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In our databases belonging to the field of law enforcement, those persons can be searched who were placed under the criminal procedures during the 20th century in Budapest. Among the chief thematic directions there are the lawsuits resulted by the retribution carried out after the revolutions of 1918-1919, the denunciation following the end of the World War II (certification procedures, people’s courts) and the nipping of the Revolution of 1956. These data are supplemented or completed by the mostly digitalized registers of the prisoners kept in the penal institutions of Budapest, 1873-1950.

 

The database of criminal cases deals with the documents created as the result of different criminal procedures carried out at the prosecution or judicial stage. Basically these are materials of bodies of Budapest the capital, but according to contemporary regulations of competence provincial cases as well belong to this category. The involved period is the 20th century, but the data recording concentrates mainly on the Autumn Rose Revolution and the Republic of Councils, the lawsuits regarded the labour movement of the Horthy, the activity of the people’s courts after 1945, the reprisal furnished after the crush of the Revolution of 1956 as well as the socialist period.

 

In the database the personal data of the defendants, accuseds, suspects and the crimes (title) imposed on them have been recorded. The minor part of the said documents is subject to research restriction, thus in case of publication the disidentification of the personal data shall be kept in view. It is speciality that in several cases (for example concerning the people’s courts) the persons noted in the entries of the chief registers were recorded even if the documents of the criminal procedures did not remain. The number of the case records is close to 250,000, which relate to half million people.

The data are researchable apart from the archival recording system on the Hungarian Archival Portal, http://www.archivportal.arcanum.hu/lear/opt/a140913.htm?v=pdf&q=%28LEVJ%3D%28*%29%29/BUNTETO&a=list as well as on the Hungaricana Cultural Heritage Portal http://archives.hungaricana.hu/hu/lear/search/results/?query=LEVJ%3D(*)&fCAT=ARVASZEKI. You can find information about the content per collections of the database here.

Archival reference

Fond/subgroup

Time period of the materials held in the database

Time period of the materials available in digitalized version

VII.1.d.

Documents of the Royal Court of Appeal of Budapest. Judicial Documents

1891-1915

 

VII.5.c.

Documents of the Royal Criminal Court of Budapest. Documents of Criminal Suits

1896-1917

[* highlighted „lawsuits of the labour movement”: till 1944]

 

VII.5.e.

Documents of the Royal Criminal Court of Budapest. Judicial Documents received from the People’s Court

1949-1950

1949-1950

(full subgroup)

[* The digitalized materials are available only in the research room!]

VII.13.b.

Documents of the Royal Criminal Disrict Court of Budapest. Documents of Criminal Suits

1892-1900

 

VII.18.d.

Documents of the Royal Prosecutor’s Office. Documents of Criminal Suits

1907-1927

[*highlighted „lawsuits of the labour movement”: till 1944]

 

XVI.2.

Documents of the Revolutionary Court of Budapest

1919

 

 

XXV.1.a

Documents of the People’s Court of Budapest. Documents of Criminal Suits

1945-1949

 

XXV.1.b

Documents of the People’s Court of Budapest. Certification Appeals

1945-1949

 

XXV.2.b

Documents of the Public Prosecutor’s Office of Budapest. Documents of Criminal Procedures

1945-1949

 

XXV.4.a

Documents of the Metropolitan Court. Documents of Criminal Suits

1951-1963

 

XXV.4.f

Documents of the Metropolitan Court. Declassified Judicial Documents

1950-1981

 

XXV.7.b

Documents of the Juvenile Court. Documents of Criminal Suits

1950-1951

 

XXV.9

Documents of Traffic Court.

1955-1956

 

XXV.44.b

Documents of the Central District Court of Pest. Documents of Criminal Suits

1958-1971

 

XXV.60.e

Documents of the Metropolitan Genaral Prosecutor’s Office. Security Classified Documents

1950-1980

 

 

The chosen cases can be through the archival references indicated in the records (for example HU BFL - VII.18.d - 05/0302 – 1924) ordered and studied in the research room. As result of the mass digitalization of the formerly created microfilms, numerous records have illustrations (this will be increased). The association of the photos taken on the judicial documents with the data can not be automatic regarding the difficulties of filtering out the protected personal data. Thus even the digitalized cases can be studied – in terms of submission of appropriate permission – only in the research room yet. (Currently the documents of the VII.5.e. Criminal Tribunal of Budapest, and the judicial cases of 1949-1950 received from the People’s Court are available this way).

 

Among the prison registers the personal data of the arrested ones who were taken to the prisons belong to the courts of Budapest, 1873−1923 have been recorded. The personal data of the prisons who stayed in the National Detention Center of Budapest 1896−1908 are attached to this group as well. Aside from this the uploading of the registers of convicts in the year 1951 of the Budapest National Prison, the successor of the Detention Center has been finished.

The database and the included names as well as other information apart from being exploitable from the aspect of family history, fill a gap regarding the Dualist era (no documents of the judicial and prosecution criminal cases of Budapest are known to be in existence). Concerning the period followed the World War I the registers through providing the reference number of the given award aid the archival research of the possibly remained judicial documents (this can happen in case of indication of the prisoners’ criminal records). The number of the prisoners included by the database is close to the 300,000.

Simultaneously with data recording the digitalization of the registers (books and files) was carried out (this process will continue). Thus the registers of the bulk of the prisoners are researchable through the internet. The digitalized registers and personal data of prisoners who were born after 1924 are subject to restriction alone.

Only the data uploaded from the prison registers to database can be found in the archival recording system, hence the recommended place of the research is the Hungaricana Cultural Heritage Portal (http://archives.hungaricana.hu/hu/lear/search/results/?query=LEVJ%3D(*)&fCAT=FOGOLY)

which has installed image viewer. If your aim is to study the archival hierarchy, or the order of the registers, the Hungarian Archival Portal (http://www.archivportal.arcanum.hu/lear/opt/a140913.htm?v=pdf&q=%28LEVJ%3D%28*%29%29/FOGOLY&a=list) is suggested. (Regarding the latter the installation of AAGISView utility software is required.) You can find details about archival records involved in database construction and digitalization here.

Archival Reference

Fond/subgroup

Time period of the materials held in the database

Time Period of the materials available in digitalized version

VII.101.c.

Documents of the Royal National Detention Center of Budapest. Inmate Registers

1896-1950

 

1896-1950

(full subgroup)

VII.101.d.

Documents of the Royal National Detention Center of Budapest. Prisoner Registers

1896-1908

1896-1908

VII.101.p.

Documents of the Royal National Detention Center of Budapest. (1951-től Budapest National Prison since 1951). Convict Registers

1951

[* not available on the interneten]

 

VII.102.a.

Documents of the Prison of the Royal Criminal Court of Budapest. Prison Registers

1895-1923

1895-1923

VII.103.

Documents of the Prison of the Royal IV-X District Court of Budapest

1873-1890

1873-1890

(full subgroup)

VII.104.a.

Documents of the Prison of the Royal Criminal District Court. Inmate Registers

1890-1923

1890-1923

(full subgroup)

VII.105.

Documents of the Prison of the Royal Court of Justice of Buda

1872-1873

1872-1873

(full subgroup)

VII.106.

Documents of the Prison of the Royal Court of Justice of Pest (Budapest)

1873-1894

1873-1894

(full subgrouop)

VII.107.

Documents of the Prison of the Royal I-III District Court of Budapest

1873-1890

1873-1890

(full subgroup)

XVI.3.

Documents of the Prison of the Revolutionary Court of Budapest

1919

1919

(full subgroup)

 

The database of the certification committee cases deals with the personal cases of the public and non public servants’ political views and behaviour which were examined by special bodies (certification committees) after 1945 in Budapest and the outskirts of the city. The certification committees placed under this procedure the full staff of public institutions of the capital and those which had national competence (such as the ministries). Furthermore, the officials of the companies and private establishments were drawn to this as well.

 

The involved persons and the data of the procedures have been recorded in the database. Among the later the results of the examinations are the most crucial: the condemnation reflects for substantive examination and information-rich files (in the most of the certification cases only the certification statements filled and sent by the involved person can be found). These cases partly associated with the certification appeal (processed by the database of criminal procedures) created by the People’s Court of Budapest. Although only a small part of the materials of the certification committees has been recorded, but it covers more than 45,000 persons.

