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Masaryk Collection

Identity Statement

Reference code(s): GB 0369 MAS
Held at: School of Slavonic and East European Studies
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Full title: Masaryk Collection
Date(s): 1929-1978, mainly 1938-1945
Level of description: Collection (Fonds)
Extent: 2 volumes, 1 boxes, 2 outsize photographs
Name of creator(s): Masaryk | Jan Garrigue | 1886-1948 | Czech politician
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Administrative/Biographical history:

Jan Garrigue Masaryk (1886-1948), politician and diplomat, was the son of the first President of Czechoslovakia, Tomas Garrigue Masaryk. He was Czechoslovak Minister in London 1925-1938 and Foreign Minister in both the Czech émigré Government in London during World War Two and the first Czech post-war Government 1940-1948. He remained in his post after the Communist takeover in February 1948 but died soon afterwards in unclear circumstances as the result of a fall from the window of the Foreign Office.


Scope and content/abstract:

Papers of Jan Garrigue Masaryk, comprising:
scrapbooks of Masaryk memorabilia, 1935-1948 containing press cuttings, photographs and correspondence, including Masaryk's 'Black Book' of cuttings and papers on the German occupation of Czechoslovakia, 1938; appointment diaries, 1940-1945; photographs of Jan and Tomas Masaryk, c 1930-1948; publications by Jan Masaryk and signed copies of works by T G Masaryk and Edvard Benes

Access & Use

Language/scripts of material:
Mainly English, some Czech, French, German and Spanish

System of arrangement:

Papers arranged in three classes, Scrapbooks and Notes, Photographs and Publications

Conditions governing access:

Unrestricted access. Researchers wishing to consult the archives or seeking further information should contact UCL School of Slavonic and East European Studies (SSEES) Library, 16 Taviton Street, London WC1H 0BW.

Conditions governing reproduction:

Copies, subject to the condition of the original, may be supplied for research use only. Requests to publish original material should be submitted to the Librarian.

Finding aids:

Online catalogue available on the UCL Archives website.

Archival Information

Archival history:

Immediate source of acquisition:

Allied Materials

Related material:

The Lisicky Collection at SSEES contains material relating to Masaryk's work as Czechoslovak ambassador in London and Foreign Minister.

National Register of Archives: Click here to view NRA record

Publication note:

Description Notes

Archivist's note:
Revised by Alan Kucia as part of the RSLP AIM25 Project.

Rules or conventions:
Compiled in compliance with General International Standard Archival Description ISAD(G), 2nd edition 2000 and National Council on Archives Rules for the Construction of Personal, Place and Corporate Names, 1997

Date(s) of descriptions:
Revised Jan 2003

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