Archiwum Państwowe w Białymstoku

  • The State Archive in Białystok
  • The State Archive in Bialystok

History

The State Archive in Bialystok came into existence according to the Decree of the Minister of Education from November 10th 1950, however the Archive started work more than 2 years later, in April 1953. The holdings of the State Archive in Bialystok increased slowly. At the beginning it was only 55 running meters. The Archive gradually was taking over documents from liquidated institutions and organizations.

Mandates/Sources of Authority

Nowadays, The State Archive in Bialystok works on the ground of the The Act on National Archival Records and Archives of July 14, 1983, Journal of Law, (Dziennik Ustaw) No 38, 1983:07:19 with later changes.

Building(s)

In the beginning the State Archive in Białystok was located at Kilińskiego street, in the building of the Union of Polish Youth. In 1960, the State Archive moved to the renovated building called Branicki Armory at 4 Kościuszki Square. Gradually, the resources of the archive increased and from 1991 the archive had to rent the space from various institutions. Finally the new edifice of the archive was built and the archive relocated there in 2018.

Archival and Other Holdings

The State Archive in Białystok possesses about 1500 collections and archival founds, which makes more than 166 000 units and 1843 running meters. There are archival materials from the 17th century. “Księga grodzka drohicka” – The municipal book from Drohiczyn 1640 is the oldest document in the holding. Other collections deserving special attention are: “Kamera Wojny i Domen” 1793–1807 (documents made by Prussian authorities in the time of annexation) and Starszy Notariusz Sądu Okręgowego w Grodnie 1883 – 1914 (files made by a notary at the district court in Hrodna). The State Archive gathers state, self-government, and judicial documents, notarial files, birth, marriage, death records, documents from financial institutions, social and cooperative organizations, associations and parties, factories, public utilities. However there is no documents made by the Soviet and German authorities during their occupation in Poland during the World War II. The Archive also stores maps, plans, photographs collections. Some of the aforementioned documents are recorded on microfilms.

Opening Times

The State Archive’s holdings are available in the workroom open Monday 10.30 - 17.30, Tuesday - Friday 8.00 – 15.00.

Conditions of Access

The access is regulated by Instruction No. 4 of the Head Office of State Archives in Poland, dated February 1, 2013.

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