In 2019 a Photo Library, comprising photos and other relevant documentation, joined the departments of the Arts, History, Natural Sciences, Archeology, and Ethnology. The museum possesses an impressive collection of negatives that preserve the history and culture of our region from the beginning of the 20th century until today. Scenes and portraits of famous people as well as civic families are contained in the library. Documenting the constantly changing appearance of our city over time, photo material of everything from industry to scenes from everyday represent the varied contents of the photo material preserved. Thanks to the eyes of the photographers who have recorded these images, these photographs represent both important documents in their own right and serve as witnesses of what defined the city across time. The collection consists of about 8000 negatives and positives. The negatives are divided into several types and categories: Lajka format 35mm, 6x6cm (medium format), and glass negatives of various formats and slides. These are arranged and preserved in appropriate and secure envelopes with inventory numbers, and are sorted by department: the Archaeological (from field work starting from the 1950s, and photographs of objects from the collection), Ethnology, History, Art, and the Natural Sciences. Also included are photographs from the opening of exhibitions from the’ 70s, ’80s, and’ 90s of the last century. The material in the new collection is treated as a cultural asset. In the period ahead, it is planned that work will be carried out on the revision and inventory of the photo library, as well as on its digitization.
The collection is cared for by senior curator – artist Dušan Marinković.
The Photo Library Department contributes both to the museum and to the city and its surroundings.