Archiwum Państwowe w Kielcach
- The State Archive in Kielce
The Archive of Historical Documents (Archiwum Akt Dawnych) was created in 1842. However, in 1886 all its holdings were transferred to Warsaw. For the second time, the State Archive in Kielce began its work about 1921 in the building of the Voivodship Office (former palace of the bishops of Kraków). In 1935 the archive was transferred to the other building, but conditions for storage of the documents still weren’t satisfactory. In 1951 the archive was reorganized according to the Decree about the organization of state archives from March 19th 1951. In 1955 the archive was transferred to the building of former synagogue at 17 Rewolucji Październikowej (later Warszawska) street and stayed here till 2013.
Nowadays, The State Archive in Kielce 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.
In the years 2010-2013 the State Archive moved to its present seat at 57 Kusocińskiego Street. Also the archival holdings of liquidated local archives from Pińczów, Jędrzejów and Starachowice were transferred to the new building.
The holdings of the State Archive in Kielce consists of municipal an judicial documents as well as documents of state administration, companies, schools, associations, rural estates, families and private persons. The oldest archival materials are dating from the 15th century and concerning the rural estates. The major part of the holdings dates from XIX and XX century. Among the documents from the World War II time, there are documents of German occupier administration and collections of documents concerning the Polish underground.
The State Archive’s holdings are available in the workroom open Monday and Thursday 8.30 - 17.45, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday 8.30 – 15.00.
The access is regulated by Instruction No. 4 of the Head Office of State Archives in Poland, dated February 1, 2013.