Register of the Jaroslav Stránský Papers

Prepared by Blanka Pasternak
Hoover Institution Archives
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Register of the Jaroslav Stránský Papers

Hoover Institution Archives

Stanford University

Stanford, California

Contact Information

  • Hoover Institution Archives
  • Stanford University
  • Stanford, California 94305-6010
  • Phone: (650) 723-3563
  • Fax: (650) 725-3445
  • Email: archives@hoover.stanford.edu
Prepared by:
Blanka Pasternak
Date Completed:
2002
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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

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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).

Accruals

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.

Subjects

Czechoslovakia.
Czechoslovakia--Civilization.
Czechoslovakia--Politics and government.

Occupations

Statesmen--Czechoslovakia.


Series Description

box 1-2

Correspondence, 1908-1966.

Scope and Content Note

Letters, notes, postcards, and telegrams, arranged alphabetically by name of correspondent
box 2

Lidové Noviny File, 1920-1946.

Scope and Content Note

Correspondence arranged under the names of the editor, František Šelepa, and of Jaroslav Stránský
box 2

Speeches and Writings, 1950-1958.

Scope and Content Note

Articles, lectures, and speeches, arranged chronologically by title
box 3-8

Radio Broadcasts File, 1951-1970.

Scope and Content Note

Transcripts of broadcasts on Radio Free Europe, arranged chronologically
box 8

Adolf Stránský File, 1904-1931.

Scope and Content Note

Correspondence and obituaries of Adolf Stránský, father of Jaroslav Stránský, arranged alphabetically by physical form
box 8

Jan Stránský File, 1949-1964.

Scope and Content Note

Correspondence of Jan Stránský, son of Jaroslav Stránský, arranged alphabetically by name of correspondent
box 8

Photographs, n.d.

Scope and Content Note

One print depicting Josef Beran, the Archbishop of Prague, and one postcard depicting Kácov nad Sázavou, signed by J. B. Čapek and E. Lukáč

Container List

Box 1

CORRESPONDENCE, 1908-1966

Box/Folder 1 : 1

Axman, Emil, 1926

Box/Folder 1 : 2

Bass, Eduard, 1923

Box/Folder 1 : 3

Bechyně, Rudolf, 1919-1937

Box/Folder 1 : 4

Beneš, Edvard, 1923-1944

Box/Folder 1 : 5

Beran, Josef, Archbishop of Prague, 1965-1966

Box/Folder 1 : 6

Bevin, Ernest, 1950

Box/Folder 1 : 7

Bezruč, Petr, 1913-1947

Box/Folder 1 : 8

Blažíček, Oldřich J., 1947

Box/Folder 1 : 9

Borský, Lev, 1919

Box/Folder 1 : 10

Brod, Max, 1929

Box/Folder 1 : 11

Burian, Karel, 1915

Box/Folder 1 : 12

Čapek, Josef, 1931

Box/Folder 1 : 13

Čapek, Karel, 1925-1930

Box/Folder 1 : 14

Čapek-Chod, Karel M., 1924

Box/Folder 1 : 15

Černý, Jan, 1924-1927

Box/Folder 1 : 16

Dostálová, Leopolda, 1946

Box/Folder 1 : 17

Dušek, Cyril, 1917

Box/Folder 1 : 18

Eisner, Pavel, 1935

Box/Folder 1 : 19

Engliš, Karel, 1933-1934

Box/Folder 1 : 20

Filla, Emil, 1926

Box/Folder 1 : 21

Fischer, Otokar, 1924-1928

Box/Folder 1 : 22

Florián, Josef, 1929

Box/Folder 1 : 23

Foerster, Josef Bohuslav, n.d.

Box/Folder 1 : 24

Franke, Emil, 1929

Box/Folder 1 : 25

Gellner, František, n.d.

Box/Folder 1 : 26

Hácha, Emil, 1934

Box/Folder 1 : 27

Herrmann, Ignát, 1923

Box/Folder 1 : 28

Houdek, Fedor, 1925

Box/Folder 1 : 29

Hubnerová, Marie, 1917

Box/Folder 1 : 30

Hýsek, Milan, 1909

Box/Folder 1 : 31

Janáček, Leoš, 1924-1927

Box/Folder 1 : 32

Jelínek, Hanuš, 1930

Box/Folder 1 : 33

Kameníček, František, n.d.

