Preliminary Inventory of the Jirí Horák papers

Finding aid prepared by Hoover Institution Archives Staff and Zdena Horak.
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Title: Jirí Horák papers
Date (inclusive): 1946-2006
Collection Number: 2006C66
Contributing Institution: Hoover Institution Archives
Language of Material: In Czech and English.
Physical Description: 74 manuscript boxes (29.6 linear feet)
Abstract: Speeches and writings, correspondence, reports, bulletins, printed matter, and photographs, relating to socialism in Czechoslovakia, anti-communist political movements, Czech émigré affairs, Radio Free Europe, the Socialist International, and post-1989 political conditions in Czechoslovakia.
Physical Location: Hoover Institution Archives
Creator: Horák, Jirí, 1924-2003.

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[Identification of item], Jirí Horák papers, [Box number], Hoover Institution Archives.

Acquisition Information

Acquired by the Hoover Institution Archives in 2006.

Accruals

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Biographical/Historical Note

Czechoslovak social democratic leader; emigre and political scientist in the United States; secretary-general, Council of Free Czechoslovakia, 1974-1994; chairman, Ceskoslovenská Strana Sociálne Demokratická, 1990-1992.

Scope and Content of Collection

Speeches and writings, correspondence, reports, bulletins, printed matter, and photographs, relating to socialism in Czechoslovakia, anti-communist political movements, Czech émigré affairs, Radio Free Europe, the Socialist International, and post-1989 political conditions in Czechoslovakia.

Subjects and Indexing Terms

Ceskoslovenská strana sociálne demokratická.
Council of Free Czechoslovakia.
Radio Free Europe.
Socialist International (1951- )
Anti-communist movements.
Czechoslovakia--Politics and government--1989-1992.
Czechs--United States.
Radio broadcasting--Czechoslovakia.
Socialism--Czechoslovakia.

Box

Part One February 1948 (Communist Coup in Czechoslovakia) to November 17, 1989 (Fall of Communism to the Velvet Revolution)

Box 54-56

1948

Box 54-56

Ustredni svaz ceskoslovenskych studentu v exilu (Central Union of Czechoslovak Students in exile)

Box 54-56

Svaz ceskoslovenskych uprchliku v Nemecku (Union of Czechoslovak Refugees in Germany)

Box 54-56

Americky fond pro ceskoslovenske uprchliky (AFCR -American Fund for Czechoslovak Refugees)

Box 54-56

Jiri Horak - personal file: scholarship in Denmark, documents, photographs, correspondence

Box 31-32

1955-1969

Box 31-32

RSC - Rada svobodneho Ceskoslovenska (Council of Free Czechoslovakia)

Box 40-42

1970-1975(I.)

Box 51-53

1975(II.)-1976

Box 26-28

1977

Box 59-61

1978-79

Box 43-45

1980-1983

Box 72-74

1984-1986

Box 33-35

1987-1988

Box 7-8

a. until November 17, 1989

Box 7-8

b. after November 17, 1989

Box 64-65

RSC and Washington 1975

Box 64-65

Correspondence with the White House, Dept. of State, Senate, Congress, Congressional

Box 64-65

Record, AFUCIO, CSNRA (Ceskoslovenska narodni rada americka), etc.

Box 5-6

Jiri Horak -International 1949

Box 5-6

a. International meetings and trips to Europe and Asia, lUSY (International Union of Socialist Youth), other youth organizations: trip reports, photographs, correspondence, etc.

Box 5-6

b. FEC (Free Europe Committee) New York

Box 36-37

Jiri Horak from 1951 on

Box 36-37

a. AFCR -American Fund for Czechoslovak Refugees, New York

Box 36-37

b. Mayor's Ethnic Council, New York (photographs)

Box 36-37

c. BBLA - Bohemian Benevolent and Literary Association ( Ceska dobrocinna a vzdelavaci organizace), New York

Box 36-37

d. contract with JPRS - U.S. Joint Publications Research Service, Washington, D.C. (samples of his research enclosed)

Box 57-58

Jiri Horak from 1974 on

Box 57-58

a. RFE - Radio Free Europe (Radio svobodna Evropa), Munich, Germany: correspondence, Radio University, scripts, etc.

