Branch Office in ŻywiecBranch Office Manager: Bożena Husar, MA
Archiwum Państwowe w Katowicach
Oddział w Żywcu
ul. Świętokrzyska 50a
Tel. +48 33 861-28-17
Opening hours of the Reading Room
15 July-16 August: closed
Most valuable records in the collection include records of cities, communes, territorial administration, court and industrial documentation. City records come from Żywiec (1804-1950), Maków Podhalański (1896-1950) and Jordanów (1576-1950). The archives of communes of the Żywiec district, generated between 1867 and 1954, contain materials on functioning of communal authority, as well as business activity. In the Branch Office one may also find records of the District Offices (1868-1918, 1918-1989, 1945-1950) and of the District People's Council in Żywiec.
Very interesting insights into the region's economy offers the fond Dyrekcja Dóbr Żywieckich (1758-1945), which contains unique documents of the Żywiec owners - the Archduke Karol Stefan Habsburg and his son, Karol Olbracht. Poland became the homeland of choice for them.
Other industrial records include the Coal Mining and Steel Milling Stock Company "Węgierska Górka" (1839-1945), the Archduke's Brewery in Żywiec (1881-1944), the Paper Factory "Solali" in Żywiec (1888-1943) and the Archduke's Steelworks Management in Obszar (1851-1910).
The Branch Office also features papers of guilds of the Żywiec district (1779-1951) and of financial institutions like Kasa Stefczyka (1906-1952) and Komunalna Kasa Oszczędności Miasta Żywca (1901-1951). Moreover, it contains records of several social and cultural organizations, to mention some, Polskie Towarzystwo Tatrzańskie (1905-1950) and Związek Strzelecki (1925-1937). One cannot omit valuable collections: maps and charts (the oldest map from 1846), artifact items (1508-1998) or still pictures (1808-1992).