Records of the Mayor of Balassagyarmat

  • Balassagyarmat város polgármesterének iratai
V. 83
Language of Description
Level of Description
  • Hungarian
  • Latin


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 (276. §.) 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 Balassagyarmat in 1950. The City Council handed over the archival collection of the Mayor’s Office to the Salgótarján State Archives. The collection was re-arranged several times and reached its present form in the 2000s.

Scope and Content

The collection holds the records of the Mayor, the head of the administration of the town of Balassagyarmat between 1922 and 1950. Records related to the Holocaust include, but not limited to the following topics: cases of trade licences and permits, citizenship and naturalisation cases, disenfranchisement of Jewish citizens, petitions for granting the right to vote, records concerning the implementation of the anti-Jewish laws as well as instances of bureaucratic and illegal antisemitic measures, building permits, internal matters of Jewish communities, ban on Zionist organizations, conscription, Jewish military labour service, registration and nationalization of Jewish landholdings, petitions of non-Jews for Jewish apartments, shops and property, ghettoization, anti-Jewish raids, the cooperation of German and Hungarian authorities, registration, expropriation and distribution of Jewish property, appointments of non-Jewish wardens and guardians to manage former Jewish shops, workshops and other businesses, inventories of Jewish shops and apartments, allocation of Jewish apartments to non-Jews, and requests for apartments, shops and other assets confiscated from Jews.


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Conditions Governing Access

Letter of support from an academic institution is required Hungarian data protection laws apply

Conditions Governing Reproduction

Letter of support from an academic institution is required Hungarian data protection laws and reproduction fees apply

Finding Aids

Existence and Location of Originals

  • Originals are stored in the building of the Balassagyarmat branch of the National Archives of Hungary, Nógrád County Archives.

Existence and Location of Copies

  • A broad selection of the Holocaust-related records is available at the USHMMA (Selected Records of the Holocaust in Nógrád County, Hungary, 1934‐1948; RG‐68.109M)

Archivist Note

The collection was described by László Csősz and Gábor Kádár

Rules and Conventions

EHRI Guidelines for Description v.1.0