Jump to Content

Collection Guide
Collection Title:
Collection Number:
Get Items:
Register of the Jaroslav Stránský Papers
No online items No online items       Request items ↗
View entire collection guide What's This?
PDF (102.34 Kb) HTML
Search this collection
Collection Details
Table of contents What's This?
  • Descriptive Summary
  • Administrative Information
  • Biographical Note
  • Scope and Content Note
  • Indexing Terms

  • Descriptive Summary

    Title: Jaroslav Stránský papers,
    Date (inclusive): 1894-1970
    Collection number: 82075
    Creator: Stránský, Jaroslav, 1884-1973
    Extent: 8 manuscript boxes (3.3 linear feet)
    Repository: Hoover Institution on War, Revolution, and Peace
    Stanford, California 94305-6010
    Abstract: Speeches and writings, radio broadcast transcripts, and correspondence, relating to politics and culture in Czechoslovakia, and to conditions in Czechoslovakia under communism.
    Language: Czech.

    Administrative Information


    Collection is open for research.
    The Hoover Institution Archives only allows access to copies of audiovisual items. To listen to sound recordings or to view videos or films during your visit, please contact the Archives at least two working days before your arrival. We will then advise you of the accessibility of the material you wish to see or hear. Please note that not all audiovisual material is immediately accessible.

    Publication Rights

    For copyright status, please contact the Hoover Institution Archives.

    Preferred Citation

    [Identification of item], Jaroslav Stránský papers, [Box no.], Hoover Institution Archives.

    Acquisition Information

    Acquired by the Hoover Institution Archives in 1982.

    Alternative Form Available

    Also available on microfilm (7 reels).


    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 at http://searchworks.stanford.edu/ . Materials have been added to the collection if the number of boxes listed in the online catalog is larger than the number of boxes listed in this finding aid.

    Biographical Note

    1884 January 15 Born, Brno, Czechoslovakia
    1907 Received his law degree from Charles University
    1918-1925 Member of the Czechoslovak National Democratic Party
    1918 October Member of the National Committee in Brno, which proclaimed Czechoslovakia independent
    1918-1920 Represented the Czechoslovak National Democratic Party in the Revolutionary National Assembly
    1918-1927 Owner and chief-editor of Lidové noviny
    1920 Member of the Czechoslovak Parliament, Czechoslovak National Democratic Party
    1921 March Resigned as member of the Czechoslovak Parliament
    1921-1925 Leader of the Moravian Opposition Wing of the Czechoslovak National Democratic Party
    1925 Resigned from the Czechoslovak National Democratic Party and founded the National Labor Party
      Became owner of the publishing house Fr. Borový in Prague
    1929-1938 Member of the Czechoslovak Parliament, Czechoslovak National Socialist Party
    1930 The National Labor Party merged with the Czechoslovak National Socialist Party
    1938 September 30 Protested, along with a group of other parliament members, president Beneš's accepting the Munich Agreement
    1938 December 16 Resigned as member of the Czechoslovak Parliament in protest against president Beneš's signing the Munich Agreement
    1939 March Emigrated to Great Britain
    1941 October 27 - 1942 November 12 State Minister for the Ministry of Justice of the Czechoslovak Government in exile
    1942 November 12 - 1945 April 5 Minister of Justice of the Czechoslovak Government in exile
    1945-1948 Member of the Czechoslovak Parliament, Czechoslovak National Socialist Party
    1945 April 4-November 6 Minister of Justice in Fierlinger's Government in Prague
    1945 November - 1946 Deputy Prime Minister of Czechoslovakia
    1946 July 2 - 1948 February 25 Minister of Education in Gottwald's Government in Prague
    1948 February 20 Resigned from his post as Minister of Education, and after the coup d'etat emigrated to Great Britain
    1951-1970 Broadcast weekly commentaries on Radio Free Europe under the name of Jan Zedník
    1973 August 13 Died, London, Great Britain

    Scope and Content Note

    The papers of Jaroslav Stránský were acquired by the Hoover Institution Archives from his son, Jan Stránský, in August 1982, and relate mainly to Stránský's anti-communist post-war émigré activities during the years he spent in his second exile. Shortly after the communist coup d'etat in February 1948 he emigrated to Great Britain, and in 1951 he started his regular broadcasts on Radio Free Europe.
    The bulk of the collection consists of transcripts of these broadcasts on Radio Free Europe. From 1951 to 1970 Jaroslav Stránský delivered weekly commentaries to Czechoslovakia under the pen name Jan Zedník. His lively, often deeply philosophical speeches were objective, colorful, sober, and compassionate. He spoke about freedom and justice, spiritual and moral values, literature, theatre and art and their limited possibilities under the communist rule, and provided insightful analyses of the political and economic situation in Communist Czechoslovakia.
    Of significant importance is Stránský's often very personal correspondence with prominent artists, writers, poets, composers, and politicians, such as Leoš Janácek, Arne Novák, Leopolda Dostálová, or Rudolf Bechyne, and reflects his life-long interest and involvement in the cultural and political life of the country.
    The Lidové noviny file, a smaller but equally important part of the collection, relates to Stránský's activities as editor-in-chief of Lidové noviny, the daily newspaper founded by his father, Adolf Stránský. This series consists of letters written by artists and authors who contributed to the daily, and reflects their every day concerns about publishing issues.
    Of special note are also Stránský's writings on the origins of the Czechoslovak exile, its crisis and tasks, as well as lectures on Czech and German relations.

    Indexing Terms

    The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in the repository's online public access catalog.


    Czechoslovakia--Politics and government.