Register of the Poland Rada Ministrów records

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Title: Poland Rada Ministrów records
Date (inclusive): 1944-1988
Collection Number: 2003C72
Contributing Institution: Hoover Institution Library and Archives
Language of Material: Polish .
Physical Description: circa 416,000 digital files (80.9 Gigabytes; several hundred compact discs and 0.5 linear feet of printed matter in 7 manuscript boxes) (2.8 Linear Feet)
Abstract: Reports, memoranda, and statistical data, relating to administration of the government of Poland.
Physical Location: Hoover Institution Library & Archives

Access

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Publication Rights

Copyright in the database, including the document descriptions, is held by InfoProject Sp.z o.o, Poznań, Poland. For copyright status of other parts of the collection, please contact the Hoover Institution Library & Archives.

Acquisition Information

Acquired by the Hoover Institution Library & Archives from 2001 to 2004.

Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], [file/segregator number], [CD number], Poland Rada Ministrów records, Hoover Institution Library & Archives

Rozwinięcie Użytych Skrótów - List of abbreviations used in the database

ChRL
Chińska Republika Ludowa
CMEA
Komisja Gospodarcza Ameryki Łacińskiej
CPN
Centrala Przemysłu Naftowego
CSRS
Czechosłowacka Republika Socjalistyczna
CUG
Centralny Urząd Geodezji
CUGIK
Centralny Urząd Geodezji i Kartografii
CUP
Centralny Urząd Planowania
ECE
Economic Commission for Europe
EEK
Evropejskaja Ekonomičeskaja Kommissija
EKG
Europejska Komisja Gospodarcza
EnJ
Energia Jądrowa
EWG
Europejska Wspólnota Gospodarcza
GUKPiW
Główny Urząd Kontroli Prasy i Wydawnictw
GUS
Główny Urząd Statystyczny
IK SEV
Ispolnitel'nyj Komitet Soveta Ekonomičeskoj Vzaimopomošči
KBW
Korpus Bezpieczeństwa Wewnętrznego
KERM
Komitet Ekonomiczny Rady Ministrów
KHZ
Komisja Handlu Zagranicznego
KK
Kraje Kapitalistyczne
KKPT
Komisja Koordynacji Pomocy Technicznej
KNiT
Komitet Nauki i Techniki
KOK
Komitet Obrony Kraju
KON
Komitet Obrony Narodowej
KPpRM
Komitet Planowania przy Rady Ministrów
KRL-D
Koreańska Republika Ludowo-Demokratyczna
KRN
Krajowa Rada Narodowa
KS
Kraje Socjalistyczne
KW RWPG
Komitet Wykonawczy Rady Wzajemnej Pomocy Gospodarczej
KWGzZ
Komitet Współpracy Gospodarczej z Zagranicą
LRA
Ludowa Republika Albanii
LRB
Ludowa Republika Bułgarii
MAP
Ministerstwo Administracji Publicznej
MB
Ministerstwo Budownictwa
MBiPMB
Ministerstwo Budownictwa i Przemysłu Mat. Budowlanych
MBP
Ministerstwo Bezpieczeństwa Publicznego
MF
Ministerstwo Finansów
MGBW
Międzynarodowy Bank Współpracy Gospodarczej
MBP
Ministerstwo Bezpieczeństwa Publicznego
MF
Ministerstwo Finansów
MGBW
Międzynarodowy Bank Współpracy Gospodarczej
MGiE
Ministerstwo Górnictwa i Energetyki
MGK
Ministerstwo Gospodarki Komunalnej
MH
Ministerstwo Handlu Wewnętrznego
MHZ
Ministerstwo Handlu Zagranicznego
MIiP
Ministerstwo Informacji i Propagandy
MK
Ministerstwo Komunikacji
MKiŻ
Ministerstwo Komunikacji i Żeglugi
MON
Ministerstwo Obrony Narodowej
MP
Ministerstwo Pracy
MPC
Ministerstwo Przemysłu Ciężkiego
MPCh
Ministerstwo Przemysłu Chemicznego
MPiT
Ministerstwo Poczt i Telegrafów
MPL
Ministerstwo Przemysłu Lekkiego
MPM
Ministerstwo Przemysłu Maszynowego
MPT
Międzynarodowe Targi Poznańskie
MR
Ministerstwo Rolnictwa
MS
Ministerstwo Skarbu
MSpr
Ministerstwo Sprawiedliwości
MSW
Ministerstwo Spraw Wewnętrznych
MSZ
Ministerstwo Spraw Zagranicznych
MRDiL
Ministerstwo Transportu Drogowego i Lotniczego
MZiOS
Ministerstwo Zdrowia i Opieki Społecznej
Ministerstwo Żeglugi
NBP
Narodowy Bank Polski
NIK
Naczelna Izba Kontroli
NPG
Narodowy Plan Gospodarczy
NRD
Niemiecka Republika Demokratyczna
OECD
Europejska Organizacja Współpracy Ekonomicznej
ONZ
Organizacja Narodów Zjednoczonych
OWK
Organizacja Współpracy Kolei
PKKPT
Stała Komisja Koordynacji Pomocy Technicznej
PKN
Polski Komitet Normalizacyjny
PKPG
Państwowa Komisja Planowania Gospodarki
PKWN
Polski Komitet Wyzwolenia Narodowego
PRM
Prezydium Rady Ministrów, Prezesi RM
PRz
Prezydium Rządu
PUR
Państwowy Urząd Repatriacyjny
PZPR
Polska Zjednoczona Partia Robotnicza
RM
Rada Ministrów
RN
Rady Narodowe
RRL
Rumuńska Republika Ludowa
RWPG
Rada Wzajemnej Pomocy Gospodarczej
SEV
Sovet Ekonomičeskoj Vzaimopomošči
SFRJ
Socjalistyczna Federacyjna Republika Jugosławii
SRW
Socjalistyczna Republika Wietnamu
TRzJN
Tymczasowy Rząd Jedności Narodowej
UNCTAD
United Nations Conference on Trade and Development
URM
Urząd Rady Ministrów
WOP
Wojsko Ochrony Pogranicza
WP
Wojsko Polskie
WRL
Węgierska Republika Ludowa
ZSRR
Związek Socjalistycznych Republik Radzieckich
ZWM
Związek Walki Młodych

