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HU OSA 302 Fonds 302: Personal Papers of Gábor Demszky
Extent and mediumEstimated total:
7 linear meters textual materials, 37 photographs
311 Archival boxes, 39 linear meters
Name of creator(s) Demszky, Gábor, Mayor of Budapest.
- HU OSA 302P Demszky Gábor, 1952-
Archival historyGábor Demszky was the founder and director of the greatest Hungarian samizdat publishing house (AB Publisher) between 1981 and 1989. He was also the chief editor and publisher of the samizdat periodical Hírmondó (Herald). He took part and helped the publication of other underground literature, such as Beszélő and Független Demokrata. During these activities he collected and accumulated the richest collection of publications, artefacts and remnants of the Hungarian samizdat. Gábor Demszky donated his samizdat collection to OSA on March 15, 1995.
Scope and contentThe collection contains his own publications and works, printed, published and manuscripts; series of the most famous Hungarian samizdat peridicals, including Beszélő, Hírmondó, Független Demokrata; manuscripts of the most important samizdat books published in the 80s by AB Publisher and others; documents of the Hungarian political opposition during the 80s; printing sheets and galley proofs, illustrations and cover designs of the Hungarian samizdat publishers; tools, printing machines and raw materials for creating underground publications.
Accruals Not expected
System of arrangement
- HU OSA 302-1 Samizdat Publications
- HU OSA 302-1-1 Writings of Gábor Demszky, 1973-1990
- HU OSA 302-1-2 Hungarian samizdat periodicals, 1981-1989
- HU OSA 302-1-3 Hungarian samizdat publications, 1978-1989
- HU OSA 302-1-4 Preparatory materials and documents of samizdat printing, 1980-1989
- HU OSA 302-1-5 Manuscripts, 1980-1989
- HU OSA 302-1-6 Documentation of the opposition movements from the 1980s, 1981-1989
- HU OSA 302-2 Budapest City Council Records
- HU OSA 302-2-1 Media monitoring
- HU OSA 302-2-2 News items of the Hungarian News Agency (MTI)
Language/scripts of materialEnglish, Hungarian, Polish (Principally Hungarian)
Physical characteristics and technical requirementsMostly printed and typed documents.
Related units of description
- HU OSA 300-85 Samizdat Archives, 1956-1994
- HU OSA 301 Records of Index on Censorship, 1957-1998
- HU OSA 318 Records of the International Helsinki Federation for Human Rights (IHF), 1968-2007
- HU OSA 300-55-4 Polish Underground Periodicals, 1976-1990
- Fővárosi Szabó Ervin Könyvtár
Date(s) of descriptionsDescribed by András Mink, 15 April 2002.
Online version updated 23 April 2013
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