The most striking features of our encounters with the past are the objects that allow us to get a glimpse into the everyday life (family life, work etc.) making history feel almost tangible. However, the social image, processes, local and/or personal stories, and fates are shed light upon by written sources.
The documents from the Historical Archives of Subotica and Senta as well as the Csongrád County branch of the Hungarian National Archives (records of the Registry Court and certain economic associations) altogether vitally complete the invaluable records presenting the agriculture of the turn of the 19th and 20th centuries kept at the Ópusztaszer Heritage Park. The documentation rich in information about the agricultural companies active throughout the above mentioned period can illustrate the agrarian life at the turn of the century from more than one aspect. These records contain legal documents, financial data, wills, birth certificates, contracts etc. With the help of these and the documents of other administrative bodies it is possible to reconstruct the economic and legal backgrounds of the landowners of that time, the amount of capital they accumulated, how family farms were established and the social composition of farmers.
The collection of data and archival research will take place in the Historical Archives of Subotica and Senta as well as the Csongrád County branch of the Hungarian National.
The partner institutions announced a competition with the title Forgotten Past – the Roots of Industrial and Agricultural Production for high school students in April 2018. The works submitted should present the agriculture, industry, economic development and features of the Southern Great Plain at the turn of the 19th and 20th centuries. The aim of the competition is to promote the historical, ethnographical and local historical research and broaden students’ knowledge of the aforementioned period. The two best works judged by the professional jury will be included in the first volume of the study.
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