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Hungarian University of Agriculture and Life Sciences Kosáry Domokos Library and Archives (Gödöllő)

The specialized archives of the Gödöllő University of Agricultural Sciences was founded in 1993. The scope of its collection covered the documents of lasting value generated during the operation of the University of Agricultural Sciences and its predecessor institutions. The new archives became a founding member of the Budapest-Gödöllő Association of University and College Archives, also founded in 1993. The professional work began by separating the archival material from the depository. The Pest County Archives was the first among the predecessor institutions to hand over almost 10 linear metres of documents, the majority of which came from the Experimental Station for Animal Physiology and Nutrition, and after 1945 from the Research Institute for Animal Physiology. In 1994 the institution exchanged documents with the Keszthely Georgikon Faculty of Agriculture of the Pannon University of Agricultural Sciences. In exchange for a small amount of 19th century archival material, the new documents were transferred to Gödöllő, as a supplement to the holdings of the agricultural academies of Kassa and Kolozsvár. In 1996, we received the registers of the Department of Agriculture of the Faculty of Economics of the Royal Hungarian University of Sciences in Budapest from the archives of the University of Economics of Budapest. Parallel to the transfer of documents, by the end of 1996, with the help of the staff of the Archives Association, Ákos Horváth, József Mihály Kiss, László Molnár and Dr. László Szögi, the sorting and medium-level classification of the documents generated before 1980 was completed. After the completion of the classification, a repertory was published in 2000 to facilitate the use of the archival material. Since 2000, the archives has continued to operate under the name of the Szent István University Special Archives, Gödöllő. The University Senate decided that from April 2008 the institution forms a single organisational unit with the Gödöllő University Library. According to the decision of 29 October it is called SZIE Kosáry Domokos Library and Archives. From 2020, it becomes the Hungarian University of Agriculture and Life Sciences Kosáry Domokos Library and Archives.

The collection period for the documents ends in 1997, the total collection is 523.26 linear metres, classified in 31 fonds (31 December 2013).

From the pre-1945 period, student registries of the Department of Agriculture of the Faculty of Economics of the Royal Hungarian University of Sciences in Budapest and the Department of Agriculture of the Faculty of Agriculture and Veterinary Medicine of the Hungarian Royal József Nádor University of Technology and Economics (as predecessors) have been preserved in our archives.

All the significant groups of resources relating to the history of the University of Agricultural Sciences after 1945 (minutes of council meeting, registered documents, student registers, records of the Human Resources Department and the Technical Directorate) are available to researchers.

Other valuable collections include the student registers of the Academy of Economics in Kassa from 1883–1919, the Academy of Economics in Kolozsvár from 1906–1945, and the records of the Research Institute for Animal Physiology (Hungarian Royal Experimental Station for Animal Physiology and Nutrition) from 1896 to 1969.

In 2011, our photo collection was enlarged considerably. This year, we acquired 33,464 photographs taken between 1959 and 1990 at the now-defunct Central Photographic Laboratory of the Gödöllő University of Agricultural Sciences. The mostly black-and-white images are an important source of university life of the period.

 

Further information: 

Address: 2100 Gödöllő, Páter Károly u. 1. Main building
Phone: (06 28) 522 000/1170
E-mail: leveltar@lib.szie.hugeczy.tamas@szie.hu 
Honlap: http://kosary.lib.szie.hu/