Historical Note

During 1944-1989, the highest authority in Poland rested in the Political Bureau of the Central Committee of the Polish United Workers' Party. The Rada Ministrów (Council of Ministers), comprised of top party functionaries, administered the country by implementing the directives of the party in all areas of political, economic, social and cultural life. The Council of Ministers' archives, therefore, consists of the records of the government of Poland.

Scope and Content of Collection

The Rada Ministrów (Council of Ministers) records consist of reports, memoranda, and statistical data relating to administration of the government of Poland. They are the source of raw documentation not so much on why particular policies affecting the lives of millions of Polish citizens were made, but on how they were carried out. Thousands of internal reports, memoranda, and statistical bulletins, which were classified as secret or top secret until 2001, are included. The records provide a virtually complete source for the study of the functioning of a communist state.
Besides Polish materials, the collection includes key documentation, in Russian, on the affairs of the Council of Mutual Economic Assistance (COMECON), the Soviet tool for controlling the economies of its East European satellite countries. All official documents issued by the Council of Mutual Economic Assistance were written in Russian and translated if necessary.
The digitized documents are described by a database; all of the digitized documents and the database are available on a computer workstation in the Hoover Archives reading room. The digitized documents are page images, the text of which cannot be searched, so the database descriptions, in Polish, are the only searchable text. Some digitized documents are difficult or impossible to read, usually because the source documents were poor-quality carbon copies. The zoom feature may help make these digital copies legible; printing the documents may also facilitate legibility.
The Chancellery of Prime Minister Jerzy Buzek, whose Solidarity government held office until October 2001, undertook a massive declassification and scanning project to make the records of the government of communist Poland accessible to scholars in Poland and abroad. Due to political considerations, the decision to declassify and digitize the Council of Ministers records was implemented rapidly and not publicized until it was completed, a few days before the accession to office of the post-communist Democratic Left Alliance. Documents were scanned directly off the shelves, preserving original order by shelf and jacket (folder), but with no effort to provide a guide to the contents of the collection.
A number of Polish institutions received digitized copies on compact discs. The Hoover Institution is the only non-Polish repository having a set of copies. The arrangement and description of the digitized documents, and the creation of a database to contain the descriptions, was performed by InfoProject Ltd. from 2002 to 2004, with funding by the Hoover Institution.
The Polish-language database describes groups of similar records that were arranged into new "documents" after all of the documents were digitized in 2001. Similar records were grouped according to subject, person, or event. These groupings, or newly arranged documents, are only sometimes the same as the groupings of paper originals in jackets.
For each newly arranged "document," the database assigns a number, such as "dok_12" and provides the following information in Polish: title, administrative unit of government ("category"), descriptive note, year and month of creation, language, Russian title (if relevant), number of pages, number of unreadable pages, segregator/file number, and CD number.
A set of three volumes prepared by InfoProject with "Archiwum URM PRL 1944-1988" on the cover (box 7) provide the following information in Polish:
  • -Introduction to the project (with partial English translation);
  • -List of categories (units of government) used in the database;
  • -List of abbreviations;
  • -List of document titles;
  • -List of Russian document titles.
