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  • Title: Ferdinand Peroutka papers
    Date (inclusive): 1935-1978
    Collection Number: 84052
    Contributing Institution: Hoover Institution Library and Archives
    Language of Material: In Czech and English
    Physical Description: 16 manuscript boxes, 41 sound tape reels (10.8 Linear Feet)
    Abstract: Correspondence, memoranda, writings, and printed matter, relating to postwar conditions in Czechoslovakia, the internal administration of Radio Free Europe, and Czechoslovak émigré politics.
    Creator: Peroutka, Ferdinand
    Physical Location: Hoover Institution Library & Archives


    The collection is open for research; materials must be requested in advance via our reservation system. If there are audiovisual or digital media material in the collection, they must be reformatted before providing access.


    For copyright status, please contact the Hoover Institution Library & Archives.

    Acquisition Information

    Acquired by the Hoover Institution Library & Archives in 1984.

    Preferred Citation

    [Identification of item], Ferdinand Peroutka papers, [Box no., Folder no. or title], Hoover Institution Library & Archives.

    Biographical Note

    1895 February 6 Born, Prague, Austro-Hungary
    1919-1923 Editor, the daily Tribuna
    1924-1939 Editor, the daily Lidové noviny
      Co-Founder and Editor-in-Chief, the weekly Přítomnost (founded with support from President Tomáš Garrigue Masaryk, and with Karel Čapek and other prominent writers as regular contributors)
    1925 Author, Boje o dnešek
    1933-1938 Author, Budování státu, a multiple-volume monograph
    1939-1945 Imprisoned, Dachau and Buchenwald concentration camps
    1945-1946 Member, Czechoslovak National Assembly
    1945-1948 Editor, the daily Svobodné noviny
    1946-1948 Editor-in-Chief, the weekly Dnešek
    1947 Author, Tak nebo tak
    1948 Immigrated to London, Great Britain; published in émigré periodicals throughout his career ( Hlas domova, Americké listy, České slovo, and others)
      Author, Oblak a valčík: kolektivní drama o dvanácti obrazech
    1949 Author, Byl Edvard Beneš vinen?
    1950 Moved to New York, USA
    Circa 1950-1957 Member, Rada svobodného Československa (The Council of Free Czechoslovakia)
    1950-1964 Editor-in-Chief, Radio Free Europe Czechoslovak Desk
    1951-1977 Author, weekly broadcast addresses in Radio Free Europe (published as a three-volume monograph Mluví k vám Ferdinand Peroutka: rozhlasové komentáře rádia Svobodná Evropa, 2003-2006)
    1955 Married Slávka Fenclová
    1959 Author, Democratic Manifesto
    1976 Author, Oblak a valčík: román
    1978 April 20 Died, New York

    Scope and Content of Collection

    Contains correspondence with prominent Czechoslovak cultural and political figures in Czechoslovakia and in exile, and with American intellectual elites, as well as Peroutka's writings in exile. Also included are correspondence and internal documents of Radio Free Europe and the Council of Free Czechoslovakia (Rada svobodného Československa). Transcripts of Peroutka's radio addresses and sound recordings of Radio Free Europe programs form the final and most extensive part of the collection.

    Related Materials

    Ladislav Feierabend papers, Hoover Institution Library & Archives
    Michal Múdry papers, Hoover Institution Library & Archives
    Radio Free Europe broadcast records, Hoover Institution Library & Archives
    Radio Free Europe corporate records, Hoover Institution Library & Archives
    Jaroslav Stránský papers, Hoover Institution Library & Archives
    Josef Škvorecký papers, Hoover Institution Library & Archives

    Subjects and Indexing Terms

    Radio broadcasting -- Europe, Eastern
    Czechoslovakia -- History -- 1945-1992
    Czechoslovakia -- Emigration and immigration
    Radio Free Europe