alternative forms of education
alternative lifestyles and resistance of the everydays
conscientious objectors critical science
emigration/exile environmental protection
fine arts folk culture
human rights movements
literature and literary criticism media arts
minority movements music national movements party dissidents
peace movements philosophical/theoretical movements
samizdat and tamizdat
scientific criticism social movements
student movement surveillance
survivors of persecutions under authoritarian/totalitarian regimes
theatre and performing arts
applied arts objects
cartoons & caricatures
graphics grey literature
legal and/or financial documentation manuscripts memorabilia
other other artworks
sculptures video recordings voice recordings
Private archive of prof. Barbara Fatyga gathers thousands of materials regarding Polish youth culture in the late 1980s and early 1990s. The archive is an effect of various research projects led by Fatyga and her co-workers – initially at the Institute for Youth Problems Research and later in the Youth Research Centre in the Institute of Applied Sciences at the Warsaw University. The archive contains youth fanzines and cassettes as well as recordings and transcripts of biographical interviews.
The bequest of János Maróthy, which is held at the Hungarian Academy of Sciences Music Institute, offers insights into the heritage of a music aesthete and music researcher who was an essential figure of Hungarian music studies under socialism. The collection shows that the official infrastructure often generated spaces for critical, unofficial cultures. The Institute supported Maróthy in his efforts to collect the folk music, protest songs, and pol-beat trends, genres which helped young people criticize and rebel against official socialism.
Fekete Lyuk means black hole in Hungarian. It reminds most Hungarians of a legendary club, which emerged quite suddenly in a traditional working-class district. It had a cult following among young intellectuals, punks, and skinheads, but it also quickly became a symbol of nonconformity and rebellion. However, hardly anybody remembers Gyula Nagy, the man who as an agitprop educator founded the Fekete Lyuk club.
The collection contains samizdat editions of religious literature and hymnals and illegal recordings on magnetic tapes, SPs, LPs and audio cassettes. It documents the work of the members of the Unity of the Brethren Baptists and their teetering between what was permitted by the government’s supervision over the churches and their own ideas about evangelization in the period of socialism.