 

The data are available through only the inline the archival hierarchy. The personal cases can be ordered by reference number of the records (for example HU_BFL_XVII_1502_b_1945_igazolasiugy_4678). Cases of the persons (subject to certification) born after 1924 are subject to research restriction. The list of the archival collections belonging to the database can be found here.

Archival reference

Fond/Subgroup

Time period of the materials held in the database

Time period of the materials available in digitalized version

XVII.1502.b.

Documents of the Certification Committees Delegated to the Institutions and Companies of Budapest the (Residence) Capital. Documents of the Certification Cases

1945

[*file numbers 1-4700.]

 

 

XVII.1503.

Documents of the Certification Committee of Budapest (Cabinet) no. 127/b., 602.

1945

 

XVII.1506.b.

Documents of the Certification Committees delegated to the Ministry of Agriculture and Agricultural Organizations. Documents of the Certification Cases

1945

[* group of cases 3-6.]

 

XVII.1513.

Documents of the Certification Committee of Budapest no. 143/b. (Hungarian National Museum)

1945

 

 

XVII.1514.

Documents of the Certification Committee of Budapest no. 145/a. (Cooperative of the Hungarian Songwriters, Composers and Music Publishers)

1945

 

XVII.1516.

Documents of the Certification Committee of Budapest no. 47/a. (National Land Mortgage Bank of Hungary)

1945

[* surnames A-Gy ]

 

XVII.1518.

Documents of the Certification Committee of Budapest no.149/b. (Academy of Music, National Conservatoire, National Association of the State-Permitted Private Music Schools)

1945

 

XVII.1534.b.

Documents of the Certification Committees of Budapest Delegated to the Ministry of Religion and Public Education, Public Educational Institutions

1945

 

XVII.1550.

Documents of the Certification Committee of Budapest no. 183/b. (Guild of the Fashion Women’s Hat Makers of Budapest)

1945

 

XVII.1559.

Documents of the Certification Committees of Budapest Delegated to the National League of the Hungarian Industries and Its Member Associations, Member Companies

1945

 

XVII.1671.

Documents of the Certification Committee of Budapest no. 366/b. (The Association of Hungarian Journalists)

1945

 

XVII.1676.

Fragmented Collection of Documents of the Certification Committees Delegated to the Hungarian State Police

1945

 

XVII.1709.

Archival Collection of the Fonds of Minor Certification Committees of Budapest

1945

 

 

The database has been produced based on the documentary materials from various types of civil lawsuits. The time period of the trials found here extends from the second half of the 19th century to the middle of the 20th. Besides disputes about property, there are a significant number of divorce cases (divorce cases can be accessed up to 1918 and – with fragmentary documents – from 1945. We have to highlight in particular the records from the Royal Court of Justice of Budapest in which the cases until 1914 contain digitized pictures, too, so these can be freely searched on the internet. The courts concerned are without exception in Budapest, so the cases are related to the capital for the most part, but many rural litigants may be included in the database (the jurisdiction of the court is usually determined by the defendant's premises in Budapest, but in the case of a divorce the important factor is the last joint and permanent place of residence).

 

The personal records include the data of the opposing parties with the type and subject of the trial (brief descriptions of the cases are sometimes included). The records’ information content is influenced by the fact that the processed documents preserved only the judgments of the trial (other parts of it have been discarded): since in civil court judgments personal information of the parties were often not or only insufficiently recorded, these cannot be displayed in the database. There are about 70,000 searchable lawsuits and about 150,000 to 200,000 searchable litigants.

The database can be accessed through the Hungarian Cultural Heritage Portal

http://archives.hungaricana.hu/hu/lear/search/results/?query=LEVJ%3D(*)&fCAT=POLGPER

and the Hungarian Archival Portal

http://www.archivportal.arcanum.hu/lear/opt/a140913.htm?v=pdf&q=%28LEVJ%3D%28*%29%29/POLGPER&a=list.

In the case of the trials taking place after World War II, access to the personal data may be limited with regard to personal data protection (these are mainly trials after 1954). We can found the digitized civil trials between 1872 and 1914 of the Royal Court of Justice of Budapest on both websites (the installation of a utility called AAGISView is required to see these pictures on the Hungarian Archival Portal). About the archival materials affected by the construction of the database and the digitization process you can find detailed information here.

 

Archival reference

Fond/Subgroup

Time period of the materials held in the database

Time period of the materials available in digitalized version

VII.1.d.

Documents of the Royal Court of Appeal of Budapest. Judicial Documents

1891-1915

 

VII.2.c.

Documents of the Royal Court of Budapest. Civil Lawsuit Documents

1872-1918

 

1872-1914

VII.3.b.

Documents of the Royal Court of Exchange in the First Instance of Pest. Judicial Documents

1841-1861

 

VII.4.

Documents of the Royal Commercial Court of Budapest

1876-1895

[* judicial documents]

 

VII.6.a.

Documents of the Royal I-III District Court of Budapest. Civil Lawsuit and Out-of-court Documents

1928-1941

 

VII.7.b.

Documents of the Royal IV District Court of Budapest. Documents of Oral Proceedings

1894-1895

 

VII.12.b.

Documents of the Central District Court of Budapest. Civil Lawsuit and Out-of-court Documents

1913-1921

 

VII.19.

Documents of the District Court of Újpest

1948

[* civil lawsuit]

 

XXV.4.b

Documents of the Metropolitan Court. Civil   Lawsuit Documents

1951-1955

 

XXV.44.c

Documents of the Central District Court of Pest. Civil Lawsuit Documents

1958-1964

 

XXV.47.b

Documents of the IV and XV District Court. Civil Lawsuit and Non Trial Documents

1961-1972

 

 

The notarial deeds database processes series of deeds from private and state notaries in Budapest, extending from the establishment of the institution of notary (from 1875) till 1956. This is the largest, almost completely intact, and at the same time - because of the political and economic weight of the capital - the most important ensemble of notarial documents. At that time, the most varied civil law transactions could be recorded in deeds: these included, most importantly, sale and purchase, gift giving, cession, inheritance, marriage contract, adoption, testamentary arrangements, etc. The recording of the data from 1875 to 1914 will soon be finished, moreover, in the case of some notaries the process is in a stage covering the post-1945 period. Most of the database has digitized materials attached, which are freely accessible online to the general public. Use of the notarial institution had no territorial jurisdiction, therefore, many (in 10-15% of the cases) rural or foreign clients asked for the services of notaries in the capital.

The details of the parties making the transactions are featured in the records, as well as those of associated persons (lawyers). Since regular scrapping of these documents have been implemented only on the parts preceding World War I (concerning signature-verification protocols) and document decay has rarely happened, and because of the fact that certain documents and protocols were almost always recorded the customer's status (occupation) and place of residence, this personal database is extremely rich. In many cases, we can identify and track whole series of legal transactions of some families and people. 430,000 documents can be found in the database which represents roughly one million customers.

The whole database with digitized pictures can be accessed through the Hungarian Cultural Heritage Portal

http://archives.hungaricana.hu/hu/lear/search/results/?query=LEVJ%3D(*)&fCAT=KOZJEGYZOI

and the Hungarian Archival Portal

http://www.archivportal.arcanum.hu/lear/opt/a140913.htm?v=pdf&q=%28LEVJ%3D%28*%29%29/KOZJEGYZOI&a=list

(the installation of a utility called AAGISView is required to see these pictures on the Hungarian Archival Portal). The cases that are not searchable here can be consulted on the basis of their reference code (eg. HU BFL - VII.221 - 1899 – 0228) in the archival research room. It is worth highlighting the fast pace of the growth affecting both the data and the images, therefore, it would be advisable to return to these websites regularly. About the archival materials affected by the construction of the database and the digitization process you can find detailed information here.

 

Archival reference

Fond/Subgroup

Time period of the materials held in the database

Time period of the materials available in digitalized version

 

VII.151.

Documents of Rupp, Zsigmond, notary

1875-1918

1875-1918 (full)

 

VII.152.

Documents of Zimány, Alajos, notary

1875-1909

1875-1909 (full)

 

VII.153.

Documents of Rónay, Károly, notary

1898-1929

1898-1929 (full)

 

VII.154.

Documents of Sümeghi, László, notary

1918

 

 

VII.157.

Documents of Báthor, Gábor, notary

1909-1918

 

 

VII.160.

Documents of Fekete, László, notary

1926-1950

 

 

VII.161.

Documents of Deszkáss, Gusztáv, notary

1898-1913

 

 

VII.162.

