Volume 39: Pomerania

The Complete Works vol. 39: Pomerania. Prepared from the manuscripts by J. Kądziołka and D. Pawlak, dialect texts edited by M. Gruchmanowa and Z. Zagórski. Edited by J. Burszta. Wrocław – Poznań 1965, pp. XLII+570, illustrations. Introduction by J. Burszta ‘Spuścizna rękopiśmiennicza Oskara Kolberga i jej opracowanie [Oskar Kolberg’s manuscript legacy and its editing]

The material collected by Kolberg for the monograph on Pomerania concerns the following territories: Kaszubia, Bory Tucholskie [the Tuchola Forest], Kociewie, Powiśle-Żuławy and Ziemia Chełmińska (Chełmno Land). The volume consists of two parts: Kolberg's materials and the work of A. Hilferding ‘Ostatki Słowian na południowym brzegu Bałtyckiego Morza’ [The remainders of Slavs on the south shore of the Baltic Sea] translated from the Russian language by Kolberg. In the first part two chapters are based on excerpts from publications, namely The Country (including a description of some areas and places, a history of the Teutonic Order and Poles connections with the Baltic Sea) as well as The People (with a characteristics of the people, and a description of living and working conditions); whereas, the chapters Customs, Rites, Songs, Dances resulted almost entirely from Kolberg’s field notes during his only trip to Pomerania in 187S. Kolberg was the first investigator who employed himself in documenting the musical folklore of this territory. As many as 211 vocal and instrumental melodies of 217 note records included in the volume were collected by Kolberg. Materials concerning beliefs and folk prose only partially come from Kolberg, while A. Parczewski, Sjerp-Polaczek, F. Cejnowa and others are the authors of texts which discuss the features of the language. The second part of the monograph contains Kolberg’s translation of the work of A. Hilferding, an expert on Slavs and a Russian historian, who investigated the Kashubia region in 1856. A paper which includes a statistical and ethnographic description of western Kashubia, remarks about the language, a collection of texts and folk prose, a few songs and an extensive glossary of Kashubian words resulted from this trip. This glossary was excluded from Hilferding’s work and together with G. Poblocki’s ‘Słownik Kaszubski’ [The Kashubian Dictionary] and Kolberg’s lexical material formed one dictionary of a broader geographical range included at the end of this volume. The Pomerania volume which initiates edition of regional and thematic monographs from preserved Kolberg’s manuscripts, contains an introduction that discusses the history of Kolberg’s manuscript heritage, present day state of files and basic principles of editorial analysis of the manuscripts of the author of ‘Lud’ [The People].