Archiwum Państwowe w Katowicach - Oddział w Oświęcimiu
- The State Archive in Katowice: The Oświęcim Branch
The State Archive in Oświęcim was organized in 1959 as local institution subordinated to the Kraków state archive. It was placed in the Block nr 1 of the former Nazi concentration camp Auschwitz. After the local administration reform in 1975 the archive was subordinated to the Katowice State Archive.
Mandates/Sources of Authority
Nowadays, The Oświęcim Branch of the State Archive in Katowice 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.
From the beginning of its existence, the Oświęcim archive is located in the Block nr 1 of the former Nazi concentration camp Auschwitz (belonging to the Auschwitz-Birkenau State Museum).
Archival and Other Holdings
The Oświęcim Branch of the State Archive in Katowice possesses 462 collections and archival founds, which makes about 85 800 units and about 1100 running meters (as for December 31, 2010). The oldest documents in the archive are municipal records and guild books dating from XVI century. The archive gathers also documents of state administration, self–government and judiciary, maps and posters.
The State Archive’s holdings are available in the workroom open Monday and Thursday 9.00 - 14.00, Wednesday 10.00 – 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.