Documents of Stern, József, notary

1913-1928

 

 

VII.168.

Documents of Görgei, István, notary

1875-1911

1875-1911 (full)

 

VII.169.

Documents of Máday, Sándor, notary

1875-1878

 

 

VII.170.

Documents of Jeszenszky, Danó, notary

1879-1900

 

 

VII.171.

Documents of Hedry, Aladár, notary

1911-1912

 

 

VII.173.

Documents of Gászner, Béla, notary

1875-1910

 

 

VII.174.

Documents of Gorove Antal, notary

1875-1881

1875-1881 (full)

 

VII.175.

Documents of Steinbach, István, notary

1875-1897

 

 

VII.176.

Documents of Stamberger, Ferenc, notary

1896-1908

1896

 

VII.177.

Documents of Hajós, Béla, notary

1918

 

 

VII.178.

Documents of Barcs, Béla, notary

1918

 

 

VII.179.

Documents of Lázár, Ferenc, notary

1944

 

 

VII.180.

Documents of Barcs, Ernő, notary

1944

 

 

VII.182.

Documents of Somogyi, Béla, notary

1944

 

 

VII.183.

Documents of Tokaji, Nagy Lajos, notary

1875-1900

 

 

VII.184.

Documents of Weinmann, Fülöp, notary

1875-1912

1875-1912 (full)

 

VII.185.

Documents of Weiser, Károly, notary

1875-1895

1875-1895 (full)

 

VII.186.

Schilling Rudolf közjegyző iratai

1895-1913

 

 

VII.187.

Holitscher Szigfrid közjegyző iratai

1912-1920, 1944

 

 

VII.188.

Documents of Róth, Zsigmond, notary

1912-1918

 

 

VII.190.

Documents of Meixner, László, notary

1940-1941, 1944, 1946, 1948-1950

 

 

VII.192.

Documents of Rhorer, Géza, notary

1896-1926

 

 

VII.193

Documents of Charmant, Oszkár, notary

1900-1926

1900-1926 (full)

 

VII.194.

Documents of Nádossy, Gábor, notary

1918

 

 

VII.195.

Documents of Joannovits, Jenő, notary

1944

 

 

VII.196.

Documents of Richter, Richárd, notary

1944

 

 

VII.198.

Documents of Lukács, Izsó, notary

1944

 

 

VII.199.

Documents of Szemerjai-Petrán. Tibor, notary

1944

 

 

VII.200.

Documents of Ökröss, Bálint, notary

1875-1889

1875-1889 (full)

 

VII.201.

Documents of Zarka, Dénes, notary

1889-1896

1889-1896 (full)

 

VII.202.

Documents of Kormos, Béla, notary

1896-1902

1896-1902 (full)

 

VII.203.

Documents of Cottely, Géza, notary

1896-1926

 

 

VII.204.

Documents of Szabó, Albert, notary

1902-1924

 

 

VII.205.

Documents of Kőrössy, Bertalan, notary

1944

 

 

VII.209.

Documents of Krenner, Zoltán, notary

1944

 

 

VII.210.

Documents of Krajner, Emil, notary

1875-1878

 

 

VII.211.

Documents of Mannheimer, Ignác, notary

1879-1896

1879-1896 (full)

 

VII.212.

Documents of Grubiczy, László, notary

1882-1884

1882-1884 (full)

 

 

 

 

 

 

VII.213.

Documents of Kiss, Aladár, notary

 

1885-1914

 

 

VII.216.

Documents of Jeszenszky, István, notary

1897-1925

 

 

VII.217.

Documents of Kiss, József, notary

1900-1939

 

 

VII.218.

Documents of Kálmán, Antal, notary

1913-1915

 

 

VII.221.

Documents of Plihál, Viktor, notary

1897-1902

 

 

VII.224.

Documents of Velsz, Emil, notary

1900-1902

 

 

VII.246.

Documents of Kiss, Dezső, notary

1946-1947

 

 

VII.268.

Documents of Band, Lajos, notary

1918-1930

 

 

VII.269

Documents of Konkoly-Thege, Sándor, notary

1939-1944

 

 

VII.278.

Documents of Morvay, Zsigmond, notary

1944

 

 

VII.279.

Documents of Tárczay, Rezső, notary

1944

 

 

VII.284.

Notary deposits

1882-1973

 

 

 

The databases of wills, chancery and inheritance cases are connected by the central theme of perpetuating wealth and social status. The processed wills and inheritance documents were created or preserved by the courts, notaries and public authorities (city council, guardianship court) of Budapest in the 19th century and the first half of the 20th century. Given these offices’ jurisdiction there are a good number of other types of cases in these records: non-litigational procedures (enforcement, expropriation, declaration of death, deposit, advance/peer review, land register), adoptions, guardianship and child support cases. The wills publicized between 1896 and 1918 and some series of testamentaries from the 19th century can be researched on the internet freely, thanks to digitized images of them.

 

The database of inheritance cases (and other cases not requiring litigation) has mainly been built on the basis of the document pools of inheritance cases run by civil law notaries or courts in the capital (eg. the Royal Court of Justice of Budapest), but it also includes descriptions of non-litigational procedures run by them. The inheritance cases between 1872 and 1956 have survived in a fragmentary state and have been recorded, more so from the period between the two world wars and that following 1945. The capital's jurisdiction has been determined on the basis of the deceased's last domicile, so the property’s extensive location could also affect rural settlements.

 

The records include the type of the case, and the legators’ (the deceased, and in other cases, the applicants and other interested parties) personal data; the date of death in the case of an inheritance trial, with an indication of certain important document types (will, fatality records, bequest inventories). 73,000 records can be found in the database which represents roughly 100,000 customers’ personal data through non-litigational procedures and inheritance trials.

The database can be accessed through the Hungarian Cultural Heritage Portal

http://archives.hungaricana.hu/hu/lear/search/results/?query=LEVJ%3D(*)&fCAT=KOZJEGYZOI

and the Hungarian Archival Portal

http://www.archivportal.arcanum.hu/lear/opt/a140913.htm?v=pdf&q=%28LEVJ%3D%28*%29%29/KOZJEGYZOI&a=list.

The cases can be consulted on the basis of their reference code (eg. HU BFL - VII.1.d - 1909 - III.0515) in the archival research room. We have to note that the public records of this database don’t always mean unlimited access: to view the cases started after 1954 and the inheritance trials arising after 1924 concerning minors, it may be required the acquisition of a supporting resolution. About the archival materials affected by the construction of the database you can find detailed information here.

 

Archival reference

Fond/subgroup

Time period of the materials held in the database

Time period of the materials available in digitalized version

VII.1.d.

Documents of the Royal Court of Appeal of Budapest. Judicial Documents

1891-1915

 

VII.2.c.

Documents of the Royal Court of Budapest. Civil Lawsuit Documents

1872-1918

 

1872-1914

VII.3.b.

Documents of the Royal Court of Exchange in the First Instance of Pest. Judicial Documents

1842-1863

 

VII.4.

Documents of the Royal Commercial Court of Budapest

1873, 1889

 

VII.6.a.

Documents of the Royal I-III District Court of Budapest. Civil Lawsuit and Out-of-court Documents

1933-1949

 

VII.7.c.

Documents of the Royal IV District Court of Budapest. Documents of inheritance cases

1904-1912

 

VII.8.c.

Documents of the Royal V District Court of Budapest. Documents of inheritance and enforcement cases

1899-1910

 

VII.9.c.

Documents of the Royal VI District Court of Budapest. Documents of inheritance cases

1902-1909

 

VII.10.c.

Documents of the Royal VII District Court of Budapest. Documents of inheritance cases

1898-1909

 

VII.11.c.

Documents of the Royal VIII-X District Court of Budapest. Documents of inheritance cases

1898-1913

 

VII.12.b.

Documents of the Royal Central District Court of Budapest. Civil Lawsuit and Out-of-court Documents

1914-1950

 

VII.19.

Documents of the District Court of Újpest

1948-1950

 

VII.21.

Documents of the District Court of Kispest

1947-1950

 

VII.155.

Documents of Rónay, Tibor, notary

1942-1949

 

VII.156.

Documents of Kaprinay, Endre, notary

1935-1950

 

VII.158.

Documents of Fodor, Antal, notary

1938-1946

 

VII.160.

Documents of Fekete, László, notary

1943-1949

 

VII.163.

Documents of Lénárt, Dezső, notary

1939-1948

 

VII.164.

