Blinken OSA Archivum

Archival Collections

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Communism and Cold War
Human Rights and Social Justice
CEU and Open Society Network

The Archivum’s catalog offers integrated search in cross-referenced archival, library and film library records. Where available, digital content is presented along rich contextual descriptions. While the primary language of the catalog is English, some of the collections are described in their original language, including in Hungarian, Russian, Polish and Italian.

The Archivum’s textual and audiovisual materials come in analog and digital format and in 40+ languages. Altogether they comprise 10,000 linear meters, 17,000 hours of audiovisual, and 15 TB of digital records, as well as 150,000 photographs, 6000+ documentary film titles and 19,000 library items on three main themes, see above.

Communism, the Cold War, and their Afterlives

The largest collection on this topic is that of the Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty (RFE/RL) Research Institute and its successor, the Open Media Research Institute, consisting of background and reference materials accumulated over 45 years of activity. It is an essential source on the post-WWII political, social, economic, and cultural history of the Central and Southeast European region, including, among others, Radio Liberty broadcasts, Soviet television monitoring and unique Soviet, Polish and Hungarian samizdat materials.

Special collections comprise Soviet propaganda films; live recordings and documentary films of the Hungarian Black Box Video Journal; copies of state security and secret police documents; propaganda and educational films of the communist Hungarian Ministry of the Interior and the Workers’ Militia; video interviews relating to Chernobyl; and the archive of the journal Budapest Week.

Individual donations or deposits include those made by the filmmakers Pál Schiffer and Péter Forgács, the former democratic opposition member and mayor of Budapest Gábor Demszky, the freedom fighter General Béla Király, the sociologist István Kemény, the photographers Rodolf Hervé, Lajos Erdélyi and Éva Kapitány, and the philanthropist and diplomat couple Vera and Donald Blinken.

Human Rights and Social Justice

Collections comprise records from international and local agencies and non-governmental organizations, as well as individuals active in documenting the history of human rights movements and violations worldwide, including but not limited to genocide, war crimes, torture, rape and crimes against humanity, as well as of the rights and representation of marginalized, disadvantaged groups, such as refugees, the Roma, and other ethnic minorities, the LGBTQI+ community or people with disabilities.

Most important among these record groups are those of the UN Expert Commission on Investigating War Crimes in the Former Yugoslavia, International Helsinki Federation for Human Rights, Index on Censorship, Physicians for Human Rights, American Refugee Committee’s Balkan Programs, Human Rights Watch, Hungarian Roma Parliament Association, and International Federation of Persons with Physical Disability.

The Archivum’s Yugoslavia related collections contain substantial source materials on the communist past, violent dissolution and turbulent afterlife of the region, including video recordings of human rights abuses collected by the International Monitor Institute, research materials of the journalist David Rohde, home movies from Srebrenica recorded by a local cameraman before and after the enclave’s fall, and postwar monitoring of newscasts and political programs from televisions in Bosnia, Croatia and Serbia.

Central European University (CEU) and the Open Society Foundations (OSF) Network

The Archivum, the official repository and historical archives of the Central European University (CEU) in Budapest and Vienna, as well as of the Open Society Foundations (OSF) network globally, is responsible for the long-term preservation of the permanent records of these entities.

The records of CEU include documents related to the foundation and activities of this unique research university, established initially and primarily to offer quality English language higher education to and foster dialogue between students coming from emerging democracies in Central and Southeastern Europe, as well as the former Soviet Union. Beyond recordings of academic programs and public events, CEU collections include personal papers of some of its founders and professors, such as that of the philosopher of science Bill Newton-Smith.

The OSF records reflect the philanthropic activities of the foundations in the domain of public education and health, culture, arts and sciences, transparent governance, disabilities, human rights, environment, poverty, and ethnic minorities. They comprise the archives of the Soros Foundation Hungary, the first entity of the network, the documentary film collection of the Soros Documentary Fund or OSF’s Sarajevo Programs’ records. These latter include text and video materials on humanitarian, educational and cultural aid, on exchange and science projects initiated and managed for population of the city under siege during the recent Yugoslav Wars.

