestic Situation and the West’s Activity,' Warsaw

    [Polish Government] Report, “A Synthesis of the Domestic Situation and the West’s Activity,” regarding the economic crisis, liberalization measures, growing discontent, American support of Solidarity and opinions from the West on the situation in Poland

  • September 01, 1988

    Report on a Working Conference [of Opposition Leaders]

    Report on a Working Conference [of Opposition Leaders] regarding emphasis that should be placed on the legal registration of Solidarity and the status of social participants in the Roundtable discussions

  • September 04, 1988

    Memorandum by Lech Walesa, 'On Starting the Roundtable Talks'

    Memorandum by Lech Walesa, “On Starting the Roundtable Talks,” regarding topics for negotiations

  • September 06, 1988

    Report from Andrzej Stelmachowski to Lech Walesa

    Report from Andrzej Stelmachowski to Lech Walesa regarding his meeting with Czyrek and their conversation on Czyrek’s vision of the Roundtable discussions including questions about Solidarity’s position in the political system if it were to be legalized

  • October 01, 1988

    Letter from Andrzej Stelmachowski to Lech Walesa

    Letter from Andrzej Stelmachowski to Lech Walesa discussing the proposed Roundtable talks, and the promise that subsequent meetings would not lead to arrests

  • October 24, 1988

    Letter from A. Stelmachowski to Józef Glemp, Primate of Poland

    Letter from A. Stelmachowski to Józef Glemp, Primate of Poland, discussing problems with the proposed Roundtable Talks, including false charges against Solidarity and changes to previously determined plans. Stelmachowski requests an explanation from Glemp of the prospects of realizing the goals of the proposed reforms.

  • January 20, 1989

    Letter from A. Stelmachowski to Lech Walesa

    Letter from A. Stelmachowski to Lech Walesa suggesting more open Union structures and advocating a small body of representatives to take part in the Roundtable discussions

  • February 12, 1989

    Letter from Andrzej Slowik to Roundtable Chair Wladyslaw Findeisen

    Letter from Andrzej Slowik to “Roundtable” Chair Wladyslaw Findeisen asking for diversification and expansion of the Roundtable group even if it leads to difficulties in negotiations, since it would permit wider societal acceptance of decisions

  • February 25, 1989

    Papers of the Working Group of the National Commission of NSZZ 'Solidarity'

    Papers of the Working Group of the National Commission of NSZZ “Solidarity,” regarding the format for the continuation of the Solidarity movement – whether it be relegalized or legalized, as well as discussion on the position of workers’ self-government

  • April 06, 1989

    Special Analysis: Poland: Roundtable Accords Signed

    An analysis of Solidarity's legalization and its effects on Polish politics.

  • June 03, 1989

    Poland: Solidarity Outcampaigns Party

    An analysis of what political actions Solidarity must take to assert its role in the new government.

  • June 05, 1989

    Transcript of the Central Committee Secretariat Meeting of the Polish United Workers Party (PZPR)

    On the day after Solidarity had swept Poland’s first open elections, ultimately winning 99 of 100 Senate seats, the Polish Communists vent their shock and dismay ("a bitter lesson," "the party are not connected with the masses," "We trusted the Church and they turned out to be Jesuits" were typical comments). Comrade Kwasniewski (who was later elected President of Poland) remarks that "It’s well known that also party members were crossing out our candidates" (only two out of 35 Party candidates survived the epidemic of X’s). But they see no choice but to negotiate a coalition government, and specifically "[w]arn against attempts at destabilization, pointing at the situation in China" -- since the Tiananmen massacre occurred the same day as the Polish elections, the road not taken.

  • June 12, 1989

    Information on a Meeting of the Chairmen of the Regional Citizens’ Committees held in the Citizens’ Committee in Warsaw, at 6 Fredra St.,12 June 1989

    Chairmen of the fourty-six regional committees discuss the upcoming round of elections in Poland.

  • July 15, 1989

    Minutes from a Meeting of the Presidium of the Citizens’ Parliamentary Club, 15 July 1989

    The Citizens’ Parliamentary Club formed by Solidarity deputies in June 1989 meets to discuss preparations for the future of Poland’s political system and election of a president.

  • July 25, 1989

    Czechoslovakia: Polish Solidarity Increases Its Support to Opponents of Czechoslovak Regime

    An analysis of Solidarity's increased support to Czechoslovakia's opposition.

  • August 01, 1989

    Minutes of the Meeting of the Presidium of the Citizens’ Parliamentary Club, 1 August 1989, 8 p.m.

    Following Polish elections and the defeat of Communism, the Citizens’ Parliamentary Club Presidium discusses the candidates for Polish Prime Minister, and debate the feasibility of a coalition government.

  • August 16, 1989

    Minutes of a Meeting of the Presidium of the Citizens’ Parliamentary Club,16 August 1989, 11:30 p.m.

    The Presidium of the Citizens’ Parliamentary Club deliberates the formation of a new Polish government and a coalition to assist with selecting a prime minister. They discuss disassembling the PUWP.

  • August 17, 1989

    Poland: Communists, Solidarity On Collision Course

    An analysis of Solidarity's efforts to form a new Polish government.