Andrzej Wajda’s Archive at the Manggha Museum of Japanese Art and Technology in Krakow

On 7 July 2011, by the decision of the Founders, Andrzej Wajda and Krystyna Zachwatowicz, the private collections forming Andrzej Wajda’s Archive became the property of the Manggha Museum of Japanese Art and Technology.

Nature and structure of the archive

Andrzej Wajda’s Archive is a private collection, which largely determines both its nature (diversity) and structure. Based on the most general criteria, one might say that the collections making up the archive are ordered according to Andrzej Wajda’s successive projects. These include artistic (films, theatre productions, exhibitions, etc), educational (e.g. Master School of Film Directing), and civic projects (e.g. formation of the Kyoto–Krakow Foundation and construction of the Manggha Centre [now Museum] of Japanese Art and Technology in Krakow, the Wyspiański Pavilion, or the Japanese Language School in Krakow), as well as social and political engagements (Solidarity Trade Union, Senate of the Republic of Poland, Polish Filmmakers’ Association, etc).

The archive includes the following elements for most projects:
– screenplays/scenarios (often in several versions);
– storyboards and sketches;
– publications used for the film/theatre production, etc (fiction, specialist literature on the subject, etc);
– Andrzej Wajda’s (private and official) correspondence;
– invitations, theatre programmes, posters, film stills, photographs;
– exhibition catalogues;
– with respect to film and theatre projects: audio and video recordings (VHS, DVD, including foreign language versions), and music on CD or vinyl records;
– props and costumes used in film and theatre.

Furthermore, the archive also encompasses a sizable collection of books and other publications, in Polish and other languages. This category also includes masters’ and doctoral theses on Wajda’s oeuvre.

A large group of archivalia is connected with prizes and commendations awarded to Andrzej Wajda (correspondence, telegrams, letters of congratulation, laudatory speeches delivered during honorary doctorate ceremonies, etc.) and private documents (notes, correspondence, mementoes in the form of paintings, sketches, books, exhibition catalogues, etc).