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Imre Kovacs Papers, 1945-1980

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Bib ID 4078434 View CLIO record
Creator(s) Kovács, Imre, 1913-1980
Title Imre Kovacs Papers, 1945-1980
Physical Description 25000 items (43 boxes; 1 oversized folder)
Language(s) Hungarian , English , German .
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Scope and Content

Correspondence, manuscripts, documents, photographs and printed materials of Imre Kovács. The voluminous correspondence includes letters to and from his family in the U.S. and Hungary. The professional correspondence is primarily concerned with contemporary events in Hungary, Latin America and Asia and covers the years 1947-1980. Correspondents include many prominent Hungarians such as Belá Varga, Ferenc Nagy, Oscar Jaszi and Albert Szent-György. There are political and literary manuscripts, book reviews and lectures by Kovács, as well as background materials for his books "The Ninety and Nine" and "The Hearing." Subject files reflect Kovác's involvement with Hungarian emigre organizations and his work for Radio Free Europe and their Hungarian service. There are also files on the Free Europe Press and the Free Europe Committee. Kovác's 1957 trip to Asia and the Middle East is documented through correspondence, clippings and photographs. Similar coverage is provided for Kovác's 1963 trip to Latin America for the International Center for Social Research. There are related subject files on Latin American agrarian reform and campesino leadership training. Printed materials include articles by Kovács and others, as well as miscellaneous publications of the Hungarian emigration.

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Preferred Citation

Identification of specific item; Date (if known); Imre Kovacs Papers; Box and Folder; Bakhmeteff Archive; Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Columbia University Library


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Ownership and Custodial History

Gift of the Trustees of the Imre Kovács Papers, 1985.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Papers: Source of acquisition--Trustees of the Imre Kovacs Papers. Method of acquisition--Gift; Date of acquisition--01/--/86. Accession number--B-87-1-30.

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Processing Information

Papers Processed EJS 01/--/87.

Revision Description

2009-06-26 File created.

2019-05-20 EAD was imported spring 2019 as part of the ArchivesSpace Phase II migration.

Subject Headings

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Asia -- Politics and government -- 20th century Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Hungarians -- United States Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Latin America -- Politics and government -- 20th century Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Near East -- Politics and government -- 20th century Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID

History / Biographical Note

Biographical sketch

Hungarian writer and statesman; member of the Hungarian Parliament 1945-1947, Secretary General of the Hungarian National Peasant Party, staff member of the National Committee for a Free Europe in the 1950's and President of the International Center for Social Research from 1962-1963.

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Series I: Correspondence

Box 1 Berle, Adolf A.

Box 1 Brzenzinski, Zbigniew

Box 1 Deak, Istvan

Box 1 Gati, Charles

Box 1 Hapsburg, Otto

Box 1 Hook, Sidney

Box 1 Jaszi, Oscar

Box 1 Kennan, George

Box 1 Lengyel, Emil

Box 1 Lodge, Henry Cabot, Jr.

