Streszczenie artykułu w języku angielskim:
"This article pertains to a number of major issues related to handling private archives
in the state archives in Poland; it also suggests development of certain specific
In analysing the terms, describing private archives, used in Polish archival vocabulary:
private archive, personal archive, archival legacy, private papers, files, family
archive, extended family archive, family and assets archive (manor archives), one
may easily notice that their application in practice varies to a significant extent.
Therefore, ease of translation into foreign language within specific information systems
must be taken into consideration first and foremost.
One interesting issue is the matter of collecting legacies and the problem of
their fragmentation. Legacies, which are not subject to territorial pertinence, are
often preserved in archives, libraries, museums or other cultural and scientific institutions.
In most cases, the institution, in which the archive or part thereof is to
be stored, is selected by archive creators or their heirs, based on various premises.
It is therefore worthwhile to consider a possibility of consolidating the dispersed
fragments of legacies information-wise, reconstructing their original form by preparing
an appropriate description.
Other areas, which require consolidation of rules are: selection of materials of
which the legacy is composed, methodology of arranging it, as well as their functioning
within specific standards of archival description. Developing strict standards
for arranging legacies may seem purposeless due to their obviously diverse nature,
however it is not entirely impossible; Archive of the Polish Academy of Sciences is
a good example.
An issue of particular importance in case of legacies is their availability to users.
It is connected, first and foremost, with the issue of protection of personal rights, copyright
and related rights. Principles of providing access, set forth in archival regulations,
do not seem to include legacies, which are, after all, a part of state archival resources.
The problems presented above remain open and require a broad discussion."
Źródło: Archeion, t. 111