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Introduction

Parliamentary Library participates in the creation and maintenace of the following free digital libraries:



Digital library project

Digital library projectsubsequently as a Joint Czech and Slovak Digital Parliamentary Library is a common project of the Czech and Slovak parliaments in which Parliamentary library, Information Technology Department of the Office of the Chamber of Deputies and Information Technology Department of the Senate Chancellery of the Czech Parliament and Parliamentary library, parliamentary archive and Information Technology Department of the National Council of the Slovak Republic take part.

CONTENT

According to the Agreement on cooperation in creation and providing Joint Czech and Slovak Digital Parliamentary Library of Parliament of the Czech Republic and National Council of the Slovak Republic from 3rd June 2002, the Library will contain full texts of parliamentary prints (bills including preambles, resolutions), debates (verbatim reports of all sessions and votings) and other parlamentaria since 1848 until now.

During 2003 Joint Czech and Slovak Digital Parliamentary Library will contain parliamentary texts of several hundred thousands of printed pages. They will be:

  • Austrian Constituent Imperial Diet 1848-1849 (Wien, Kromeriz)
  • Diet of the Czech Kingdom 1861-1913
  • National Assembly of the Czechoslovak Republic and the Czechoslovak Socialist Republic 1918-1968
  • Diet of the Slovak Republic 1939-1945
  • Slovak National Council 1944-1960
  • Czech National Council 1969-1992
  • Resolutions of the presidium of the Slovak National Council 1970-1987
  • Federal Assembly of the Czechoslovak Socialist Republic and the Czechoslovak Federal Republic (Chamber of the People and Chamber of Nations) 1969-1992
  • Parliament of the Czech Republic (Chamber of Deputies and Senate) 1993-2003
  • National Council of the Slovak Republic 1993-2003

DOCUMENT TYPES IN DIGITAL LIBRARY

  • Invitations for sessions
  • Debates
  • Bills
  • Resolutions
  • Materials of committees

LINK TO THE LIBRARY (IN CZ VERSION ONLY):



Bohemian assemblies project

CONTENT 

The following historical periods are covered:

  • Beginnings of Bohemian assemblies and their development until the start of the 15th century
  • Bohemian assemblies during the Hussite period until mid-15th century
  • Bohemian assemblies during the estate monarchy until the start of the 17th century
  • Bohemian assemblies during the Habsburg absolutism until 1848

TYPES OF DOCUMENTS

The variety of historical documents released is the result of the fact that the nature of assemblies in Bohemian lands in former times was quite different from the modern era, during which synchronous stenographic minutes are taken. In the former periods only the results of the negotiations, resolutions and decisions were recorded. Not all of these have been preserved. The reason for the more general classification of documents is also due to the fact that in historical studies it is very hard to draw a line between the state history and the history of assemblies as such. Both constitute an integral part of the country’s past.

In the early period of the Bohemian state, decrees of counts made at assemblies of the nobility (e.g. Bretislav’s Decree of 1039) fulfilled the role of decisions made by modern assemblies. Even later on the rulers issued decrees, which had the same legal character as laws adopted by the parliament today. However, the assemblies did not approve these decrees at the time. Based on the separation of powers between the ruler and the aristocracy, and later the estates, in the past such decisions were in the exclusive authority of the ruler (e.g. Premysl Otakar II’s Privilege for the Rights of Jews of 1254, Kutna Hora Decree of 1409, but also Ferdinand II’s Restored Land Arrangement of 1627). Some documents were originally draughted by an assembly or leaders of the aristocracy, but are only known from royal edicts (e.g. John of Luxembourg’s Inauguration Diplomas of 1310 and 1311, Vladislas Jagellon’s Electoral Capitulation of 1471 and Ferdinand I’s Electoral Reverses of 1526 and 1545).

ARTICLES (RESOLUTIONS) OF THE BOHEMIAN ASSEMBLY IN THE MANUSCRIPTORIUM

Printed articles of the Bohemian Assembly were digitized within the Czech (Bohemian) Assemblies Project. There were 386 articles from 1522 to 1811 processed altogether. The majority of the articles is in Czech, some of which are both in Czech and German. In the first stage articles from the Parliamentary Library collection were digitized. These were mainly in German. In the next stage it was articles in Czech borrowed from the National Library of the Czech Republic collection that were digitized.

The articles are accessible online not just as images but also they have transliterated full texts added.

All articles are freely available in the Manuscriptorium (a digital library of manuscripts and early printed books and also a virtual catalogue of historical book collections of Czech and European libraries).

LINK TO THE LIBRARY (IN CZ VERSION ONLY):



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