Masarykův ústav a Archiv Akademie věd České republiky

  • Masaryk Institute and Archives of the Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic

History

The Masaryk Institute and Archive of the Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic, Public Research Institute, is an ASCR research institute. Its uniqueness derives from the interdisciplinary overlap of its research spheres (particularly history, archive science, historical auxiliary disciplines, politology and literary history). It is engaged in research into the modern history of the Czech Lands in the Central European context with the accent on Masaryk and Beneš research and the history of research institutes and researchers, as well as focusing on archive keeping and codicology. Its activities also include the acceptance and processing of archive materials from ASCR establishments and archive materials originating in the activities of individual researchers. It also deals on a contractual basis with the T. G. Masaryk Institute Civic Advisory Centre archive and book fonds. The Institute provides servicing and consultation services of a research and informational nature and arranges supervision of ASCR record management.

This establishment was created 1. 1. 2006 through the attachment of the ASCR Masaryk Institute to the ASCR Archive. In compliance with Act No. 341/2005 Coll. on Public Research Institutes, its status and thus its name changed to Masaryk Institute Archive of the ASCR, Public Research Institute, and from 1. 1. 2008 to Masaryk Institute and Archive of the ASCR, Public Research Institute.

ASCR Archive:

The Czechoslovak Academy of Sciences Archive launched its activities on 1.1.1953 as a public institution incorporated within the Czechoslovak archival system. In 1956 it became a "Special Archive" and in 1974 an "Archive of Special Importance". Its main tasks included and continue to include the collection and processing of materials that derive from the activities of former research establishments and associations, institutes and organizational units at CSAS or ASCR and the personal papers of leading Czech scholars and scientists. Since 1955 it has been involved in the activities of the Commission for the Cataloguing and Study of Manuscripts Archive. As of 1.1.1966 the internal status of the archive within CSAS was decided and the establishment changed its name to CSAS Central Archive.

The first fonds to be administered comprised documents from the Royal Bohemian Learned Society, the Czech Academy of Sciences and Arts, the Masaryk Academy of Labour and the Czechoslovak National Research Council. In addition to accepting fonds the Archive also established photographic and artistic collections and at the same time performed independent scholarly tasks involving the history of research institutes, Czech science and scholarship, archive keeping and the cataloguing and study of manuscripts. The first Guide to the fonds, published in 1962, comprised 48 fonds and collections. Since the end of the 1960s specialist working sections have been established, i.e. CSAS predecessors and CSAS personal papers and fonds. Thanks to an increase in the number of staff members pre-archive care has been enhanced and in 1972 the first official specimen document management and safe disposal regulations were published for CSAS and the CSAS Archive Reports periodical started publication (1970-1985). From the mid-1980s the Archive's historical works focused more on the history of science and were published by Práce z djin SAV (Works from CSAS history).

Masaryk Institute:

The T. G. Masaryk Institute was established by Tomáš G. Masaryk on 23. 7. 1932 as a foundation aiming to administer and supplement the TGM Library and Archive, to continue editing and publishing Masaryk's writings, to allow for external study by researchers and to publish the results of their works or to assist such publication. TGM donated his own private library and archive, his private museum and securities (worth around 10 million crowns) as the material basis for the foundation. This initial collection was meant to form the basis for a study of the areas with which Masaryk had dealt. The first home for the Institute was in Prague Castle, then in 1938 it moved to its own building in Bubeneč. During the war it was deposited in the Clementinum, because its building was occupied by the Gestapo. During the postwar restoration the Institute got its building back, but its premises were now inadequate, so it moved in 1948 to Kramář's Villa in Hradčany and immediately after that into a building on Národní třída 3. In 1954 the Masaryk Institute was closed down as part of an anti -Masaryk campaign, but then 1968 saw an attempt to renew its activities.

On 4th January 1990 President Václav Havel decided to restore the T. G. Masaryk Institute on the basis of a proposal by the Masaryk Society Committee. In 1995 it was established together with the ASCR Masaryk Institute Foundation, which took over the administration of the Archive and the Library, and as an independent establishment within the ASCR it provided space for Masaryk research in broader contexts. Since 2006 it as been a part of the Masaryk Institute and Archive of the ASCR.

Finding Aids, Guides, and Publication

Electronic finding aid: http://arbach.mua.cas.cz:8080/vade/centrum.mhtml?rs=65&si=GyoztTuAb2q-UfLn&mn=uv (only in Czech)

List of publications of the Masaryk Institute and Archives of the Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic: http://www.mua.cas.cz/index.php/en/publications/complete-range

Opening Times

Monday 9:00-18:00

Wednesday 9:00-18:00

Library (Na Florenci) Monday: 8,30 – 15,00; Wednesday: 8,00 – 12,00; Thursday: 8,00 - 12,00

Library (Gabčíkova) Tuesday: 8,30 – 16,00; Wednesday: 8,30 – 14,00; Friday; 8,00 - 12,00

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