Department of Historical Atlas

Head: Professor Marek Słoń

Deputy Head: Professor Bogumił Szady

Anna Bilny, MSc
Arkadiusz Borek, MA
Dr Krzysztof Boroda
Dr Wiesława Duży
Michał Gochna, MA
Dr Piotr Guzowski
Dr Marta Kuc-Czerep – Department Secretary
Professor Witold Matwiejczyk
Professor Krzysztof Mikulski
Grzegorz Myrda, MSc Eng
Dr Anna Paulina Orłowska
Dr Tomasz Panecki
Katarzyna Słomska, MSc
Michał Słomski, MA
Jarosław Suproniuk, MA
Patrycja Szwedo, MA
Urszula Zachara-Związek, MA (maternity leave)
Tomasz Związek, MA

Cooperators:
Professor Krzysztof Chłapowski
Piotr Kann, MA
Dr Marzena Liedtke
Dr Kazimierz Pacuski
Henryk Rutkowski, MA

 

The very first inspiration for the creation of the atlas of Poland in 16th century revealed in early eighties, 19th century. In 1953 a Section of the Historical Atlas in the Institute of History, Polish Academy of Sciences was established as a continuation of a section of the same name organised by the Warsaw Scientific Society and partly of a Commission for the Historical Atlas established within the Society in 1921. Two volumes were published as a first result of conducted research: ‘The Plock Voivodeship around 1578’, edited by Stanislaw Herbst (‘Historical Atlas of Poland’, Series A: ‘Detailed Maps’, vol. 2) and printed in Warsaw in 1958, and ‘Royal Prussia in the second half of the 16th century’, prepared to be published by Marian Biskup in a cooperation with Lucjan Koc and edited by Stanislaw Herbst (Series B: ‘Overview Maps’) and printed in Warsaw in 1961. An original concept of the Atlas was improved in 1964 and a new series was introduced (‘Historical Atlas of Poland. Detailed Maps of the 16th century’), with a firm list of volumes and an order of their publication: vol. 3: ‘Lublin Voivodeship in a second half of the 16th century’, ed. Wladyslaw Palucki, prepared by Stefan Wojciechowski, printed in Warsaw in 1966, vol. 7: ‘Masovia in the second half of the 16th century’, ed. Wladyslaw Palucki, printed in Warsaw in 1973,vol. 2: Sandomierz Voivodeship in the second half of the 16th century’, ed. Wladyslaw Palucki, printed in Warsaw in 1993, vol. 5: ‘Sieradz and Leczyca Voivodeships in the second half of the 16th century’, ed. Henryk Rutkowski, printed in Warsaw in 1998, vol. 1: ‘Cracow Voivodeship in the second half of the 16th century’, ed. Henryk Rutkowski, printed in Warsaw in 2008, vol. 4: ‘Greater Poland in the second half of the 16th century’, eds. Krzysztof Chlapowski, Marek Slon, printed in Warsaw in 2017. Editors of the series were: Stanislaw Trawkowski (volumes 2, 5, 1), Malgorzata Wilska (vol. 1, together with S. Trawkowski), Marek Slon and Henryk Rutkowski (vol. 4). The main task of the project is to analyse Polish territories in the second half of the 16th century. Every volume consists of two parts: first covers a main map (scale 1:250 000) and thematic overview maps (scale 1:500 000) presenting settlement network, landform, forestation, matrix of parishes, state and church administrative divisions, roads, and planes of selected, the most important cities and towns (scale 1:10 000) from every analysed voivodeship. A commentary introducing historical sources, methodological issues, the most important historical issues, and indexes (of localities, indicating any changes and variants of names, and of physiographic names) is a second part of the volume.

In 2014 an English version of all before published volumes of the series ‘Historical Atlas of Poland. Detailed Maps of the 16th century’ was issues as a comprehensive publication Historical Atlas of Poland in the 2nd Half of the 16th Century. Voivodeships of Cracow, Sandomierz, Lublin, Sieradz, Łęczyca, Rawa, Płock and Mazovia, in a series ‘Geschichte Erinnerung Politik Posener Studien zur Geschichts-, Kultur- und Politikwissenschaft’ (vol. 6) by the Peter Lang Publishing House.

At present three new volumes are being prepared. Kujawy with Dobrzyn Land and Podlasie are going to be issues first, according to the methodology from the Greater Poland volume. When it comes about a Royal Prussia, a volume edited by Marian Biskup in a cooperation with Lucjan Koc and published in 1961 is going to be supplemented and adjusted to the series of detailed maps. All three are going to be printed in 2020. Simultaneously the whole series covering the Polish territory of the Polish Crown will be issued in Polish and English as an e-book (with a print-on-demand option).

The series is gradually presented on-line as a database including identical information as printed volumes with additional historical source edition; the most important edited sources are tax registers. All existing registers from the second half of the 16th century are already available. The same strategy is planned for Kujawy, Podlasie and Royal Prussia volumes. For other voivodeships presented on-line only a selection of tax registers will be edited, whereas the complete set of existing tax materials will be presented only as digital photocopy with a geographical index added directly on a scan. Each source edition consists of few integrated elements: digital facsimile of a manuscript, a relational database, GIS app and a commentary on the historical sources. These are available online at www.atlasfontium.pl

A journal ‘Studia Geohistorica’ is an integral part of the project, connected with the Department of Historical Atlas and the www.atlasfontium.pl website (editors: Marek Slon and Bogumil Szady). It is published by the Institute of History, Polish Academy of Sciences, and the Polish Historical Society. Professor Bogumil Szady is an editor-in-charge.

The team of the Department of Historical Atlas strives also to extend a time-space database for the period before 18th century, primarily for the settlement network and territorial matrix. Development of new methodology for edition of historical sources with advanced digital tools accompanies this task. In addition, since 2018 the Department cooperates with the Polish History Museum, providing maps for a main exhibition, which is going to be opened in 2021. Katarzyna Slomska coordinates this task.

 

Members of our research team are involved also in various individual projects with an external funds:

• Historical Atlas of Polish Towns: Kalisz, leader: Urszula Sowina, funded by the National Scietific Centre, No. 2015/19/B/HS3/00549, period: 2016–2019, value: 177 800

• Kalisz consistory court records, 1504–1534, leader: Arkadiusz Borek, funded by the National Scientific Centre, No. 2014/13/N/HS3/04425, period: 2015–2018, value: 102 700

• Digital edition of court of justice books from the District of Kalisz from 1587–1593, leader: Michał Gochna, funded by the National Scientific Centre, period: 2015–2018, value: 149 890

• Digital Edition of the Kalisz District Court Registers form the turn of the 15th and 16th century, leader: Tomasz Związek funded by the National Scientific Centre, No. 2014/13/N/HS3/04428, period: 2015–2018, value: 149 500

• Old maps’ digital editions: perspectives and constraints on the example of ‘Geographic-Military and Statistical Map of Greater Poland’ (1807–1812), funded by the National Scientific Centre, No. 2015/17/N/HS3/01267, period: 2016–2019, value: 112 320

• Ontological Foundations for Building Historical Geoinformation Systems, funded by the Ministry of Science and Higher Education (the National Development Programme for Humanities), No. 2bH 15 0216 83, period: 2016–2019, value: 1 070 160

• Annual Fairs in Greater Poland from the Late Middle Ages to the Deluge (1385–1655), leader: Anna Paulina Orłowska, funded by the National Scientific Centre, No. 2014/13/N/HS3/04425, period: 2017–2019, value: 768736.