Curated Collections

Our curated collections bring together OSA and external primary and secondary sources, both digital and analog, concerning a particular historical event or phenomenon. They include curatorial reflections and background studies by OSA staff, highlight specific resources, and offer scholars alternative tools, content-related search and filtering options to explore records. Curated collections are intended to supplement our finding aids and catalog.

  • 1956 Hungarian Refugees in the United States : In 2016 with the generous support of the Blinken family, the archives extended the scope of its research to other archives in the United States that also possess relevant, still largely unexplored records on the 1956 Hungarian refugees. The Blinken OSA is now making these recently revealed and digitized records available online for scholars and the wider public in both Hungarian and English.
  • Yellow-Star Houses 1944-2014 : this is OSA’s dedicated website to commemorate June 21, 1944, when the Jews of Budapest were forced to leave their homes and move into one of the 1,944 designated residential buildings marked with a yellow Star of David. It centers on an interactive map showing the current status of the buildings, which is supplemented with numerous documents, including archival sources (text, photo, and video), a chronology of events, a glossary of historical terms, a list of houses by districts and the personal recollections of former inhabitants, as well as two online exhibitions.
  • Was There a 1989? : Hungarian-language texts, news, films, sound and photos chronicling the transition in Hungary and the region. This collection presents multiple perspectives, placing differing accounts of events side by side, as they unfolded.
  • 1956 Digital Archive : A collection of English-language texts, photos, and films on the 1956 Revolution in Hungary and its reception abroad. The 1956 Digital Archive brings together and contextualizes materials held across different institutions, including the unique set of Columbia University Research Project on Hungary (CURPH) interviews made with refugees in camps in 1957-1958.
  • Paranoia Recycling : A collection of rare late 1960s Hungarian educational films, dubbed into English, on ABC (Atomic, Biological, and Chemical) warfare, from our larger collection of educational and propaganda films from the Cold War period. Background documentation is also provided on the production of the films. Part of OSA's effort to preserve and present rare and deteriorating material stored on obsolete media.
  • Digital State Security Archive : Hungarian-language textual and audiovisual records requested by members of the public from the former state security and secret police archives, and digitized and published by OSA. Our aim is to unite the fragmented, scattered, and often artificially separated files to give a full picture of the activities and culture of former state security organs.
  • Héderváry Collection : Documents on the activities of the UN Special Committee on the Problem of Hungary, 1957-1963, including primarily English-language reports, memoranda and correspondence, as well as audio recordings of Hungarian witness testimonies given before the Committee.