November 6-8, 1995
National Széchényi Library
SABRE FOUNDATION, INC founded in 1969 and based in Cambridge, Massachusetts, is dedicated to the philosophy and practice of free institutions. Since 1986, its principal activity has been the donation of new books on a wide range of subjects to schools, universities, libraries, clinics and needy individuals in Central and Eastern Euprope and the former Soviet Union. The book program has involved more than 175 publishers and now reaches fifteen countries.
In November 1995, representatives of Sabre and its principal partners in eight of those countries--Belarus, Bulgaria, Croatia, the Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland, Slovakia and Ukraine--met in Budapest to share their experience and prescriptions for a number of common concerns, with the aim of further improving the professionalism and effectiveness of book donation programs.
At the conclusion of the three-day meeting, the partners agreed on a joint declaration of their views.
The Budapest conference and this summary of it were made possible by a grant from the The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.
The border on this image is from the first book printed in Hungary in Hungarian, the translation of the New Testament by János Sylvester (Sárvár-Ujsziget, 1541). The emblem of the title page appeared in the heading of "Magyar Merkurius" (Hungarian Mercury), the first product of the Hungarian press to appear in Pest, in 1788. Both are in the collections of the National Széchényi Library, Budapest.
Open Dialogue of Eastern European Partners
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List of Participants
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