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HU OSA 1Records of the Open Society Foundation for Albania
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HU OSA 2Records of the Open Society Institute Assistance Foundation–Armenia
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HU OSA 3Records of the Open Society Institute Assistance Foundation–Azerbaijan
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HU OSA 4Records of the Belarusian Soros Foundation
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HU OSA 5Records of the Open Society Fund–Bosnia and Herzegovina
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HU OSA 6Records of the Open Society Institute–Sofia
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HU OSA 7Records of the Open Society Institute–Croatia
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HU OSA 8Records of the Open Society Fund–Prague
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HU OSA 9Records of the Open Estonia Foundation
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HU OSA 10Records of the Open Society Georgia Foundation
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HU OSA 11Records of the Fundación Soros–Guatemala
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HU OSA 12Records of the Fondation Connaissance et Liberté
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HU OSA 13Records of the Soros Foundation–Hungary
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HU OSA 14Records of the Soros Foundation–Kazakhstan
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HU OSA 15Kosovo Foundation for Open Society
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HU OSA 16Records of the Soros Foundation–Kyrgyzstan
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HU OSA 25Records of the Open Society Institute–Russia
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HU OSA 26Records of the Fund for an Open Society–Serbia
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HU OSA 34Records of the Open Society Institute Assistance Foundation–Uzbekistan
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HU OSA 35Records of the Open Society Initiative for West Africa
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HU OSA 65Records of the Open Society Institute - U.S. Programs
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HU OSA 101Records of the Research Support Scheme
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HU OSA 103Records of Constitutional and Legal Policy Institute
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HU OSA 104Records of the Local Government and Public Service Reform Initiative
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HU OSA 107Records of the EU Monitoring and Advocacy Program
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HU OSA 108Records of the Education Support Program
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HU OSA 116Records of the International Science Foundation
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HU OSA 124Records of the Forced Migration Projects
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HU OSA 127Records of the Network Women's Program
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HU OSA 203Records of Central European University
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HU OSA 205Records of the Open Media Research Institute
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HU OSA 206Records of the Open Society Archives at Central European University
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HU OSA 211Records of the Office of Bill Newton-Smith
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HU OSA 297Broadcast Records of Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty
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HU OSA 298Records of the Free Europe Committee
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HU OSA 300Records of Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty Research Institute
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HU OSA 301Records of Index on Censorship
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HU OSA 302Gábor Demszky Personal Papers
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HU OSA 304Records of the International Human Rights Law Institute Relating to the Conflict in the Former Yugoslavia
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HU OSA 305Fekete Doboz Alapítvány Video Archive
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HU OSA 306Collective Fonds - Records Relating to the 1956 Hungarian Revolution
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HU OSA 307''VIN'' Programs Broadcast at Studio B Television - Belgrade
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HU OSA 308Monitoring of Yugoslav Television
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HU OSA 309Monitoring of Television from Bosnia and Herzegovina
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HU OSA 310Monitoring of Croatian Television
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HU OSA 312Alfred A. Reisch Collection
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HU OSA 313Árpád Ajtony Personal Papers
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HU OSA 314Miklós Kun Interviews Relating to the Soviet Union
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HU OSA 318Records of the International Helsinki Federation for Human Rights
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HU OSA 319Trial Proceedings Video of the United Nations International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia
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HU OSA 320Photographs and Home Movie Collection of Privát Fotó és Film Alapítvány
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HU OSA 329Records of the Canadian Court Relating to the Case of Her Majesty The Queen (Appellant) v. Imre Finta (Respondent) and the Canadian Holocaust Remembrance Association (Intervener)
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HU OSA 331Interviews Relating to Chernobyl
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HU OSA 335Mária Heller Research Documentation
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HU OSA 336General Béla Király Personal Papers
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HU OSA 338Monitoring of Television from Serbia and Bosnia and Herzegovina
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HU OSA 339Judit Kóthy Collection on Hungarian Television during the Transition Period
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HU OSA 341Human Rights Watch Reports
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HU OSA 344Hungarian Workers' Militia Films
