HU OSA 300-40-16 Hungary 1956 Revolution Photographs

Identity statement

Reference code
HU OSA 300-40-16
Title
Hungary 1956 Revolution Photographs
Date(s)
1956 - 1957
Description level
Series
Extent and medium (processed)
3 Oversized box (40 cm), 1.2 linear meters

Context

Name of creator(s)
Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty, Inc - Research Institute
Archival history
In 1995 the Open Society Archives acquired a collection of 157 photographs from Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty Hungarian Desk taken by Hungarian and Western photo journalists in Hungary during the revolution. The Research Institute of Radio Free Europe/ Radio Liberty (RFE/RL) in Munich, Germany collected these pictures, together with their original captions for the purposes of an exhibition organized by RFE/RL Hungarian Desk to commemorate the 30th anniversary of the Revolution at the RFE/RL in 1986. Some of the photos of the Western news agencies were published in the special edition of Life magazine in November, 1956. The publication of the photos caused great concern in Hungary and at Radio Free Europe as well fearing that the Hungarian political police might use the photographs to identify street fighters, demonstrators and other participants of the Revolution, which could potentially be dangerous for them.

Content and structure

Scope and Content (Abstract)
A collection of 157 photographs, negatives and paper prints originate from Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty Hungarian Desk. These photos were taken by Hungarian and Western photo journalists in Hungary during the 1956 Revolution. The Research Institute of Radio Free Europe/ Radio Liberty (RFE/RL) in Munich, Germany collected these pictures, together with their original captions for the purposes of an exhibition organized by RFE/RL Hungarian Desk to commemorate the 30th anniversary of the Revolution at the RFE/RL in 1986. The curator of the exhibition was Gyula Borbándy. Some of the photos of the Western news agencies were published in the special edition of Life magazine in November, 1956. The publication of the photos caused great concern in Hungary and at Radio Free Europe as well fearing that the Hungarian political police might use the photographs to identify street fighters, demonstrators and other participants of the Revolution, which could potentially be dangerous for them. Using the original news agency and RFE/RL captions, and identifying locations of the events captured in the photos, the collection was initially processed at OSA in 1996. For reference services, reproductions – both negatives and prints – were created of the photographic master prints in 1996, too. The collection comprises of the original RFE/RL master prints, their captions, some additional description from the 1986 Munich exhibition, and of the reproductions created by OSA for access purposes in 1996. Many of the photographs have duplicates in various qualities and sizes. The 157 unique objects and their copies are assembled and kept in special sleeves in three acid-free archival boxes and are open for the public.
Accruals

Not expected

Conditions of access and use

Conditions governing access
Not restricted
Languages
English

Notes

Note
Many of the pictures were used in the first ever exhibition organized at OSA at its 5th district Eötvös Street premises, titled “The Representation of the Counter-revolution” 5 November – 1 December 1996. The collection was re-processed by Stephanie Haszczyn (CEU student) and Zsuzsanna Zádori (OSA), the finding aids was edited by Judit Hegedűs (OSA) in 2018.

Azonosítási Adatcsoport

Jelzet
HU OSA 300-40-16
Idő(kör)
1956 - 1957
Leírás szintje
Series
Terjedelem, adathordozók (feldolgozott)
3 levéltári doboz túlméretes, 1.2 folyóméter

Kontextusra vonatkozó adatcsoport

Az iratképző(k) neve
Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty, Inc - Research Institute

A tartalomra és a szerkezetre vonatkozó adatcsoport

Jövőbeni gyarapodás

Nem várható

A hozzáférésre és használatra vonatkozó adatcsoport

Jogi helyzet
Not restricted
Nyelv, írásrendszer
English
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