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  • Title: Béla Csejtey papers
    Date (inclusive): 1592-2004
    Date (bulk): 1914-1991
    Collection Number: 2012C46
    Contributing Institution: Hoover Institution Archives
    Language of Material: Hungarian
    Physical Description: 5 manuscript boxes, 1 oversize box (2.5 linear feet)
    Abstract: Writings, correspondence, genealogical materials, personal documents, printed matter, and memorabilia relating to the Csejtey family, military history, and Hungarian émigré affairs.
    Physical Location: Hoover Institution Archives
    Creator: Csejtey, Béla, 1934-


    Collection is open for research. The Hoover Institution Archives only allows access to copies of audiovisual items. To listen to sound recordings or to view videos or films during your visit, please contact the Archives at least two working days before your arrival. We will then advise you of the accessibility of the material you wish to see or hear. Please note that not all audiovisual material is immediately accessible.

    Publication Rights

    For copyright status, please contact the Hoover Institution Archives.

    Preferred Citation

    [Identification of item], Béla Csejtey papers, [Box number], Hoover Institution Archives.

    Acquisition Information

    Acquired by the Hoover Institution Archives in 2012.


    Materials may have been added to the collection since this finding aid was prepared. To determine if this has occurred, find the collection in Stanford University's online catalog at http://searchworks.stanford.edu/ . Materials have been added to the collection if the number of boxes listed in the online catalog is larger than the number of boxes listed in this finding aid.

    Biographical Note

    Béla Csejtey Jr., a Hungarian émigré in the United States, was a geologist and historian who died in Palo Alto, California in 2012. A refugee from Hungary following the revolution of 1956, Csejtey received his doctorate from Princeton University and spent most of his life working as a geologist, first in Antarctica, and later at the Alaskan branch of the US Geological Survey in Menlo Park, California. The US Board on Geographic Names recognized his distinguished service in Antarctica by naming Mount Csejtey in the Geologists' Range in his honor.
    Csejtey's other passion was history, both family history and the history of the Hungarian forces on the front lines of World War I and the Kassa bombing of World War II. Csejtey’s father, Béla Csejtey Sr., served in both World Wars and earned medals of honor from the Kassa bombing and the battle of the Piave River in the north of Italy. Csejtey Jr. had a particular interest in this battle, where the Austro-Hungarian offensive suffered a decisive defeat in the first days of the summer of 1918. Hungarian regiments, which were disproportionately used in the fighting, lost tens of thousands of men. Csejtey Jr. spent years researching the literature and archives on the Piave River battle and combed the fields along the Piave with a metal detector to discover remains of the battle, some of which accompanied his papers into the Hoover Archives.

    Scope and Content of Collection

    The Béla Csejtey papers are composed of writings, correspondence, genealogical materials, personal documents, printed matter, and memorabilia relating to military history, Hungarian émigré affairs, and the Csejtey family, particularly Béla Csejtey Jr. (the collection's creator) and his father, Béla Csejtey Sr.

    Related Collection(s)

    Vitéz Béla Csejtey interview transcript, Hoover Institution Archives

    Subjects and Indexing Terms

    Csejtey family.
    Hungarians--United States.