Balaton Museum Association was founded by provincialists building up from private collections. We have no information about when the first photo or postcard was brought here, but what we know is that Árpád Csák and János Sági during the summer of 1900 went for a trip around Lake Balaton by foot, and after this collecting trip they had come back to enrich the collection with new photos and objects. As a result of the collection trip, a book titled „Balaton in writings and pictures” („A Balaton írásban és képben”) was published. Sági János besides his ethnographic work was a photographer as well. He took pictures of ethnographic subjects, Lake Balaton and Keszthely. One of his important works is a section about the settling woodworker gipsies near Fenékpuszta. He'd been to Somogy county a lot and took pictures of houses, carvings and actively worked together with Malonyay Dezső. More of his photographs were printed on postcards, mainly by Ignác Mérei's bookshop and József Sulyánszky's book printer. Nice design, high-quality photographs and postcards are significant pieces for he museum and private collectors.
The photographer of our next legacy is Tímár Rózsika, who opened her amateur laboratory at Main square in Keszthely, where today the Atrium stands. She came from Transylvania in the 1920s. She made series of portraits, had entrance into the duke's palace and recorded „the little prince's” birthday parties. She made beautiful and artistic compositions about the town and Lake Balaton, from which several can be found on postcards.
In our collection photographs of our collegues can be found, as well. These photos were taken during daily work, on collection trips and excavations. Furthermore The Photograph Association gifted the museum with its own photos of important events in Keszthely.
The photo collection of the museum consists of 50473 items involving local historical, ethnographical and archelogical pictures. The most valuable pieces of the collection were made in the last third of the 19th century. In one of these photos the convent can be seen, before the Grammar School's building was built right next to it. Other interesting photos are the ones about main square, when it was covered only with ground. Nowadays, this collection grows mostly by digital records.
In case you would like to do research in the collection, connect the coordinator!
Collection coordinator: P. Barna Judit régész
Research policy and research license can be found here.
This collection involves scientific manuscripts, manuscript fragments, records relating to archaeological sites, documentation of excavations (excavation diaries, location maps), ethnographic diaries and typed version of recordings of oral collections. These are neccessary resourses of the material processing. Due to the essential work of our collegues, our data collection is continuously growing. The 2500 items involves around 30000 pages.
One outstanding part of the photo and data collection is Dr. Szabó Sándor's heritage