A miniszterelnökség központilag iktatott és irattározott iratai (1867-1945)

  • Records of the Prime Minister’s Office (1867-1945)
Language of Description
1867 - 1945
  • Hungarian
  • Latin

Extent and Medium

1406 fasc., 216 vols., 212,74 linear metres


Archival History

A substantial part of the papers concerning the period 1911 to 1945 have been lost during the Second World War. The damage was especially acute for the years 1929 to 1945. The remaining parts were acquired by the Hungarian National Archive in 1948. Many of the reference works have also been lost, those that have been found entered the fond of the Archive in 1951.

Scope and Content

A whole row of Hungarian Prime Ministers and their offices have played notable roles in the history of anti-Semitism and the persecution of the Jews during the 1930s and 1940s. In Hungary, anti-Semitic initiatives, including anti-Semitic legislation, was often launched and even more often supported at this level. In 1944, following the entry of Nazi Germany into Hungary, it was the newly appointed government headed by Prime Minister Döme Sztójay that actively collaborated with the German Sonderkommando in the implementation of the mass deportations to Auschwitz-Birkenau. The Records of the Prime Minister’s Office held at the Hungarian National Archive are therefore of paramount important for the study of the Holocaust in Hungary. These records are unfortunately far from complete. However, they do contain a fragment of the Presidential, Press and Social Policy Departments for the years 1923 to 1945 as well as confidential papers issued under "res." or "biz." from 1915 onward. The former papers (called "res.") were issued by the Presidential Department, the latter (called "biz.") at the Minority Department.

System of Arrangement

For the period 1898 to 1944, the centrally registered papers were organized by item (tétel in the original) and by (rising) basic numbers within each item. The items concern thematic areas and are marked by Roman numbers, though there is considerably variety in terms of the contents and overall number of these items. The papers labeled confidential were later integrated in the collection. The finding aids for the period 1910 to 1944 are scarce and barely usable (though there are content summaries on cards for the years prior to 1933).

Finding Aids

  • Szűcs, László, ed. A miniszterelnökség levéltára. Levéltárak Országos Központja, 1958.

Publication Note Szűcs, László, ed. A miniszterelnökség levéltára. Levéltárak Országos Központja, 1958.

Archivist Note

Description was prepared by László Csősz.

Rules and Conventions

EHRI Guidelines for Description v.1.0