Box/Folder 1 : 34

Kelsen, Professor, 1924

Box/Folder 1 : 35

Klofáč, Václav, 1930-1937

Box/Folder 1 : 36

Kordač, František, 1927

Box/Folder 1 : 37

Kvapil, Jaroslav, 1923-1938

Box/Folder 1 : 38

Laudová-Hořicová, 1913

Box/Folder 1 : 39

Lešehrady, Emanuel, 1947

Box/Folder 1 : 40

Mahen, Jiří, 1919

Box/Folder 1 : 41

Majerová, Marie, 1947

Box/Folder 1 : 42

Mařák, Otokar, 1928

Box/Folder 1 : 43

Markovič, Ivan, 1922

Box/Folder 1 : 44

Masaryk, Jan, 1924-1926

Box/Folder 1 : 45

Mičura, Dr., 1933

Box/Folder 1 : 46

Mixa, Vojtěch, 1925

Box/Folder 1 : 47

Nasková, Růžena, 1946-1947

Box/Folder 1 : 48

Nechleba, Vratislav, 1912-1913

Box/Folder 1 : 49

Novák, Arne, 1916-1938

Box/Folder 1 : 50

Novák, Vítězslav, 1947

Box/Folder 1 : 51

Olbracht, Ivan, 1933-1947

Box/Folder 1 : 52

Peroutka, Ferdinand, 1924

Box/Folder 1 : 53

Prečan, Leopold, 1946

Box/Folder 1 : 54

Pulda, J., 1910

Box/Folder 1 : 55

Rabas, Václav, 1946-1947

Box/Folder 1 : 56

Rádl, Emanuel, 1920-1928

Box/Folder 1 : 57

Rypáček, Jaroslav, 1910

Box/Folder 2 : 1

Schieszl, Josef? 1924-1925

Box/Folder 2 : 2

Sedláčková, Anna, 1946

Box/Folder 2 : 3

Sedlmayerová, Olga, 1936

Box/Folder 2 : 4

Sekanina, František, 1926

Box/Folder 2 : 5

Slovák, Alois, 1913

Box/Folder 2 : 6

Sova, Antonín, 1921-1922

Box/Folder 2 : 7

Svoboda, František Xaver, 1908-1923

Box/Folder 2 : 8

Šrámek, Fráňa, 1923-1947

Box/Folder 2 : 9

Štech, Václav, 1934

Box/Folder 2 : 10

Švabinský, Max, 1931-1946

Box/Folder 2 : 11

Talich, Václav, 1946

Box/Folder 2 : 12

Trýb, Antonín, 1928-1946

Box/Folder 2 : 13

Tusar, Vlastimil, 1922

Box/Folder 2 : 14

Veris, Jaroslav, 1931

Box/Folder 2 : 15

Vodák, J., 1922

Box/Folder 2 : 16

Vojan, Eduard, 1913-1915

Box/Folder 2 : 17

Vrchlická, Eva, 1932

Box/Folder 2 : 18

Weiner, Richard, 1919-1934

Box/Folder 2 : 19

Weyr, Professor, 1917-1923

Box/Folder 2 : 20

Zrzavý, Jan, 1928-1931

 

LIDOVÉ NOVINY FILE, 1920-1946

 

Šelepa, František

Box/Folder 2 : 21

Averčenko, Arkadij, 1922

Box/Folder 2 : 22

Čapek, Karel, 1921-1935

Box/Folder 2 : 23

Dostál-Bystřina, Ferdinand, 1924

 

Stránský, Jaroslav

Box/Folder 2 : 24

Boettinger, Hugo, 1921-1924

Box/Folder 2 : 25

Chesterton, Gilbert Keith, 1926

Box/Folder 2 : 26

Durych, Jaroslav, 1921-1946

Box/Folder 2 : 27

Herben, Jan, 1925

Box/Folder 2 : 28

Herriot, Edouard, n.d.

Box/Folder 2 : 29

Jahoda, Jaroslav, 1933

Box/Folder 2 : 30

Jirásek, Alois, 1920

Box/Folder 2 : 31

Kisch, Egon Erwín, 1924

Box/Folder 2 : 32

Křička, Petr, 1922

Box/Folder 2 : 33

Lolek, S., 1924

Box/Folder 2 : 34

Neumann, Stanislav, 1928

Box/Folder 2 : 35

Rais, Karel, 1923

Box/Folder 2 : 36

Těsnohlídek, Rudolf, 1925-1927

Box/Folder 2 : 37

Tilschová, Anna Marie, 1922-1925

Box/Folder 2 : 38

Toman, Karel, 1926

Box/Folder 2 : 39

Wolker, Jiří, 1922

 

SPEECHES AND WRITINGS, 1950-1958

Box/Folder 2 : 40

Speech on Czech-German relationship, n.d.