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HU OSA 349Records of the International Foundation Cultural Initiative
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HU OSA 350Records of the International Monitor Institute
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HU OSA 354Records of the Democratic Charta
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HU OSA 355János Kis Collection of Hungarian Samizdat and Documents of the Democratic Opposition
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HU OSA 356Pál Schiffer Personal Papers
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HU OSA 357Collective Fonds: Hungarian State Security Documents
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HU OSA 361András Hegedüs Personal Papers
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HU OSA 362Tibor Philipp Collection
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HU OSA 363Records of the American Refugee Committee's Balkan Programs
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HU OSA 364Béla Nóvé Collection
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HU OSA 366Hungarian Propaganda and Tourism Agency Film Collection
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HU OSA 367Vera and Donald Blinken Papers
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HU OSA 368István Kemény Personal Papers
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HU OSA 369Records of the Roma Sajtóközpont Egyesület
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HU OSA 375Péter Pallai Collection
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HU OSA 377David Rohde Collection on Srebrenica
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HU OSA 378Monitoring of the Iraqi and Kurdish Television
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HU OSA 381Electronic Archives of the Communist International (Comintern)
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HU OSA 383Géza Sáska Collection of Hungarian Samizdat
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HU OSA 384István Bartók Photos and Collection of Press Clippings
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HU OSA 385Personal Papers of Victor Fic
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HU OSA 386Records of the Physicians for Human Rights' Bosnia Projects
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HU OSA 388Rodolf Hervé Collection
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HU OSA 390Miklós Hollós Collection of Amateur Radio Cards
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HU OSA 391Photographs of Gabriel Bodnar on the 1968 Invasion of Kosice
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HU OSA 392Video Recordings of WITNESS
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HU OSA 393Interview Collection on the Bibó Memorial Book
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HU OSA 394Records of the Film Studio of the Hungarian Ministry of Interior
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HU OSA 397György Krassó Collection of Hungarian Samizdat
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HU OSA 400Zoltán Novák Collection on the History of the Hungarian Budapest Reform Circle of the Hungarian Socialist Worker's Party and the Reform Circle Movement
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HU OSA 401Video Collection of the Honorka Hégető Foundation
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HU OSA 404István György Tóth Personal Papers
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HU OSA 406Collection of Home Movies on Srebrenica
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HU OSA 408László Varga Collection
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HU OSA 409Voices of the 20th Century Archive
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HU OSA 410Radu Stan Collection on Jewish Communities in Romania
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HU OSA 412Gary Filerman Collection on Hungarian Refugees of 1956
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HU OSA 415Rudé Právo Collection
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HU OSA 416Magos-Gimes Family Papers
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HU OSA 418András Szekfü Collection of Documents and Videos
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HU OSA 419Júlia Vajda Totalitarianism and Holocaust Interview Collection
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HU OSA 420Collection on the Hungarian Institute for Public Opinion Research
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HU OSA 422Records of the Foundation for the Support of European Intellectuals
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HU OSA 423Miklós Szabó Monday Free University Lectures
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HU OSA 424Soviet Propaganda Film Collection
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HU OSA 426Lajos Jakab Samizdat Collection
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HU OSA 429Mihály Csákó Personal Papers
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HU OSA 431Péter Fábry Collection on the Orfeo Art Group
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HU OSA 434György Durst Collection of Video Interviews
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HU OSA 435Peter Pastor Collection on Atlantic Research and Publications, Inc.
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HU OSA 437Digital Archive of Cultural Heritage
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HU OSA 439Gertrud Bortstieber Personal Papers
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HU OSA 440Éva Kapitány Photo Collection
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HU OSA 445András Bozóki Collection
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HU OSA 449László Mester Collection
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HU OSA 457Géza Benes Personal Papers
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HU OSA 458László Cséry Collection
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HU OSA 460Eva S. Balogh Personal Papers
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HU OSA 462Photographs of the Dialogue Peace Group
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HU OSA 463Records of Budapest Week
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HU OSA 472Mária Jassó Personal Papers
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HU OSA 486Endre Sik Personal Papers
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HU OSA 491Records of the Civil Defense Alliance of the Hungarian Ministry of Defence

