Although technically dating from 1918, when Hungary declared its independence from Austria following the defeat in World War I, the Hungarian collections include much earlier documentation as well. The collections provide coverage of the interwar period, World War II, Soviet domination and the 1956 uprising, as well as the peaceful transition to democracy after 1989.

Tibor Eckhardt Papers

Hungarian politician; delegate to the League of Nations

Erich Lessing Photographs

Depicts scenes from the Hungarian Revolution

Imre Pozsgay Papers

Hungarian politician

Additional Guides

Duignan, Peter, ed. The Library of the Hoover Institution on War, Revolution and Peace. Stanford: Hoover Institution Press, 1985.

Dwyer, Joseph D., ed. Russia, the Soviet Union and Eastern Europe: A Survey of Holdings at the Hoover Institution on War, Revolution and Peace. Stanford: Hoover Institution Press, 1980

Palm, Charles, and Dale Reed. Guide to the Hoover Institution Archives. Stanford: Hoover Institution Press, 1980.


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New Hungarian Acquisitions

Two significant émigré collections have been added to Hoover’s already extensive Hungarian library and archival holdings: those of Hugo Sonyi and Bela Csejtey. The two have very different biographies: the first was a top Hungarian general, the other, an American-educated scientist. Their collections however are similar in focus: Hungary’s military efforts in the two world wars, which, despite the valiant sacrifice of many thousands of soldiers, ended in defeat.

July 18, 2012
Echoes of the 1956 Hungarian Exodus: Judit Brody and Thomas Kovari Correspondence Donated to Hoover Archives

Following the defeat of the Hungarian Revolution of 1956 some 200,000 people escaped to the West. Among them was a group of young mathematicians and scientists, most of whom had never set foot outside the Iron Curtain. The Hoover Institution Archives has received a primary source documenting the life and concerns of some of these Hungarian exiles in their first years of life in the West: a collection of one hundred letters, dated between 1956 and 1959, written to Thomas Kovari and Judit Brody by their friends, young intellectuals and academics, who, like them, had left Hungary in late 1956.

August 05, 2011
Hungarian ambassador Szapáry visits Hoover

Hungarian ambassador to the United States György Szapáry, along with Eva Voisin, the honorary consul general of Hungary in San Francisco, and Gabor Kaleta from the consulate in Los Angeles, met with Richard Sousa, the director of the library and archives at the Hoover Institution on April 26, 2011. After the meeting, Maciej Siekierski, curator of Hoover’s East European Collection, gave the ambassador a tour of the Hoover Archives, focusing on the Hungarian collections, including publications from the time of the Paris Peace Conference of 1919.

April 26, 2011
Papers of Hungarian Deputy Prime Minister Imre Pozsgay Available for Research at the Hoover Institution

In August 1989, hundreds of East German visitors poured across the border from communist Hungary to Austria and freedom. As one of the earliest cracks in the barrier between the East and West, this milestone event foreshadowed the lifting of the Iron Curtain...

April 27, 2009 Stanford
Hungarian consul generals Balázs Bokor and Eva E. Voisin tour the Hoover Archives

The Hungarian visitors included Ambassador Balázs Bokor (center), consul general of Hungary in Los Angeles, and Eva E. Voisin (second from the left), honorary consul general of Hungary in San Francisco. (Photo by Tin Tin Wisniewski/Hoover Institution Public Affairs)

April 08, 2009
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