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Documents of Everyday Life

The collection of Documents of Everyday Life was composed in 1952 of selected items stored in the Jagiellonian Library.

The chronological range of this collection covers prints published after 1945 to date, with the exception of theatre posters and bookshop catalogues. The earlier prints, called printed ephemera, are partially stored in the General Stackroom and partially in the Section of Rare Books. The collection of items that belong to the section of Documents of Social Life consists of:


Bulletins of socio-political organisations, workplaces as well as those connected with sports and others

Propaganda brochures

Pricelists, declarations, selected ephemera, news-sheets

Directories of clubs and theatres, tourist booklets, event and meeting directories

Operating manuals of machines and tools

Short-text calendars

Bookshop and antiquarian catalogues

Exhibition guides

Death notices


Children's books

Member lists of social and professional organizations, lists of Members of Parliament, councillors etc.

Materials connected with disputes and public events

Polish norms, trade patents, patent descriptions




Event programmes


Protocols of proceedings

Tourist guides


Timetables of PKP, PKS, LOT,

Phone directories


Invitations, flyers

The most interesting objects:

Ninteenth-century bookshops catalogues

Posters of Cracow theatres from the 19th century to date (including a silk poster and the poster of the first staging of Stanisław Wyspiański's Wedding)

Propaganda prints from 1945 to 1956.