News of the Archives

Last year, a new room had been made fit for office and storage purposes, hosting 10 work stations, under the archiving tasks related to the Norwegian Grant.


Altogether 15 cataloguing computers, 8 complete digitizing units equipped with the adherent digitizing devices, as well as a 16 TByte file server are currently available; in addition, equipment required for field work (laptop; video and audio recorder) have also been procured.New work stations have been integrated and the actual network has been upgraded under the computer network development project.


The amount granted also covered new accessions;1,589 items of audio recording, 410 items of video recording and 3,201 photographs, altogether 5,200 folklorist items could be purchased.We aimed at identifying and purchasing ancient, sensitive records of professional importance, hitherto not archived but in a processable condition, with detailed data.


Out of the recordings purchased, 236 photographs, 23 MiniDiscs (approx. 26 hours), 60 audio tapes (approx. 75 hours) and 111 audio cassettes (approx. 162 hours), altogether approx. 263 hours of audio recordings; as well as 15 Super8 films (approx. 1 hour), 22 VHS-cassettes (approx. 65 hours) and 58 VHSC-cassettes (approx. 31 hours), altogether approx. 97 hours of motion-pictures had been digitized by November.  In addition, Hungarian Heritage House had commissioned the digitizing of 238 Beta-cassettes of the Dance-House Archives (approx. 140 hours) and 16 SVHS-cassettes of the House of Professional Folk Dancers’ recordings (approx. 44 hours), altogether approx. 184 hours of video recordings, financed from the application grant.


In order to speed up the processing of the huge data digitized already, 14 part-time cataloguers are employed until the end of February 2011.Out of the 3,000-hour recording assumed in the application, some 2,200 hours had been catalogued until the end of October, including inter alia the collections of Iván Nesztor, Gergely Agócs, House of Professional Folk Dancers, Róbert Kerényi, Zoltán Juhász, Sándor Varga, Jászság Folk Ensemble, Nyírség Folk Dance Ensemble, László Gurka, the one-time Folk Instrumental Music Research Group, Attila Hegyeli, Ferenc Sebő, György Stuber and the Déri Museum.


Development of a database and media management software supporting cataloguing  has been completed.This fundamentally modified system is capable of managing parallel records and copies, as well as receiving auxiliary media and revival recordings, and is capable of multipurpose export and import.


The recordings processed will shortly be available to the public on a new Web interface, with a new design, in several languages, with improved search and view functions.