Archival Collections

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HU OSA 1Records of the Open Society Foundation for Albania
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HU OSA 2Records of the Open Society Institute Assistance Foundation–Armenia
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HU OSA 3Records of the Open Society Institute Assistance Foundation–Azerbaijan
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HU OSA 4Records of the Belarusian Soros Foundation
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HU OSA 5Records of the Open Society Fund–Bosnia and Herzegovina
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HU OSA 6Records of the Open Society Institute–Sofia
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HU OSA 7Records of the Open Society Institute–Croatia
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HU OSA 8Records of the Open Society Fund–Prague
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HU OSA 9Records of the Open Estonia Foundation
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HU OSA 10Records of the Open Society Georgia Foundation
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HU OSA 11Records of the Fundación Soros–Guatemala
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HU OSA 12Records of the Fondation Connaissance et Liberté
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HU OSA 13Records of the Soros Foundation–Hungary
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HU OSA 14Records of the Soros Foundation–Kazakhstan
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HU OSA 15Kosovo Foundation for Open Society
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HU OSA 16Records of the Soros Foundation–Kyrgyzstan
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HU OSA 25Records of the Open Society Institute–Russia
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HU OSA 26Records of the Fund for an Open Society–Serbia
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HU OSA 34Records of the Open Society Institute Assistance Foundation–Uzbekistan
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HU OSA 35Records of the Open Society Initiative for West Africa
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HU OSA 65Records of the Open Society Institute - U.S. Programs
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HU OSA 101Records of the Research Support Scheme
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HU OSA 103Records of Constitutional and Legal Policy Institute
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HU OSA 104Records of the Local Government and Public Service Reform Initiative
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HU OSA 107Records of the EU Monitoring and Advocacy Program
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HU OSA 108Records of the Education Support Program
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HU OSA 116Records of the International Science Foundation
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HU OSA 124Records of the Forced Migration Projects
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HU OSA 127Records of the Network Women's Program
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HU OSA 203Records of Central European University
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HU OSA 205Records of the Open Media Research Institute
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HU OSA 206Records of the Open Society Archives at Central European University
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HU OSA 211Records of the Office of Bill Newton-Smith
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HU OSA 297Broadcast Records of Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty
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HU OSA 298Records of the Free Europe Committee
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HU OSA 300Records of Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty Research Institute
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HU OSA 301Records of Index on Censorship
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HU OSA 302Gábor Demszky Personal Papers
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HU OSA 304Records of the International Human Rights Law Institute Relating to the Conflict in the Former Yugoslavia
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HU OSA 305Fekete Doboz Alapítvány Video Archive
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HU OSA 306Collective Fonds - Records Relating to the 1956 Hungarian Revolution
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HU OSA 307''VIN'' Programs Broadcast at Studio B Television - Belgrade
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HU OSA 308Monitoring of Yugoslav Television
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HU OSA 309Monitoring of Television from Bosnia and Herzegovina
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HU OSA 310Monitoring of Croatian Television
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HU OSA 312Alfred A. Reisch Collection
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HU OSA 313Árpád Ajtony Personal Papers
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HU OSA 314Miklós Kun Interviews Relating to the Soviet Union
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HU OSA 318Records of the International Helsinki Federation for Human Rights
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HU OSA 319Trial Proceedings Video of the United Nations International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia
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HU OSA 320Photographs and Home Movie Collection of Privát Fotó és Film Alapítvány
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HU OSA 329Records of the Canadian Court Relating to the Case of Her Majesty The Queen (Appellant) v. Imre Finta (Respondent) and the Canadian Holocaust Remembrance Association (Intervener)
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HU OSA 331Interviews Relating to Chernobyl
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HU OSA 335Mária Heller Research Documentation
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HU OSA 336General Béla Király Personal Papers
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HU OSA 338Monitoring of Television from Serbia and Bosnia and Herzegovina
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HU OSA 339Judit Kóthy Collection on Hungarian Television during the Transition Period
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HU OSA 341Human Rights Watch Reports
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HU OSA 344Hungarian Workers' Militia Films
