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Konyi Collection

Identity Statement

Reference code(s): GB 0369 KON
Held at: School of Slavonic and East European Studies
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Full title: Konyi Collection
Date(s): 1804-1917
Level of description: Collection (Fonds)
Extent: 8 boxes, 4 folders, 2 volumes
Name of creator(s): Konyi | Mano | 1841-1917 | journalist and author
Lonyay | Count | Maynhert | 1822-1884 | hungarian politician
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Administrative/Biographical history:

Mano Konyi (1842-1917) developed with Adolf Fenvessy a Hungarian shorthand system which he used for the reporting of debates in the Hungarian Parliament in the 1860s. From 1867 to 1885 he was joint chief of its Reporting Office with Fenvessy. In retirement after 1885 he edited the speeches of Ferencz Deak, an architect of Hungary's 1867 constitutional agreement and also acted as secretary for Count Julius Andrassy the younger (1860-1929) (last foreign minister of the Austro-Hungarian Empire Oct-Nov 1918).
At some point in the 1880s Konyi acquired Count Menyhert Lonyay's papers for his editorial work. Lonyay (1822-1884) was a prominent Hungarian politician.
Along with Ferencz Deak and Josef von Eotvos, he was an architect of the 1867 constitutional agreement. This created a dual monarchy of Austria-Hungary in place of the unitary Austrian Empire, thereby giving Hungary more independence from Hapsburg rule. Lonyay served as Hungarian Finance Minister 1868-1870 and Hungarian Prime Minister 1870-1873.


Scope and content/abstract:

Papers of Mano Konyi and Count Menyhert Lonyay, 1848-1916, comprising:
Lonyay's political diaries, 1865-1872; Lonyay's official and private correspondence, 1848-1884 mainly copies of letters sent by Lonyay, 1876-68, but including telegrams from Count Julius Andrassy the elder and Ferencz Deak; papers on the 1867 constitutional agreement creating the dual monarchy of Austria-Hungary; correspondence between Lonyay from E von Becke, Austrian Minister of Finance and Economic Affairs, 1867-1869; letters from M Vengraf, Austrian political journalist to Lonyay, 1867-1869; copy of political diary of Count Julius Andrassy the younger, 1908-1913; article by Konyi on Count Julius Andrassy the elder, 1890; manuscript of play ?by Konyi Doczi Lajos which is presumably re Lajos Doczi (1845-1919), 1889; papers of Konyi on the 1867 settlement, including telegrams from Count Julius Andrassy the elder; letters to Konyi, 1880-1917; printed material (newspapers, periodicals and offprints), mainly relating to the events and politicians of the 1867 settlement

Access & Use

Language/scripts of material:
Mainly Hungarian, some German and English

System of arrangement:

Papers divided into 14 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:

National Register of Archives: Click here to view NRA record

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 Dec 2002

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