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Sopron Museum Research Policy

These research rules are valid from 1 January 2013.

1. The Museum of Sopron (hereinafter: Museum) is a public institution maintained by the City of Sopron. According to the Government Decree No. 47/2001 (III. 27.) (hereinafter: Government Decree), any legal or natural person over the age of 14 may obtain a research permit and conduct research in its collections.

2. Research is defined as any scientific investigation, collection of data and acquisition of information, whether the research or publication is aimed at the communication or use of specific material or only the use of information, data or conclusions obtained from it.

3. Only a person with a valid research permit may carry out research in the Museum's artifact registers and collections. Research authorisation must be requested in advance by telephone (documented afterwards), letter or e-mail.

4. The processing and research of cultural objects and the documentation relating to them (hereinafter 'museum material') in the Museum's collections (within 5 years of registration) and their use for scientific and cultural purposes may be carried out by the person who collected/examined them, or who has made their primary identification, description and registration, or who has preserved and restored them. Museum material under 5-year research protection is not accessible to external researchers.

5. The research authorisation is granted by the Director of the Museum within 15 days of the application, taking into account the opinion of the head of the collection concerned. By completing and signing the research permit, the researcher acknowledges the research regulations of the institution.

6. No research permit may be issued in the cases listed in Article 5(1) of Government Decree No 47/2001 (27.III.), nor may a permit be refused on the basis of Articles 3(2), 4(2), 5(2), (3) and (4), or 6 of the Decree, or in the case of archival material, in accordance with the provisions of Act LXVI of 1995.

7. With the research permit, the researcher declares and confirms by his/her signature that he/she is aware of and complies with the research regulations of the institution, acknowledges the laws on copyright protection, publication restrictions and the order of reference, and undertakes to send the bibliographic data of his/her subsequent publications using the researched material to the repository and library of the museum. The research licence is non-transferable and a copy is kept by the collection concerned.

8. The research permit must include: - the duration of the research permit (max. 12 months, for a given calendar year) - the location of the research (name of the collection) - the researcher's personal data (name, address, ID number)

9. The researcher can ask for a research permit by letter, e-mail or telephone from the collection manager or the museologist responsible for the collection.

10. The research permit may be renewed after its expiry date.

11. Researchers and research sessions must be recorded in a research diary, in which the name of the researcher, the number of the research permit and the inventory number of the documents and objects handed over for research must be entered for each research session.

12. Research may be requested on the day agreed in advance, at the following agreed times: Monday to Thursday: 9:00 to 12:00 and 12:30 to 15:30 Friday: 9:00 to 12:00

13. During the research, the museologist or the collections manager (hereinafter referred to as the 'supervisor') responsible for the collection will supervise the research on behalf of the institution.

14. The researcher may request the material he wishes to research by duly completing and submitting the application form. The request form must indicate the name of the researcher, the exact identification of the material requested and the date of submission of the request. The institution has 5 working days from the date of the request to make the requested material available.

15. If the researcher fails to start the research requested and authorised by the institution within 10 days without giving a reason for not doing so, the material requested and prepared will be returned to its place of deposit in the collection and must be requested again.

16. The researcher has the option of pre-ordering the requested material by letter, telephone or e-mail, provided the exact inventory/ accession number is known. In this case, the request form will be filled in by the museologist in charge of the collection or by the collections manager.

17. An artefact may be removed from an exhibition for research purposes only in particularly justified cases.

18. Researchers may not remove material from the research room for any purpose.

19. After the research is completed, the supervisor shall take back the material returned in itemised form.

20. If the material is returned by the researcher incomplete or damaged, the museum will take the necessary steps after the extent of the damage has been determined and the manner in which it was caused has been clarified.

21. The researcher may use his/her own technical equipment (e.g. laptop, notebook, dictaphone) to assist or simplify his/her work. This possibility applies only to reproduction procedures or technical equipment (e.g. scanning, photography with a camera or telephone, filming, video recording) for which a fee is charged.

22. Research in the Museum's collections is free of charge. The technical costs of research and user fees are set out in the Schedule of Fees.

23. The service and user fees are payable in advance (by post, bank transfer or cash at the cash desk).

24. Photographs of works of art for publication purposes may only be taken by the museum photographer or the collections manager. A special permit is required to buy a daily photo ticket. The researcher may not use flash or tripod for photography. The Museum will indicate the inventory number of the artifact in the file name of the digital photograph, which will be the basis for the reference. Exceptionally, with the permission of the Director, a professional photographer commissioned by the researcher/publisher may take a photograph with his/her own camera, in which case he/she must record the inventory number.

25. The time limit for photography, scanning and photocopying of more than 20 pages requested by the researcher and to be carried out by the Museum is 10 working days. The request may be made by the researcher in advance on a request form. If you have an exact inventory/growth number and page number, you can make your request by telephone or e-mail. If the researcher requests any activity to be completed within 5 working days, the museum will charge an emergency surcharge. The feasibility of emergency service is at the Museum's discretion.

