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Archiwa panistwowe w Polsce: Przewodnik po zasobach
Reviewed by Marcia Bergman, PGSA Fall 1999 Bulletin

Archiwa Panistwowe w Poisce: Przewodnik po zasobach [The State Archives in Poland: Resource Guide]; ed. Andrzej Biernat and Anna Laszuk; Naczelna Dyrekcja Archiwow Panstwowych & Wydawnictwo DiG, Warsaw, 1998; 542 pp.; ISBN 83-7181-029-6; price 60-00 zlotys.

Intimidated by the title? Not to worry! The introduction is in both English and Polish and the contents are not difficult to follow. If you have ever wondered how archival holdings are organized and arranged in Poland or where required archive materials can be looked for, this excellent guide holds most of the answers. It provides general information on the holdings of the network of state archives and arranges that information in a systemic and thematic scheme. This network of archives includes Central Archives of Old Records, Archives of New Records, Archives of Mechanical Documentation (photo- and phonographic records) and 28 state archives with 57 local divisions. These holdings occupy approximately 621,000 feet of shelves.

The information has been arranged in a uniform, schematic way that complies with the organizational structure of state archives: central archives, and local archives provided in alphabetical order, together with divisions, also listed alphabetically. Descriptions of the archives include name, address, telephone, fax, days, hours (even vacation breaks), copying facilities, concise history of the archive, territorial range and chronological borders. Did they miss anything?

Listing all categories of their holdings would be prohibitive in this review, but an overview of the 15 major categories should give you a general idea as to the expanse of their material. Holdings include, but are not limited to:

1. General administration - state and self-government: includes records of towns, communes and districts; offices of estates and pensions;

2. Special administration and institutions of supervision and inspection: includes tax registers, military and conscription offices;

3. Institutions of the administration of justice: includes land registry, registers of towns and estates, prisons, labor camps, courts;

4. Army and police: includes military units and divisions, police, militia, SS;

5. Enterprises, economic administration and self-government: includes guilds, coal mines, steel works, factories, state farms financial institutions;

6. Public registers and records of registries: includes religions;

7. Organizations and associations: includes societies, unions, leagues, political parties, youth organizations;

8. Cultural, scientific and other institutions: includes choirs, clubs, freemasons' lodges, sport organizations, schools, universities, colleges;

9. Religious institutions: includes parishes, communes, cloisters;

10. Records of estates, families, individuals and posthumous works;

11. Collections: includes documents, posters, leaflets, stamps;

12. Maps and plans;

13. Technical documentation;

14. Photo and phonographic documentation, film documentation;

15. Microfilms and other reproductions from foreign holdings.

The price may deter some from adding this guide to their personal library, but it is an excellent reference for any library or society maintaining a Polish genealogy collection. It is item #112 in DiG's catalog.

Information on the Polish State Archives can be found in both English?and Polish?language versions at this Web address: http://ciuw.warman.net.pl/alf/archiwa

The State Archives in Poland Resource Guide is available from:

Wydawnictwo DiG
Krakowskie Przedmiescie 62
00-322 Warszawa
Poland

telephone./fax 828-52-39, tel. 828-18-14, 828-64-97, 828-64-99
E-mail biuro@dig.com.pl
Website: http://ww.dig.com.pl

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Archiwa w Polsce - Informator Adresowy
Reviewed by Rosalie Lindberg, PGSA Fall 1999 Bulletin

Archiwa w Polsce - Informator Adresowy [The Archives in Poland?Directory of Addresses]. Editor: Marek Konopka; English translations: Marcin Gorski, Warszawa 1998.

In 1998 Poland had three general archives, 29 state archives (some covering several provinces) 57 branches, and five local offices subordinated to the archives. The Archival Information Center of the Head Office of State Archives in Poland collects basic information on different types of archives, including private holdings, which exist in Poland and in Polish communities around the world. This information can be found in the 1998 edition of Archiwa w Polsce?Informator Adresowy, which is available at the Polish Museum Library. The University of Chicago also has a copy, but since their library is a closed stack facility, it is first necessary to secure a special pass from your local library before trying to access it there.

The Directory is a valuable aid in determining where to write for archival information. The data in the Directory includes contact names, addresses, phone numbers and, where available, E-mail addresses. To facilitate the use of the Archival Directory by foreign institutions and those living outside of Poland, English translations of the introductory texts and names of institutions have been added.

Included in the introductory data is a helpful outline of the organizational structure of the Archives, which includes a brief explanation of the scope and responsibility of each. In addition, it lists names and addresses of the head offices of archives and libraries that preserve archival material in countries outside of Poland. Finally, to enable the user to find the material they are seeking more readily, two indexes are also included, one for cities, another for Institutions.

If you are considering contacting the archives in Poland, Archiwa w Polsce can be a valuable resource for obtaining the most location information.

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