Archives and Library

 

Welcome to the Joint Website of the Archives of Political History and the Trade Unions and the Library of the Institute of Political History

 

The Archives of Political History and the Trade Unions is a private archive open to the public. Originally, it collected documentary material on the history of the workers’ movement and the political left, while today its scope extends to the entirety of Hungarian history during the modern era. Our archivists trace, collect, and preserve private documents—all indispensable sources of contemporary history. The collection consists of particularly rich material on the regime change in Hungary from 1989 through 1990. We are open to any and all organizations, associations, and private individuals who wish to deposit their documents in the Archives of Political History and the Trade Unions.
Most of our material is catalogued: the register of fonds and inventories reflect the state of the collection as it was on January 1, 2018.

 

More information about the history of the archives and the library is available here.

 

The Institute of Political History also houses a public library. Its collection is devoted to topics in political and social theory, political history, political science, and modern history. While the majority of the collection exists in the Hungarian language, there are numerous texts in other European languages as well: English, French, German, and Polish, to name a few. The library also features a special collection of publications and electoral material from Hungarian political parties and organizations during the twentieth century, which is accessible for researchers.

 

Address: 1054 Budapest, Alkotmány u. 2., II. Floor
Phone: (+36 1) 301-20-24
Fax: (+36 1) 301-20-29
E-mail: or

 

Opening hours:

Monday: 8.30–18.00
Tuesday and Wednesday: 8.30–16.00
Closed on Thursday and Friday