Archives of the Political Transformation

Archives of the Political Transformation

In 2014, the 25th anniversary of the political transformation in Poland was celebrated. On this occasion, the National Digital Archives announced an action of gathering photographs, films and sound recordings from the years 1989 – 1991. The events of the transformation period have become the subject of vehement disputes, debates and many surveys. We are sure that the common accessibility of archive materials may contribute to the quality of the public debate and extend the general knowledge on the genesis of the 3rd Republic of Poland.


Valuable private collections

Most of the photographs from the transformation period collected in the state archives are unfortunately official materials. They were censored, and state photographic agencies did not document the activities of the democratic opposition. Materials showing the “Solidarity” movement, strikes, marches, banners with slogans, demonstrations, empty shelves at stores, masses for the Homeland, meetings at homes and in parishes, exhibitions and concerts in churches, etc may be found in home archives. Thanks to you and the NDA, the valuable sources may come to light and become a part of the national archive resources accessible to all citizens, and in some time also online.

How to take care of the photographs in a home archive?

If you find any such photographs, films or recordings in your collections, you should, first of all, secure them and take care of good storage conditions. Otherwise, the photographs, films or recordings may not be able to survive the next 25 or 50 years.

How to donate the materials to the NDA?

We are aware of the enormous value of the private archives for researchers and all those who want to see the unique sources. Therefore, we announce an action of gathering photographs, films and sound recordings from the years 1989-1991. We encourage you to share your archives with the society by donating them to the NDA. They will be included in archive resources, which are processed, digitalized, made available to anyone interested therein and stored perpetually. We also take care of the physical condition of the materials and have them treated by conservators. The materials donated to the NDA become a part of the collective memory, available now and for future generations. The archive collections stimulate culture, science and arts, and fulfils the thirst for knowledge of many individuals.