Box 1 Szent-GyBrgyi, Albert

Box 1 Tabori, Paul

Box 1 A

Box 1 Aldor, Peter

Box 1 Antl, Edmundo

Box 1 B

Box 1 Benedek, Karoly

Box 1 Borbandi, Gyula

Box 1 Borsody, Istvan

Box 1 Boros, Sandor

Box 2 C

Box 2 Csorba-Mikita, Istvan

Box 2 D

Box 2 Deak, Zoltan

Box 2 E

Box 2 F

Box 2 Foldes, Zoltan

Box 2 G

Box 3 H

Box 3 Hamza, Andrew

Box 3 I

Box 3 Ignotus, Pal

Box 3 J

Box 3 Just, Bela

Box 3 K

Box 3 Kallay, Kristof

Box 3 Karasz, Artur

Box 3 Kertesz, Istvan

Box 4 Kovacs, Imre

Box 4 Kovacs Family

Box 5 L

Box 5 Lazar, Istvan

Box 5 Lukas, John

Box 5 M

Box 5 Meray, Tibor

Box 5 Molnar, Jozsef

Box 5 Musto, Istvan

Box 5 N

Box 5 Nagy, Ferenc

Box 6 Pap, Istvan

Box 6 Peyer, Karoly

Box 6 R

Box 6 Rosta, Lazslo

Box 7 S

Box 7 Sulyok, Dezso

Box 7 Szabo, Elizabeth

Box 7 Szabo, Pal

Box 7 Szabo, Zoltan

Box 7 Szankay, Zoltan

Box 8 T

Box 8 Truitt, George A

Box 8 U

Box 8 V

Box 8 Vajda, BenB

Box 8 Valko, Lazslo

Box 8 Vamos, Imre

Box 8 Varga, Bela

Box 8 Varga, Maria

Box 9 W,Y,Z

Box 9 Zeke, Zoltan

Box 9 Unidentified

Series II: Manuscripts

Box 10 Auer, Paul -- To Neutralize Central Europe

Barankovics, Istvan

Box 10 "Az emigrans trojka es egyeb emigrans jelensegek"

Box 10 "Felszo1alasa"

Box 10 Balla, Erzsebet -- Poems

Box 10 Brady, Zoltan -- "Requiem of a Homestead11

Box 10 Davidson, Carl -- "The Multiversity"

Box 1 Deak, Istvan

Box 1 "Marxist Historians Look at the Digger Movement"

Box 1 "The United States and the Communist Takeover of

Box 1 Hungary"

Box 10 Derecskey, Charles--"The New Overloard"

Fast, Howard

Box 10 "Az emberiseg remenye"

Box 10 "Man's Hope"

Box 10 Gombos, Gyula & Kovacs, Imre -- "Magyar-Amerikai kapcsolatok, 1945-1948"

Kovacs, Imre

Box 10 "Always with the Oppressed"

Box 10 "American Revolution"

Box 10 "Bajcsy-Zsilinszky Endre"

Box 10 "Bicentennial Series"

Box 10 Book Reviews

Box 10 Imre Nagy's "A Magyar nep vedelmeben"

Box 10 "Challenge at your Gates"

Box 10 "The Chinese Family"

Box 10 "Columbian Story"

Box 10 "Development of Hungarian Industry"

Box 10 "Dilemna [sic] of the Soviet Writer"

Box 10 "Duke ezredes jelentkezik"

Box 10 "Egy kiserlet bukasa"

Box 10 "Egy NEP elvesziti a szabadsagat"

Box 10 "Elindultam szep hazambol"

Box 10 "Ellenforradalom az emigracioban"

Box 11 "Feljegyzes"

Box 11 "For Spiritual Sovereignty"

Box 11 "Forces of Natural Progress"

Box 11 "Forms and Methods of Collectivization in Hungary"

Box 11 "A frontonkivllli nep"

Box 11 "A genfi talalkozo ele"

Box 11 "Graduates of the Bolshevik Revolution"

Box 11 "Halvaszttlett demokracia?

Box 11 "Ham Tibor bemutatasa"

Box 11 "A hatatarnal"

Box 11 "The Hearing" (with transcript of Koreh Affair on which work is based)

Box 11 "Helyszini kozvetites a toth-csaladtoi"

Box 11 "Hosszu, forro nyar Amerikaban"

Box 11 "How America Can Lose World War II"

Box 11 "Hungarian Cultural Program"

Box 11 "The Hungarian People's Republic"

Box 11 "Hungarian Populism-Road to Revolution"

Box 11 "Hungarian Program: Political Magazine"

Box 11 "Hungary"

Box 11 "Hungary and the Bolshevik Revolution"

Box 11 "Hungary, the Country of the Goulash"

Box 11 "Hungary Today"

Box 12 "I am an Imperialist Spy"

Box 12 "Imperialista kern vagyok"

Box 12 "Jaszi a magyar kBzvelemenybea"

Box 12 "Javithatatlanok es menthetetlenek"

Box 12 "Jelentes"

Box 12 "Kossuth in America"

Box 12 "Klllpolitikai sajtoszemle"

Box 12 Lectures and Speeches

Box 12 "The Literary Wardens of Their Country"

Box 12 "Magyororszag es a magyarok"

Box 12 "Melodrama in India"

Box 12 "Methods of Communist Economic Penetration"

Box 12 "MezBgazdasagunk"

Box 12 "Das Motor des Bolschewismus"

Box 12 "A Magyar kerdes Bnmagaban"

Box 12 "A Megszallas anatomiaja"

Box 12 "Mi valtozott, mi nem?"

