The Department collects guild documents from Bielsko and Biała from the period between the 16th and the 20th century (privileges, guild books, charters, membership registers, certificates proving the successful completion of vocational training, the so-called wyzwolenia), documents concerning the region from the 18th to the 20th century (morality, faith and school certificates, agreements for sale and purchase of lands, magistracy files), documents related to social organizations, social and cultural institutions operating in the area of Bielsko, Biała and the whole region in the 19th and the 20th century (the Theatre in Bielsko, the Association of Ex-Servicemen in Biała, the “Polish Reading Room” Association in Biała, the Gymnastic Society “Sokół”, the „Bilitia Schlaraffia” Association) as well as magazines from the 19th and the 20th century. The iconographic documentation of Bielsko and Biała is presented by numerous postcards and picture postcards from the 19th and the 20th century.
One should pay special attention to the collection of cartographic works including the oldest atlases, maps and plans. An interesting piece of the collection is provided by two blocks with approximately 170 manually painted maps dated back to the period from the 16th century onwards.
What is of considerable historical and artistic value is the collection of photographs from the period between 1860 and 1939, coming from photography studios in Bielsko and Biała.
Numismatics and medallic art constitute a numerous group of exhibits in the Department. The numismatic collection is represented by ancient coins (the 1st century BC – the 4th century AD), Polish and Silesian coins (the 11th- the 18th century), modern commemorative coins and a collection of replacement banknotes of Upper Silesia and the Regained Territories from the period between 1916 and 1948. On the other hand, in the medallic collection, the most numerous examples include Polish medals minted on special historical and political occasions or in honour of some prominent figures, as well as Silesian medals.
The collection also boasts numerous examples of phaleristics (the 19th and the 20th century) in the form of decorations, badges, military organization insignias, paramilitary insignias, Polish army insignias as well as insignias used during the time of partition (Austria – Hungary).
In the Department, one may also find guild stamps, municipal seals (also on documents) from the period between the 16th and the 20th century. There are also banners of political and social organizations operating within the city and the whole region.
The Department collects archival material related to the famous Polish watercolourist Julian Falat (1853-1929) and presented in the form of voluminous correspondence, photographic documentation, diplomas and decorations.
As regards modern history, the Department collects memorabilia related to the activity of the Trade Union “Solidarity” in the area of Podbeskidzie in the 1980s (magazines, books, brochures, posters, etc.).