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   Ferenc Nagy Papers, 1940-1979.

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Call No.:BA#0283
Bib ID:4079757 View CLIO record
Creator(s):Nagy, Ferenc, 1903-
Title:Ferenc Nagy Papers, 1940-1979.
Physical description:39 linear ft. (ca.21,500 items in 93 boxes & 7 oversize folders)
Language(s): In Hungarian and English.
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Scope and Content

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.

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About the Finding Aid / Processing Information

Columbia University Libraries. Rare Book and Manuscript Library; machine readable finding aid created by Columbia University Libraries Digital Library Program Division

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Papers Processed 12/--/91 ejs, bb

Machine readable finding aid generated from MARC-AMC source via XSLT conversion June 26, 2009 Finding aid written in English.
    2009-06-26 File created.

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

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History / Biographical Note


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.

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