Documents of Sárközi, Sándor, notary

1934-1940

 

VII.166.

Documents of Szilléry, Péter, notary

1948

 

VII.167.

Documents of Haviár, Gyula, notary

1943-1945

 

VII.171.

Documents of Hedry, Aladár, notary

1911-1947

 

VII.172.

Documents of Cholnoky, Imre, notary

1931-1947

 

VII.177.

Documents of Hajós, Béla Ödön, notary

1918-1925

 

VII.178.

Documents of Barcs, Béla, notary

1919-1939

 

VII.179.

Documents of Lázár, Ferenc, notary

1927-1949

 

VII.180.

Documents of Barcs, Ernő, notary

1926-1952

 

VII.182.

Documents of Somogyi, Béla, notary

1946-1949

 

VII.187.

Documents of Holitscher, Szigfrid, notary

1939-1946

 

VII.189.

Documents of Králik, Árpád, notary

1937

 

VII.190.

Documents of Meixner, László, notary

1939-1955

 

VII.191.

Documents of Antalffy-Zsiros, Aladár, notary

1942-1950

 

VII.195.

Documents of Joannovits, Jenő, notary

1939-1946

 

VII.196.

Documents of Richter, Richárd, notary

1931-1947

 

VII.197.

Documents of Horváth, Kamilló, notary

1938-1949

 

VII.198.

Documents of Lukács, Izsó, notary

1944

 

VII.199.

Documents of Szemerjay Petrán, Tibor, notary

1940-1950

 

VII.206.

Documents of Petró, Béla, notary

1937-1950

 

VII.207.

Documents of Haller, Károly, notary

1928-1950

 

VII.208.

Documents of Tóth (Tóthfaludy), Aladár, notary

1933, 1939

 

VII.209.

Documents of Krenner, Zoltán, notary

1942-1950

 

VII.215.

Documents of Markó, István, notary

1930-1950

 

VII.217.

Documents of Kiss, József, notary

1933

 

VII.219.

Documents of Teőke, Béla, notary

1929-1947

 

VII.220.

Documents of Matheovits, Ferenc, notary

1940-1949

 

VII.226.

Documents of Bathó, Kálmán, notary

1937-1950

 

VII.229.

Documents of Keszthelyi, Zoltán, notary

1945-1952

 

VII.233.

Documents of Hajdú, János, notary

1947-1953

 

VII.234.

Documents of Hedry, László, notary

1947-1956

 

VII.236.

Documents of Füredy, Jenő, notary

1948-1952

 

VII.240.

Documents of Feri, Sándor, notary

1944-1950

 

VII.242.

Documents of Kozányi, Pál, notary

1942-1950

 

VII.243.

Documents of Tóth, Endre, notary

1945-1949

 

VII.246.

Documents of Kiss, Dezső, notary

1946-1953

 

VII.247.

Documents of Werner Elemér, notary

1946-1949

 

VII.250.

Documents of Tímár Miklós, notary

1947-1951

 

VII.258.

Documents of Horváth, István, notary

1945-1949

 

VII.262.

Documents of Némethy, Vilmos, notary

1944-1945

 

VII.264.

Documents of Susich, Ervin, notary

1939-1948

 

VII.267.

Documents of Török, Béla, notary

1947-1952

 

VII.268.

Documents of Konkoly Thege, Sándor, notary

1942-1943

 

VII.270.

Documents of Kovácsy, Zoltán, notary

1937-1946

 

VII.271.

Documents of Klein, Andor, notary

1945-1950

 

VII.278.

Documents of Morvay, Zsigmond, notary

1933-1949

 

VII.279.

Documents of Tárczay, Rezső, notary

1939-1948

 

VII.280.

Documents of Varga, Béla, notary

1939-1949

 

XXV.151.

Documents of Selmeczy, István, notary

1947-1955

 

XXV.152.

Documents of Vuits, András, notary

1952-1956

 

XXV.153.

Documents of Hegyháti, István, notary

1950-1956

 

XXV.154.

Documents of Bessenyei, Tibor, notary

1951-1953

 

XXV.155.

Documents of Róna, Pál, notary

1950-1956

 

XXV.156.

Documents of Török, Pál, notary

1952-1955

 

XXV.157.

Documents of Záhony, László, notary

1950-1953

 

XXV.158.

Documents of Jékey, István, notary

1950-1956

 

XXV.159.

Documents of Décsi, Lajos, notary

1944-1954

 

XXV.160.

Documents of Rosta, Imre, notary

1951-1954

 

XXV.161.

Documents of Lelkes, József, notary

1954-1956

 

XXV.162.

Documents of Sághy, Imre, notary

1954-1956

 

XXV.163.

Documents of Vajda, Sándor, notary

1950-1956

 

XXV.164.

Documents of Beleznai, László, notary

1950-1953

 

XXV.165.

Documents of Gerlai, Károly, notary

1948-1954

 

XXV.166.

Documents of Draskovics, Jenő, notary

1952-1955

 

XXV.170.

Documents of Hollós, Olivér, notary

1951-1956

 

XXV.171.

Documents of Káli Nagy, Elemér, notary

1954-1955

 

XXV.172.

Documents of Bárány, Aladár, notary

1951-1954

 

XXV.173.

Documents of Fertőfehéregyházi, László, notary

1951-1952

 

XXV.174.

Documents of Nemes, Móric István, notary

1950

 

XXV.175.

Documents of Jelinek, Győző, notary

1950-1955

 

XXV.176.

Documents of Pap, Ádám, notary

1951-1956

 

XXV.177.

Documents of Wágner, György, notary

1954-1956

 

XXV.178.

Documents of Quirico, Pál, notary

1955-1956

 

XXV.179.

Documents of Dékány, Imre, notary

1955-1956

 

XXV.180.

Documents of Jékelfalussy, Aladár, notary

1926-1952

 

XXV.181.

Documents of Frankl, Imre, notary

1950-1954

 

XXV.182.

Documents of Porázik, Tibor, notary

1954-1956

 

XXV.183.

Documents of Günther, Ferenc, notary

1950

 

XXV.184.

Documents of Frank Kiss, Jenő, notary

1954-1956

 

XXV.185.

Documents of Katona, József, notary

1955

 

XXV.186.

Documents of Molnár, Dezső, notary

1950-1954

 

XXV.187.

Documents of Vargyas, Antal, notary

1949-1956

 

XXV.188.

Documents of Erdődy, Jenő, notary

1951-1953

 

XXV.189.

Documents of Klein, Imre, notary

1951-1955

 

XXV.190.

Documents of Balogh, János, notary

1953-1954

 

XXV.192.

Documents of Polónyi, Jenő, notary

1953-1955

 

 

 

The chancery (guardianship of the orphans) cases database processes the documentation of cases involving typically the inheritance cases with minors as inheritors run by guardianship courts. These documents were created by the Budapest Municipal Court of Chancery with a significant number of guardianship or adoption cases as well. The database contains the documents from the unification of the capital in 1873 to 1919 (the latter only partly). The year of origin means the year of filing; these cases often cover many years and sometimes continue over many generations, therefore, earlier documents can occur as well in these bundles. We can find cases filed in 1950, also, although the Board of Guardianship’ elimination was already underway, so new cases were actually addressed by and handed over to the newly created district guardianship bodies (in most cases, we can only find out here where were they transferred to). The properties were typically in Budapest but in some cases we can found lots of information on rural properties (buildings) as well.

 

The records include the specific cases – sometimes with a detailed description (complete with family tree) and specifying the main types of documents (fatality records, bequest inventories, wills) involved – and the data of the persons involved in different statuses (as legators, inheritors, guardians, etc.) in the case. There are almost 13,000 processed records but the customers’ number is many times more than that: roughly 50,000.

The database – beside the archival filing system – can be accessed through the Hungarian Archival Portal

http://www.archivportal.arcanum.hu/lear/opt/a140913.htm?v=pdf&q=%28LEVJ%3D%28*%29%29/ARVASZEKI&a=list

and the Hungarian Cultural Heritage Portal

http://archives.hungaricana.hu/hu/lear/search/results/?query=LEVJ%3D(*)&fCAT=ARVASZEKI.

The chosen cases can be consulted on the basis of their reference code (eg. HU BFL - IV.1411.b - 1894 - 03774 - Károlyi) in the archival research room.

Archival reference

Fond/Subgroup

Time period of the materials held in the database

Time period of the materials available in digitalized version

IV.1202.cc.