Scope and Content Note

Typescript (in English)
Box/Folder 2 : 41

"The Czechs and the Germans," lecture, Frankfurt, Germany, 1950?

Scope and Content Note

Typescript (in German)
Box/Folder 2 : 42

"Problém zásadní," lecture, London, Great Britain, 1950?

Scope and Content Note

Typescript (in Czech)
Box/Folder 2 : 43

"Příčiny exilu a účel exilu," lecture, Frankfurt, Germany, 1950 February 10.

Scope and Content Note

Typescript (in Czech)
Box/Folder 2 : 44

"Ke krisi v československé emigraci," lecture, Ústav Dra. E. Beneše pro politické a sociální studium, London, 1950 February 26.

Scope and Content Note

Typescript (in Czech)
Box/Folder 2 : 45

"O naši nezávislost," Skutečnost, Paris, 1950 December 12.

Scope and Content Note

Printed copy (in Czech)
Box/Folder 2 : 46

"Plamínková a Horáková," speech, Národní dům, London, 1952 June 20.

Scope and Content Note

Typescript (in Czech)
Box/Folder 2 : 47

"O sudetoněmecké otázce," lecture, Ústav Dra. E. Beneše pro politické a sociální studium, London, 1953 January 16.

Scope and Content Note

Typescript (in English and Czech)
Box/Folder 2 : 48

"Politický doslov a úvod," lecture, Ústav Dra. E. Beneše pro politické a sociální studium, London, 1954 April 11.

Scope and Content Note

Typescript (in Czech)
Box/Folder 2 : 49

"Československo dnes a zitra," lecture, London, 1958 January 1.

Scope and Content Note

Typescript (in Czech)
Box 3

RADIO BROADCASTS FILE, 1951-1970.

Scope and Content Note

Consists of typewritten and handwritten transcripts of broadcasts on Radio Free Europe
Box/Folder 3 : 1-2

1951

Box/Folder 3 : 3-4

1952

Box/Folder 3 : 5-6

1953

Box/Folder 4 : 1-2

1954

Box/Folder 4 : 3

1955

Box/Folder 4 : 4-5

1956

Box/Folder 5 : 1-2

1957

Box/Folder 5 : 3-4

1958

Box/Folder 5 : 5-6

1959

Box/Folder 5 : 7-8

1960

Box/Folder 6 : 1-2

1961

Box/Folder 6 : 3-4

1962

Box/Folder 6 : 5-6

1963

Box/Folder 7 : 1-2

1964

Box/Folder 7 : 3-4

1965

Box/Folder 7 : 5-6

1966

Box/Folder 8 : 1-2

1967

Box/Folder 8 : 3-4

1968

Box/Folder 8 : 5

1969

Box/Folder 8 : 6

1970

 

ADOLF STRÁNSKÝ FILE, 1904-1931.

 

Correspondence

Box/Folder 8 : 7

Kramář, Karel, 1904-1925.

Scope and Content Note

Includes a handwritten note by both T. G. Masaryk and Karel Kramář, exchanging views on the fate of Subcarpathian Ruthenia
Box/Folder 8 : 8

Masaryková, Alice, 1923

Box/Folder 8 : 9

Sís, František, 1917

Box/Folder 8 : 10

Obituaries, 1931

 

JAN STRÁNSKÝ FILE, 1949-1964.

Scope and Content Note

Correspondence
Box/Folder 8 : 11

Churchill, Clementine, 1950

Box/Folder 8 : 12

Davies, Ernest, 1950

Box/Folder 8 : 13

Desai, Morarji Ranchodji, 1963-1964

Box/Folder 8 : 14

Hankey, Robin, 1949

Box/Folder 8 : 15

Horák, Bohuslav, 1950

Box/Folder 8 : 16

Macmillan, Harold, 1950

Box/Folder 8 : 17

Sandys, Duncan, 1950

Box/Folder 8 : 18

Shuckburg, Evelyn, 1950

Box/Folder 8 : 19

Younger, Kenneth, 1950

 

PHOTOGRAPHS, n.d.

Box/Folder 8 : 20

One print depicting Josef Beran, the Archbishop of Prague

Box/Folder 8 : 21

One postcard depicting Kácov nad Sázavou, signed by J. B. Čapek and E. Lukáč