The number of documents collected, processed and archived by the Posters and Small Prints Archive of the Budapest Collection since 1915 has exceeded 400.000 items. The 330.000 small prints and the more than 80.000 posters - dated from the 18th century to the present day - preserves information about the everyday life of more than two centuries. The collection is related to Pest-Buda, Budapest.
In the drawers lined up in the reading room of the Budapest Collection, a specialised and an alphabetical catalog also allows you to search. The documents of outstanding historical events form a separate, independent unit, which can be find under the heading "Revolutionary periods" for readers and researchers interested in the topic.
- 1848-1849 Revolution and War of Independence
- World War I.
- Őszirózsás forradalom
- World War II.
The professional and alphabetical index of the posters - similarly to the small prints - was based on Decimal Classification, but from 1985 until now they are placed in the order of inclusion in the stock. From each poster a 9x12 cm photo was taken, which has the most important data on the back:
- specialty mark in the upper left corner
- poster location number
- year of manufacture
- the publisher's name
- the name of the creator (in the case of a graphic poster)
The library's collection of World War I posters is available on the Hungaricana website under the "Book and Document Library". Scanned images of thousands of more posters can be viewed on the computers in our reading room. This is a mixed material which contains a large number of posters related to public life and cultural, sports, tourism and commercial propaganda posters from the first half of the 19th century to the 1980s. The Poster Archive also has the scanned versions of about 10.000 posters that are particularly important or interesting in terms of content, or artistically.
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