The Hungarian National Archives Jász-Nagykun-Szolnok County Archives, like other archives, has progressively opened up to society in the past three decades. The study seeks answers to the questions of how and why this opening has happened in Szolnok. This public collection – which operates in the poorest of the counties with small worker number – did not dismantle its activities in the years of the economic crisis, but gained professional and social recognition with new public education projects. The institution has built a wide range of social relations in addition to the collection of documents and the scientific research work and it was the first archives that applied successfully for a TÁMOP project aiming for the education of schoolchildren outside of schools. With many years of work the archives has also established a nationwide unique relationship with the county’s family researchers, resulting in the second national conference on family history in 2017 with great success. Its periodical exhibitions reveal not only the research results of archivists but for now it has also boosted the document giftings of private individuals. Increasing the visibility and recognition of the archives was also greatly enhanced by the close relationship with the local media. Although county archives have been subject to ministry reservation, archivists continue to look to meet the needs of the local population and preserve the established relationships as their primary task.