HU OSA 301 Records of Index on Censorship

Identity statement

Reference code
HU OSA 301
Records of Index on Censorship
1957 - 1998
Description level
Extent and medium (estimated)
37.50 linear meters
Extent and medium (processed)
339 Archival boxes, 42.38 linear meters
1 Boxes of color prints, 0.44 linear meters
Total: 42.82 linear meters


Name of creator(s)
Index on Censorhip, London
Index on Censorship
Immediate source of acquisition or transfer
Deposited by Index on Censorship, London

Content and structure

Scope and Content (Narrative)
Index on Censorship was founded in 1972 by Stephen Spender with the goal to protect the basic human right of free expression. For the past 31 years, Index has reported on censorship issues from all over the world and has added to the debates on those issues. This fonds comprises primarily background materials relating to censorship and the suppression of the press and freedom of speech, as collected by the staff members of the Index on Censorship. Materials on the same topics but from other independent or anonymous sources can be also found. The records also deal with other human rights related topics such as migration, death penalty, victims of armed conflicts, minorities, political prisoners and prisoners of conscience, dissent and harassment of dissidents. Some administrative files and, within them, correspondence of the editors with human rights informants, activists and monitors are also part of this fonds. As it also is an incomplete series of the periodical itself and other publications, too.


Conditions of access and use

Conditions governing access
Some files contain personal data. Access restrictions to these files are specified on the series and container levels.

Allied materials

Related Units
HU OSA 302 Gábor Demszky Personal Papers
HU OSA 318 Records of the International Helsinki Federation for Human Rights
HU OSA 341 Human Rights Watch Reports
HU OSA 300-85 Samizdat Archives
Publication note

Description control

Description notes
Processed by Andrea Farkas in 2002-2003; re-arranged and described by Csaba Szilagyi in September-Novemnebr 2003