State Archive Jelenia Gora. Official records for Jelenia Gora province are preserved as part of the Wroclaw (Breslau) State Archives (the Archiwów Panstwowych) and there are supposedly 459 items stored in the Jelenia Gora branch, in the old Staatsarchive building at 27 Ul. Podwale. Of particular interest are the following, from a list published on the internet, but not all could be found during a personal visit in 2000 :
During this researcher's visit to the archive the staff and particularly the Director were very helpful, although their German was limited and the application forms required for viewing the items were all in Polish. The reading area is a comfortable room with period furniture and few other users. All the originals of the church record books filmed by the Mormons could be freely viewed here but the Standesamt (civil) records seemed limited to the land title documents (Grundbuch Akten), officially covering the years 1790 - 1930. For Lomnitz these were loosely contained in boxes, many property numbers were completely missing and those properties which were available had extensive gaps. Nevertheless they contained some absolute gems, including wills drawn up at the time of property inheritance, from which family lines could be checked through the legal heirs. District court and prosecution records seemed limited to only a few high profile cases. The military records were not viewed for lack of time but are reputed to hold valuable lists of residents, ordered by house number.
A really exhaustive search of this archive would take at least two weeks and would require some knowledge of Polish. The archive is open from 8 am to 3 pm every weekday. Photocopies can be made but are expensive. Take note that entry to any state archive or library in Poland is only possible on production of a passport or other form of identification.
Wroclaw University Library, Silesian Collection. The Wroclaw Universtätsbibliothek has a separate building called "Na Piasku", dedicated to housing its special collections, one of which is the Silesian collection. Holdings of interest for research on Lomnitz are :
The library building is on an island in the Odra river, close to the university in the centre of Wroclaw. Foreigners should correspond with the library through their website to arrange a visit and a passport is required on the day of entry. The reading room is large and crowded with students, and there is some delay in retrieving items from from the archive.