Box 12 "Miert csendesedett el az ifjusagi mozgalom amerikaban?"

Box 12 "Miert Portugalia"

Box 12 Miscellaneous Manuscripts (folders 1-3)

Box 13 Miscellaneous Manuscripts (folders 4-10)

Box 13 "Naked Terror"

Box 13 "A nemzet szivenek nyugtalan?"

Box 13 "New dimensions in East-West Relations"

Box 13 "Nincsen remeny..."

Box 14 "The Ninety and Nine" (with related correspondence, documents, illustrations and reviews)

Box 15 Notes

Box 15 "Nyugati utazas"

Box 15 "On Human Rights in Hungary"

Box 15 "Operation Boots and Tails"

Box 15 "Az orosz kapitany utasai"

Box 15 "Az orosz taktika"

Box 15 "A parasztkllldBttseg"

Box 15 "A parizsi dontes es a magyar kozvelemeny"

Box 15 "Passengers of the Russian Captain"

Box 15 "Peasant and Farmer"

Box 15 "The Peasant and his Challenge"

Box 15 "Post War Developments in Hungary"

Box 15 "Potentialities of the Hungarian Situation"

Box 15 "Preface to Liberation of Eastern Europe"

Box 15 "Profile of a New Generation"

Box 15 "Project for Holiday"

Box 15 "Realis emigracia"

Box 15 "Report on Hungary"

Box 15 "Slang-Language of Resistance"

Box 15 "Status of the East-European Nations"

Box 15 "Synopsis of Conspiratorial Warfare"

Box 15 "A Szovjetunio igazsagszolgaLtasi rendszere"

Box 15 "Sztalin bunei es buntarsai"

Box 16 "Talalkozas as oroszokkal?"

Box 16 "Tankonyv kttlfoldi fiatal magyaroknak"

Box 16 "Toborzo Erdelyert!"

Box 16 "TBrtenetirik a politikusokrol"

Box 16 "A TBrveny es a munkas"

Box 16 "A Totalitarizmus iskolaja"

Box 16 "The Truth About Executions in Hungary"

Box 16 "Der 'Typen' Staat"

Box 17 "The Unfinished Man"

Box 18 "Btkereso nemzedek"

Box 18 "Villaghatalmi egyensuly vagy harmadik

Box 18 vivaghaboru?"

Box 18 "Vilagosan Iato emigracio"

Box 18 "Visszaemlekezesek"

Box 18 "Die Wahrheit urn Rajk"

Box 18 "Wedding Without a Bridal Bed"

Box 18 Miscellaneous Manuscripts by Kovacs and others from the years 1945-47 (purportedly smuggled out of Hungary)

Box 18 Miscellaneous Manuscripts by Various Authors

Box 18 Nagy, Zoltan-"The Hungarian Land Reform Problem"

Box 18 Pisky, F.S.-"Summary Report on Forced Labor in Hungary"

Box 18 Smith, E.-"A Voros malom gyorsan Orol..."

Smith, Oliver

Box 18 "New Youth: The Exile Capital of the World"

Box 18 "The Pitfall of Resistance Behind the Iron Curtain"

Box 18 Sulyok, Dezso-"Emlekirat"

Box 18 Szabo, Zoltan-"The Python and the Lamb"

Box 18 Varga, Bela-Miscellaneous Manuscripts

Box 18 Varga, Laszlo-Memorandum Concerning the Illegal Occupation of Hungary"

Series III: Documents and Photographs

Box 19 Kovacs, Imre

Box 19 Divorce Papers

Box 19 Immigration Papers

Box 19 Miscellaneous

Box 20 Arranged Drawings and Cartoons.

Box 20 Arranged Lecture Programs.

Box 20 Arranged Maps.

