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Hungarian Biographical Sources

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Biographical Sources

Hungarian Biographical Archive = Magyar Eletrajzi Archivum = Ungarisches Biographisches Archiv.

Kramme, U.; Urra Muena, Z. Munchen: K.G. Saur, 1993-1999.
U of I Library Call Number:  International & Area Studies Microform Room Reference Fiche MFICHE 920.0439 Un3
687 fiches. replicas of the original source

As with the other World Biographical indexes on microfiche, they have copied the entries from biographical reference books and accumulated all of the entries for one individual together. Thus, the entries are with a citation to the original source at the head of each entry. This source is valuable because it eliminates checking numerous books for information and also provides access to sources that the U of I Library may not own. The Hungarnon-Hungarians living in parts of the Austro-Hungarian Empire that were controlled by Hungary such as Slovenes and Croatian biographical archive contains entries for approximately 90,000 individuals from 141 sources published between the 16th century and 1994. Entries include Hungarians living in their native lands or in exile, as well as. Depending on the original sources, the entries may or may not have bibliographical references and may appear in languages other than Hungarian. Beware that sometimes the entries for different people with the same name may be conflated.

A list of the 141 sources covered in the archive, in case you want to see the range of biographical resources in this area, is available on microfiche at the beginning of the set. (N.B. The Hungarian set has a few fiche labeled G001-G025 which contain several reference works filmed in their entirety and not collated with the alphabetical entries that comprise the rest of the set.) You can search for a person listed in the Hungarian Biographical Archive in World biographical information systems which is available for U of I students and faculty through the SFX link resolver. If you are not affiliated with U of I you may want to check with your institution or your local library: it is possible that they provide access to the World biographical index. However, its entries contain only brief biographical data, not the actual entries that are on the microfiche. The results of the search will tell you which sets contain entries for the individual and from which reference books they were taken. Beware: Although this archive is a valuable resource, do not be deceived into thinking that use of this source is will cover all bases. It is impossible to include all of the biographical resources that exist. If you rely on the Archive alone, you will miss some potentially useful material.

Follow the link for two entries for Janos Hegedus, an Hungarian lawyer, from two different sources as they appear on the microfiche.