From 2005 on, the Polish Institute of International Affairs has been publishing source documents on the history of Polish foreign policy from 1918 to 1989, in successive volumes of the series Polskie Dokumenty Dyplomatyczne (Polish Diplomatic Documents, PDD). With 22 tomes brought out so far, the series represents a Polish equivalent of foreign collections such as Foreign Relations of the United States, Documents Diplomatiques Français, Documents on British Foreign Policy, and Akten zur Auswärtigen Politik der Bundesrepublik Deutschland.
In line with the Editing Committee’s guidelines, the documents covering the periods of the Second Polish Republic and of the People’s Polish Republic are published in parallel. The day of 5 July 1945 is the line drawn for editors to switch focus from documents created by the Polish Government-in-Exile to those from the Government in Warsaw. While the Ministry of Foreign Affairs sources are of key import, major role is also played by documents from the Council of Ministers, its chancellery, ministerial correspondence and, after 1945, Communist party archives (especially from the Central Committee).
Polish Diplomatic Documents comprises written sources on Poland’s relations with abroad, created by the Polish authorities, public institutions, the press, political parties and other social organizations, as well as varied documents kept in those entities’ repositories.
As a rule, each volume covers a whole calendar year (with the exception of the years 1919, 1939 i 1945), presenting documents concerning Polish foreign policy in that period. The order of presentation is chronological, and wherever possible the documents are selected to illustrate the entirety of Polish foreign policy. Each volume is prefaced editorially and indexed (by name and by subject).
In addition to the regular series publications, the volume Polish Documents on Foreign Policy. 24 October 1938 – 30 September 1939 came out in 2009, with English translations of the most important records on Polish diplomatic activity in the period preceding World War II and in the first month of the war.
Chairman of the Editorial Committee
Director of the Polish Institute of International Affairs
Vice-Chairman of the Editorial Committee, and
prof. Włodzimierz Borodziej
prof. dr hab. Jerzy W. Borejsza, dr hab. Bogdan Grzeloński, dr Sławomir Dębski, dr Magdalena Hułas, prof. dr hab. Marek Kornat, prof. dr hab. Maciej Koźmiński, dr hab. Andrzej Kunert, prof. dr hab. Zbigniew Landau, prof. dr hab. Paweł Machcewicz, prof. dr hab. Andrzej Paczkowski, prof. dr hab. Adam Daniel Rotfeld, prof. dr hab. Krzysztof Ruchniewicz, dr hab. Ryszard Stemplowski, prof. dr hab. Jacek Tebinka, prof. dr Piotr Wandycz, prof. dr hab. Mariusz Wołos, prof. dr hab. Stanisław Żerko
Director of the Central Archives of Modern Records (AAN)
Director of the Archive of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs
General Director of the State Archives
Deputy Director of the Polish Institute of International Affairs
1919 (czerwiec–grudzień) - ed. dr Sławomir Dębski
1935 - ed. dr hab. Stanisław Żerko
1942 – ed. dr Magda Hułas
1943 – ed. prof. Jacek Tebinka
1980 – ed. Piotr Długołęcki
1981 – ed. Piotr Długołęcki
1982 – ed. dr hab. Małgorzata Ruchniewicz