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Overview of the Béla Csejtey Papers
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Writings, correspondence, genealogical materials, personal documents, printed matter, and memorabilia, relating to the Csejtey family and to Hungarian émigré affairs.
Csejtey, 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 Antartica, 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 Antartica 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. His particular interest was the battle of the Piave River in the north of Italy, 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 researched the literature and the archives 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.
6 manuscript boxe, 1 oversize box (2.9 linear feet)
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