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


    The collection is open for research; materials must be requested in advance via our reservation system. If there are audiovisual or digital media material in the collection, they must be reformatted before providing access.


    For copyright status, please contact the Hoover Institution Library & Archives.

    Acquisition Information

    Acquired by the Hoover Institution Library & Archives in 2012.

    Preferred Citation

    [Identification of item], Béla Csejtey papers, [Box no., Folder no. or title], Hoover Institution Library & Archives.

    Biographical Note

    Béla Csejtey Jr., a Hungarian émigré to the United States, was a geologist and historian. 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 next hit , 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 previous hit Antarctica by naming a mountain in the Geologists' Range Mount Csejtey 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 Institution Library & Archives.
    Csejtey died in Palo Alto, California, in 2012.

    Scope and Content of Collection

    The Béla Csejtey papers are comprised of writings, correspondence, genealogical materials, personal documents, printed matter, maps, and memorabilia relating to military history, Hungarian émigré affairs, and the Csejtey family, particularly Béla Csejtey Jr. and his father, Béla Csejtey Sr.

    Related Collection(s)

    Vitéz Béla Csejtey interview transcript, Hoover Institution Library & Archives

    Subjects and Indexing Terms

    Hungarians -- United States
    Csejtey family