Historical Archives Senta - Ópusztaszer National Heritage Park

Collection of data, archival research

Ópusztaszer Senta
Completion date:from October 2021
Status:in progress

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.

Local history competition for students

The partner institutions announced a competition with the title Tisza, the river that connects us for high school students in April 2021. The works submitted should present a lifestyle of a person living in harmony with nature from the turn of the 19th to 20th century, highlights contemporary people's environmentally conscious, long-term thinking, with a focus on water management, traditional fishing, wood processing and shipbuilding. The best work judged by the professional jury will be included in the study collection.

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