The Collection consist of 76 archival files dealing mainly with affairs of the Batthyány family and issues related directly or indirectly to them. These files include about 200 records in Latin, German, Hungarian and Czech such as letters (correspondence), resolutions, orders, certificates and other administrative documents dealing with properties of all kind created by the Batthyány family members themselves or other European medieval noble man, kings and emperors as well as their administrative workers between 1470 and 1868. None of these documents seems to be concerned about Jews or their matters. Althought the 76 files have been abundantly ordered in chronological order, in some cases, a certain number of documents embracing a wider range of period were assembled in the same file because of their obviously common topic. The collection's both diplomatic and administrative documents give a deep insight of the Batthyány family's everyday life between the 15th and 19th centuries. The majority of the documents show a clearly relation to the Batthyánys or their matters. However, among these are also a few number of private letters and official documents, which could not be linked to the family. Their possible direct or indirect relation to the family is not excluded, but the attempt to reveal this connection may require a deeper knowledge of the history of the Batthyánys. Despite their age, the documents written on parchment and paper are in a relative good shape.
Batthyány family collection: -Collection of Batthyány family 1470-1868
אוסף משפחת באטיאני 1470-1868
Collection of Batthyány family 1470-1868
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The Batthyány family, including today about 60 namesake, originates from ancient Hungarian territories. They have a strong family identity. They live in countries like Austria, Hungary and Germany, but in other parts of the world too. They are in close contact with each other and hold annual family gathering. The Batthyány family's existence is continuously evincible since 1398 when the Esztergomer castellan after his marriage got hold the settlement Battyán, whom the family had named himself. The Batthyánys, a high aristocratic family that served as a meeting point of different social classes, contributed between the 16th and the 20th century to the continuity of the previously Turkish splintered Hungary, not only by their private armies and organs of governance, but also by their tribute to the Hungarian cultural, educational, political and medical history. In the second half of the 17th century, when emperor Leopold the First expelled the Jews from Lower Austria and later also forbade them to settle in the free royal cities, the Batthyánys were those big landowners beside the noble Esterházy and Zichy families, who welcomed the Jews in the western part of Hungary and accepted them to settle on their properties seeing an economic advantage in their activities. The privileges given by the Batthyány family, which laid down the duties and rights of these immigrants, were also modeled for communities established after subsequent settlements.
Similar documents are to found at the National Library of Hungary in Budapest (Magyar Nemzeti Levéltár) including almost 212 running meters of archival material created between 1501-1944.
Language note/הערת שפה: The material is mainly in Latin, Hungarian and German, but Czech and French are also represented in a very few letters and documents.
The material was deposited in the National Library presumably in the late 40s or early 50s of the 20st century.
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