A call for democracy from the Soviet Samizdat Archives
The digitization of documents leaves those who study history without the charm of digging into the dusty stacks of documents, but HU OSA 298, the new collection of Free Europe Committee (FEC) materials allows scholars to experience the James Bond spirit as they search through the "strictly confidential" ciphered messages. New documents published by the Vera and Donald Blinken Open Society Archives (Blinken OSA) offer more insights into the history of CIA-funded RFE from the late 1960s and early 1970s.
The exhibition The Symbols of Socialist Art – Revisited at the Blinken OSA explores and critically re-evaluates the Communist Iconologia encapsulated in the visual dictionary of Nóra Aradi, the omnipotent guardian of Socialist Realism in Hungary, with the help of contemporary artists from Central and Eastern Europe. It also investigates the role Aradi had in the making of the Hungarian art history of the 2nd half of the 20th century.
Following a two-week extension, Blinken OSA closed its latest exhibition entitled Olympics and Politics: Berlin | Barcelona 1936 on September 10, 2016.
On June 16-17, 2016, over 25 human rights data professionals (information managers, librarians, documentalists, archivists, lawyers and activists) gathered in the Research Room of the Vera and Donald Blinken Open Society Archives at Central European University (CEU) in Budapest for the 37th annual meeting of the European Coordination Committee on Human Rights Documentation (ECCHRD).
The Open Society Archives proudly presents the on-line catalog of all the documentary films of Fekete Doboz Alapítvány (Black Box Foundation).
The Vera and Donald Blinken Open Society Archives (OSA) organized and hosted an international, cross-disciplinary conference and workshop on May 13-14, 2016.
The Open Society Archives (OSA) is the official repository for the Central European University and the Open Society Foundations (OSF) and over the past several years, while we have been collecting records for the CEU and OSF organizational archives, OSA has been selecting the digital copies of any OSF Roma-related program materials, including grant and some scholarship files. OSA has begun an exciting, experimental information processing and retrieval project that we are calling the Roma Digital Repository Project (RDRP).
Blinken OSA colleagues meet Pál Ferenczi, who spent a year in Mauthausen with Leó Goldberger, former owner of the Goldberger House, our archives’ home at Arany János Street 32. Text by Gwen Jones, Judit Izinger and Zsuzsa Zádori.