Documents of the Council of Pest. Last wills and bequest inventories.

1681-1713

 

IV.1411.b.

Documents of the Board of Guardians of the Residence-Capital. General documents.

1873-1919, 1950

 

 

This database facilitates the easier research of the wills deposited or publicized between the 18th and 20th century in city councils in Buda, courts in Budapest and notarial fonds (cases prior to the 1873 unification of the city are only available here at present because only here were they kept in series and isolated from inheritance cases). Apart from documents created with the specific intention of leaving a last will, there are also inheritance contracts, marriage contracts with inheritance clauses, ’suicide notes’ and records of witness testimonies of last will making acts. We have to note here that those wills deposited at notaries in Budapest which are not parts of a distinct series can be accessed only through the notarial deeds database.

 

The records contains the testator’ (or the interested party in the inheritance case or marriage contract) data, indicating the date of the will – even if it precedes the public announcement by decades. We have to note that in many cases there were more than one wills (replacement wills, account testaments) registered on the same number if they connected to the same testator (couple). There are currently close to 24,000 records but that means 30,000 testators, since couples typically formed wills, inheritance cases and marriage contracts jointly.

 

Most of the archival records dated before 1918 have already been digitalized so they can be accessed on the internet (after the installation of a utility called AAGISView) through the Hungarian Archival Portal

http://www.archivportal.arcanum.hu/lear/opt/a140913.htm?v=pdf&q=%28LEVJ%3D%28*%29%29/VEGRENDELETEK&a=list

or the Hungarian Cultural Heritage Portal with a built-in photo viewer

http://archives.hungaricana.hu/hu/lear/search/results/?query=LEVJ%3D(*)&fCAT=VEGRENDELETEK.

In any other case the chosen records can be consulted on the basis of their reference code (eg. HU BFL - VII.6.e - 1943 – 045) in the archival research room. Last wills dated after 1924 that contain the personal data of minors are subject to limited research options. About the archival materials affected by the construction of the database and the digitization process you can find detailed information here.

 

Archival reference

Fond/Subgroup

Time period of the materials held in the database

Time period of the materials available in digitalized version

IV.1002.y.

Documents of the Council of Buda. Last wills

1696-1873

1696-1873 (full subgroup)

VII.2.f.

Royal Court of Justice of Budapest. Deposit cases

1825-1895

[*series of last wills (Lv.)]

1825-1895

(full series)

VII.6.e.

Documents of the Royal I-III District Court of Budapest. Publicized wills

1896-1950

1896-1919

VII.7.d.

Documents of the Royal IV District Court of Budapest. Publicized wills

1896-1914

1896-1914

(full subgroup)

VII.8.d.

Documents of the Royal V District Court of Budapest. Publicized wills

1896-1914

1896-1914

(full subgroup)

VII.9.d.

Documents of the Royal VI District Court of Budapest. Publicized wills

1896-1914

1896-1914

(full subgroup)

VII.10.d.

Documents of the Royal VII District Court of Budapest. Publicized wills

1896-1914

1896-1914

(full subgroup)

VII.11.d.

Documents of the Royal VIII-X District Court of Budapest. Publicized wills

1896-1914

1896-1914

(full subgroup)

VII.12.e.

Documents of the Central District Court of Budapest. Publicized wills

1896-1952

1914-1918

VII.20.

Documents of the Royal District Court of Budafok

1931-1956

 

 

Apart from the maps kept in the Budapest City Archives (BCA) the database includes the data of the maps of Budapest created before 2000 and belonging to public collections. The images of the bulk of the BCA’s maps are accessible. The most crucial maps are available in georeferenced form, which enables one to study simultaneously the conditions of a place noted in several maps created at different times. The change of the identification data (from the end of the 17th century to recent times) belonging to the plots located in those parts of Budapest which built up before 1873 can be traced by the help of the database called The historical topography of Budapest. Furthermore the topographical changes are inspectable in the georeferenced maps as well.

 

The database of maps contains aside from the actually researchable materials of the Budapest City Archives, the data of the maps (created before 2000) regarding Budapest and its predecessors. The digital photos taken on the most of the BCA’s maps are available in the database. (Those maps mean exception whose digitalization meets technical or conservational barriers. Apart from the maps (in a narrow sense) one can find in the database other topographical documents, such as divisional and partition plans, layouts which are mainly from the materials of the Municipal Council of Public Works and the Plans Archives. The most important maps are available in georeferenced form, which enables one to study simultaneously the conditions of a place noted in several maps created at different times.

 

Each record refers for a map irrespectively of the fact that the number of the issues, versions and other collections in which the given map has been already recorded. On this website it is possible to run searches for the descriptive data of maps (object, name of area mapped, name of creator, year of creation, type of map, reference number). You can browse in the Map Collection of the Hungaricana Cultural Heritage Portal, moreover the data are researchable in the Combined Database of the Hungarian Archival Portal and on the Online Research of Digital Records of the Digital Archives Portal (https://www.eleveltar.hu/web/guest/publikus-SDB-kereso).

 

The old maps of Budapest website of the Historical Maps of the Habsburg Empire, MAPIRE (http://mapire.eu/hu/) includes the most important and most detailed maps of Budapest from the 18th century to the mid-20th. By the georeferenced maps one can step by step trace the change of the city. In this process contribute several services which make the said change visible: the contemporary and the recent maps can be projected to each other; 3-D view; search in the place name database of the Google Maps; area and distance measurement. The study of the alterations of any part of the city is the easiest through this. The database of the maps is worthy in those cases, if one is interested in maps containing special information, thematic maps, plans of land development and maps with minor precision in the field of layout.

 

It shall be kept in view that in the reference box of the database of maps and other search tools that reference has been marked which the given map received in the Catalogue of the Old Maps of Budapest publication. The exact references of the collections are located in case of the Hungaricana Cultural Heritage Portal in the box called ‘Place of the highlight’, while on the Hungarian Archival Portal these information are contained by the box of ‘Description’. In the event of referring for the source this information must be noted. In the list always those references are the first which start with BFL. These issues kept by the Budapest City Archives. The non-digitalized maps can be ordered to the research room through the said references.

 

The historical topography of Budapest database contains historical-topographical data for several quarters and districts of Budapest built up or allotted before 1873, specifically the Castle, Krisztinaváros, the Inner City, Lipótváros, Terézváros, Erzsébetváros, Józsefváros, and Ferencváros. It makes possible to retrace the changes in the identification data of the lots in these areas from the late 17th century up to recent times. In the records of this database the current address of a property (street name plus number) and topographical number of a property is linked to the earlier identification data of the same property (number of lot, street number). To the version of the database published at HAP there are geo-referenced city maps attached, from various points in time since the early 19th century till now. From the topographic data we can follow links to get to the given points of the maps selected from a list, identifying the position of a contemporary property on an earlier map. On the Hungaricana Cultural Heritage Portal one can search through place names on the available maps or navigate on them and open the topographical records related to the chosen point (http://archives.hungaricana.hu/hu/lear/map/topografia). The maps are accessible there through the records found by search as well. Then the chosen place can be studied by selecting from the maps created at different times as ‘layers’.

Item level records are available in the register of the Budapest City Archives (BCA) about the overwhelming majority of the researchable series belonging to the Archives of the Architectural Designs. In the databases published on different websites, all the collections and plans once possessed by the archives of designs of Pest, Buda and Óbuda cities (before 1873) and the most of the related documents are accessible. The descriptive data of the designs of Buda, Óbuda and Pest (in case of Pest those which were created before 1861) are even searchable. Only a minor part of the designs created since 1873 are included in the database yet. The most important architectural bequest kept in the BCA is the collection of the designs of Miklós Ybl – searches in the database supplemented by digital images can be carried out in different places.

 

Item level records are available in the register of the BCA about the overwhelming majority of the researchable series belonging to the Archives of the Architectural Designs. These records describe constructional tasks, constructing or refer for designs and documents related to a given plot depending on the characteristic of the given series. The contents of the records differ from each other crucially. Some series provide detailed descriptions on the designs, while others include only the basic data of the plans.

