The Subject of the 1956 Hungarian Revolution in American Academic Libraries

By Bock, Julia | East European Quarterly, Winter 2006 | Go to article overview
Save to active project

The Subject of the 1956 Hungarian Revolution in American Academic Libraries


Bock, Julia, East European Quarterly


SCOPE

A version of this paper was presented at the Association of Hungarian Educators Conference in Indiana University at Bloomington, held on April 28, 2006, commemorating the 50th anniversary of the 1956 Hungarian Revolution. The purpose of this paper is to identify collections on the 1956 Hungarian Revolution in American academic libraries, and as a secondary aim, to provide a list of core publications presently available in print. By mapping collections related to the history of Hungary, the paper intends to orient researchers, where to turn for their research needs. While an obvious starting point is to search for relevant material in university libraries where the subjects of Hungarian and Eastern European history are in the curricula, there are special collections elsewhere, where scholars and emigres lived and donated their collections to local libraries. The occasion of celebrating the 50th anniversary of the 1956 Hungarian Revolution triggered interest to collect information about active collections in the United States.

In my search I was looking for book, archival, and video collections, as well as articles and electronic materials.

CHARACTERISTICS OF COLLECTING

1. The Thomson Educational index lists 17 American universities with East European curricula. Among them we see substantial current activities in collecting at Columbia, Stanford, Harvard, Indiana, Princeton, and University of Michigan.

2. Researching this topic specifically in middle size colleges' libraries reveals that they cannot keep up with the acquisition of new material. For example, in case of Baruch College, the most recent publication on the '56 Hungarian Revolution is 9 years old: this collection is losing its relevance.

3. Other locations where relevant material can be found finding territories are the areas where the Hungarian emigres settled after 1956; New York, New Jersey, Cleveland and Florida produced substantial collections in public libraries, museums, and other collections.

Without federal support special collections do not have a chance to survive financially and academically. Small archival and special collections offer special depth to existing collections through their cooperation with academic libraries, as in the case of the American Hungarian Foundation Library and Archives with Rutgers University, the Cleveland Hungarian Heritage Museum with Cleveland State University, and the Hoover Institute with Stanford University. In all cases the special collections provide a special focus enriching an academic institution, while the University offers standard cataloging, online access, Web interface and greater visibility to an otherwise isolated collection.

4. State universities and other regional consortia established multi-campus catalog systems for resource sharing. With this development and the wide usage of electronically transmitted records, actual ownership becomes less important. The following list contains collections in decreasing order by size; the main characteristics of each collection are mentioned, including archival holdings.

MAPPING THE CENTERS OF COLLECTING Collections by States

The greatest accumulation of '56 material is in the New York tri-state area with 1,656 items: New York 879, New Jersey 392 and Connecticut 385 items.

New York--879 items

The New York Public Research Library with its 272 items.

Columbia University's 257 holdings are rich in content and show continued interest on maintaining a leading scholarly collection in East European studies. The collection offers different media: an archival collection from the '56 emigration community; 686 items 28 boxes; transcripts of Oral History project with 626 interviews; and the Bela Kiraly papers; microforms from Radio Free Europe, pamphlets; sound- and video recordings. However, they are in the process of digitizing all these materials with Hungarian colleagues from the Open Society Archive to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the 1956 invasion.

The rest of this article is only available to active members of Questia

Sign up now for a free, 1-day trial and receive full access to:

  • Questia's entire collection
  • Automatic bibliography creation
  • More helpful research tools like notes, citations, and highlights
  • Ad-free environment

Already a member? Log in now.

Notes for this article

Add a new note
If you are trying to select text to create highlights or citations, remember that you must now click or tap on the first word, and then click or tap on the last word.
Loading One moment ...
Project items
Notes
Cite this article

Cited article

Style
Citations are available only to our active members.
Sign up now to cite pages or passages in MLA, APA and Chicago citation styles.

Cited article

The Subject of the 1956 Hungarian Revolution in American Academic Libraries
Settings

Settings

Typeface
Text size Smaller Larger
Search within

Search within this article

Look up

Look up a word

  • Dictionary
  • Thesaurus
Please submit a word or phrase above.
Print this page

Print this page

Why can't I print more than one page at a time?

While we understand printed pages are helpful to our users, this limitation is necessary to help protect our publishers' copyrighted material and prevent its unlawful distribution. We are sorry for any inconvenience.
Full screen

matching results for page

Cited passage

Style
Citations are available only to our active members.
Sign up now to cite pages or passages in MLA, APA and Chicago citation styles.

Cited passage

Welcome to the new Questia Reader

The Questia Reader has been updated to provide you with an even better online reading experience.  It is now 100% Responsive, which means you can read our books and articles on any sized device you wish.  All of your favorite tools like notes, highlights, and citations are still here, but the way you select text has been updated to be easier to use, especially on touchscreen devices.  Here's how:

1. Click or tap the first word you want to select.
2. Click or tap the last word you want to select.

OK, got it!

Thanks for trying Questia!

Please continue trying out our research tools, but please note, full functionality is available only to our active members.

Your work will be lost once you leave this Web page.

For full access in an ad-free environment, sign up now for a FREE, 1-day trial.

Already a member? Log in now.

Are you sure you want to delete this highlight?