Box 20 Arranged Photographs.

Series IV: Subject Files


Box 21 Correspondence, (2 folders)

Box 22 Photographs

Box 22 Clippings

Box 22 Miscellaneous

Free Europe

Box 23 Balloon Campaign

Box 23 "Balloon Leaflets"

Box 23 Christmas Message

Box 23 "Guidance"

Box 23 HOPs 1-17, 19-20

Box 24 Kolkhoz Leaflet

Box 24 Labor Conditions in the U.S.A.

Box 24 Operation Focus

Box 24 Peasant Leaflet

Box 24 Poznan Story

Free Europe Committee

Box 24 Correspondence

Box 24 Miscellaneous

Box 24 Printed Materials

Box 24 Vienna Youth Festival

Box 25 Free Europe Press

Box 25 Khrushchev's Address

Box 25 Miscellaneous

Box 25 Special Publications Department

Box 26 Radio Free Europe

Box 26 Budget

Box 26 Kovacs, Imre-Articles

Box 26 Miscellaneous, (2 folders)

Box 26 Research, (2 folders)

Box 26 Varga, Bela-Interview


Box 27 Hungarian Arts and Culture St. Stephen's Crown

Hungarian Biographical Information

Box 27 Bibo, Istvan

Box 27 Illyes, Gyula

Box 27 Kovacs, Imre

Box 27 Miscellaneous

Box 27 Moricz, Zsigmond

Box 27 Nagy, Imre

Box 27 Szall, Jozsef

Box 27 Taba, John

Box 27 Varga, Bela

Box 27 Zilahy, Lajos

Hungarian Organizations

Box 27 Assembly of Captive European Nations

Box 27 Feszek Klub

Box 27 Free Hungarian Information Service

Box 28 Hungarian Committee

Box 28 Khrushchev's Visit to the U.S.

Box 28 Hungarian Revolutionary Council

Box 28 Hungarian Social Democratic Party in Exile

Box 28 Hungarian Writers' Association Abroad

Box 28 International Peasant Union Congress

Box 28 Kossuth Foundation

Box 28 Magyar Szolgodat Awztriaban

Box 28 Miscellaneous

Box 28 National Opposition Movement

Box 28 Petofi Circle

Box 29 Hungarian Populism

Kovacs, Imre

Box 29 "Hungarian Populism-An Idealogical Challenge to

Box 29 Communism"

Box 29 "Hungarian Populism-Road to Revolution"

Box 29 "Marriage of Man with Nature"

Box 29 "Message of One Hundred Dead Peasants"

Box 29 "Revolution and Populism"

Box 29 Miscellaneous

Box 29 Clippings

Box 30 Hungarian Publication--"Latohatar"

Box 30 Hungarian Symposium

Box 30 Hungary and the U.N.

Box 30 International P.E.N.

Box 31 Latin America

Kovacs, Imre

Box 31 "An Enquiry into the Agrarian Problems of Latin America" (6 copies)

Box 31 Miscellaneous Manuscripts

Box 31 Agrarian Reform, (2 folders)

Box 32 "An Enquiry into the Agrarian Problems of Latin

Box 32 America" (6 copies)

Box 32 Miscellaneous Manuscripts

Box 32 Agrarian Reform, (2 folders)

Series V: Printed Material

Box 33 Articles by Kovacz in Hungarian

Box 34 Nagy, Imre-"A Magyar nep vedelmeben" (2 copies)

Box 35 "Latohatar"

Box 35 "Magyarorsagi Hirek"

Box 36 "NyugatiHirnok"

Box 36 "Uj Europa"

Box 36 Miscellaneous Hungarian Newspapers

Box 36 Miscellaneous

Box 37 Miscellaneous

Series VI: Miscellaneous Material

Box 38 Various articles. Local Council Leaflet, cliooines

Box 38 Activities of the Hungarian Committee during

Box 38 Mikoian's visit to the United States

Box 38 Kovacs, Imre "A Szovjet Unio lagy also teste"

