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Ivanyi-Grunwald Collection

Identity Statement

Reference code(s): GB 0369 IVA
Held at: School of Slavonic and East European Studies
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Full title: Ivanyi-Grunwald Collection
Date(s): 1936-1965
Level of description: Collection (Fonds)
Extent: 8 boxes
Name of creator(s): Grunwald | Bela Ivanyi- | 1902-1965 | historian x Ivanyi-Grunwald | Bela
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Administrative/Biographical history:

Bela Ivanyi-Grunwald (1902-1965) was born the son of a well known Hungarian painter of the same name and grew up in an artists' colony. He studied history at Budapest University and completed a Ph.D thesis on the proposed economic reforms of Count Istvan Szechenyi (1791-1860). As a result he was commissioned to edit a critical text of one volume of Szechenyi's collected works. This work with its lengthy introduction by IG was ground breaking for its time and established IG as economic historian. Shortly before the outbreak of the Second World War IG left his post as Reader in Hungarian History at Budapest University to take up a scholarship to Britain in order to study the activities of the exiles of the 1848-1849 Hungarian War of Independence. While he was in Britain war broke out and after Hungary entered the war IG renounced his (Hungarian Government funded) scholarship in protest and applied for political asylum which was granted. He lived in Britain for the remainder of his life. He became a regular contributor to the Hungarian Service of the BBC and was lecturer in Hungarian at SSEES 1947-1965. He wrote a number of works including a monograph on Lajos Kossuth (1802-1894) and also a biography of Szechenyi which were never published. His interests went beyond Hungarian history to include various aspects of British history such as eighteenth century dissenters and Catholic recusants. IG also became a collector of books, prints, maps and pamphlets.


Scope and content/abstract:

Correspondence and papers of Bela Ivanyi-Grunwald, comprising:
notes and typescripts on Lajos Kossuth, an exile from the 1848-1849 Hungarian War of Independence, c 1939-1965; notes and typescripts of biography of Count Istvan Szechenyi, notes on Szechenyi's Anglo-Hungarian literary connections, c 1936-1965; writings, correspondence and papers on nineteenth and twentieth century Hungarian history and politics, c 1939-1965; writings, correspondence and papers on eighteenth and nineteenth century British history, particularly eighteenth century dissenters, c 1939-1965; draft typescripts and manuscripts on nineteenth century European history

Access & Use

Language/scripts of material:
English, French, German, Hungarian and Latin

System of arrangement:

Papers arranged in five classes as described in Scope and Content.

Conditions governing access:

Unrestricted access. Researchers wishing to consult the archives or seeking further information should contact UCL School of Slavonic and East European Studies (SSEES) Library, 16 Taviton Street, London WC1H 0BW.

Conditions governing reproduction:

Copies, subject to the condition of the original, may be supplied for research use only. Requests to publish original material should be submitted to the Librarian.

Finding aids:

Online catalogue available on the UCL Archives website.

Archival Information

Archival history:

Immediate source of acquisition:

Not known

Allied Materials

Related material:

Publication note:

Description Notes

Archivist's note:
Revised by Alan Kucia as part of the RSLP AIM25 Project.

Rules or conventions:
Compiled in compliance with General International Standard Archival Description ISAD(G), 2nd edition 2000 and National Council on Archives Rules for the Construction of Personal, Place and Corporate Names, 1997.

Date(s) of descriptions:
Revised Oct 2002

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