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HU OSA 302
Fonds 302: Personal Papers of Gábor Demszky

Date(s) 1973-1992

Extent and medium

Estimated total:
7 linear meters textual materials, 37 photographs
Currently processed:
311 Archival boxes, 39 linear meters

Name of creator(s) Demszky, Gábor, Mayor of Budapest.

Administrative/Biographical history

Archival history

Gábor 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 content

The 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

Language/scripts of material

English, Hungarian, Polish (Principally Hungarian)

Physical characteristics and technical requirements

Mostly printed and typed documents.

Related units of description

Date(s) of descriptions

Described by András Mink, 15 April 2002.
Online version updated 23 April 2013
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