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Ferenc Nagy Papers, 1940-1979

Summary Information

At a Glance

Call No.: BAR Ms Coll/Nagy
Bib ID 4079757 View CLIO record
Creator(s) Nagy, Ferenc, 1903-1979
Title Ferenc Nagy Papers, 1940-1979
Physical Description 39 linear feet (93 boxes; ca.21500 items in oversize folders)
Language(s) Hungarian , English .

This collection is located on-site.



Material is arranged into 7 series.



The Ferenc Nagy Papers consist of correspondence, manuscripts, subject files and printed materials relating to Nagy's career and family. The earliest materials cover the period 1945 to 1947 when Nagy was leader of the Hungarian Smallholders' Party, and later Prime Minister of Hungary.

Of special interest are first-hand accounts and commentaries on the circumstances surrounding his resignation in 1947. Materials from the years 1948-1954 concern Nagy's leadership of emigre organizations including the Hungarian National Council, the Committee for a Free Europe, the Assembly of Captive European Nations and the International Peasant Union. Extensive correspondence files contain one letter each from presidents Harry S. Truman, Richard M. Nixon, and Jimmy Carter, and voluminous correspondence with Hungarian emigre politicians Pal Auer, Gyorgy Bessenyey, Bela Fabian, Pal Fabry, Karoly Peyer, Bela Varga and others.

Nagy was much in demand as a public speaker and author and the Papersinclude completed texts and drafts of many of his speeches and articles. In the early 1950s his writings focus on what he perceived as a worldwideCommunist threat, but after several trips to Asia he increasingly turned his attention to the developing world and its peasant problems. Subject files document Nagy's trips to Asia (particularly India, Japan and Taiwan) and his participation in the 1955 Bandung Conference. In the early 1960s Nagy's ivolvement with emigre politics decreased and he spent most of his time delivering lectures and commencement addresses at universities throughout the country. This activity is recorded in files of lectures andcorrespondence with approximately 600 different institutions.

Using the Collection

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Restrictions on Access

This collection is located on-site.


Materials may have been added to the collection since this finding aid was prepared. Contact rbml@columbia.edu for more information.

Ownership and Custodial History

Gift of Laszlo Nagy, 1989.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Papers: Source of acquisition--Nagy, Laszlo. Method of acquisition--Gift; Date of acquisition--09/28/89. Accession number--B-89-9-28.

About the Finding Aid / Processing Information

Columbia University Libraries, Rare Book and Manuscript Library

Processing Information

Papers Processed ejs, bb 12/--/91.

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

The subject headings listed below are found in this collection. Links below allow searches at Columbia University through the Archival Collections Portal and through CLIO, the catalog for Columbia University Libraries, as well as ArchiveGRID, a catalog that allows users to search the holdings of multiple research libraries and archives.

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Heading "CUL Archives:"
"CUL Collections:"
"Nat'l / Int'l Archives:"
ACEN (Organization) Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Bognár, József Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Carter, Jimmy, 1924- Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Csicsery-Rónay, István Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Deák, Zoltán, 1904-2003 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Dessewffy, Gyula Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Ford, Gerald R., 1913-2006 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Harriman, W. Averell (William Averell), 1891-1986 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Humphrey, Hubert H. (Hubert Horatio), 1911-1978 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Hungarian National Council Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Hungarians -- United States Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Hungary -- Emigration and immigration Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Hungary -- History -- 20th century Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Hungary -- Politics and government -- 20th century Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Illyés, Gyula, 1902-1983 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Jászi, Oszkár, 1875-1957 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Kéthly, Anna, 1889-1976 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Kiss, Sándor, 1918-1982 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Kovács, Béla Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Kovács, Imre, 1913-1980 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Magyar Szocialista Munkáspárt Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Nixon, Richard M. (Richard Milhous), 1913-1994 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Reagan, Ronald Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Saláta, Kálmán Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Stevenson, Adlai E (Adlai Ewing), 1900-1965 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Szociáldemokrata Párt (Hungary) Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Truman, Harry S., 1884-1972 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Varga, Béla Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID

History / Biographical Note

Biographical / Historical

Ferenc Nagy was a founder of the Hungarian Smallholders' Party, and Prime Minister of Hungary from 1946 until 1947 when he was forced to resign by the Communists. The rest of his life was spent in the United States where he was active as an author, lecturer and leader of Hungarian emigre political organizations.