Projects

The Milada Blekastad Papers

The aim of the project is to digitize the extensive scientific and cultural correspondence of the Czech-Norwegian Comeniologist, translator and literary historian Milada Blekastad-Topičová (1917–2003). More »

T. G. Masaryk’s International Correspondence Networks and the Establishment of Czechoslovakia in 1918

Did the first Czechoslovak president T. G. Masaryk have a lot of contacts abroad? With whom did he keep in written contact prior to World War I? And how did these contacts benefit the establishment of the Czechoslovak state? These questions should be answered by the research project carried out in the Masaryk Institute and Archives of the Czech Academy of Sciences since 2018, which marks a new stage in traditional Masaryk studies. The objective of this project is to provide access to Masaryk’s correspondence, using the tools of the current digital era, to Czech and foreign researchers as well as to the general public, with an emphasis on foreign correspondents from the intellectual and political sphere. More »

Alois Musil and the beginnings of Oriental Studies in Czechoslovakia

The project is oriented towards the development of open source software HIKO intended to capture historical correspondence and correspondence networks for the purpose of processing and making available a unique cultural heritage from the end of the 19th and the first half of the 20th centuries. The software developed will, as part of the project, be applied to the unique historical source material and the correspondence network of the outstanding figure in Oriental Studies in interwar Czechoslovakia, the arabist, orientalist and biblical scholar Alois Musil. More »

Correspondence in the Jan Patočka Archive and his Collected Works

The nucleus of the Jan Patočka Archive at the Centre for Theoretical Study and the Institute of Philosophy of the Czech Academy of Sciences is Patočka’s handwritten legacy (approximately 10,000 manuscript pages). These papers, which are accessible to researchers, are gradually being edited and published as part of the Collected Works of Jan Patočka (issued since 1996 by the publishing house OIKOYMENH and currently comprising 19 volumes). More recently work on digitisation and the possibilities of accessing the archive online has been taking place. More »