Archiwum Państwowe w Katowicach - Oddział w Cieszynie
- The State Archive in Katowice: The Cieszyn Branch
The archive in Cieszyn came into existence in 1952 as a branch of Katowice Voivodship Archive.
Mandates/Sources of Authority
Nowadays. The branch of Katowice State Archive in Cieszyn works on the ground of 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.
Archival and Other Holdings
The archive in Cieszyn possesses 385 collections and archival founds, which makes 92800 units and 900 running meters (as for December 31, 2010). The collections deserving special attention are 270 parchment documents of Cieszyn Principality from the end of 14th century and Cieszyn Chamber (1438-1920), collections of town records: Cieszyn (1529-1944) and Strumień (1503-1793). An important part of holdings was created by Austrian State Offices (e.g. County Office - K.K. Bezirkschauptmannschaft Teschen 1850-1918) and Polish administration (e.g. records of National Council of the Cieszyn Principality - Rada Narodowa Księstwa Cieszyńskiego 1918-1924, The Government of the Cieszyn Principality 1918-1922). There are some archival materials from the 2nd World War (documents of Cieszyn County Office der Landrat des Kreises Teschen, prosecutor-office and the prison) and post-war time (especially documents of local administration, judicial documents, and notarial files). The archive also stores the legacy of the significant people from Cieszyn region: Barbara Poloczkowa, Wiktor Karger and Emanuel Guziur.
Finding Aids, Guides, and Publication
Anna Machej, Piotr Matuszek - Archiwum Państwowe w Katowicach. Oddział w Cieszynie. Informator o zasobie archiwalnym, Katowice 2009.
The archive's holdings are available in the workroom open Monday, Thursday 9.00 - 14.00 and Wednesday 9.00 - 17.00.
Conditions of Access
The access is regulated by Instruction No. 4 of the Head Office of State Archives in Poland, dated February 1, 2013.