Press Room

Mark Palmer, 1941-2013
Posted: 01/February/2013
OSA Archivum marks the passing of Mark Palmer, former US ambassador to Hungary 1986-1990, by recalling his efforts to promote the democratic transformations in Hungary and the region. On this occasion, we publish several archival documents relating to his direct involvement in the political processes of the late 1980s.
Ildikó Barna, Andrea Pető - Political Jurisdiction in Budapest after WWII
Posted: 30/January/2013

OSA Archivum cordially invites you to the launch of Ildikó Barna and Andrea Pető’s book on the controversial topic of post-World War II Hungarian jurisdiction, A politikai igazságszolgáltatás a II. világháború utáni Budapesten (Political Jurisdiction in Budapest after World War II), published by Gondolat in 2012. The book is an attempt at an unbiased and objective description of the “people’s tribunal process” and how the people's courts worked.

Information Items Digitized
Posted: 28/January/2013
Our digital collection of Information Items comprises over 70,000 anonymized interviews with defectors and travelers from countries behind the Iron Curtain, conducted by Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty staff members in the Radios' field offices in the period 1951-1957.
OSA Acquires the Archives of the Foundation for the Support of European Intellec
Posted: 14/January/2013
OSA acquires FEIE materials relating to aid and financial support for scientists and intellectuals who worked under oppressive regimes in Eastern Europe, Spain, and Portugal.
Don - A Tragedy and Its Afterlives
Posted: 10/January/2013
Featuring contemporary press clippings and memoires, posters, original photographs, radio broadcasts and films, the exhibition reconstructs the destruction of the Second Hungarian Army by the Don River in January 1943. It also reflects on the interpretations of this expedition in the various political regimes and its place in the historical memory in Hungary after WWII.
Kántor Péter: A bolgár királynő
Posted: 06/December/2012

On December 21, 2012, the first day of winter, Osa Archivum will organize a Manuscript A(u)ction in Galeria Centralis in cooperation with Sziget Kulturális Szervező Iroda, Magvető Könyvkiadó and Summa Artium.

Posted: 19/November/2012
The exhibiton features the two winning proposals, a short animation and a painting exercise submitted for the art competition Two Months - Two Sheets - To Doubt.
9th Verzio International Human Rights Documentary Film Festival, Budapest
Posted: 29/October/2012
The 2012 edition of the Verzio Film Festival brings to Budapest recent documentary films on a variety of topics ranging from Chilean political prisoners to Russian anarchist artists, and from mass demonstrations in Egypt to Paraguayan LGBTQ.
Posted: 25/October/2012

This one-day workshop brings together archives and library professionals and data management experts to share best practices and knowledge in the field of digitizing cultural heritage collections in non-state institutions in Central Europe.

Posted: 20/October/2012

The workshop brings together theater experts and scholars to discuss problems of documentary representations of the recent past in contemporary theater.

Two Months – Two Sheets – To Doubt
Posted: 02/October/2012
In this art competition artist are invited to submit proposals on how to make use of two large white boards that remained in Galeria Centralis after the exhibition On the Ground 1989-94.
Posted: 20/September/2012

Series of events aimed at adding more context to Rodolf Hervé's exhibition, with the participation of former friends, performers and fellow artists, as well as historians and art historians.

On the Ground 1989-94
Posted: 23/August/2012
An exhibition of Rodolf Hervé's work on documenting the underground culture and the ongoing social transformation in Budapest, including video recordings and photos shot between 1990 and 1994.
"Who Can Erase the Traces?"
Posted: 03/July/2012

Participants in this panel discussion will elaborate on the role of archives and archival activism in the protection and promotion of human rights.

Posted: 29/June/2012
OSA TV presents a new compilation of archival footage from the collections of the Black Box Foundation on the cultural life of the early transition years from communism to democracy in Hungary.
Kádár 100 – In His Own Words
Posted: 23/May/2012
Based on almost exclusively archival sources, the exhibiton features the life and career of the former Communist Party Secretary János Kádár, who for many, is still a living memory – and a highly controversial historical personality.
Chachipe Map Contest Winners Announced
Posted: 21/May/2012
Nine photos out of 1,117 were announced winners by the international jury of the Chachipe Map photography contest, which was organized for countries participating in the Decade of Roma Inclusion 200-2015.
Posted: 23/April/2012
The collection contains video documentation of the underground art scene and episodes of everyday life in Budapest, as seen by a foreign artist who witnessed the period of the great political and cultural transformations from 1989 to 1994.
Posted: 06/April/2012
The interviews come from the "European Spirit and Totalitarianism" research project, conducted between 2004 and 2010 by the Institute of Philosophy of the Faculty of Arts of the University of Debrecen and by Vulgo Research Group at the Hungarian Academy of Sciences.
Posted: 07/March/2012

Series of events in conjunction with the Dead Library - Books Unread exhibition.

Dead Library – Books Unread
Posted: 20/February/2012
The Dead Library exhibition is an experiment in modeling unread book collections from Hungarian libraries. For this purpose, we have selected five thousand Hungarian books that were published between 1945 and 1989 in Hungary, on topics of general interest, which, according to reference service registers have not been checked out since 1989.
Blitz Conference on the Republic
Posted: 31/January/2012

The one-day conference organized on the occasion of the 90th birthday of Árpád Göncz, the first President of the third Hungarian Republic invites philosophers, literary critics, economists, sociologists and historians to summarize their refelctions on the current state of the republic and the prospects of its future.

Personal Papers of Gábor Magos
Posted: 30/January/2012
The personal papers of Gábor Magos (1914-2000) include correspondence, unpublished manuscripts, articles, and correspondence, as well as rare prints and publications relating from the time of the 1956 Hungarian Revolution and his life in Western emigration.
Gary Filerman Collection on Hungarian Refugees of 1956
Posted: 30/January/2012
The collection contains correspondence, reports, manuals of operation, and photographs gathered by Gary Filerman during his assignment at Camp Kilmer refugge camp in 1957.
Posted: 06/May/2010
For a better and deeper understanding of the interdependent recent history of (the center of) Europe, the International Visegrad Fund offers 15 research fellowship grants annually in the Vera and Donald Blinken Open Society Archives at Central European University, Budapest on a competitive basis to support scholars who wish to conduct research in the holdings of OSA, and whose current research projects are relevant to the holdings and the given research priorities of the Fund and OSA.