The National Digital Archives originate from the Archives of Audiovisual Records (AAR) established in 1955. The transformation of the AAR into the NDA took place on 8 March 2008 on the basis of the Regulation of the Minister of Culture and National Heritage, issued at the request of the General Director of the State Archives. The transformation was a response to the evolution in the area of the technology of recording, storing and providing access to archive materials.
On 8th March 2008, the Archives of Audio-Visual Records, founded 1955, have been transformed into the National Digital Archives (NDA). The conversion, requested by the Head Director of State Archives of Poland, has been approved by the Ministry of Culture and National Heritage. The founder of the NDA, Nikodem Bończa Tomaszewski has been assigned to run the institution.
The NDA is the central state archive. Its aim is to provide digital files as a response to the development of recording, storing and access technologies.
In addition to the digital collection, the NDA also manages traditional archive materials. The NDA’s collection contains almost 15 million photographs (including the oldest tintypes and daguerreotypes), 30,000 sound recordings and 2,500 films including: the Photographic Archive of the Illustrated Daily Courier (1910 - 1939), Central Photographic Agency (1944 - 1990), Press Publishers Krakow - Warsaw (1939 - 1945), Joseph Piłsudski Institute (1914 - 1939), Photographic Archive of Edward Hartwig, Program Documentation of the Central Polish Radio Broadcasting Station (sound recordings, pictures and documents), ‘Sportfilm’, ‘Czołόwka’ and ‘Interpress’ Film Producers, as well as German film chronicles from the World War II period.
Access to the NDA collection is free of charge. You can visit our original collection at the National Digital Archives or, increasingly as the records are being put online, use our online service.
As a central state archive, the NDA stores archival records of Polish Television (TVP), Polish Television - Warsaw Branch, Polish Radio (PR), Polish Radio’s Regional Radio Station in Warsaw, Radio for You (RDC) - records from before 1993, Polish Sound Recordings, Polish News Agency (PAP), the National Film Archive, the Documentary and Feature Film Studio, and the ‘Czołówka’ Film Studio.
Geographical and cultural context
The National Digital Archives are one of three central archives of the state archive network in Poland. They were established in 2008 as a result of the transformation of the Archives of Audiovisual Records into an institution being a response to the advancement of the technology of recording and providing access to data. Operations of the NAC have two aspects: digitalization and electronic documentation as well as storage of and providing access to photographic and audiovisual documentation