 

All the designs of Pest, Buda and Óbuda created before 1873, the year of the unification of the said cities into Budapest, have been digitalized. Only these digital copies are researchable. The process of building permission in a modern sense was emerged during the first decades of the 19th century in Pest and Buda as well, thus the designs of the private buildings have remained since that time. The designs belonging to Buda are available in the series of the Construction Committee (1810-27, 1832-34) and the Beautification and Construction Committee (1851-73). In case of Pest it’s necessary to highlight in the first place the Beautification Committee of Pest City, which was founded by Palatine Joseph in order to coordinate the development, beautification and urban management of the city. This was replaced in 1861 by the Construction Committee of Pest. The Construction Committee of Óbuda was established in 1861. The Committee resided by the captain of the city existed till the unification of Buda and Pest. All of the designs of the BCA which were created before 1873 and the most of the documents related to them are available on the Research of Digital Records of the Digital Archives Portal (https://www.eleveltar.hu/web/guest/publikus-SDB-kereso) as well as inline the archival hierarchy (in line with the reference numbers) they can be browsed through the browser of the search tool.

 

In case of some parts of the related databases the process of the database creating has been finished, but in some parts it is still in progress. The descriptive data belonging to the designs of Buda and Óbuda (XV.17.a és XV.17.c) have been published in the BCA’s register (Query). These data can be searched in the database: the name of the builder and the designer, the type of the building the address of the site then and now, the topographical number as well as the land register reference. The digital photos of the designs and the related documents can be accessed – through the archival reference number found on the Query – on the Digital Archives Portal. The documents concerned with the constructions took place in Pest before 1861 (XV.17.b.311 – designs of the Beautification Committee) haven’t been processed in the database yet, the digital copies can be studied according to the contemporary guide also on the Digital Archives Portal.

 

The designs of the constructions carried out in Pest, 1861-73 and the related materials are available on the Hungaricana Cultural Heritage Portal, the Combined Database of the Hungarian Archival Portal and on the Online Research of Digital Records of the Digital Archives Portal as well. The database includes the data of more than 11,000 building permits which were discussed by the Construction Committee of Pest. To this group belong 6,000 contemporary designs and the digital copies of the Committee papers related to them. The collection registered in order of list number/year contains the submitted permit request and the decision of the committee and/or the council. Among the plans documents of tenement blocks, public buildings, industrial buildings, temporary buildings and minor annexes can be found. One can search in accordance with the former and present name of the site of the construction and its topographical number, the name of the architect and the builder as well as the character of the building. The georeferenced versions of the Construction Committee’s designs can be studied on the Hungaricana Cultural Heritage Portal (http://archives.hungaricana.hu/hu/lear/map/tervek) by the help of a map application as well: through navigation on the cadastral map of Pest in the 1870s, or searching for topographical data, the data of the buildings permitted there as well as the digital photos of the designs and the documents are accessible.

 

The designs and the permissions belonging to the constructions of the capital permitted since the unification of Buda and Pest to the early 2000s are kept in the Archives of the Construction Department (XV.17.d.329), set according to the order of the actual topographical number. The archival collection includes apart from the original architectural designs of the buildings, but the architectural and structural plans related to the further alterations, enlargements, wrecking, portal buildings, etc. Regarding those territories which were annexed to the capital after the formation of Greater Budapest the Archives keeps documents created since 1950, the earlier materials probably can be found among the records of the settlements preceded the said transformation. The processing of these documents into the database has been started. At this moment the data of plots belonging to the topographical numbers 5000-7500 (approx. the lands of Lágymányos, Gellérthegy, Castle, Krisztinaváros) are available with the digital copies of those plans which are important from historical point of view. The database has been published on the Archival Database of the Hungaricana Cultural Heritage Portal (http://archives.hungaricana.hu/hu/lear/) and the Combined Database of the Hungarian Archival Portal. On these websites the data concerned with the main phases of buildings on the plots separately displayed, thus typically several records belong to each building. One can search in the database for the former and present name as well as the topographical number of the site, the name of the architect, the contractor and the builder, moreover the type of the building. Aside from the said elements, the records of the database include the reference numbers of the given permissions by which the administrative documents related to the designs can be ordered to the research room.

 

Miklós Ybl (1814-1891) was a leading Hungarian architect of the second half of the 19th century, whose collection of plans kept at the Budapest City Archives is the largest architectural bequest in Hungary. The database which provides the description per item of about 6,000 plans belonging to the Ybl bequest is available on the Archival Database of the Hungaricana Cultural Heritage Portal (http://archives.hungaricana.hu/hu/lear/), the Combined Database of the Hungarian Archival Portal, the Online Research of Digital Records of the Digital Archives Portal (https://www.eleveltar.hu/web/guest/publikus-SDB-kereso) as well. Digital photos of the most of the designs can be found in the database, only those plans mean exception which could not be digitalized because of technical reasons. The database provides a detailed description of each design, containing all the descriptive data of the given plan (caption, signature, size, material, technique), the definition of the object, the site, the time of creation and the persons connected to the construction and the most important references to professional publications.

Archival Reference

Fond/Series

Time period of the materials located in the database

Time period of the materials available in digitalized version

XV.17.a.301

Designs of Buda Free Royal Capital, Construction Committee (Baucomission)

1810–1834

1810–1834 (full series)

XV.17.a.302

Designs of Buda Free Royal Capital, Beautification and Construction Committee (BCC)

1850–1873

1850–1873

(full series)

XV.17.a.303

Designs of Buda Free Royal Capital, Designs Higlighted from the Council Materials (BT)

1853–1874

1853–1874

(full series)

XV.17.b.311

Designs of Pest Free Royal City, Beautification Committee (BC, SzBK)

1804–1861

1804–1861

(full series)

XV.17.b.312

Designs of Pest Free Royal City, Construction Committee (CC)

1861–1873

1861–1873

(full series)

XV.17.c.321.

Designs of Óbuda market Town, Construction Committee (ÓB)

1861–1873

1861–1873

(full series)

XV.17.d.329

Designs of Budapest Capital (Residence), Archives of the Construction Departments

Regarding the topographical numbers 5000–7500: 1873–2006

 

XV.17.f.331.b

Designs of Architects, contractors, companies, investors. Bequest and Designs of Miklós Ybl

1844–1891

1844–1891

(full subseries)

 

Among the minutes of leading bodies only the digitalized volumes of the minutes of the council meetings of Buda, 1687-1816 and Pest 1688-1786 can be researched by the date of the meetings. All the texts of the minutes of the meetings of the Municipal Board of Budapest, 1873-1949 can be searched.

 

The database of the minutes of council meetings of Buda and Pest before the unification currently includes the digitalized minutes of the council meetings of Buda, 1687-1816 and Pest 1688-1786, written mostly in German, or, less frequently, in Latin. According to the privileges granted in 1703 and 1711 the two cities were governed by the inner council. This body was led by the mayor (in Buda) and the magistrate (in Pest, but only up till 1773, when the title ’mayor’ was adopted for Pest as well), while its members were elected councillors who filled the office until their death. The council met rarely at first, then since 1767 on 3 times per week, while throughout the 19th century almost on a daily basis, discussing all major issues that had an impact on life of the city, from new regulations created by higher authorities through the admission of new citizens to land registry issues, etc. Initially only the cases considered most crucial were recorded in the minutes, but from the late 18th century it became customary to record all propositions and the procedure dealing with them. Following this, the said collection is one of the most important documental sources on the history of Budapest, providing information on the political and economic life on an almost daily basis.

 

In the database one can browse or search by the cities and the date of the meetings. The digitalized copies of the minutes are available by the records of the said dates on the Hungaricana Cultural Heritage Portal and the Combined Database of the Hungarian Archival Portal (regarding the later the installation of AAGISView utility software is required).

 

The database of the minutes of meetings of the Municipal Board of Budapest includes the items of the agendas of the years 1873-1881, and then up to 1949 it refers for their numbers. The transcribed till 1881 then printed minutes have been digitalized into two-layer PDF files. These documents have been digitalized through character recognition process, thus apart from browsing among the items on the agenda one can search in the whole text. This kind of source provides a wide variety of information concerning urban politics, acts of representation, the local enforcement of legislation, the development of the infrastructure of Budapest, city finances, social politics as well as individual, personal issues. Before 1930 all those cases of the municipality of the capital required serious consideration were brought to the meeting. After 1930 the power of the body was reduced, the contents of the minutes changed according to this.

 

The minutes include a short summary of the items on agenda and the text of the given decision. The proposals and the minutes reflecting for the debate of the meetings had been published in the Fővárosi Közlöny (Capital Bulletin). The digitalized version of that periodical is available currently on the Arcanum Digitheca website and in the research room of the Archives.

