Személyes gyűjtemények (1848-1956)

  • Collection of Miscellaneous Private Documents (1848-1956)
Személyes gyűjtemények (1848-1956)
Language of Description
1 Jan 1848 - 31 Dec 1956
Level of Description
  • English
  • French
  • German
  • Hebrew
  • Hungarian
  • Russian
  • Cyrillic
  • Hebrew
  • Latin

Extent and Medium

cr. 6 linear metres, cr. 10,000 items

Biographical History

The HMC’s collection of documents mostly contain private files, and only a fragment of the documents were produced by a state or municipal agency

Archival History

The collection of archival documents is based on the material of the Hungarian Auschwitz Foundation (HFA), an NGO established in 1990 by survivors to collect and preserve documentation pertaining to the Holocaust. HFA culled copies of archival material from several Hungarian public collections as well as original private documents donated by other institutions and individuals. The collection was handed over to the newly established Holocaust Memorial Center in 2004. From that time on, more than 800 individuals donated the HMC their private and family documents, photos and objects.


Hungarian Auschwitz Foundation

Scope and Content

The collection includes various types of private documents, including identification papers, passports, inventories, letters and postcards, diaries and notebooks, birth, death and marriage certificates, work and travel permits, protective documents and other personal documents as well as administrative and legal documents that were in the custody of families and individuals. Personal files also include about 2500 photographs and more than one thousand of objects and artifacts.

System of Arrangement

The collection is arranged thematically and by the names of the donors. As the HMC is a museum, not an archive, therefore there are no RG or file numbers, the archival material has only accession numbers

Finding Aids

  • No online finding aids available. Scholars can only use on-site finding aids, including MS Excel datasheets and hard copies of repositories

Existence and Location of Copies

  • Private collections

Related Units of Description

  • Collection of Testimonies, 1945-2010

Archivist Note

Description prepared by László Csősz Source: Due to privacy regulations, the list of the names of the donors cannot be displayed here, but it is available upon request at the institution.