Archiwum Państwowe w Katowicach - Oddział w Gliwicach

  • The State Archive in Katowice: The Gliwice Branch


The archive in Gliwice was created 1936 as the Town Archive (Stadtarchiv Gleiwitz). In March 1945 the archive was reactivated as a part of Polish state archival service (a branch of Katowice Voivodship Archive.

Mandates/Sources of Authority

Nowadays. The branch of Katowice State Archive in Gliwice 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.


The archive is located in the adjusted building of Prussia Cavalry Regiment. The most part of furnishings: the book-shelfs, catalogue-boxes and bookcases are using to the present time. They were the museum-pieces.

Archival and Other Holdings

The archive in Gliwice possesses 311 collections and archival founds, which makes about 227000 units and 2 kilometers (as for December 31, 2010). The holdings dates from 15th century to the present time. For the most part, the documents are concerning the records of Gliwice (1403-1944) and records of local administration (Landratsamt in Gleiwitz 1748-1945), judicial documents (Amtsgericht) in Gliwice (1801-1945), Zabrze (1791-1945), and Pyskowice (1775-1945), Land-Court (Landgericht Gleiwitz 1884-1943). The significant part of the holdings consists of notarial files in Zabrze. The important part of documents is the records of corporations and factories (e.g. Property Management of Ballestrem (Graf von Ballestremsche Gutterdirektion in Gleiwitz 1801-1945), factories of Schaffgotsch (Graflich Schaffgotsche Werke Gleiwitz 1785-1944, and Upper-Silesian Mining and Metallurgy Industry Association (Oberschlesischer Berg- und Huttenmannischer Verein 1922-1945). The small part of documents are concerning the noble-families: Welczek from Łabędy (1636-1905), Baildon from Łubie (1795-1940) and baron von Durant from Wielowieś (1755-1908). The holdings after 1945 consist of the documents of state and local administation, factories and industrial institutions (especially: mines and chemical industry). There is a rich collection of maps, pictures and heraldry documents.

Finding Aids, Guides, and Publication

I. Frołow, B. Małusecki, P. Matuszek, J. Wolanin - Archiwum Państwowe w Katowicach. Oddział w Gliwicach. Informator o zasobie archiwalnym, Katowice 2012.

Opening Times

The archive's holdings are available in the workroom open Monday, Thursday 9.00 - 14.00, 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.


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