During the first years after the war, individual rules and regulations about the protection of documents will transform into an organized means of protection by establishing the archival area for the city of Subotica and Bačka Topola district, according to the decision passed by the Education Department GIO NS APV no. 16800 in 1946. Nine Archival Areas in Vojvodina were formed by this decision. Subotica area included the city of Subotica, Subotica district and Bačka Topola district. The same Decision stated that each Archival Area must have a director. Blaško Vojnć Hajduk, the director of the City Library, was appointed director of the Subotica area. He was appointed Archival Area Director and his duties and responsibilities were determined by the decision passed by the Education Department GIO NS APV no. 11059 on July 16, 1947. His appointing presents the beginning of the work of the archival service in this region.
Seven decades later, The Historical Archives of Subotica issued Our First Seventy Years publication, as an addition to the 70th anniversary event and it presents a concise cross section of the 7 decades behind us. A virtual exhibition under the same name was also presented on this occasion.
“Petefi” scholarship program participants visiting the Archives
A group of researchers visited the Historical Archives of Subotica, as a part of the “Petefi” program which started in the spring of 2015 by the Hungarian secretariat for national politics, with the goal to explore the culture of Hungarians in diaspora.
The director of the Archives Stevan Mačković talked to the guests and Zoltan Mesaroš held a lecture about the history of Subotica and the Archives. They went on a tour of our depots, The City Hall and the highest tower, where Dejan Mrkic told stories about interesting history of the building.
The 10th “Arhivski dan” International Archival Conference
The traditional international archival conference Arhivski dan was held for the 10th time. The topic of this year event was Archives between science, culture and administration.
As a part of our 70th anniversary celebration this year, Our First 70 Years publication was presented, which gives a concise insight in the 7 decades behind us. A virtual exhibition prepared by the Archives was also presented on this occasion.
Plaque for contribution to archival science and local historiography
This year, as a part of the 70 anniversary event, The Historical archives of Subotica commenced awarding Plaques for outstanding contribution to archival science and local historiography. The Plaque bears the name of our prominent colleague Gašpar Ulmer. The first Gašpar Ulmer Plaques were rewarded to Eržebet Apro – a fellow archivist retired, Dr. Emil Libman and Dr. Deže Čuso – scientists and researchers of the local history.
The 3rd Croatian ICARUS days
The 3rd Croatian ICARUS days: Archives
The director of the Historical Archives of
Subotica Stevan Mačković gave a presentation about the experiences with e-research of the church registers in the Historical archives of Subotica at the
"Archives without borders" conference held on March 16, 2017 in Vukovar,
This international meeting was dedicated to
the implementation of contemporary IT infrastructure in the operations of
cultural institutions and societies and Institutions of science.
Museum Night Exhibition – 115 years FK Bačka
In the event of the Night of Museums, The Historical Archives of Subotica has publicly displayed fond No. 40, containing very interesting material, not only for the sport club Bačka from Subotica, but also for other Yugoslav clubs, Football Federation, Athletic Federation, Sokolski movement and other sport, cultural and civil associations, whose activities are intertwined with our oldest sport clubs.
In addition to displaying the football club Bačka records from between World Wars period on ten boards and showcases, the screening of Aleksandar Lifka’s film from 1926 25 year anniversary of Bačka in Subotica was also included. Documents, posters, photographs, newspapers and objects were displayed in the vestibule of the City Hall, while the boards presented the most interesting details, with accompanying text. A commemorative brochure was printed and distributed for this occasion. The exhibition took place May 21, 2016 and was visited by 3 500 people.
Students of the Faculty of Engineering visit the Archives
On the 14th of March 2016, guests of the Historical Archives were the students of the Faculty of Engineering from Subotica, accompanied with professor Viktorija Aladžić. With the role of the institution and with the history of record keeping documents from ancient times to the present day, students met senior archivists Zoltan Meszaros. While speaking about archiving, he conducted a tour of the depots, where the archivists Tibor Halasz showed the guests some of the old projects, drawings and maps that are stored here, and that some of these projects will be of great interest in their future scientific work.
The 9th “International Archives Day” in Subotica
Historical Archives in Subotica this year has organized a two-day international archival conferenceIX in a row, with the theme:
„Archives and their cultural-educational activities.“
On the first day of the meeting, professional training was held for the attendants from the registry of major public companies. Within the course, lectures were held on introduction to the activities of the Historical Archives and office management with practical training.
