1929 Polish Business Directory -
This database contains names abstracted from the 1929
Polish business directory Ksiega Adresowa Polski
(Wraz z w.m. Gdanskiem) dla Handlu, Przemyslu, Rzemiosl
i Rolnictwa [Directory of Poland (including Gdansk)
for Trade, Industry, Handicraft and Agriculture].
Names in the section of the directory for
Nowogródzkie Województwo (Nowogródek
Province) were extracted for this database. Nowogródek was one of
the 16 provinces of inter-war Poland. This area is not in
Poland today, it is now in western Belarus, with
a tiny portion in southeastern Lithuania. Poland controlled this
territory roughly from World War I to World War II. Before WWI,
this area was in Vilna, Grodno, and Minsk gubernias of the Russian Empire.
A województwo (voivodie) was a geographic designation
of the country of Poland between World War I and World War II,
roughly equivalent to a state in the United States or province
in Canada. Each województwo was divided into powiats
(districts), roughly equivalent to a U.S. county. These powiats
were in turn divided into uchastoks, roughly equivalent to
Nowogródek Province's seven powiats were: Baranowicze,
Lida, Nieśwież, Nowogródek, Słonim, Stołpce,
(Before WWI, Lida district was in Vilna gubernia, Słonim district was
in Grodno gubernia, the other five districts were in Minsk gubernia).
The descriptions of the
towns were written in both Polish and French. Translations
of each are provided here.
The fields in this database include the following:
- Town name (and latitude and longitude, if known)
- Powiat (district) of Nowogródskie province in which the town was located
- Surname of the listed person or business owner
- First name, usually just an initial
- An "x", if the business was registered
- Street address, if noted
- Occupation / Business
- Notes. The notes generally are the amount of land and/or
names of the estate owned by a "landowner", a rare telephone
number, or a hamlet of the town listed.
All information published in the directory from this province has
been included in this database.
The database contains 15,122 citations.
Ellen Sadove Renck did the translation and data entry.
The entire 1929 directory is available on microfilm in the New York
Public Library's Slavic and Baltic Division, call number
[Slav. Reserve 96-7788].
The occupations were written in both Polish and French.
A translation guide is
As additional data becomes available, the searchable Nowogródek Province
data will be incorporated into and become a vital part of the
JRI-Poland Business Directory Project.