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Sources of law

Corpus Juris HungariciSources of law form the backbone of documents in the Digitized Parliamentary Database (DPD). The portal offers comprehensive information on the past of the system of Hungarian sources of law and the present system of the written sources of law. To allow access to the highest possible number of sources of law on this portal, included is a link to the Corpus Juris Hungarici, a site of laws promulgated in Hungary over the centuries. Of the national gazettes, we have so far digitized the Gazette of Councils and the portal gives in-depth information on all the national gazettes, including the Hungarian Official Gazette. This portal also includes a link to the latter. We have digitized seven ministerial (sectoral) gazettes from the late 19th century in many cases to as recently as 1990. This portal carries detailed information about them and a link takes you to digitized versions of gazettes. Thanks to an earlier stage of digitization, a link on the DPD portal takes you to the Collection of Decrees of Hungary, where a selection of decrees issued in 1867–1945 can be read in an edited form. This portal has a description and a search guide to that. Common law used to be important in Hungary. That is why the Law reports have been digitized and arranged into a separate collection.

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Books

The project, called Digitized Parliamentary Database (DPD) has involved digitization of 1864 titles in 2248 volumes. They are works in Hungarian language in the fields of law, political science, history and the history and operation of the National Assembly. A considerable part of the books are copyright protected and can therefore be read only on computers on the premises of the Parliamentary Library. Works in the public domain can be freely accessed. Click here to browse among the digitized books.Works by scholars of law and social science and politicians – all of them noted in their fields – can be found in the Digitized Parliamentary Database. See in Hungarian language biographies of authors of major works that were published in the 19th and 20th centuries.Book reviews and descriptions are attached to some of the major works that are likely to attract special attention. The reviews offer an insight into the era when those works were published and their very style and wording are a good read. Click here for the reviews in Hungarian.

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Periodicals

The Digitized Parliamentary Database covers 73 eminent periodicals of law and political sciences (including multiple versions of titles, and supplements). A considerable part of the periodicals come from the 19–20th centuries, which were published continuously over decades. The bibliographical data of those periodicals have been analytically explored, which means you can search them by author, title and subject heading. A total of 20000 copies of periodicals carrying 90000 articles have been digitized. Only those copies have been digitized that can be found in our stock, which means that occasionally certain copies or even certain volumes might be missing. We plan to make up for such gaps. On our site we provide information on the periodicals that you can find our library, on major gaps in the collection, the frequencies of publication, the supplements, and noteworthy facts about the history of individual periodicals. A considerable part of the articles in the periodicals are copyright protected, which means they may only be read on computers that are in our library.

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Parliamentary documents

We started systematic digitization of library documents in 2001. In the first stage some 600000 pages of parliamentary source documents that merit special protection were digitized.In concrete terms this involved transcripts of parliamentary debates and papers from the period 1861–1990. This means verbatim records of plenary sittings (of both Houses when the Parliament was bicameral); occasionally minutes that summed up debates; plus background materials and so-called papers, which were numbered for each parliamentary term. Carefully edited indexes are available for both types of documents.Between 1884 and 1949 almanacs were issued about the members of the Lower and Upper House in 18 volumes, which have also been digitized.Midterm turnover among the MPs can be followed by studying the so-called address books, whose digitization has also begun. As from 1848 the Lower House could freely elect its officeholders: the speaker, two deputy speakers and the notaries. They worked observing the Standing Orders of the time. The monarch appointed the speaker and deputy speakers of the Upper House. A link on the portal takes you to digitized versions of the Standing Orders of the period 1848–1990. Hungary's central budget is also available in digitized version.

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