Kolberg came to Poznań many times. The contacts established with cultural personages of Poznań played a crucial role in the course of his research. His connections with members of the Greater Poland’s gentry allowed him to conduct research in various parts of the Grand Duchy of Poznań.
Kolberg’s interest in this region began in the 1840s. However, it was not until 1866, when he conducted the first in-depth field research in this place. During his visits in the region he accepted the hospitality of the families from Greater Poland. Among the places he mostly focused on were the manors of Czeszewo, Morownica, Pakosław and Dębicz.