Box 38 United States Information Agency-applications and related

Box 38 correspondence

Box 38 Materials on Bela Kun

Box 38 Report of a Hungarian Returning From America in English and

Box 38 Hungarian (2 copies)

Box 38 Free Europe Press, Planning and Analysis Department's

Box 38 Mailing Plan, (2 folders)

Box 38 Belso tajekoztato

Box 38 "The Peasant". A Symposium concerning the Peasant Way and View of

Box 38 Life (7 issues)

Box 38 Una Encuesta sobre los Problemas Agrarios de America Latina, report

Box 38 prepared for the International Center for Social Research

Box 38 Free Europe Press, (2 folders)

Box 38 Agrarian Reform in Columbia

Box 38 "Preventive Liberation" of Eastern Europe

Box 38 Hungarian Committee, office documents and poster

Box 39 Correspondence with Peter Aldor and Tihamer Karlovich, (2 folders)

Box 39 Caricatures by Peter Aldor

Box 39 Reports on Paul Szabo repatriation

Box 39 Anniversary leaflet (1955) and posters

Box 39 Free Europe Press-Press Release, October 3, 1954

Box 39 Free World Group

Box 39 Free Europe Committee

Box 39 Mr. Ajai Mitra

Box 39 Clippings and Reports on 1956 Revolution, 1956, (2 folders)

Box 39 Latohatar and Hungarian Committee

Box 39 Stalin

Box 39 Various articles

Box 39 New guidance, 1961

Box 40 Notes from the Foreign Language Press

Box 40 Hungarian Christmas

Box 40 Notes on Slang

Box 40 Operation Focus

Box 40 Abolition of MTS (Machine Tractor Station) in Vorkuta Since the

Box 40 Prisoners' Strike

Box 40 History of Rajk

Box 40 Egy Pohar Bor Mellet

Box 40 Khrushchev's visit to Hungary

Box 40 European Trip

Box 40 Outlines and drafts of various articles

Box 40 Free Europe Press, Guide Book and Background information on

Box 40 Czechoslovakia, Poland, and Hungary

Box 40 Libik

Box 40 Report on Trip in Miami

Box 40 Correspondence with Kibedi

Box 40 Report on South American Trip

Box 40 Clippings and Reports of Hungarian Committee

Box 40 Imre Kovacs's Reports from different countries

Box 40 British Guiana

Box 41 International Center for Social Research

Box 41 Free Europe Press. Interim Report on Asian-African Contacts

Box 41 Program

Box 41 Congress of the Hungarian Writers' Federation in Paris

Box 41 Various materials on Hungary

Box 41 Amnesty for Political Prisoners in Hungary Committee

Box 41 The World Strength of the Communist Party Organizations (report), clippings and caricatures

Box 41 Hungary, list of persons holding important positions in Party, State Administration, and Public Life.

Box 41 Stalin Yesterday and Today

Box 42 Hungarian Committee

Box 42 Letter from Ranga

Box 42 Calling cards

Box 42 Szabad Magyarorszag

Box 42 Drafts of various articles

Box 42 Always with the Oppressed, a film story by Imre Kovacs (in

Box 42 Hungarian)

Box 42 Hungary and Russia, Dezso Szabo (brochures)

Box 42 Free Europe Committee, Inc., memoranda and forms

Box 42 Free Hungary, the periodical of the National Opposition

Box 42 Movement

Box 42 Leaflet and caricature

Box 42 International Center for Social Research, office correspondence

Box 42 Report on South American Trip, 1960

Box 42 Business Correspondence

Box 43 Asia, reports by Kovacz, 5 folders

Box 44 Free Europe-Balloon Campaign. Analysis of Results

Box 44 Free Europe-Balloon Campaign. Hop Schedules

Box 44 Free Europe-Radio Free Europe. Budget

Box 44 Free Europe-Radio Free Europe. Budget

Box 44 Free Europe-Free Europe Press. Plans and Analysis Division

Box 44 Free Europe-Free Europe Press.Research and Analysis Department

Box 44 FEP Target and Editorial Changes: Hungary

Box 44 Reports on Latin America, 2 folders

Box Oversized Charts of the Planned Economy and Government of Hungary