Collection of manuscripts

    Manuscript Collection

    One of the Museum of Ethnography's largest and scientifically most significant collections is its collection of manuscripts. The size and composition of the collection reflects a certain change in the scientific interests of both the museum and the field of ethnography in general, as well as expressing the variety of research attitudes that prevail in the field.

    Most importantly, however, the collection represents the preservation of a considerable body of knowledge on the peoples of this region.

    Holdings currently on inventory include 28,017 items bearing the EA letter code (for etnológiai adat or in English, ethnological data). All subsequent instances of description, analysis, use, or publication of the material must include reference to both this letter code to the appropriate inventory number.

    1. Gathering
    2. Fishing
    3. Hunting
    4. Fowling
    5. Bee-keeping
    6. Animal husbandry, shepherding
    7. Agricultural cultivation
    8. Transportation, communication
    9. Trade
    10. Settlement, construction
    11. Home furnishings
    12. Diet, cuisine
    13. Ceramics
    14. Clothes, textiles
    15. Arts and crafts
    16. Combat, the military
    17. Society
    18. Public law, public administration
    19. Customs in human life
    20. Anthropology, medicine
    21. Folk beliefs and lore
    22. Religious life
    23. Music
    24. Dance
    25. Games and entertainment
    26. Folk poetry
    27. Folk writing, reading, and education
    28. Folk language
    29. Museums and exhibitions
    30. History of ethnography (data resources, collectors)
    31. Related sciences
    32. Nationalities
    33. Others

    The curator of the collection are Judit Árva, Dr. Péter Granasztói, and Gabriella Vörös


    Documentation Collection

    The Documentation Collection includes all written and printed documents created in the course of the Museum of Ethnography's official scientific work that cannot be classified as historical-ethnographic manuscripts. Material in the collection is primarily of interest to those concerned with the history of science.

    The curator of the collection is Dr. Péter Granasztói.


    Collection of Public Records

    The Public Records Collection of the Museum of Ethnography was brought into being by the Hungarian Academy of Sciences' Eighth Scientific Directive of 1978 entitled "A Complex Study of Our Historical and Cultural Memories and Traditions". The purpose of the study was to collect and analyse the written resources of Hungarian rural town and village material culture.

    The scientific historical events preceding the project may be attributed to a change in attitude experienced in the field at the time. As a result of the new trend, the study of the everyday lives of people came into the forefront of ethnography and with it, the study of mass, statistically definable phenomena. The concept behind and actual practice of assembling public records necessitated the additional enlistment of archivists and historians, whose expertise proved invaluable over the course of the project.

    The curators of the collection are Judit Árva and Dr. Péter Granasztói.