Archiwum Państwowe w Łodzi

  • The State Archive in Łódź


The State Archive in Lodz is one of the 30 Polish regional archives subordinated to The Head Office of State Archives in Warsaw. Our main goals are: supervising archival activities coming out in the region, storing, classifying and enabling access to documents. The history of Archive in Lodz dates back to the year 1926. Since then the office has been located in the old City Hall premises. Presently the archives are stored in 3 separate buildings in the city. Local branch in Sieradz is subordinated to our Archive. For more detailed information on the history of the archive, please consult

Archival and Other Holdings

Most of our archival holdings date from the 19-th and 20-th centuries. The substantial amount are the records of the local authorities and state institutions from the territory of the Lodz province. Genealogical and scientific researchers benefit tremendously from church and public register records which we have preserved. The characteristic features of the Lodz archive are the records of industrial enterprises (old factories) and economic institutions. There are numerous archival materials of judiciary organs, political parties, educational, religious and social institutions and organizations, as well as various archives of families and land estates and the papers of individuals. The State Archive in Lodz is proud for our rich collections of ephemera, cartography and iconography.

Finding Aids, Guides, and Publication

Webpage with links to available online finding aids:

Opening Times

Lodz: Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday: 9.00 - 15.00 Tuesday: 9.00 - 18.00

Sieradz: Monday-Friday: 9.00 - 18.00 (The reading room at ul. POW 5 offers access to documents of Sieradz Branch.)

Conditions of Access

Scientific, genealogical and administrative researchers may have access to our holdings in the reading rooms. Everyone is entitled to apply for research in the holdings. It may be done in person as well as by post or e-mail (the first name, surname and address should be included). Archival records are made available to the public 30 years after the date of their origin. In justified cases the head of an Archive can grant permission for access before the end of the required period. Access to material is free of charge. Microfilmed materials will be supplied as reproductions. Visitors are obliged to accept the Regulations of Reading Room and fill in the application form. Full powers, recommendations or commissions can be demanded in specific cases. Orders are accomplished on the next day. Some records ordered in the morning for the visitors from outside of Lodz can be fulfilled on the same day, but the earlier phone call or e-mail can be useful. Charges are collected for the reproduction of archival material.


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