ORIENTAL COLLECTION


Address:

H-1051 Budapest, Széchenyi István tér 9.
(Palace of the Academy, ground floor)

Mail: H-1245 Budapest, P.O. Box 1002
Phone: (+36-1) 411-6100 / 653 (reference desk)
E-mail: keleti@konyvtar.mta.hu

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Hours of Operation:

onsite use Mon–Thu 9:00–16:00
  Fri 9:00–13:30
stacks service Mon–Thu 9:00–15:00
  Fri 9:00–12:30


Staff members

Kelecsényi, Ágnes, PhD, head of department
  • Indology
  • curator, Sir Aurel Stein Collections

Bagi, Judit, librarian
  • Sinology

Boromisza, János, stack attendant
  • stacks services
  • reprographic services

Dévényi, Kinga, CSc, senior librarian
  • Arabic studies & Semitic philology
  • curator, Arabic manuscripts
  • curator, Goldziher Correspondence
  • curator, Kaufmann Collection

Kovács, Nándor Erik, PhD, senior librarian
  • Turkic studies
  • curator, Turkish & Persian manuscripts

Simon, Petra, librarian
  • Sinology

Simonkay, Zsuzsanna, librarian
  • Mongolian studies
  • curator, Mongol-Manchu Collection


HISTORICAL OVERVIEW

Although the necessity of the formation of a separate Oriental Collection was stated by Hungarian scholars already in the 19th century, it was established as a special unit within the Library thanks to the efforts of the then Vice-President, the outstanding Orientalist Louis Ligeti (1902–1987), only after the restructuring of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences in 1949. The Collection, known at that time as the Oriental Library, was opened in 1951 on the ground floor of the Palace of the Academy to become the main reference library of Oriental studies in Hungary. Its development, including the Oriental design of its reading room, praises the Turcologist László Rásonyi who headed the Collection from 1951 to 1961. He selected its East-related stock from the old divisions of the Library. In addition to contemporary monographs, the Collection became enriched by 16th–18th century books written about the Orient or in Oriental languages. The holdings also include the most comprehensive Hungarian collection of periodicals of Oriental studies together with unique manuscripts. The acquisition of the periodicals started in the 19th century, accordingly we have complete serials from these most prestigious journals. From among the manuscripts the Tibetan, Turkish and Hebrew collections are of international importance, the majority of which were donated to the Library. In addition to the special units described below a few manuscripts from Ethiopia, India and the Far-East are also to be found here.


COLLECTIONS & CATALOGS

The Csoma Collection
The Goldziher Correspondence
The Kaufmann Collection
The Kégl Library
The Mongol-Manchu Collection
The Sir Aurel Stein Collections
The Szilágyi Collection
The Vámbéry Collection


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DEPARTMENT OF MANUSCRIPTS & RARE BOOKS


Address:

H-1051 Budapest, Széchenyi István tér 9.
(Palace of the Academy, first floor)

Mail: H-1245 Budapest, P.O. Box 1002
Phone: (+36-1) 411-6389 (reference desk)
E-mail: kezirattar@konyvtar.mta.hu

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Hours of Operation:

onsite use Mon–Thu 9:00–16:00
  Fri 9:00–13:30
stacks service Mon–Thu 9:00–15:00
  Fri 9:00–12:30


Staff members

Babus, Antal, PhD, head of department
  • 20th-century Hungarian & Russian literature
  • literary & scholarly bequests

Bakó, Diána, reading room custodian
  • reference & reader services
  • reprographic services

Boross, Klára, senior librarian
  • book history, historical bookbindings
  • 16th-century books & rare books

Horányi, Károly, reading room custodian
  • 20th-century Hungarian literature
  • reference & reader services
  • stacks services
  • reprographic services

Krähling, Edit, PhD, senior librarian
  • classical philology
  • literary & scholarly bequests
  • old & rare books

Dr. Mázi, Béla, senior librarian
  • 19th & 20th-century history
  • literary & scholarly bequests
  • Historical Archives of the Academy (1825–1949)

Soltész, Márton, PhD, senior librarian
  • 20th-century Hungarian literature
  • literary & scholarly bequests

Szabó, Ádám, research associate
  • classical philology
  • library history

Tóth, Gábor, librarian
  • medieval history & literature
  • 16th-century books & old Hungarian books
  • reference library & electronic databases


HISTORICAL OVERVIEW

The Library of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences is based on the 30,000 volumes donated by the Academy's first president, Count József Teleki (1790–1855), to the Learned Society in 1826. With this collection, 600 manuscript volumes and 409 incunabula (books printed before 1500) were acquired by the Library, whose Department of Manuscripts had been an independent unit since 1861. Its first head was archaeologist and art historian Flóris Rómer (1815–1889), regular member of the Academy. Although incunables and old Hungarian books had from the start been committed to the care of the Department, it was only in 1891 that their classification in sixteen orders was finished and a catalogue was made accessible to the public. The Department's Rare Book Division was set up in 1954. In the same year the bulk of pre-1800 foreign and pre-1850 Hungarian books was transferred to the Department from the Library's main stacks.


COLLECTIONS & CATALOGS

The Manuscript & Autograph Collection
The Old & Rare Book Collection
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