About the archives


Irena Šimić
P. +385 1 6112 046
E. isimic@ipu.hr

Archival collections, donations and legacies, or personal collections of archival and registry materials, gather material bequeathed by eminent scientists / art historians – researchers, Institute staff and associates, or persons whose personal archival collections have been donated to the Institute through contracts of donation.

The material gathered in each respective collection differs by type (library material, manuscripts, concepts and notes, correspondences, photographic, architectural plans, press clipping, other archival material, etc.), scope, structure and time of creation (mostly during the 20th century). Most collections are incomplete because some of the legacies belong to the family or are stored in another cultural heritage institution.

The Library Unit of the Institute oversees the processing and protection of all library material donated as part of the bequeathed collections. Special library collections held within respective bequeathed collections are partially searchable in the Institute's online library catalog.

Individual personal collections remain in the process of founding, and they belong to eminent scientists, emeritus and deserving employees of the Institute (Željka Čorak, Tonko Maroević, Ivanka Reberski, Jagoda Marković, Josip Stošić). Most of these collections consist of rich and highly specialized personal libraries, partly introduced into the library holdings at the Institute. Further material to be included in these archival collections over time is closely related to the fields of research of the above-mentioned scientists and often nearly inseparable from the projects results and other types of documentation produced during their working life at the Institute.

The Institute also holds smaller collections bequeathed by Sena Sekulić Gvozdanović, Nada Vrkljan Križić, Tihomil Stahuljak and Silvije Čiko Bonači (Bonacci).

The procedures for expert processing, systematization, protection and presentation of material are conducted in accordance with the Regulation on the Protection of Archival and Registry Materials at IAH (2008), and they are carried out both by professional associates as well as the Institute’s scientists and associates, whose own scientific research necessarily relies on respective collections. These collections represent a significant research resource for respective periods and phenomena in Croatian art history, architecture and city building, art theory and art criticism, as well as further related fields.

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