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UNESCO Programme „Memory of the World” 1st edition of the National List “Memory of Poland”

17 October 2014 in the Presidential Palace in Warsaw Minister of Culture and National Heritage Małgorzata Omilanowska presented the 1st edition of the “Memory of Poland” list – national list from the UNESCO programme “Memory of the World”. One of the objects included was A Brief and Precise Description of the Administration and Conditions in the Wieliczka and Bochnia Salt Mines in the Year of Christ 1518 (rkps sygn. 942) from the Scientific Library of the PAAS and the PAS in Cracow. It is the oldest 16th-century copy of the 1518 manuscript drawn up by Stanisław Tarnowski of Nieszawa in regards of the mines’ administrative reform by Jan Boner. It is a precise description of the internal structure and operation of a centralised royal enterprise which then hired over 1’000 employees. The manuscript also includes a discussion on the types of salt, their prices and the methods employed for their sale. It is a unique document with no equivalent in the European economic literature. Full description and digitised version of this document are available on the „Memory of Poland” website.

UNESCO Programme „Memory of the World”

The National Education Commission Archives held in The Central Archives of Historical Records in Warsaw, The Czartoryski Library, Jagiellonian University Archives and our Library was inscribed on the “Memory of the World” list in 2007.

The Scientific Library of the PAAS and the PAS in Cracow nominated the Records of the National Education Commission that existed 1773-1794 (rkps sygn. 2220).

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