Scope and Content of Collection
Title: Pavel Źáček collection
Collection Number: 2000C73
Collector: Źáček, Pavel, collector
36 manuscript boxes
(14.4 linear feet)
Hoover Institution Archives
Stanford, California 94305-6010
Abstract: Case files, reports, and diaries and interrogation transcripts of Czech senior secret police personnel, relating to secret
service activities in Czechoslovakia. Includes a summary of the secret police file on Václav Havel. Photocopies of originals
in the Národní archiv.
Physical Location: Hoover Institution Archives
Collection may not be copied until 2056 April 10.
Collection is otherwise open for research.
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[Identification of item], Pavel Źáček collection, [Box number], Hoover Institution Archives.
Acquired by the Hoover Institution Archives in 2000.
Materials may have been added to the collection since this finding aid was prepared. To determine if this has occurred, find
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listed in this finding aid.
Location of Originals
Born in 1969, Źáček earned his PhD in mass communication at Charles University, Prague in 2001. His dissertation topic was
the illegal magazine "V Boj." From 1993 to 1997 he served as head of the Documentation Section, Office for the Documentation
and Investigation of the Activities of the State Security Service/Crimes of Communism, and was editor of the anthology
Securitas Imperii, a periodical concerned with state security documents and studies, from 1994 to 1999. In 1997 he became head of the team
for the documentation of the role of Czechoslovak officials in Korea and Vietnam, in cooperation with the U.S. Office of the
Assistant Secretary of Defense for POW/Missing Personnel Affairs. In 1998 he was appointed deputy director, Office for the
Documentation and Investigation of the Crimes of Communism, and then served as senior researcher at the Institute of Contemporary
History, Academy of Sciences in Prague from 1999 to 2006. After a short period as acting director of the Security Services
Archive from 2007 to 2008, Źáček was appointed director of the Institute for the Study of Totalitarian Regimes in January
2008. He was a visiting scholar at the Hoover Archives Summer Workshop on Soviet Communism in July 2009.
Scope and Content of Collection
Case files, reports, diaries, and interrogation transcripts of Czech senior secret police personnel, relating to secret service
activities in Czechoslovakia. Includes a summary of the secret police file on Václav Havel. Contains personnel files on State
Security agents, orders and plans, and reports from Ministry of Security X and II Directorates. Photocopies of originals in
the Státní ústřední in Prague.
The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in the library's online public access catalog.