Katalog rubrycel i schematyzmów zakonów oraz zgromadzeń zakonnych przechowywanych w księgozbiorze podręcznym Archiwum Archidiecezjalnego w Gnieźnie (1767–2008)
A catalogue of directories and yearbooks of religious orders and congregations in the reference collection of the Archdiocesan Archives in Gniezno (1767–2008)
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The reference collection of the Archdiocesan Archives in Gniezno includes 72 directories and yearbooks of various religious orders. The oldest of these printed books comes from 1767 and was made for Camaldolese monks. The most recent one is a yearbook of the Oratorian Fathers from 2008. However, these printed books are far from uniform. Of crucial importance to this state of affairs is the period in which they originated. Another factor is the specificity of the various religious orders and congregations as well as the purpose of the publications: liturgical or organisational-administrative. That is why the collection in question encompasses directories (liturgical calendars), directories combined with yearbooks and yearbooks on their own. This is a result of the evolution of these publications, similar to the one that transformed analogous publications prepared for dioceses. As they contain a lot of information on a variety of topics, they constitute a valuable historical source, testifying to the liturgical and pastoral life of religious orders and congregations. Often, owing to a lack of any other archive material, they are the only source of information about the staffing of the various monasteries, abbeys or houses. Th e collection kept in the Archdiocesan Archives in Gniezno contains directories and yearbooks drawn up by the following religious orders or congregations – Bernardine Sisters and Fathers (7 items), Camaldolese Monks (1), Cistercian Monks and Nuns (10), Conventual Franciscans (35), Discalced Carmelite Monks and Nuns (1), Dominican Brothers and Sisters (1), Jesuits (11), Missionaries of the Holy Family (1), Oratorian Fathers (1), Reformati (3) and Sacred Heart Fathers (1). Generally, most of the books came from the Archives and Library of the Metropolitan Chapter in Gniezno. Other donors were: the Metropolitan Curia, the Primatial Seminary and the Secretariat of the Primate of Poland. The collection also includes printed items of unknown provenance. However, all of them constitute a valuable source for the study of the history of religious orders and congregations operating not only in Poland, a source that will leave no one indifferent.
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