|Wednesday, 04 February 2009 00:46|
The Museum Department, as a separate department within CNL, collects, processes and keeps museum and archive holdings of Montenegrin national library. It is a separate unit, even physically separated from the basic holdings, housed in the building of the former French Embassy. The museum and archive holdings contain "Montenegrina" or "черногорика" (Montenegrin books and periodicals), Old and Rare Books Collection and five legacies.
Montenegrina – holds Montenegrin books and periodicals. These holdings are built following the criteria on which the Montenegrin national bibliography is based, i.e. it includes publications whose authors (various authors: actual authors themselves, translators, anthology editors, illustrators, photographers…) are Montenegrin, i.e. were born in Montenegro or originating from Montenegro; the publications published/issued within today’s territory of Montenegro – independent of the authorship and theme; the publications thematically related to Montenegro – regardless of the authorship, language and place of publication.
Montenegrina – monographic publications contain some 32,000 bibliographic units, many among them unique and rare.
Montenegrina – serial publications contains the segments of magazines and newspapers – the total of 1,025 titles, or more than 65,000 issues. Magazines and newspapers are divided into old and contemporary/current. Old Montenegrin magazines cover the period between 1835 and 1945 (i.e. from “Grlica”, the first Montenegrin magazine, until the end of World War Two); old Montenegrin newspaper between 1871 and 1945 (i.e. from “Crnogorac", the first Montenegrin newspaper, until the end of World War Two). Contemporary/current magazines and newspapers cover the titles from 1946 till today. Old Montenegrin periodicals contain 175 titles, or more than 12,000 issues. These periodic publications are mostly the unique and rare ones: “Grlica” (1835), “Orlić” (1865), “Crnogorka” (1871), “Crnogorac” (1871), “Glas Crnogorca” (1973), “Prosvjeta” (1889) ... as well as a number of new magazines and newspapers from late 19th and early 20th century. Most of these titles are, unfortunately, in a very bad shape; their conservation is needed.