The digitization of the American Hungarian Foundation’s Archive is the new long-range project we are undertaking. We are still in the preliminary stages. Organizing and reaching out to other organizations that archives are housed within AHF. This project directly addresses the AHF’s mission to COLLECT, CONSERVE and CELEBRATE. First, it makes records of historical value and American Hungarian significance freely accessible to a wide public audience. The creation of digital surrogates ensures broad use of materials that certainly enhance our knowledge of the American Hungarian history and culture. Second, the project promotes the use of the Hungarica (Hungarian American) documentary heritage. Additionally, the project will be heavily promoted to historians and scholars in various disciplines and countries. Third, the project guarantees the long-term preservation of American Hungarian historical record collections so that they may be used by generations to come. The valuable historical evidence will be preserved in digital format, and the original materials also will be benefit from the reduction in physical handling.
We are asking our greater American Hungarian community to contribute to this special project. We have received a starting grant from the Hungarian Initiatives Foundation (HIF).
This will help secure the future of the documents, heritage and Hungarica history housed within AHF to prevent loss of quality. Digital data can, in theory, be propagated indefinitely with absolutely no degradation. This is why it is a favored way of preserving information for many organizations around the world. Making it available for future generations of American Hungarians.