Overview of the Vilém Prečan Papers

Finding aid prepared by Hoover Institution Archives Staff.
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Title: Vilém Prečan papers
Date (inclusive): 1978-1999
Collection Number: 2000C75
Contributing Institution: Hoover Institution Archives
Language of Material: Czech
Physical Description: 7 manuscript boxes (2.4 linear feet)
Abstract: Correspondence with Václav Havel, video tapes, and audio tapes, relating to political conditions and civil rights in Czechoslovakia.
Physical Location: Hoover Institution Archives
Creator: Prečan, Vilém


Box 4 closed until 2019 January 1.

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Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], Vilém Prečan papers, [Box number], Hoover Institution Archives.

Acquisition Information

Acquired by the Hoover Institution Archives in 2000.


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Alternate Forms Available

The Havel-Prečan correspondence in this collection was published as Václav Havel--Vilém Prečan : Korespondence 1983-1989 / K vydáni připravil Vojtech Čelko ve spolupráci s Vilémem Prečanem (Praha : Československé dokumentační středisko, 2011).

Biographical Note

Czech historian and political dissident.

Scope and Content of Collection

This collection includes more than two hundred letters between Prečan and Václav Havel. The letters, from the late 1970s through 1989, are an interesting mixture of personal news and commentary with reflections on society, theater and philosophy. Although the first letter is from 1978, the bulk of the correspondence dates from 1984 to 1989, after Havel was released from prison for illegal political activities. Havel's contact with Prečan in the Federal Republic of Germany was by mail, with the help of Western diplomats. In addition to this correspondence are Havel's video and voice recordings.

Subjects and Indexing Terms

Havel, Václav.
Civil rights--Czechoslovakia.
Czechoslovakia--Politics and government--1968-1989.
Video tapes.