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Wasserbaue im Königreich Galizien

Call Number: MS 113


This collection consists of maps with accompanying information regarding the improvement of waterworks for the province of Galicia, Poland. (Galicia is presently divided among Poland, the Ukraine, and Romania; in 1822, it was part of the Austro-Hungarian Empire.) There are 147 items, each in a folder. Most consist of a colored map of a couple of miles of waterway, indicating proposed channels, embankments, canals, etc., and a thin sheet of paper which formerly wrapped the map, giving brief history of the site since 1804 or later, projected and accepted improvements, and statistical tables.


  • 1804-1823; bulk 1818-1822

Language of Materials

German, Polish place-names.

Conditions Governing Access

No access restrictions.

Conditions Governing Use

Spencer Library staff may determine use restrictions dependent on the physical condition of manuscript materials.


1.25 Linear Feet (3 boxes) : Scribe: The hands and spellings used in the maps differ markedly from those used in the text; moreover there appear to be several hands within the text and at least 2 in the maps. All bear a general resemblance to each other. Material: Paper. Most maps are on quarter-sheets (20.5x26.7cm) of wove "J. Whatman 1816" or "1817" paper; some are on half or full sheets, folded.

Scope and Contents

A fair amount of riparian land is often included, with meadows, woods, cultivation, sandbanks, etc., carefully indicated, giving names of "Dominio"s and settlements, and showing roads sometimes. Most settlements shown are small: the only sizable ones are Bilitz-Biala, Cracow, Markt Andrichau, Stadt Myslenice, Nowy Targ, Stadt Kollaczyce, Kreis-stadt, Nizhankovich, Stadt Rzeszow, Stry, Bratkowce, Maniawa, Delyatin, and Wischnitz. (Cracow is a mere outline.) Separate buildings are often indicated. Mills and salt-works occasionally appear.

The entire course of a river is not shown; most of the upper Vistula is covered, but the other rivers are represented by small areas. Some maps show as much as 10 miles of waterway. The division called "Stimpfe" (items 136-142) show marshy terrain being drained near the Vistula, Strwiaz, and Bug.

Geographical coverage: The drainage basin below the northeast face of the Carpathian Mountains: primarily the first 200 miles of the Vistula and its tributaries from the south; also the first 100 miles of the Dniester and its southern tributaries; and the headwaters of the Prut, the Cheremosh, the Siret, the Succava, and the Moldava. Also the headwaters of the Western Bug (north of Lvov).

Scale: most: 1"-500º (ca. 1 ½ inch to, 1 mi.) occasionally: 3"-500º, 1"-2500º, 1"-125º, 1"-180º.

Physical Location

MS 113

Other Finding Aids

See the attached for a detailed list of the collection by number:

Custodial History

Label on inner case of old box: Schloss Ellischau Kl. B^e. V.A.l.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Volkoff & von Hohenlohe, 1968

Processing Information

These items were originally in a box (22.5 x 27x8cm) with a leather spine reading "Wasserbaue irA Kónigreich Galizien" in 27 pink folders, each labeled with a river name. They were numbered in red 1-97 (with intercalations) and in black 1-7, 11-24. Some items were text only. The pink-folder divisions have been kept (except that the contents of "Untere Weichsel" and "Stimpfe" appeared to have been mistakenly interchanged in the past, and are now restored to their original order) and new comprehensive item numbers have been assigned. In the detailed list of maps (see linked PDF), please use new numbers when requesting items; x means a map is present; the seale is giten when the map gives it. The pink folder is kept in the first new folder in each division; the empty box remains with the collection.

Guide to the Waterworks Improvement Plans for the Province of Galicia, Poland Collection
Wasserbaue im Königreich Galizien
Finding aid prepared by alh, 1972; revised by ksc, 2006. Finding aid encoded by skt, 2006.
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
Finding aid written in English.
Finding aid permalink
Preferred citation
Waterworks Improvement Plans for the Province of Galicia, Poland, Department of Special Collections, MS 113, Kenneth Spencer Research Library, University of Kansas

Repository Details

Part of the University of Kansas. Kenneth Spencer Research Library Repository

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Lawrence KS 66045-7616 United States