One the second day an expert meeting was held where the paper reports of cultural-educational activities, which were written in the archives, were held by archivists from multiple archives. Their reports were submitted by ten archivists from Hungary, Croatia, Archive of Tuzla canton and our country. There was talk about professional jobs in the field of cultural and educational activities, lectures about the archival pedagogy, exhibitions in archives and elsewhere, about the program and the importance as well as the experiences of this activity for the wider society.(Video>>)
Promotion of Historical Archive Editions of Subotica
In the reading room of the City Library in Subotica on 14 November 2016. promotional editions and publications were held published by the Historical Archives in Subotica.
On this occasion, they presented three publications: - Journal Archive "Ex Pannonia" No. 20,
- Guide to the archival fonds of the Historical Archives of Subotica as well as scientific information
- Monograph "Basin of Lake Palić" by Dr. Lajoš Hovanj.
2nd International Conference regarding the 100 Years since the Great War
A conference regarding the anniversary of the Great War took place
in Novi Sad and it was organized by the Historical Archives of
Vojvodina. The topic of this scientific meeting was the participation of
volunteers and civilians in the First World War.
“The Role of Hungarian population in the breakdown of Kingdom of
Hungary” was the title of the paper of Zoltan Mesaros from the
Historical Archives of Subotica, and Zoran Veljanovic, also an archivist
from Subotica, presented his paper “The disappearance of military
cemeteries from the First World War on the territory of Vojvodina –
Lecture: The history of Subotica through the archival material
A lecture about the history of Subotica in 20th century through
the archival material has been held on October 2, 2015 in the Karlo
Bijelicki library in Sombor. The lecturer was Zoran Veljanovic from the
Historical Archives of Subotica.
The lecture was organized by the City Library Karlo Bijelicki in
Sombor and Association of citizens of Sombor Ravangradsko proleće and
Serbian-Russian friendship Society.
A documentary film Bombardment of Subotica in 1944 based on a book by
Zoran Veljanovic has been shown as a part of the lecture. The author of
the film is journalist Tomislav Vojnic.
Ex Pannonia magazine No. 19, September 2015
Ex Pannonia magazine has been published for the 19th time. This
issue contains 16 new scientific papers based on the topics about local
history including studies and reviews. These 90 pages of text also bring
many photographs from the Collection of Photographs from The Historical
Archives of Subotica. Some of the authors are Stevan Mačković, Zoran
Veljanović, Tatjana Segedinčev and others.
The 8th ”Arhivski dan“ international archival conference, September, 2015
The 8th ”Arhivski dan“ international archival conference dedicated
to the international collaboration of Archives, took place during the
refugee crisis in our region which prevented participants from Croatia
and some from Hungary to come. However, participants from Tuzla and
Budapest still kept this conference international.
Seminar for the employees in cultural institutions, September, 2015
A part of the 8th ”Arhivski dan“ international archival conference
was a seminar for the employees of the cultural institutions under the
jurisdiction of The Historical Archives of Subotica. Zoltan Mesaroš held
a presentation about the activities in the Archives and gave a tour of
the repositories and Zoran Veljanovic held a class about office
The purpose of this seminar is to point out the significance of the
correct record keeping in the record creating institutions and to
improve the work of people in charge of those activities.
Museum Night, May 16, 2015
The Historical Archives of Subotica took part at this year’s
Museum Night by organizing an exhibition in the City Hall vestibule to
celebrate the 70th anniversary of the Sport Society Spartak in Subotica.
The exhibition was partly devised to show photographs through Photo
newspaper – public informational means displayed in the seventies at
Borac restaurant, which the older generation still remembers and the
younger generation had a chance to familiarize with at this exhibition.
Photo newspaper in this exhibition included photographs from old sport
matches in Subotica, showing the famous and some even forgotten
champions from our city.
Photographs, posters and documents from archival material and
publications from the Historical Archives, as well as various trophies,
plaques and props included in the exhibition aroused interest in over
2200 visitors that night.
Exhibition to celebrate the 70th anniversary of the Sport Society Spartak in Subotica
The Historical Archives of Subotica contributed to the celebration
of the 70th anniversary of the Sport Society Spartak in Subotica by
organizing an exhibition in the City Hall vestibule. The exhibition
included photographs, posters and documents from archival material and
publications from the Historical Archives, as well as various trophies,
plaques and props brought by the clubs and their members from this Sport
Society. The opening was attended by many visitors, including sport
veterans many of which are world, European or Olympic champions and
local government officials including the mayor. Stevan Mackovic, the
director of the Historical Archives, opened the exhibition.