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HU OSA 349Records of the International Foundation Cultural Initiative
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HU OSA 350Records of the International Monitor Institute
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HU OSA 354Records of the Democratic Charta
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HU OSA 355János Kis Collection of Hungarian Samizdat and Documents of the Democratic Opposition
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HU OSA 356Pál Schiffer Personal Papers
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HU OSA 357Collective Fonds: Hungarian State Security Documents
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HU OSA 361András Hegedüs Personal Papers
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HU OSA 362Tibor Philipp Collection
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HU OSA 363Records of the American Refugee Committee's Balkan Programs
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HU OSA 364Béla Nóvé Collection
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HU OSA 366Hungarian Propaganda and Tourism Agency Film Collection
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HU OSA 367Vera and Donald Blinken Papers
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HU OSA 368István Kemény Personal Papers
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HU OSA 369Records of the Roma Sajtóközpont Egyesület
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HU OSA 375Péter Pallai Collection
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HU OSA 377David Rohde Collection on Srebrenica
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HU OSA 378Monitoring of the Iraqi and Kurdish Television
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HU OSA 381Electronic Archives of the Communist International (Comintern)
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HU OSA 383Géza Sáska Collection of Hungarian Samizdat
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HU OSA 384István Bartók Photos and Collection of Press Clippings
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HU OSA 385Personal Papers of Victor Fic
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HU OSA 386Records of the Physicians for Human Rights' Bosnia Projects
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HU OSA 388Rodolf Hervé Collection
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HU OSA 390Miklós Hollós Collection of Amateur Radio Cards
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HU OSA 391Photographs of Gabriel Bodnar on the 1968 Invasion of Kosice
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HU OSA 392Video Recordings of WITNESS
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HU OSA 393Interview Collection on the Bibó Memorial Book
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HU OSA 394Records of the Film Studio of the Hungarian Ministry of Interior
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HU OSA 397György Krassó Collection of Hungarian Samizdat
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HU OSA 400Zoltán Novák Collection on the History of the Hungarian Budapest Reform Circle of the Hungarian Socialist Worker's Party and the Reform Circle Movement
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HU OSA 401Video Collection of the Honorka Hégető Foundation
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HU OSA 404István György Tóth Personal Papers
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HU OSA 406Collection of Home Movies on Srebrenica
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HU OSA 408László Varga Collection
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HU OSA 409Voices of the 20th Century Archive
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HU OSA 410Radu Stan Collection on Jewish Communities in Romania
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HU OSA 412Gary Filerman Collection on Hungarian Refugees of 1956
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HU OSA 415Rudé Právo Collection
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HU OSA 416Magos-Gimes Family Papers
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HU OSA 418András Szekfü Collection of Documents and Videos
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HU OSA 419Júlia Vajda Totalitarianism and Holocaust Interview Collection
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HU OSA 420Collection on the Hungarian Institute for Public Opinion Research
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HU OSA 422Records of the Foundation for the Support of European Intellectuals
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HU OSA 423Miklós Szabó Monday Free University Lectures
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HU OSA 424Soviet Propaganda Film Collection
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HU OSA 426Lajos Jakab Samizdat Collection
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HU OSA 429Mihály Csákó Personal Papers
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HU OSA 431Péter Fábry Collection on the Orfeo Art Group
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HU OSA 434György Durst Collection of Video Interviews
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HU OSA 435Peter Pastor Collection on Atlantic Research and Publications, Inc.
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HU OSA 437Digital Archive of Cultural Heritage
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HU OSA 439Gertrud Bortstieber Personal Papers
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HU OSA 440Éva Kapitány Photo Collection
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HU OSA 445András Bozóki Collection
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HU OSA 449László Mester Collection
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HU OSA 457Géza Benes Personal Papers
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HU OSA 458László Cséry Collection
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HU OSA 460Eva S. Balogh Personal Papers
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HU OSA 462Photographs of the Dialogue Peace Group
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HU OSA 463Records of Budapest Week
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HU OSA 472Mária Jassó Personal Papers
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HU OSA 486Endre Sik Personal Papers
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HU OSA 491Records of the Civil Defense Alliance of the Hungarian Ministry of Defence