About us

The 'Voices of the 20th Century Archive and Research Group' (Research Group) started its activity in the spring of 2009 within the framework of the OTKA (Hungarian Scientific Research Fund) research project nr. 77566. The mid-term objective of the Research Group is to preserve the audio (and audiovisual) heritage of Hungarian sociology (i.e. mapping and collecting sociological studies, with a special emphasis on those based on qualitative methods, conducted in the course of the past fifty years). Furthermore, in the long run, the project is committed to digitalize as well as to archive the sources and to provide enhanced access to our collections.

 
Under the menu "Search in the database” you can browse the database of hundreds of qualitative research projects. We hope that people are committed to preserve scattered documents, cassettes or files, instead of letting these crucially important documents of 20th century Hungarian social research get lost or injured and, as a consequence, perished with time.
 
Our long-term goal is to collect, systematize and then archive all the copies (in some cases the original) of documents and interviews received from researchers. In this process we rely on the technical and institutional background as well as on the server park of Open Society Archives (OSA). The materials will be made accessible to the Hungarian community of students and researchers and international professional circles on the basis of the researchers’ approval.
The documents in the Archive can be accessed from here: voices.osaarchivum.org.
Aims of the project
  • Exploring the heritage of Hungarian qualitative sociological knowledge
  • Exploring and documenting the history of Hungarian qualitative social research
  • Fostering research of the history of the discipline on the basis of our collections
  • Promoting reflection and professional self-reflection upon the methodological and epistemological challenges lying in interview sources
  • Preparing case studies
  • Providing the opportunity for secondary analysis of qualitative sources
  • Promoting the building of a network among researchers applying qualitative methods as well as the cooperation of research and education
This project has been funded with support from OTKA No. 77566 and OTKA No. 101046 (Hungarian Scientific Research Fund).
 
Collaborators in the project
habil. Dr. Éva Kovács - project leader
András Lénárt

The Voices Archive is part of the European Qualitative and Qualitative Longitudinal Network (EQUALAN). See: http://www.iqda.ie/content/equalan
 
Documents of the Voices of the 20th Century Archive (in Hungarian)