Exhibition in Vrbas – Montenegro 1914–1918 through the lens of Bela Maćašovski
The War album of Dr Bela Macasovski from the First World war, part
of the Collection of Photographs from the Historical Archives of
Subotica, was exhibited in the Museum of Vrbas on May 9, 2015.
The exhibition was organized by the National Council for Montenegro
minority. Tatjana Segedincev, also the author of the exhibition
catalogue, opened the exhibition.
The valuable archival material on this exhibition aroused the
interest of many visitors, local media and The Montenegro National
Television. After Vrbas, the exhibition will be displayed in Novi Sad,
Belgrade and Montenegro.
An Exhibition in Croatian State Archives
Subotica on Old Charts and Maps exhibition has been opened on March 27 at the Croatian State Archives.
The director of the Historical Archives of Subotica Stevan Mackovic
gave an introductory speech in which he talked about the work and
publication of the Archives. Tatiana Segedincev presented the
Photographs Collection from our Archives with an emphasis on the
Machasovski Collection which was also introduced to the visitors in a
power point presentation.
This exhibition demonstrating the valuable historical development of Subotica can be visited in Zagreb until April 20, 2015.
International Conference at Novi Sad
Historical Archives of Vojvodina in collaboration with „Novа
misаo”, a magazine for contemporary culture in Vojvodina organized an
International Conference Archives, Media and Culture of Memory in the
First World War.
Zoran Veljanovic from the Historical Archives of Subotica presented a
scientific paper Archival materials from the Historical Archives of
Subotica about Serbian war volunteers – Addition to the history of
Serbian volunteers in World War I.
Documentary about Goli Otok
A short documentary about Goli Otok was featured at Art Cinema
„Lifka” as a part of collaboration between The Historical Archives of
Subotica and Croatian State Archives.
The documentary film „Goli Otok” is about a political prison that was
located on the island during the conflict between Tito and Stalin from
1949 to 1955 – Director and cameraman: Darko Bavoljak, production: Art
De Facto, co productions: Croatian state archives Zagreb.
The film was presented by the director of Croatian State Archives Dr
Vlatka Lemić and director of the Historical Archives of Subotica Stevan
The 7th „Arhivski dan” international archival conference
The topic of the 7th „Arhivski dan” international archival
conference was Archival collections. Like every year, this event was a
gathering place for archivists from Serbia, Croatia, Bosnia and
Hercegovina and Hungary. The conference was supported by the City of
Subotica, Gabor Betlen Foundation and Ministry of Culture, Informing and
Information System of Serbia.
Tatjana Segedinčev held a presentation about the 30 significant
archival collections in the Historical Archives of Subotica, four of
which are of the highest importance – Collection of Elisabeth Lifka,
wife of cinematography pioneer in this region, Collection „Secret
Archives” of the town Subotica which contains documents from the 18th
century, Collection of Ištvan Ivanji and the Collection of Projects
which contains the most important city projects oldest of which is from
Discussing their own experiences regarding archival collections, were
archivists from the Historical Archives of Budapest, Osijek, Novi Sad,
Tuzla, Zrenjanin, Vukovar, Sombor, Vojvodina and Bač-Kiškun County.
EX Pannonia No.18
This year Ex Pannonia magazine published by the Historical
Archives of Subotica brings 120 pages of Studies, Reviews and scientific
papers regarding local history and archival science. Two papers among
the contents of the magazine which are based on the archival materials
contribute to the 100th Anniversary of the World War I. The rest of the
papers are based on the topics about the local history of health
service, architecture, public service etc.
Exhibition „Tragač za zvijezdama”
On August 29, 2014 The City Museum held an opening of the „Tragač
za zvijezdama” exhibition, regarding the 250th anniversary of the Birth
of Croatian astronomer and physicist Danijel Mirko Bogdanić and 200th
anniversary of the creation of the Lipski's geographical map of the
Kingdom of Hungary. Croatian State Archives, Hungarian State Archives,
The Historical Archives of Subotica and The City Museum of Subotica have
organized this exhibition. Stevan Mačković, the director of the
Historical Archives of Subotica held the opening speech after which the
guest from Hungary and Croatia spoke at the opening.
The exhibition vas opened by Etela Jerinkić, assistant mayor of Subotica for Culture.