 

One can find and search in the whole text of the minutes of meetings on the Hungaricana Cultural Heritage Portal (in the Library database http://library.hungaricana.hu/hu/ among the publications of the Budapest City Archives) and on the Hungarian Archival Portal (through the common search tool of the archives; to watch the images on the Hungarian Archival Portal the installation of AAGISView utility software is required) as well.

Burghers of Buda and Pest, 1686-1848. The Office Holders of the Market Town of Óbuda till 1873. Voter Registration Rolls. Company HR files (Csepel Works).

 

Burghers of Buda and Pest, 1648-1848. The records of this database give the data of new burghers admitted in the given period. Apart from the names of 8893 heads of families in Pest and 7646 in Buda the records provide the profession as stated at attaining citizenship and its unified term today, the place of provenance then and now with its geographical specifications (country, county), family status, religion, the date of attaining citizenship and the amount of money paid in exchange. The field ’Notes’ includes any other data referring to the person’s social status, background or rank given at the time or revealed at a later point. These data are available on the Hungaricana Cultural Heritage Portal (http://archives.hungaricana.hu/hu/archontologia/) or on register of names of the Archontology of the Hungarian Archival Portal (http://www.archivportal.arcanum.hu/archon/opt/a101019.htm?v=pdf&a=start).

 

The Office Holders of the Market Town of Óbuda till 1873. This database includes the names, name versions, places of birth, date of birth and death and – if it could be revealed from the matriculae – religion, profession, rank, post and time period spent in office of all office holding citizens of Óbuda. These data make it possible to create a chronological list of persons filling a given position and to trace the individual careers of about 1400 citizens of Óbuda. One can access to the said data on the Hungaricana Cultural Heritage Portal (http://archives.hungaricana.hu/hu/archontologia/) or on register of names of the Archontology of the Hungarian Archival Portal (http://www.archivportal.arcanum.hu/archon/opt/a101019.htm?v=pdf&a=start).

 

Voter Registration Rolls. No regularly kept registration of the population remained from the interwar period and the era succeeded the World War II. The contemporary register of addresses perished. The data of the censuses were destroyed after the processing. Only the statistics resulted by the census focused on the housing of 1941 and March 1945 remained. Aside from these only the voter registration rolls are relatively comprehensive nominal sources. The constantly enlarging database includes currently the data of the voters resided in the district I in 1945: their names, places and dates of birth, professions and addresses. The data are available on the Hungaricana Cultural Heritage Portal (http://archives.hungaricana.hu/hu/archontologia/) or on the register of names of the Archontology of the Hungarian Archival Portal (http://www.archivportal.arcanum.hu/archon/opt/a101019.htm?v=pdf&a=start). (To watch the images on the Hungarian Archival Portal the installation of AAGISView utility software is required.)

 

The data of the persons listed as voters for the addresses of Király Street, District 6 and 7 of Budapest from the period 1935-1954 can be found in the register of the Archives.

 

The database of the Company HR files is being built processing the HR documentation of the staff of the Csepel Works (Csepel Művek) and the HR files of the officers employed in the said metal-works. These documents were created between 1906 and 1956. The personal identification data provide indirect access to highly valuable documents such as school certificates, professional CV-s, health status certificates, work documents, in cases even photos and private letters. They have been formed into about 5,000 records (the files deposited in alphabetical order are progressively being processed, work has got to H at present).

 

The data are available only in the register of the Archives. The HR files can be ordered by their archival reference numbers (e.g. HU_BFL_XXIX_2001_Horeni Angela).

 

This school registers database contains the data and exam results of students who took the maturation exam at the secondary schools of Budapest for the 1892-1911 period. The original exam protocols of the individual schools have been processed as well as the copies sent by the schools to the Royal Chief Directorate of the Budapest Educational District.

 

Records in the archival filing system represent the entries in the maturation exam reports with data from the final examinations and the students. A version of the database that includes more information, other fields (data from the registers about the fathers or legal guardians) and similar materials of other archives is also accessible at the research room. The registry system database has more than 16,000 students’ personal information and test results.

The minutes of the capital based leading bodies of the Hungarian Working People’s Party (HWPP) and the Hungarian Socialist Workers Party (HSWP) are unavoidable sources of any research concerned with Budapest. These digitalized documents are available in searchable PDF files. One can research them by the assistance of the agenda registers created for the meetings. The council and party archontology reviews the office holders of the party and the councils of Budapest regarding the socialist period. Currently the data of the leaders and the most important officeholders of the Budapest Council, the District Committees of the Districts I, II, III, IV, V, VI and VIII are available in the database.

Minutes of the Leading Bodies of the HWPP and the HSWP

All the crucial political decisions were made in the leading bodies of the state party between 1948-1990. Although the decision making in a state level was furnished in the smallest circle of the top leaders, the local leading bodies, among them the Budapest Committees of the HWPP and the HSWP had considerably wide margin for manoeuvre in the local cases which belonged to the sphere of competence. Thus the minutes of the meetings of these local authorities are one of the valuable sources of the said period. The study of the later materials is unavoidable for those who are interested in the history of the capital in the socialist period. Moreover, these documents are abundant source of information for the scholars of the history of our country.

 

The staff of the Party Records Group of the Budapest City Archives created indexes of agendas for every minutes of meetings which have been published in four volumes. The history of HSWP’s organs in Budapest is summarized in the paper Gerhard Péter–Koltai Gábor–V. László Zsófia–Rácz Attila: A Magyar Szocialista Munkáspárt fővárosi vezetése 1957–1989 között. A párt szervezete és tisztségviselőinek archontológiája (Levéltári Közlemények vol. 83 no. 1, 211–293).

 

With the assistance of the Arcanum Ltd and the support of the National Cultural Fund between 2007-2010 the following materials of the leading bodies of the HWPP and the HSWP of the capital in more than 121,000 pages were digitalized:

Reference

Title

Date

Pages

HU BFL XXXV.1.a.1.

Minutes of the Budapest Temporary Syndicate of the HSWP

1956–1957

729

HU BFL XXXV.1.a.2.

Minutes of the party meetings of the Budapest HSWP

1957–1989

5,872

HU BFL XXXV.1.a.3.

Minutes of the Budapest Committee of the HSWP

1956–1989

16,033

HU BFL XXXV.1.a.4.

Minutes of the Budapest Executive Committee of the HSWP

1957–1989

67,564

HU BFL XXXV.95.a. 1–4. őe.

Minutes of the party meetings of the Budapest HWPP

1950–1954

1,128

HU BFL XXXV.95.a. 5–11. őe.

Minutes of the Budapest Party Committee of the HWPP (Board of the Party till 1954)

1948–1955

1,789

HU BFL XXXV.95.a. 12–131. őe.

Minutes of the Budapest Executive Committee of the HWPP (Party Committee till 1954)

1948–1956

25,118

HU BFL XXXV.95.a. 132–143. őe.

Minutes of the Budapest Secretariat of the HWPP

1948–1954

2.987

 

Grand Total:

1948–1989

121,220

 

The documents have been digitized through OCR method in two-layer PDF format, which makes it possible to search not only the agenda items but the full text of the minutes. The created indexes of agendas are a table of contents of the meetings.

 

The digitalized materials are available on the Hungarian Archival Portal (http://archivportal.arcanum.hu/mszmp) and the Hungaricana Cultural Heritage Portal (http://library.hungaricana.hu/hu/collection/partiratok_budapest). The recommended place of the research is the Hungarian Archival Portal, because the items on agendas of each meeting are directly accessible through page number links located in the said indexes which are the faces of the digitalized pages.

 

The published minutes do not include pages subject to privacy restrictions. These can be studied in the research room of the Budapest City Archives against support statement. As an alternative the researcher possessing the required statement can ask the upload of the ordered materials to his or her own account on the Digital Archives Portal (www.eleveltar.hu).

 

Council and Party Archontology

The History Writing in Hungary owed for a long time the research of those who took part in the political life of the socialist period. The list of the members belonged once to the central leading bodies of the HWPP and the HSWP were drawn in the 1990s and the 2000s. On the other hand the list consists of the council and party office holders of the counties and the capital is still not available for the researchers. The research program launched in 2012 by the Budapest City Archives in order to fill that gap aims to create the archontology of office holders of the council and party bodies in Budapest (regarding the capital and the districts as well).

