Curated Collections

Our curated collections bring together primary and secondary sources -- both digital and analog -- from the holdings of the Blinken OSA and its cooperating partners, concerning a particular historical event or phenomenon. They include curatorial reflections and background studies by Blinken OSA staff, highlight specific resources, and offer scholars alternative tools, content-related search and filtering options to explore these sources. Curated collections are intended to supplement our finding aids and catalog.
1956 Digital Archive

The 1956 Digital Archive is a collection of English-language text documents, photographs, and films on the 1956 Revolution in Hungary and its reception abroad. It 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, and some of the CIA’s declassified files on the Hungarian revolution.

1956 Digital Collection

This new thematic digital repository brings together not yet published or lesser known sources on the 1956 Hungarian revolution, as well as previously digitized and published documents from Blinken OSA and its partner institutions. From the 13 collections presented here, the most notable novelties are the Hungarian broadcasts of Radio Free Europe, a digitally remastered, 47 minute Ministry of Interior film found recently at a police training facility, and over 1,000 photos from the Fortepan Amateur Photo Archive.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.