The LZC Media Library – a multimedia archive of the oral history of the city and region is a project about gathering accounts of witnesses of history, which has been implemented at the Ludwik Zamenhof Center since 2010. Its basic goals are to lay the foundations for the first professional archive of oral history in the city as well as to protect and share cultural heritage, history of the city and the region.
So far, we have been able to make over 300 hours of video recordings, digitize over 13,000 archival photos and documents, which are being successively edited and made available free of charge. Materials are collected in various thematic paths related to the history of the city and region, the most important of them are: the oldest Białystokers; Bojary; the Esperanto movement in Białystok.
We are constantly looking for witnesses of history – people who have spent the last 60, 70 and more years in Białystok and would like to tell us the story of their lives, describe important events as they remember them. If you are such a person or know someone who would like to tell your story, contact the BCC/LZC.
A significant part of the materials collected in the archive is available on this website and in the Multimedia Workshop of the Białystok Cultural Center / Ludwik Zamenhof Center at 19 Warszawska Street in Białystok.
Those who would like to use materials for their activities or receive them in a higher resolution, please read the regulations and send us a request for sharing or directly contact the BCC / LZC. Regulations with a draft request for sharing can be found at the bottom of the page.
Sharing materials is always free, but only for non-commercial purposes.
We also query the resources of the LZC Media Library – free of charge, at the request of individuals, institutions and NGOs. The waiting time and terms of order completion are determined individually.
LZC Media Library Regulations (in Polish)
draft request for sharing LZC media Library resources (in Polish)
Co-financed by the Minister of Culture and National Heritage