"He who gathers factual information and collects documents, secures the material for an objective discussion, one that is not ruled by emotional reflexes. [...] Figures, reports and transcripts embody facts, rather than mere opinions [...]. No judgement without evidence."
Janusz Korczak, Introduction to Maria Falska
The Korczakianum Centre for Documentation and Research collects, researches, makes available and promotes familiarity with the works of Janusz Korczak [Henryk Goldszmit, 1978-1942], his personal life and his literary output, the history of institutions he created or helped create, the people that belonged to his closest circle, and the reception of his works and deeds, both in Poland and abroad.
The main functions of the Centre include:
- collecting and processing the holdings of the Korczak Archive and other collections (e.g. books and machine-readable documentation) held by Korczakianum;
- participation in editorial and publishing initiatives to make Korczak's written output widely available (mainly by publishing Korczak's Collected Works), as well as other important and little-known or difficult to find source materials;
- consulting and educational work connected with making the Centre's collections available and with maintaining the permanent exhibition entitled "The Dom Sierot Orphanage. 1912-1942";
- working with people, institutions and groups, both in Poland and abroad, that have an interest in Korczak.