"Atlas Fontium" is a website dedicated to the publications of historical sources and materials from the period of the old Poland and the old Republic of Poland that have a spatial dimension and as such can easily be published together with a map. The main purpose of the project is to create a uniform system for gathering, analysing, and making available of information and sources for research in the field of historical geography of Polish lands within borders prior to 1772. The results of historical and geographical research conducted in various scientific centres, in Poland and abroad, will be presented on an IT platform. The project is based on the framework of settlement network and territorial divisions, both church and secular, in the period before the Partitions. As such, its main aim is to present materials related with this period.
"The Atlas of Sources and Materials for the History of Old Poland" is a series of publications that includes both larger monograph-size works and concise editions of historical sources based on data other than text and image.
The periodical "Studia Geohistorica" accompanies the website. Its printed version contains a separate section entitled “Atlas Fontium” for articles with additional materials: tables (spreadsheets), spatial data and dedicated apps. On the website they can be found under the tab Studia Geohistorica. The text is presented in both editions, the paper and the digital one.
The section "Current works" contains materials that are not scientific publications verified under the peer review procedure, but are still being corrected and supplemented.
Technological development connected with the introduction of historical spatial databases and GIS tools to research offers interesting possibilities not only when we speak about the presentation of research results, but also for the entire field of editing of historical sources, written, cartographic, and iconographic. Geographic space is an excellent reference plane for the humanities, allowing scholars to integrate large stocks of information, as well as determining future collaborated syntheses of historical and social phenomena. The materials, as well as source information related to particular topics, are linked with a digital map, thus allowing for a statistical and spatial analysis, and a direct visualisation of results on thematic maps.
"Atlas Fontium" is not a publication, but rather a place for publishing authors' own source editions and studies. Preliminary declaration of the scientific society interested in modern methods of presenting results of their geographic and historical research gives hope that the platform will be quickly supplemented with new materials, particularly of the Historical Atlas of Poland (Institute of History of the Polish Academy of Sciences), as well as the Atlas of Religions and Confessions in Poland in the Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth (Institute of History of the Catholic University in Lublin).
Other centres, teams, and individual researchers are cordially invited to join our project.
10.11.2017 Atlas Fontium, as separate journal, was not manage to launched. However, it is planned to link the website with the journal "Studia Geohistorica". Where it would be treated as a separate section, with articles containing both text and GIS applications, available in parallel at atlasfontium.pl. The text of Ewa Kobylińska " Admisje notarialne w diecezji płockiej u schyłku średniowiecza" (Admissions of notaries public in the diocese of Płock in the Late Middle Ages – avillible only in polish version) will be the first to be published in this form. In the next volume are planned materials on the afforestation of the Nowy Tomyśl Plain and edition of the court records of Wschowa Book. "Atlas of Sources and Materials for the History of Old Poland" will remain a series. "The Religions and the Confessions of the Crown in the Second Half of the Eighteenth Century" is its fifth volume.
31.12.2016 A new issue of "Atlas Fontium" containing work "Religions and faith in the Crown in the second half of the eighteenth century", which was previously available in the section Works in progress.
03.08.2016 In accordance with earlier announcements "The Court Records of Wschowa, 1495-1526" was withdrawn from open access. Those interested in access to the edition, please contact us.