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HU OSA 355 Fonds 355: János Kis Collection on Hungarian Samizdat and Documents of the Democratic Opposition
Extent and mediumEstimated total:
0.75 linear meters, 6 archival boxes
Mostly textual, some posters and stickers
6 Archival boxes, 0.75 linear meters
Name of creator(s)János Kis, Professor, Central European University
Archival historyJános Kis as a prominent member of the democratic opposition in Hungary had a vast collection of samizdat publications which he donated to OSA in 2004.
Immediate source of acquisition or transferJános Kis, Professor, Central European University
Nádor u. 9., 1051 Budapest
Scope and contentThe collection contains mostly samizdat periodicals and publications as well as some manuscripts.
It includes an almost complete set of Beszélő (Speaker) from 1981 to 1989, as well as some of its special issues and offsprings Külön Beszélő and Máshonnan Beszélő. Other relevant samizdat periodicals of the period, such as A Hírmondó (The Messenger), Demokrata or Magyar Zsidó (Hungarian Jew) are also included.
The rest consists of essays and books from both Hungarian and foreign authors, mostly published and translated into Hungarian in samizdat. There are also several information bulletins and a program of the Alliance of Free Democrats.
The other part of the collection includes manuscripts, notably the minutes of the 1985 Monor meeting, the 1986 meeting on the 1956 revolution and political essays by philosopher Mihály Vajda.
Accruals Not expected
System of arrangement
- HU OSA 355-0-1 Samizdat Periodicals and Publications, 1981-1989
- HU OSA 355-0-2 Manuscripts, 1983-1987
Conditions governing access Open for research
Language/scripts of material Hungarian
Physical characteristics and technical requirementsGood physical condition
NoteKeywords: samizdat, democratic opposition, SZDSZ (Alliance of Free Democrats), AB Independent Publisher, Beszélő
Date(s) of descriptionsArranged and described by Csaba Szilagyi, March 2007, and Judit Hegedüs, December 2010.
Online version updated 23 April 2013
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