Graphic Collection Department - Collections

Size of special collections

Status on 31.12.2019

Graphic, drawings and paintings
Collection consists of 11.842 items of separated illustration, in albums and briefcases.

Collection consists of 3.061 , including 30 from 17th and 18th centuries (M. H. Rentz and B. Strahowsky). Circa 1500 items are pre- (few) and post-war Polish ex-librises.

Collection consists of 17.886 items and consists of three parts: pre-war German photographs up from 1854, workshop photography from all over the world up from 1870 as well as pre-and post-war Polish photographs.

Collection consists of 23.293, separated and placed in albums, postcards originated from Europe, Asia and Africa, published before 1945 as well as from mandatory copy of Polish production after 1945.

Collection consists of 697 items.

Specialist collection
• monographs (books) – 19.317 vol.
• periodicals – 4.108 vol.


Online catalog of Wroclaw University Library

Digitized catalogs

Partial catalog of ex-librises [Enter]


Author's catalog by Stanislaw Kozak (1943-2004) was started in 1991 but disrupted in 1993. It holds partial information about modern, present-day and coeval European ex librises from the 16th to the 20th century present in WUL in form of loose prints, files, albums and artificial albums, that combined together form special collection of 2652 items marked with 2149 signatures from 10001 to 12149 (other ex-librises from the Graphic Collection Department are part of books and periodicals and are described in their catalogs).


Topographic Catalog (by call number) of ex-librises aof Silesian and German authors from the 16th to the 20th century, from call number 10001 to 10994, without number 10426 and Polish and European authors from 11717 to 11971 number. Search term is call number (register number).

Scheme of topographic ex librises catalog card:

Call number (number in register)

Name, first name and biographical data of author (graphic artist)

Original title


Description of motif (content)

Signature (sign) of author

Technique, size in centimeters

Additional notices

Alphabetical catalog sorted by authors holds 1248 items from signature Inw. eksl. 10001 to 10994, without number 10426. It includes anonymous authors (120 card at the beginning) from position 10845/ Ex Libris Annemarie Erfurth, sorted by additional information, mainly chronologically or topographically, to position 10041/ Artysta nieznany - Śląsk XX w. (Artist unknown – Silesia 20th century), through monogram 10046/ AF up to alphabetical order, from position 10800/ Ade Mathilde, ending at position 10035/ Żukowski Michał.

Catalog cards sorted alphabetically by authors are identical to cards from topographic order, here main subject is name of author (artist) or designation for anonymous positions: Artysta nieznany, Autor nieznany, Autor nieznany – Śląsk (Artist unknown, Author unknown, Author unknown – Silesia) etc. or absence of main subject like in case of the first six positions.

Alphabetical catalog of owners of collective or individual ex librises from Aass Assbjorn to Żurowski Tadeusz and additionally Bibliothek Deutsches Polen Institut. Search terms is name of owner of sign.

Scheme of owner of ex-librises alphabetical catalog card:

Reference to call number (number in register) in topographic catalog

Name, first name and biographical data of owner

Original title

Description of motif (content)

Design (name, first name and biographical data of author)


Technique, size in centimeters

Additional notices

Additional notices

Catalog unit, regardless of if ex librises is loose prints, part of file or album, is always one copy (icon). Information about affiliation to collection (file, album) is placed on catalog card in additional notices.

Proper call number entry have, omitted on catalog cards, abbreviation „Inw. eksl.” (Ex-librises register), that preface number.

In the owners catalog is used concordance:

Inw. eksl. 11915 – 11919 = Inw. eksl. 12021 - 12025

Inw. eksl. 11920 – 11971 = Inw. eksl. 12026/1-52

Help for readers could provide printed partial catalogs of Silesian and German ex-librises:

1. Persönlichkeitszeichen. Exlibris Deutscher Künstler des 19. und 20. Jahrhunderts aus der Sammlung der Universitätsbibliothek Breslau. Berlin 1993 (Exhibition catalog of 200 ex-librises in Obere Galerie in Berlinie, 20th July to 15th August 1993).

2. Signum Libri Decorum. Wrocław i wrocławianie w dawnym ekslibrisie. Katalog wystawy w Muzeum Miejskim Wrocławia w listopadzie 2002. Wrocław 2002 (17 ex librises from WUL).

3. Arcydzieła ekslibrisu europejskiego końca XIX i początku XX wieku w zbiorach Biblioteki Uniwersyteckiej we Wrocławiu. Exhibition catalog of 202 ex librises (reproductions) in Wroclaw University Library, May - October 2006

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Traditional catalogs

I. Special collections

1. Prints and drawings
:: alphabetical catalog of prints and drawings
:: alphabetical catalog of authors of originals
:: catalog of printmaking ang drawing techniques
:: aphabetical catalog of printers and publishers
:: subject catalog (including portraits and views)
:: topographic catalog (by call number)
:: alphabetical photographic catalog (photocopies) of portraits and views (also includes selected graphic art collections from the Silesia – Lusatian Cabinet and the Old Prints Department)

2. Photograph
:: subject catalog of Wroclaw
:: alphabetical catalog of photographers and photographic workshops
:: topographic catalog (by call number)
:: alphabetical photographic catalog (photocopies) of portraits and views of Wroclaw and Silesian places

3. Postcard
:: alphabetical catalog of views of Silesian places
:: call number photographic catalog (photocopies) of Silesian views

4. Ex-librise
:: alphabetical catalog of engravers
:: alphabetical catalog of owners of ex-librises
:: topographic catalog (by call number)
:: call number photographic catalogue (photocopies)

II. Books and periodicals

1. Books
:: alphabetical catalog
:: subject catalog
:: topographic catalog (by call number)

2. Periodicals
:: alphabetical Catalog
:: topographic catalog (by call number)