This exhibition contains replicas of the Lipski's geographical map of
the Kingdom of Hungary, illustrated sheets and hanging boards and
presents the important scientific work of the Croatian scientist,
mathematician, astronomer and surveyor.
Archival workshop organized by the Society of Archivists of Vojvodina
A professional archival workshop "Guides to archival holdings in
Vojvodina" organized by The Society of Archivists of Vojvodina has been
at Palić on June 5, 2014.
Guide to archival holdings presents a basic and essential finding aid
and every Archives is obligated by Law to produce one. Discussions
about the methodology and standards and other issues concerning the
writing of the Guide took place at the workshop.
Participants of the workshop were archivists who took part in the
writing of the Guide from Historical Archives of Vojvodina, Novi Sad,
Senta, Subotica, Sombor, Pančevo, Zrenjanin, Kikinda, Bela Crkva, Sr.
Mitrovica, Rukopisno odeljenje Matice srpske, Archives of Serbian
Academy of Sciences and Arts in Sremski Karlovci.
Ex Pannonia No. 17
This historical and archival magazine published by the Historical
Archives of Subotica is the only magazine of this kind in the North
Bachka region. This issue continues with providing its readers with an
opportunity to get acquainted with the archival material and parts of
certain fonds and collections. The magazine also includes not published
before works by various authors concerning local subjects and subject
about the North Bachka and Banat region.
International archival conference
The Historical Archives of Subotica was the host of the
international archival conference "Šesti arhivski dan" held in the City
Hall on September 20, 2013. The subject of the conference was "The
public and the Archives". The participants of the conference were
archivists from The Historical Archives of Subotica, The Archives of
Bač-Kiškun county, The Historical Archives of Bela Crkva, The Historical
Archives of Budapest, The State Archives of Vukovar, The Archives of
Tuzla district, The Archives of Baranja county and The Historical
Archives of Novi Sad. The hosts and the guest have prepared scientific
papers on the relevant archival subject through which they demonstrated
the role and significance of archives for the society.
To download the mentioned scientific papers click here.
E-research enabled starting with September 2
From September 2, the long expected E-research of the Registers
from Catholic Church in the Subotica municipality project has started
with a test phase. There is a link (www: http://e-arhiva.suarhiv.co.rs)
on the Historical Archives' web page (www.suarhiv.co.rs) through which
the interested parties can put in a request for the access to the
E-archives' data base. After registration and acquiring a registration
profile, the researchers will be able to search by year, jurisdiction or
alphabet within the database – the Registration books.
Bibliography of the "Ex Pannonia" magazine
In order to provide our researchers with an insight into works of
archivists and other scientists that have works published in the "Ex
Pannonia" magazine, authors Zoran Veljanović and Dijana Musin have
written a Bibliography of this magazine.
Bibliography of the "Ex Pannonia" magazine is an informational aid
which enables access to information about the subject of research and
So far, 152 articles by almost a hundred authors have been published
on 1250 pages in Ex Pannonia, mostly from the field of historiography
and archival science but also from the field of museology, history, arts
and music, ethnology, ecology, biology etc.
The publishers of this Bibliography are "Malo istorijsko društvo" from Novi Sad and City Library in Novi Sad.
Exhibition on the
The Historical Archives of Subotica, Municipal museum of Subotica
and Municipal cultural monument Institute have put on an exhibition
about the City Hall of Subotica, on the "Dan grada" celebration day.
The exhibition was opened by Modest Dulić, mayor of Subotica. The
mayor gave an inspiring speech about the greatness of the City Hall, how
many treasures and valuables were kept here as it was the safest place,
how many important decisions by various rulers at the time have been
made inside the walls of this building but also how the City Hall itself
is actually here for all the citizens of Subotice since they are
married there, registered upon birth, attended concerts, exhibitions or
if they just hid form a sudden rain storm under it's arches. The City
Hall is always in our lives, for what ever reasons.
At the opening of the exhibition, our fellow archivist Zoltan Mesaros
gave a speech and among other things said: "A hundred years is a long
period of time, far longer than an average human life so there are no
witnesses today to the building of the City Hall, however the City Hall
stands witness of the life of Subotica..."
The new Guide has been published
The Historical Archives of Subotica has so far presented two
Guides, the informational aid about the Archives' holdings, first in
1970, and second in 1977. The fonds and collections kept in the Archives
at that time were presented and analyzed. 143 fonds were presented in
the first edition of the Guide and in the second edition, 191.
