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The Hungarian National Archives Bács-Kiskun County Archives

ács-Kiskun County was founded legally in 1950, at same time the predecessor of the Hungarian National Archives Bács-Kiskun County Archives was created. The institution started its work in the city hall of Kecskemét (now the home of the Kossuth Square Group of the Archives). The present centre of the Bács-Kiskun County Archives located in the Klapka utca was opened in 1995. The Archives currently runs two departments in Kecskemét and one in Kinskunfélegyháza, in Kiskunhalas and in Baja as well.

In consequence of the fact that Bács-Kiskun County was organized in 1950, the Archives does not possess in a county level documents from the feudal and the late modern period. The bulk of the records are formed by the documents referring to the former cities with county rights for instance Baja and Kecskemét, moreover the former market towns and other settlements. The Archives keeps valuable documents from the feudal period as well: the oldest record is a diploma created in 1334, while the earliest document related to Kecskemét is the latin charter of incorporation which was written in 1557 belonged to those goldsmiths who moved from Szeged to Kecskemét. Complex collections of the Archives dated from 1718. The documentation of the cadastral survey carried out under the era of Joseph II remained as a whole. Furthermore, there are abundant records dealing with the Hungarian War of Independence 1848-49. The Bács-Kiskun County Archives holds several valuable materials about the former market towns and current settlements. For instance the documentation of Dunapataj can be traced back to 17th century (1661), the records of its manor court dated back to 1752. Moreover, the papers of different distinguished people (for instance the bequests of István Türr, Elek Kada or the world-famous Hungarian drama writer József Katona) and families (Bánó, Katona) mean an incredible value. During the World War II the collection of the Archives, that formerly had been richer, was heavily damaged.

The Archives has been organizing exhibitions regularly since 1998. The first exhibitions were made on the occasions the day of Hungarian culture. While at first annually a new exhibition had been set up on the occasions of the day of Hungarian culture, later the Archives organized exhibitions within the framework of Night of the Museum festival which provided wider publicity. Commemorating the Day of Hungarian Science there are thematic conference series called Day of the Archives in the Archives’ autumn programs. The said conferences have been organized regularly since 2000. Apart from these, several exhibitions, conferences, book presentations – related to highlighted events – broadens the range of the Archives’ activity.

The series whose title is Bács-Kiskun megye múltjából [From Bács-Kiskun County’s Past] and published first in 1975, reflects well the quality of the research projects carried out within the walls of in the institution. The volume XXIV of the said yearbook has been issued in 2014. The Archives’ own series are the Levéltári füzetek [Archival Issues], Forrásközlemények [Published Sources] and the Segédletek [Guides], but the institution publishes separate publications as well. Since 2010 the Bács-Kiskun County Archives has been editing an own electronic journal, the Múltidéző [The Retrospective] in order to meet the challenges of the modernity.

Further information
Address: 6000 Kecskemét, Klapka u. 13–15.
Postal address: 6001 Kecskemét, Pf. 77.
Telephone: +36 76 495 951; +36 76 484 452
Telefax: +36 76 495 952

I Central Building
Address: 6000 Kecskemét, Klapka u. 13–15.
Telephone: +36 76 495 951
Telefax: +36 76 495 952

II Katona József Square Group
Adress: 6000 Kecskemét, Katona József tér 8. II. em.
Telephone: +36 76 508 950

III Kiskunfélegyháza Department
Address: 6100 Kiskunfélegyháza, Kossuth u. 1.
Telephone: +36 76 461 152

IV Kiskunhalas Department
Address: 6400 Kiskunhalas, Dr. Nagy Mór u. 12–14.
Telephone: +36 76 508 950

V Baja Department
Address: 6500 Baja, Tóth Kálmán tér 7.
Telephone: +36 79 200–541