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Guide to the Bedrich Vaska Papers
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  • Overview of the Collection

    Collection Title: Bedrich Vaska Papers
    Dates: 1875-1978
    Identification: MS-0262
    Creator: Vaska, Bedrich, 1879-1979
    Physical Description: 2.50 linear ft
    Language of Materials: English French German Russian Polish Dutch;Flemish Serbian Croatian Hungarian Ukrainian Finnish
    Repository: Special Collections & University Archives
    5500 Campanile Dr. MC 8050
    San Diego, CA, 92182-8050
    URL: http://library.sdsu.edu/scua
    Email: scref@rohan.sdsu.edu
    Phone: 619-594-6791
    Other Information:
    Bedrich Vaska's family tree is available in the Louis A. Kenney Reading Room.

    Biographical Information:

    Cellist Bedrich Vaska was a native of Czechoslovakia who resided in the United States from 1911 until his death in 1978. He was a pupil of Antonin Dvorak, and studied at the Prague Conservatory where he met three other pupils of Dvorak -- Oscar Nedbal, Josef Suk, and Vitezslav Novak. Vaska became the last living pupil of Dvorak. He was the founder of, and had a long association with the Sevcik Quartet, 1899-1911.

    Access Terms

    This collection is indexed under the following controlled access subject terms.

    Genre/Form of Material:

    Personal Papers

    Personal Name:

    Smetana, Bedřich, 1824-1884. Má vlast
    Vaska, Bedrich, 1879-1979 -- Archives
    Vaska, Bedrich, 1879-1979 -- Correspondence


    Violoncellists -- Czechoslovakia -- Biography -- Sources Violoncellists -- Czechoslovakia -- Correspondence Violoncellists -- United States -- Biography -- Sources Violoncellists -- United States -- Correspondence

    Administrative Information


    December 1986

    Conditions Governing Use:

    The copyright interests in these materials have not been transferred to San Diego State University. Copyright resides with the creators of materials contained in the collection or their heirs. The nature of historical archival and manuscript collections is such that copyright status may be difficult or even impossible to determine.  Requests for permission to publish must be submitted to the Head of Special Collections, San Diego State University, Library and Information Access. When granted, permission is given on behalf of Special Collections as the owner of the physical item and is not intended to include or imply permission of the copyright holder(s), which must also be obtained in order to publish. Materials from our collections are made available for use in research, teaching, and private study. The user must assume full responsibility for any use of the materials, including but not limited to, infringement of copyright and publication rights of reproduced materials.

    Conditions Governing Access:

    This collection is open for research.

    Preferred Citation:

    Identification of item, folder title, box number, Bedrich Vaska Papers, Special Collections and University Archives, Library and Information Access, San Diego State University.

    Related Materials:

    Lida Brodenova Papers
    Jan Lowenbach Papers

    Arrangement of Materials:

    The collection is arranged chronologically.

    Scope and Contents

    The collection primarily consists of correspondence, but it also includes postcards, newspaper clippings, and photographs.  Especially notable is Vaska's explanation of Bedrich Smetana's innermost, most personal feelings of Ma Vlast, which Vaska used to better explain the scores to performing musicians. This From My Life is written in Vaska's hand in Czech, Finnish, German, French, and Polish languages, as he conducted Ma Vlast in those countries.
    Most of the correspondence is written in Czech, but some is also written in German, Russian, Polish, Dutch, French, Yugoslavian, English, Hungarian, Ukrainian, and Finnish.