Iván Nagy was born 200 years ago

Iván Nagy, genealogist, historian and former colleague of our library was born 200 years ago, on 18 July 1824 in Balassagyarmat. Between 1855 and 1870 he was a member of the staff of the University Library first as a librarian and then as the first guard from 1859. As a librarian, he was involved in the compilation of the basic catalogue and the reading service, and also engaged in significant scientific activities: he published several sources from the manuscript archives of our library dating from 16th and 17th centuries, and between 1857 and 1868 he published his major work in twelve volumes, Families of Hungary with Coats of Arms and Genealogical Tables.

On the day of the anniversary, the statue of Iván Nagy was worshipped in the Palóc Museum of the Hungarian National Museum, followed by a cerenomy of remembrance and toasts by representatives of institutions connected with Iván Nagy’s life, work and legacy. The event concluded with an interactive genealogy presentation by Nógrád County archivists.

Source/author of illustration:
ELTE University Library and Archives