Magyar Nemzeti Levéltár Országos Levéltára

  • Hungarian National Archives
  • National Archives of Hungary
  • MOL
  • Magyar Országos Levéltár

History

The Hungarian National Archives were established in 1756 in the then capital of Hungary, Pozsony (Pressburg/Bratislava). The institute was moved to Buda in 1784 and located in its present main building in 1923. The building and the archival holdings were severely damaged during the 1944-45 and the 1956 sieges of the city. The largest public state archives in Hungary, the National Archives primarily holds the documents of the central state administration and various public, economic and financial organs as well as documents of families and individuals. In 2012, all the Hungarian municipal (county and city) archives were administratively incorporated into the central state archives, under the name National Archives of Hungary (Magyar Nemzeti Levéltár), making it the principal repository in Hungary holding collections pertaining to the Holocaust. Besides its archival and administrative functions, the institute also conducts various research projects, publishes extensively and organizes conferences, lectures and other academic and public events.

Geographical and Cultural Context

Hungary

Archival and Other Holdings

The 73,000 metres of archival holdings of the National Archives of Hungary are divided into sections and main record groups (fonds) in historical and chronological order as well as on the basis of administrative units or type of records. The archival material created before 1945 have been registered in sections marked with capital letters. The record group of key importance for EHRI is Section‘K’, which holds the records of government organs and central courts from the period 1867–1944, including the Head of State’s Cabinet Office, the Prime Minister’s Office, the Parliament, ministries and various state organizations and agencies. Other relevant record groups include Section "P" (Archives of Families, Corporations and Institutions), Microfilm collections (about 63,5 millions of pages) and large collections of maps, plans and photographs. For a detailed description of holdings

Opening Times

The National Archives of Hungary is open to researchers from Tuesdays to Thursdays from 8.30am to 5.45pm and Fridays from 8.30am to 3.45pm

Accessibility

It is strongly recommended to use public transport to visit the National Archives of Hungary, as the access to the castle district with cars is limited. We suggest taking Bus no. 16. from Széll Kálmán tér (on Metro Line no.2.) or From Deák Ferenc tér (intersection of Metro Lines nos. 1, 2 and 3) and get off at Bécsi kapu tér. The bus stops right in front of the main building of the archives.

Languages Used

  • English

  • French

  • German

  • Hungarian

  • Latin

  • Romanian

  • Slovak

Scripts Used

  • Latin

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