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Inventory of the Petruška Šustrová papers, 1953-1997
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  • Collection Summary
  • Administrative Information
  • Biographical/Historical Note
  • Scope and Content of Collection
  • Indexing Terms

  • Collection Summary

    Title: Petruška Šustrová papers, 1953-1997
    Dates: 1953-1997
    Collection Number: 2005C57
    Creator: Šustrová, Petruška
    Collection Size: 1 manuscript box (0.4 linear feet)
    Repository: Hoover Institution Archives
    Stanford, California 94305-6010
    Abstract: Photographs, correspondence, and related materials documenting the Czechoslovak dissident movement around Václav Havel in the 1970s and 1980s, the 1989 Velvet Revolution, and the role of the former dissidents in the post-communist government
    Physical Location: Hoover Institution Archives
    Languages: Czech

    Administrative Information


    Collection is open for research.
    Access to sound recordings, video recordings, or motion picture material requires at least two weeks advance notice. Please contact the Hoover Institution Archives for further information.

    Publication Rights

    For copyright status, please contact the Hoover Institution Archives.

    Preferred Citation

    [Identification of item], Petruška Šustrová papers, 1953-1997, [Box number], Hoover Institution Archives.

    Acquisition Information

    Acquired by the Hoover Institution Archives in 2005.


    Materials may have been added to the collection since this finding aid was prepared. To determine if this has occurred, find the collection in Stanford University's online catalog Socrates at http://library.stanford.edu/webcat . Materials have been added to the collection if the number of boxes listed in Socrates is larger than the number of boxes listed in this finding aid.

    Related Materials

    Stanislav Budín papers, Hoover Institution Archives
    Czech subject collection, Hoover Institution Archives
    Czechoslovak Independent Publications collection, Hoover Institution Archives
    Tomáš Glanc collection, Hoover Institution Archives
    Hana Konečná papers, Hoover Institution Archives
    Josef Škvorecký papers, Hoover Institution Archives

    Biographical/Historical Note

    18 May 1947 Born
    1966-1969 Studied Czech Literature and History at the Faculty of Arts, Charles University, Prague
    December 1969 Arrested, sentenced on subversion charges, and imprisoned for the two following years
    1971 Released from prison and consequently denied the right to finish her studies at Charles University
    1971-1989 Officially employed at a post office, then later worked as a cleaner, or was officially unemployed
    1972-1989 Involved in the samizdat publishing activities of the Střední Evropa journal, also as a member of the editorial board, and in similar projects
    December 1976 Signed Charter 77 (Charta 77)
    1985 Became Speaker of Charter 77
    1979-Present Member, The Committee for the Defence of the Unjustly Persecuted (Výbor na obranu nespravedlivě stíhaných, or VONS)
    1989 Rehabilitated on the charges of subversion from 1969
    1989-1990 Journalist, Independent Press Center (Nezávislé informační středisko)
    1990-1992 Journalist, the Respekt weekly
    1990-1991 Advisor and later Deputy Minister, Czechoslovak Ministry of Interior
    1992-present Freelance journalist ( Lidové noviny and other periodicals), screenwriter (Czech Television documentaries on Georgia, Azerbaijan and Belarus) and translator (Paul Johnson's The Birth of the Modern, Norman Davies' The Isles: A History, and Anne Applebaum's Gulag: A History)
    1999 Received the Karel Havlíček Borovský Prize for Journalism from the Czech Literary Fund
    1999-2004 International Observer, elections in Georgia, Azerbaijan and Belarus
    2004 Received the Officer's Merit Cross of the Republic of Poland (Krzyż Oficerski Orderu Zasługi Rzeczypospolitej Polskiej) from President Aleksander Kwaśniewski

    Scope and Content of Collection

    Photographs, correspondence, and related materials documenting the Czechoslovak dissident movement around Václav Havel in the 1970s and 1980s, the 1989 Velvet Revolution, and the role of the former dissidents in the post-Communist government.

    Indexing Terms

    The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in the library's online public access catalog.
    Civil rights--Czechoslovakia.
    Political prisoners--Czechoslovakia.