State Archives

The State Archives network and the national archival holdings are managed by the General Director of the State Archives.

The State Archives form a network comprising:

  • 3 central archives located in Warsaw:
    • The Central Archives of Historical Records – which store the most important Polish state documents from the Middle Ages to the end of World War I,
    • The Archives of Modern Records – which store records created by central authorities and country-level institutions and associations after 1918,
    • The National Digital Archives – which store photographs and sound and video recordings created since the early 20th century,
  • 29 regional archives and their branches – which store historical sources related to the history of their respective regions.


Diagram illustrating the organization of the Polish State Archives.

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