The Jász-Nagykun-Szolnok County Archives with its seat in Szolnok was founded in 1876. The County is formed by the settlements of the former Jászkun District situated in the Jászság and Nagykunság regions and the settlements had belonged once to the Külső-Szolnok part of Heves and Külső-Szolnok County. The foundation of the Archives situated in Jászberény, the centre of the said district, was ordered by Queen Maria Theresa in 1751. Since that moment the Archives has been collecting and categorizing documents. Following the foundation of Jász-Nagykun-Szolnok County in 1878, the records of the Jászberény Archives was taken in a well categorized and researchable condition to the newly founded county archives. In Szolnok the building of the new archives was constructed in 1980 – that time it meant a special occasion – then in 2002 a new and modern repository was added to it. The records of the Jászkun District constituted alone a considerable part of the feudal period documents, which collection contain documents referring to the Kiskunság. In consequence of the territorial changes the records dealing with Szolnok County are kept in the Heves County Archives. The Jász-Nagykun-Szolnok County Archives possesses only 3 diplomas created before the battle of Mohács (1526). The earliest original document of the Archives is land-granting charter written in 1422 can be found among the records of the Blaskovich family. Those charters of the Jászberény and Mezőtúr City Archives which were written in Turkish in the age of the Ottoman rule can be regarded as palaeographical curiosities.
The archival records of the Jászkun District and several Jászkun settlements dated from the middle of the 18th century can be considered relatively complete. Among the records created in the feudal and the capitalist period the documentation of the Jászkun District can be highlighted because the value of the data these documents contain. The minutes of the assemblies and the documents pertaining to them are the most important among these records. It is necessary to note the administrative records of the Jászkun District referring to the reforms of Joseph II for instance the registers as well as the documents of the local courts and the Vice-Captains of different settlements. Unfortunately the records of numerous authorities, towns and settlements perished or remained incompletely. The World War II caused incredibly great damages.
Regarding the schools considerable documents belong to those which are time-honored, for instance: György Dózsa High School in Mezőtúr, Zsigmond Móricz High School in Kisújszállás and the Verseghy Ferenc High School in Szolnok. Among the collections the maps and plans created in the feudal and the capitalist period are crucial, especially the manuscript maps depicting the Jászkunság made by Lőrinc Bedekovich in the 18th century.
The title of the Archives’ first own journal is the Szolnok Megyei Levéltári Füzetek [Issues of the Suolnok County Archives]. The 23 issues of the Zounuk have been published since 1986, while 10 numbers of the the Jász-Nagykun-Szolnok Megyei Levéltár Közleményei [Issues of the Jász-Nagykun-Szolnok County Archives] have been issued since 1995.
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