The list of categories (units of government) and list of abbreviations are provided at the end of this finding aid. The lists of document titles are arranged chronologically by year of creation of the paper originals; they provide the year, document title, and CD number. Volume 1 covers CDs 1-37, volume 2 covers CDs 38-69, and volume 3 covers CDs 70-108. An earlier version of volume 1 (with "Archiwum URM PRL 1945-1975" on the cover) is also included.
According to the English-language methodology document written by InfoProject (box 7), the database contains digitized "in/out" documents that were sent by administrative units of government and formally received by the Council of Ministers. The file ("segregator") number combines two numbers relating to the original documents. The number before the underscore is the number on the "in/out" document list, and the numbers after the underscore refer to the range of jackets (folders) containing the documents. For example, file number 2_144-152 refers to the original documents that are summarized on the list of "in/out" documents as number "2" and can be found in jackets numbered from 144 to 152. Each document in file 2_144-152 bears a document number, such as dok_12.
The file numbers were not changed by InfoProject, but the documents within the file numbers often were rearranged and changed by InfoProject. Thus the file numbers are the same between the initial series of raw captures (Documents digitized by the Office of the Chancellery of the Prime Minister) and the processed series (Digitized documents processed and described by InfoProject), but the arrangement of documents and the document numbers is frequently different.

Arrangement Statement

The collection is organized by file numbers that reflect the filing system used with the original papers.

Subjects and Indexing Terms

Poland -- Politics and government -- 1980-1989
Poland -- Politics and government -- 1945-1980

 

Documents digitized by the Office of the Chancellery of the Prime Minister 1944-1988

Scope and Contents note

The documents, which were digitized in 2001, are arranged on compact discs numbered from 1 to 108.
Use copies of all of the digitized documents, and the database that describes them, are available on a computer workstation in the Hoover Archives reading room. There is no need for researchers to use the CDs
box 1

Documents digitized by the Office of the Chancellery of the Prime Minister 1944-1988

box 2

Documents digitized by the Office of the Chancellery of the Prime Minister 1944-1988

box 3

Documents digitized by the Office of the Chancellery of the Prime Minister 1944-1988

 

Digitized documents processed and described by InfoProject 1944-2004

Scope and Contents note

From 2002 to 2004, InfoProject arranged and described the documents on CDs 1-108 (above), and created a customized database to deliver the documents and descriptions. The documents are arranged on compact discs numbered from 1 to 108, but many "a" numbers and some "b" numbers, such as 5a, 12b, and 108a, are included. Additional compact discs contain the software application and descriptions, which are identified by names such as "aplikacja."
Use copies of all of the digitized documents, and the database that describes them, are available on a computer workstation in the Hoover Archives reading room. There is no need for researchers to use the CDs
box 4

Digitized documents processed and described by InfoProject 1944-2004

box 5

Digitized documents processed and described by InfoProject 1944-2004

box 6

Digitized documents processed and described by InfoProject 1944-2004

box 7

Printed project materials created by InfoProject 2001-2004

Physical Description: 0.5 Linear Feet

Scope and Contents note

A project methodology document (in English) and three volumes of document title lists (in Polish), along with duplicate and outdated volumes, provide information about the processing and description performed by InfoProject.
onsite digital

Circa 416,000 digitized documents are available through a Polish-language database. To access the database, click on the "EKA URM" icon on the computer desktop