HISTORICAL DOCUMENTS OF THE GRAND DUCHY OF LITHUANIA
Among the treasures of the Parchments' Collection there are 65 documents, pertaining to the history of Lithuania. These documents cover the period from 1465 to 1818. The largest part is comprised of the charters of the kings of Poland and grand dukes of Lithuania (42 items). The Collection also contains letters issued by Lithuanian nobility, church superiors, charters of the magistrate of Vilnius, extracts from the different books of acts.
document groups could be identified, such as the documents, related to the
city of Vilnius (F101-15, 22,
to the guilds of the city of Vilnius, to the monastery of the Augustinian Order in
Brest (F101-19, 35,
69), to the estates of the family of
26, 28), and to the Evangelical Reformist community
Some of the descriptions and texts of the documents as well as photographs of some manuscripts have been published in the following publications: Katalog Pokazu zabytków ze zbiorów Synodu ewang.-reformowanego w Wilnie. Pomiątka Zjazdu Ewangelickiego w Wilnie. Wilno, 1926; Akty cechów wileńskich. / Oprac.H. Łowmiański, M. Łowmiańska przy współpracy S. Kościałkowskiego. Wilno, 1939; Lietuvos didžiųjų kunigaikščių privilegijos. Parodos katalogas, V., 1998.
Manuscripts have been written in Latin, Office Slavic and Polish. Three documents of the magistrate of Vilnius have parallel texts in Latin and Office Slavic (F 101-81, 85, 86).
Most of the documents, kept in the Collection, are originals. There are only 3 copies (F 101-75, 76, 77).
Manuscripts are elaborately decorated, most of them have been embellished with initials.The documents F 101- 31, 41, 70, 82, 93, 106, 124, 127 are of particular interest. The seals of the documents are also very precious and significant, such as the greater and lesser seals of GDL, seals of Vilnius City and Municipality, seals of Lithuanian nobility and other seals.
Eight bullas and briefs, addressed to Lithuanian dioceses, are available in the chapter under the title Popes' Letters (F101-63, 95, 97, 118, 134, 135, 150, 151).