26. The Museum will provide photographs of the artefacts in digital format only, with a maximum quality of 20 cm 300 dpi, on CD, DVD or other media.

27. Photocopies may only be made of printed and written material no more than 60 years old.

28. The conditions for publication (communication) are set out in the User Agreement concluded to this effect.

The use of the libraries is governed by a specific policy.

The amount of material that can be requested per research day: Local History Collection: 15 items inventoried Photographic Collection: 30 items inventoried positive or negative 15 items inventoried negative Fine Art Collection: 15 items inventoried Archaeological Collection: 10 boxes of archaeological material Ethnographic Collection: 15 items inventoried.


The Library of the Sopron Museum is the museum library of the Sopron Museum, which is open to the public.

The library's main seat.
Address for correspondence: 9400 Sopron, Fő tér 6-8.
PO Box: 9401 Sopron, Pf. 68.
Central telephone number: +36 99-311-327
Central e-mail:
The institution is maintained by the Municipality of Sopron Megyei Jogú Város.

The legal status of the library was established on 22 July 1867 with the foundation of the predecessor of the Sopron Museum.

The mission of the Sopron Museum Library is, without claiming to be exhaustive, to acquire, process, preserve, conserve and research for museologists and researchers traditional books, periodicals and collections (books, periodicals, etc.) on paper and electronic media, relating to the collection and research and public-cultural tasks of the Sopron Museum. The library is not involved in public library services, but provides its collections at the level of basic services to users as defined in the research regulations. The library's main collection is devoted to works on the history of Sopron and the historic Sopron County (works by local authors who were born in the area or lived and became famous there at the time of their creation, and documents on the settlements and districts of Sopron County according to the administrative boundaries of 1914, and works published in the area). Documents in the library's sub-collections, which support the scientific work of museologists, in the following subject areas: art history, archaeology, ethnography, history, as well as national and local museum publications and periodicals. The library exchanges national and international publications with the museum's publications, and supports the scientific activities of the museum's collections, the institution's basic and complementary activities, the organisation of exhibitions, scientific conferences and other professional events, and the production of professional publications, journals, exhibition catalogues and other museum publications.

Mission statement
The aim and task of the Sopron Museum Library is to acquire, process, preserve, conserve and research works on the history of Sopron and the historic Sopron County (works by local authors who were born in the area or lived and became famous here at the time of their creation, and documents on the settlements and localities of Sopron County according to the administrative boundaries of 1912, and works published here), primarily for museologists and secondarily for researchers. It also aims to organise, preserve and preserve for posterity the content and form of the so-called special collections (the Storno family library, the library of Endre Csatkai).


Historical photo gallery

The Historical Photographic Collection of the Sopron Museum is the most important collection of photographs of Sopron and its surroundings, but it is also considered to be a nationally significant collection. Its status is primarily enhanced by the artists who are outstanding personalities in the history of Hungarian photography. Mihály Rupprecht, Ferenc Csík, Károly Diebold, Andor Angyalffy, Jenő Sárkány ... just a few of the artists whose names are known in Hungary, but let us not forget the photographers who are well known in Sopron and whose work has left us something lasting in some form or other. Examples include Vilmos Jéhnos, whose stereophotographs evoke turn-of-the-century Sopron, or Ármin Schäffer, whose series of pictures known to Sopron residents as the People's Vote album is also part of the collection. The list is of course extremely incomplete, since looking back over the last 100 years we can say that all publications presenting the history of Sopron and its surroundings have used and still use almost exclusively pictures from this collection as illustrations!

Dr. Ottó Domonkos: Drying corn willow (Kapuvár, 1952) - Sopron MuseumThe collection, launched in 1953, was started by art historian Endre Csatkai, ethnographer Ottó Domonkos and restorer-photographer Attila Adorján. The first item of the inventory book is a 6X6 cm photographic negative taken by Dr. Ottó Domonkos on 9 September 1952, showing corn bundles being dried in Kapuvár. Of course, the predecessor institutions of the Sopron Museum also had photographs before, but before the collection was started, they were mainly stored in the Local History Collection, including the oldest photograph in the Sopron Museum's possession, which shows Ágoston Tóth of Felsőszopor with family members in 1846 in a daguerreotype.

The photo collection includes images taken for documentary, scientific, artistic... etc. purposes, depicting Sopron and its surroundings. With an inventory of more than 70,000 items, we can currently only estimate that there are around 150,000 images. In 2006, our museum also launched a digital photo archive, which now contains thousands of photos of the past, which is close to our time.

The collection can be searched by appointment (e-mail, telephone) in accordance with the research regulations, which are also available on the website. 

Historical photo gallery

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