In the meantime, the Archives has overtaken a lot of archival
material. Today, there are 473 fonds and collections, 220 of which are
presented in the first book of the new Guide. The second book of the
Guide is in preparation and the editors are Zoran Veljanović and Tatjana
Segedinčev, the archivists who worked on the first book too. Chief
Editor is Stevan Mačković and the publisher is The Historical Archives
New issue of
Annually published by the Historical Archives of Subotica, Ex
Pannonia magazine is scheduled to come out of print in September. The
magazine consists of works on subjects concerning local history and
Ex Pannonia magazine is an unavoidable step to finding out about
details from the history of the North Backa region. It is also provides a
way to learn more about the archival science or related sciences.
The 5th "Arhivski dan"
A sea of documents is created around us all the time. How to preserve what is valuable in that sea for generations to come?
The Archives presents a temple of collective memory and it's the
Archives' mission to nurture that memory even before the documents reach
its repositories. It is not a graveyard for paper but a sort of
plantation. Each document is waiting for its moment to be rediscovered.
This year the Historical Archives of Subotica organized for the 5th time a professional counseling conference "Arhivski dan".
The participants of the conference have prepared scientific papers on
the relevant archival subject which this year was connected to the
Active records management department which is a department in the
Archives that manages, controls and advises about the safe keeping and
organization of the active records in the records creating agencies.
The Historical Archives of Subotica at the Museum Night
The Historical Archives of Subotica has joined the Museum Night
event in Subotica in May 2012, with the "TRI GRADSKE KUĆE" exhibition.
The exhibition took place at the City Hall vestibule on this "highly
cultural evening" and there were more than 3000 visitors of all age.
Citizens of Subotica, as well as guest from other countries including
Japan, were paying a visit to the City Hall until midnight, to see the
The guides through the exhibition were archivists Zoltan Mesaroš and Zoran Vukelić.
City Hall of Subotica in Senteš
City Hall of Subotica which celebrates a century of its existence
this year has a contemporary in a town of Senteš (Szentes) in Hungary.
Upon marking the celebration of its 100th birthday, an exhibition was
opened in the town gallery of this town about this Town Hall. A special
guest at this event was the Historical Archives of Subotica with its own
exhibition about its own City Hall.
At the opening of the exhibition, the mayor of Sentes and the
directors of the Historical Archives of Sentes and the Historical
Archives of Subotica gave speeches to the guests after which a musical
The XII Day of the Archives in Keckemet
On October 3, 2011, a delegacy from The Historical Archives of Subotica
attended 'The XII Day of the Archives' in Keckemet. The subject of this
gathering was: From the industrial and trades history of the Bač-Kiškun
county. The Historical Archives of Subotica was presented by the
director Stevan Mačković with a scientific paper with the topic National
constitution of the industrialists of Subotica between two world wars.
The 4th Day of The Historical Archives
On September 21, 2011, The Historical Archives of Subotica organized 'The 4th Day of The Historical Archives', an international gathering of the archives regarding the subject: 'Local historiography and archives'. There were 70 participants at this conference, archivists from 10 different Archives from Vojvodina, Croatia and Hungary. The program consisted of 13 scientific papers. Participants from The Historical Archives of Subotica were dr Zoltan Mesaroš and Zoran Vukelić presenting a scientific paper with the topic How to use the records in research of the local history, including the administrative fonds.
To download the mentioned scientific papers click here.
The exhibition was supported by:
Ministry of Culture, Informing and Information System of Serbia
County Secretariat for Culture and Public Informing
Town of Subotica
Hungarian National Council
Archives and the public in contemporary society
On September 18 and 19, 2011, The Society of Archivists of Vojvodina
organized a conference in Zrenjanin regarding the subjects: 'Archives
and the public in contemporary society'; 'Arrangement of the archival
fonds of the public service administration'. The Historical archives of
Subotica had two participants: Zoran Veljanović with a scientific report
'Archives and the public (Addition to the theory of archival activity)'
and Tatjana Segedinčev with a scientific report 'Records of the Town
Hall of Subotica 1918-1941, formation, means of arrangement and the
The City Hall
on Old Charts and Maps, an exhibition organized by The Historical
Archives of Subotica, took place at The City Hall vestibule with an
opening date on September 2, 2011. The exhibiton was open for 3 weeks
and it had 39 exhibits. During those 3 weeks, there were 2300 visitors.
The conference was supported by:
Ministry of Culture, Informing and Information System of Serbia
County Secretariat for Culture and Public Informing