 

With the support of the National Cultural Fund the archontology of the most crucial office holders of the Council of the Capital City of Budapest, the District Councils of districts I, II III, IV, V, VI, VIII and those of the Budapest and District I, II, III, IV, V party committees of the Hungarian Working People’s Party and the Hungarian Socialist Workers’ Party have been created, 2012-14. The database includes the following functions:

Party leaders: First Secretaries; members of the Executive Committee (EC), Revision Committee, Disciplinary Committee and the Party Committee (in the constitutive meeting).

 

Council leaders: Presidents of the Councils (EC Presidents), their deputies (Deputy EC Presidents), EC Secretaries, EC members, Department Heads, members of the councils (in the constitutive meeting).

The database includes the following data:

  • Name of the office holder (name, title/member, birth name)
  • Name of the office/function (function, body/institution)
  • Date of the appointment and the removal (start and end date)
  • Exact time interval of occupancy of the given function (date of the appointment and the removal/scope)
  • Data identifying the position occupied after the removal from the said function (the next workplace/office, function, reasons of the departure)
  • Relevant archival data.

The created database which includes 12325 records is available on the Hungaricana Cultural Heritage Portal

(http://archives.hungaricana.hu/hu/archontologia/search/results/?query=DB%3DTANPART) and the Hungarian Archival Portal (http://www.archivportal.arcanum.hu/archon) as well. The recommended place of the research is the Hungaricana Cultural Heritage Portal, where one can browse and search in the database. Furthermore, click to the given office holder’s name to view the career of that person in the socialist period.

 

The persons included by the database are listed in alphabetical order which makes their way in the hierarchy transparent. The data of the appointments and removals are represented in line with the order of the party organization. The creators of the database departed from that only if they found no information about the given person in the place defined by the order.

 

This database contains the digitised copies and descriptions of the photographs of cityscapes, castles, buildings and objects taken by one of the best known figures of early Hungarian photography, György Klösz (1844, Darmstadt, Hessen – 1913, Budapest) between 1875 and 1913. BFL’s digitised postcards published in this database, coming from private collections, make it possible to witness how the cityscape of Budapest changed between the 1880s and the 1960s.

 

The photo albums of György Klösz. This database contains the digitised copies and descriptions of the photographs of cityscapes, castles, buildings and objects taken by one of the best known figures of early Hungarian photography, György Klösz (1844, Darmstadt, Hessen – 1913, Budapest) between 1875 and 1913. The recordings currently are only available in the Hungarian Archival Portal’s Complex Database, while the latest data with refined versions of references and specifications are accessible through BFL’s Archival fonds and stock register. (Ask for a copy or a citation by using the specified reference codes found in the latter.) It is especially the pictures showing the major public spaces and buildings of the late 19th century Budapest and some important events of the period, such as the Millennial Exhibition and the funeral of Lajos Kossuth that are considered invaluable sources. The photos of the interiors and parks of country manor houses are also worthy of interest. In the records describing the individual shots we gave not only the original title but also a so-called unified title, which provides an exact description of its subject. Apart from these the database records contain the exact location (settlement, district, street name then and now) and time of taking the shot.

Postcard database. This database can be accessed through the Electronic Archive Portal, in the search bar of the Electronic documents (https://www.eleveltar.hu/web/guest/publikus-SDB-kereso). The digitised postcards published in this database, coming from private collections, make it possible to witness how the cityscape of Budapest changed between the 1880s and the 1960s. These picture postcards feature public and private buildings, churches, schools, theatres, spas, hotels, parks, public spaces, statues and important events of the time. For the majority of the postcards both sides have been digitised, because the writing also conveys important information about the period. Apart from the standard black-and-white images there are postcards made using a variety of typographic techniques. The records of the database containing descriptions of over 1300 postcards give not just the original title of each card, but also a so-called unified title, providing an exact description of its subject. Apart from these, the database contains the location (district, street name then and now), the time period and the date of the postage stamp.

 

Archival reference

Fond/Series

Time period of the materials located in the database

Time period of the materials available in digitalized version

XV.19.d.1

Digital photos, digital copies of the photo albums of György Klösz

1875–1913

1875–1913 (full series)

XV.19.d.2.a

Digital photos, postcard collection of István Gyökér

1890–1940

1890–1940

(full subseries)

XV.19.d.2.b

Digital photos, postcard collection of Zsolt Nagy

1890–1960

1890–1960

(full subseries)

XV.19.d.2.c

Digital photos, postcard collection of Tibor Szentirmay

1890–1950

1890–1950

(Full subseries)

XV.19.d.2.d

Digital photos, postcard collection of Zsolt Somogyi

1890–1960

1890–1960

(full subseries)

 

Thematic databases which can be found in different document assemblies, repositories: associations of Budapest, sources related to the history of medieval Budapest

 

Associations of Budapest. The articles of association and association registry of the Residence-Capital was destroyed during the 1945 siege of the capital, so the archive contains only the articles of associations from 1945 to 1950, and the articles of associations of the towns and villages that were annexed by Budapest in 1950. The majority of information on the associations can be located in the different administrative assemblies of the capital, the districts, the – until 1950 – independent boundary towns and villages; they can be explored only with long, arduous work. The aim was to compile a complete list of the relevant associations and to lead the visitors to the archive’s other fonds that relate to these associations. At first, we fully processed the various surviving records of the association registries (which only partially remedied the articles of association destroyed in 1945), and we added to them the data found in ‘Associations of Budapest’ by Sándor Dubrovits (Statistical Office of the Residence-Capital, Budapest, 1936). In the guild-related matters lingering in administrative documents are currently located the documents of the Central Archive of the Council Departments of the Residence-Capital from 1873 to 1875, and the association matters in the Political documents. The database is made by the ’one association equals one record’ principle. Individual associations are given a relevant reference code. About the archival materials affected by the construction of the database you can find detailed information here.

Archival reference

Fond/Series

Time period of the materials located in the database

Time period of the materials available in digitalized version

IV.1407.b

Documents of the Council of the Residence-Capital. Central archive of Council departments

1873–1875

 

IV.1409.k

Documents of the Mayor of the Residence-Capital. Association registries and documents, 1945–1954

complete

 

IV.1427

Archival collection of the Articles of Association in the towns and villages annexed by Budapest according to the 1949 XXVI Article, 1878–1949

complete

 

IV.1429

Archival Collection of the Articles of Association of the Residence-Capital, 1945–1952

complete

 

IV.1471.e

Association and Business Registry of the IInd District Magistrate of the Residence-Capital. Volume 12–14, Association Registry, 1928–1949

complete

 

IV.1473.a

General documents of the IVth District Magistrate of the Residence-Capital, boxes 475–485,
5631/1–680 administrative number, guild liquidation records of the capital.

complete

 

IV.1473.b

Association, Industrial and Prentice Registry of the IVth District Magistrate of the Residence-Capital. Volume 63–64, Association Registry, 1935–1949

complete

 

IV.1474.c

Association and Industrial Registry of the Vth District Magistrate of the Residence-Capital, Volume 50, Association Registry, 1926–1948

complete

 

IV.1475.f

Association Registry of the IVth District Magistrate of the Residence-Capital, 1911–1943, boxes 1–4

complete

 

IV.1476.b

Association, Industrial and Labor Registry of the VIIth District Magistrate of the Residence-Capital, Volume 83–84, Association Registry, 1936–1949

complete

 

IV.1502

Documents of the Extramural Public Education Committee of the Residence-Capital, box 190.
Data reports of cultural associations in the capital

complete

 

IV.1428

Archive of political documents, boxes 32-40 and 56-66. Documents of councils, afterwards the mayor’s IXth department and the district magistrates, 1878–1947

complete

 

 

The database can be accessed through the Hungarian Archival Portal (it is not included in the joint search). http://www.archivportal.arcanum.hu/archon/opt/a101019.htm?v=pdf&a=start

Charters related to the history of medieval Budapest. This database is still under construction, and includes the data of over 4000 charters from before 1526 (not kept at the Budapest City Archives); the most complete section of the collection is the documents dating from the time of the Árpád dynasty. Since the goal was to create a collection as complete as possible, it includes charters and diplomas that contain only references to Budapest with their locality. The basic data of the charters are searchable: reference codes now and earlier, time of creation, issued by, statement of authenticity, form of preservation. The data of the publication of the charters are also given, and in certain cases there are notes concerning the authenticity and interpretation, short content extracts and a specification of how the document is related to Budapest. The records are searchable through the archival filing system.