Records of the Mayor of the Town of Cegléd, 1872-1944

  • Cegléd város polgármesterének iratai, 1872-1944
V. 73
Language of Description
1872 - 1944
Level of Description
  • Hungarian
  • Latin

Extent and Medium

139,79 linear metres Textual records


Biographical History

Mayor (polgármester) was the leading official of the towns and cities in Hungary. The mayor was elected by the Municipal Committee and his powers were regulated by the statutes created by the Committee as well as by Act XXI of 1886 (73. §.) The scope of authority of the Mayor was significantly broadened by Act XXX of 1930, which handed over most of the functions of the City Council to the Mayor’s Office. The Mayor’s Office included several departments according to its main administrative and economic functions.

Archival History

The records of the Mayor’s Office were taken over by its successor, the City Council of Cegléd in 1950. The City Council handed over the archival collection of the Mayor’s Office in the 1970s and 1980s to the Nagykőrös branch of the Pest County State Archives. The collection was re-arranged several times and reached its present form in 1987.

Scope and Content

The collection holds the records of the Mayor, the head of the administration of the town of Cegléd between 1872 and 1950. Records from the years 1938-1944 include but not limited to documents concerning the implementation of Jewish Laws and antisemitic bureaucratic procedures, including the withdrawal of trade licences and permits, quitting rental agreements of Jews, exclusion of Jews from the municipal committee and social organizations, discharge of Jewish private and state employees, registration and expropriation of Jewish landholdings; administrative procedures against Jewish communities, various lists and conscriptions of Jewish traders, companies, real estate, stocks and lands, as well as memoranda, requests and petitions reflecting the antisemitic public mood, denunciations, reports against and investigation of the cases of Jewish individuals and companies, withdrawals of weapon permits, protocols of supervision of Jewish shops, inns, factories, pharmacies and other companies, appointments of authorized wholesalers and traders (discrimination against Jewish companies), decisions concerning trade, citizenship requests of Jews, decisions concerning Jewish landholdings and requests for Jewish lands. Wartime records include documents concerning military labour service of Jewish men, social aid to Jewish individuals, including war widows and orphans and family members of military labour servicemen, conversion and name magyarization cases, decisions concerning the work of military labour service companies, conscription lists, antisemitic incidents, activities of extreme right wing organizations and parties, bans of Jewish organizations, including local Zionist groups. The Holocaust-era part of the collection includes the implementation of the anti-Jewish decrees, internment of Jewish individuals, ghettoization, transit camps, the social and economic problems caused by the deportation of Jews, including the lack of doctors and other specialists, cases of Jewish doctors drafted for labour service, expropriation of Jewish wealth, petitions of non-Jewish individuals and organizations for Jewish apartments, shops and other property, decisions of the municipal authorities concerning Jewish apartments and other assets, appointments of wardens and guardians, reports and inventories on factories, stores, shops, vehicles, etc. of Jews, cases of escape, rescue and mitigation, exemption cases, antisemitic propaganda (posters, fliers), reports and denunciations against Jews, dissolution of Jewish communities and institutions and decisions about their real estate and moveable property. Post-Holocaust records include petitions of returning survivors for social aid and restitution, the re-establishment of Jewish organizations, participation of Jews in the social and economic life, including the restart of enterprises and reports about abandoned property.

System of Arrangement

The collection is divided into 11 provenance groups, numbered V.73. a-k., the most relevant of which are the Presidential records, 1891-1944 (V.73. a.), Administrative records, 1872-1944 (V. 73. b.), Taxation records, 1892-1925 (V. 73. c.), Records of military matters (V. 73. e.)., and the Records of the Public Supply Office (V. 73. j.). Administrative records are arranged by thematic groups numbered I to XXI by the major functions of the departments of the mayor’s office. Within the thematic groups, the records are mostly arranged by basic numbers, re-started each year.

Conditions Governing Access

No restrictions on access

Publication Note

Ernő Lakatos, ed. A Magyar Állami Levéltárak fondjegyzéke, Vol. III. A Területi Levéltárak fondjegyzékei Part 13. A Pest Megyei Levéltár fondjainak jegyzéke. Budapest: Magyar Országos Levéltár, 1975.

Archivist Note

The description was prepared by László Csősz

Rules and Conventions

EHRI Guidelines for Description v.1.0