Box 57-58

b. FEC- Free Europe Committee (Vybor pro svobodnou Evropu), New York, New York: Mailing Project (George Minden)

Box 57-58

c. Communist attacks (Radio Prague); communist agents in the West

Box 46-48

Jiri Horak from 1953 on

Box 46-48

Columbia University, New York; Manhattan College, New York correspondence, articles, reviews, press

Box 46-48

Doctoral dissertation "The Czechoslovak Social Democratic Party 1938-1945", New York, 1960;

Box 46-48

M.A. thesis:"The Czechoslovak Social Democratic Party 1918-1945", New York)

Box 70-71

RSC - Rada svobodneho Ceskoslovenska (Council of Free Czechoslovakia) 1968

Box 70-71

Charta 77 (I.) Documents and correspondence, Czechoslovak dissident movement

Box 68-69

RSC - Rada svobodneho Ceskoslovenska (Council of Free Czechoslovakia) 1968

Box 68-69

Charta 77 (II.) Documents and correspodence, Czechoslovak dissident movement

Box 14-16

Jiri Horak 1956

Box 62-63

"Svedectvi" ("Testimony," cultural and political quarterly) some early issues enclosed publisher and member of the editorial board: Jiri Horak, editor: Pavel Tigrid. published first in New York, then in Paris. Distributed in Czechoslovakia as an underground magazine.

Box 62-63

Part Two From November 17, 1989 (Fall of Communism in Czechoslovakia to the Velvet Revolution)

Box 62-63

CSSD - Ceskoslovenskastrana Socialne Demokraticka (Czechoslovak Social Democratic Party)

Scope and Content Note

Note:Jiri Horak returns to his native Czechoslovakia on December 17, 1989, after 41 years of exile in the USA, and helps to revive the CSSD that was abolished by the Communists in 1948. The CSSD exists since April 7, 1878. This party was also abolished by the Nazis during the WWII., then revived for short three years after the WWII. between 1945-1948, before being abolished again, this time by the Communists in 1948.
Box 49-50

CSSD Nov 17, 1989-1990

Box 49-50

XXIV. Congress of CSSD - Jiri Horak elected chairman. He accepts. Announces he will not take any salary during his office as chairman of CSSD.

Box 49-50

Articles and addresses, interviews, correspondence, agenda, press conferences, Party newspaper "Pravo lidu", photographs, clippings, etc.

Box 12-13

CSSD 1991 (I.)

Box 29-30

CSSD 1991(II.)

Box 29-30

XXV. Congress of CSSD - Jiri Horak re-elected chairman.

Box 29-30

Articles and addresses, interviews, correspondence, agenda, press conferences, photos, clippings, etc.

Box 20-22

CSSD 1992(I.)

Box 3-4

CSSD 1992(II.)

Box 3-4

Articles, clippings, pre5s conferences, party agenda etc.

Box 3-4

Party Monitor

Box 1-2

CSSD 1992(III.)-1993/March

Box 1-2

Party press, agenda, articles, correspondence etc.

Box 1-2

XXVI. Congress of CSSD.

Scope and Content Note

Jiri Horak is not seeking re-election. He delivers his last speech as chairman. Elected honorary chairman. He retires and returns to the USA. The next six years he spends summers in the Czech Republic and winters is Florida where he lives permanently in Englewood. Writes and publishes frequently.
Box 17-19

CSSD

Box 17-19

a. Interviews and speeches 1989-2993

Box 17-19

b. MDH - Masarykovo demokraticke hnuti, Prague

Box 23-25

CSSD/International 1989

Box 23-25

Attends (51) Socialist International congresses and meetings, as chairman of CSSD and also as co-chairman of the 51 Committe on East and Central Europe.

Box 23-25

51 agenda, correspondence, speeches, etc.

Box 66-67

CSSD/Federal Assembly

Box 66-67

Member of the Federal Assembly; member of the Presidium of the Federal

Box 66-67

Assembly; chairman of the Foreign Committee of the Federal Assembly addresses, documents

Box 9-11

Contains old publications going back before, during and after 1948

Box 38-39

Personal file

Box 38-39

Manuscripts (notes, short memoirs, political observations and comments) written by hand, presumably during the last years of his life (+July 25, 2003 in Englewood, Florida), were found only in 2004. There are no exact dates given. Manuscripts were retyped by his wife Zdena (original manuscripts are attached to the retyped originals).

Box 38-39

Articles by Jiri Horak. Dozens of articles found and copied from his personal Internet file. Many were published in Czechoslovakia. There are no exact dates when these articles were written (presumably during his retirement), the dates given are the dates when the articles were entered in the Internet file.

Box 38-39

Dated articles by Jiri Horak and correspondence since March 1993

Box 38-39

Biographical data

Box 38-39

Various biographies from different sources

Box 38-39

Jiri Horak's life story, in his own words, as published in "Svet piny Cechu"

Box 38-39

Biography of Josef Horak, father of Jiri, as published in "Posledni pocta" Josef Horak was a Czechoslovak politician who died in exile in New York in 1978.

Box 38-39

Personal documents: Photographs, copies of diplomas, medals and state decorations

Box 38-39

A file in memory of Jiri Horak: Obituaries, press articles, memorial services in the USA and in the Czech Republic. Eulogies (by Professor Radomir Luza, Professor Mojmir Povolny, Professor Stanley Winterset al.)