Funds and Collections
The documentation collections include brochures, photographs – negatives and slides in a classical and electronic form, press reflections, promotion materials and other material dealing with productions of professional theatres in Slovakia, theatre institutions, theatre personalities, theatre and cultural events, and theatre life in Slovakia, with connections to theatre abroad.
Today the documentation collections consist of more than 10 500 production folders of professional theatres since 1920, 6 100 personal folders of local and foreign theatre artists including more than 100 000 photographs. These materials are systematically divided into particular collections which are handled following the rules of the internal instruction about the specialized treatment of collections.
The documentation works with a specialized computer programme, the IS.THEATRE.SK which will be accessible on the website of the Theatre Institute in 2011.
Documentation Collections are divided into:
Collections of productions
Collection of Slovak productions
Collection of historical production photographs
Collections of personalities
Collection of Slovak personalities
Collection of foreign personalities
Collections of programme brochures
Collection of substitute and freely usable brochures
Collection of thematic entries
is the biggest specialized library in the field of theatre in Slovakia. It includes more than 36 000 items. The library works with the programme CLAVIUS which will be accessible on the website of the Theatre Institute in 2011. During a year the library is visited by approx. 3000 readers, mainly professionals and students.
Library Collections are divided into:
Historical Library Collections
Collection of production texts
SPECALIZED PUBLIC ARCHIVE
The specialized public archive of the Theatre Institute was founded in 2007 complaint to the provision of Act No. 395/2002 Coll. The reason of its establishing was, among the legal adaptation of archive collections in the Slovak Republic, the fact that the years of collective activities of the Theatre Institute included a large source material of a great value which documented the work of generations of theatre professionals and the treatment of which required more professional conditions.
The specialized public archive makes a pre-archive treatment, takes archive documents from their holders, records the taken archive documents and keeps the records reflecting the real state and announces changes in the records, protects archive documents, makes them accessible (including archive tools), publishes research order, enables the access of state professional control, shows archive documents, archive tools and records of archive documents, evaluates the programme of conservation-making of copies and informs about the programme of the Slovak National Archive, provides and sends one copy of conserved item of the most important documents to the Slovak National Archive.
The archive uses the programme JANUS, which will be accessible on-line on the website of the Theatre Institute in 2011.
The collections are divided into:
Theatre Institute Collection
Personal collections of theatre artists
Collections of archive documents of theatres
Collections of archive documents of theatre and cultural institutions and organizations
Collection of study microfilms
Collection of other information media
The Theatre Institute has been for quite a long time preparing for founding the Museum of Theatre Art in Slovakia; the Museum of the Theatre Institute was founded by the approval of the Ministry of Culture No. 1227/2006 – 400/4464 from 2 February 2006 as a specialized museum workplace whose aim is to gather, work up and make accessible the museum collections documenting the theatre culture in Slovakia from the time of the founding of the first professional theatre in 1920 until today, as it is specified in the acquisition act of the Theatre Institute with all its amendments.
Today the museum takes hold of 29 606 exhibits. The importance of these museum collections exceeds the national level and they create and important part of the cultural heritage of the Slovak Republic. The museum uses CEMUZ/ESEZ/ programme. The working up of the collections of gallery and museum value conforms to the rules of the internal Directive of the professional treatment of collections of the Theatre Institute and the process of access conforms to the rules of the Library Directive of the Theatre Institute and the Depositary Regime of the Theatre Institute.
The museum collections are divided into:
Collection of stage-design designs
Collection of costume designs
Collection of dummies
Collection of costumes
Collection of puppet theatre objects
Collection of theatre posters
Collection of other objects of museum and gallery value
Collection of object of gallery value
Collection of objects of museum value
Collection of biographies
Collection of theatre architecture