Mojmír Vaněk Collection
The Mojmír Vaněk collection is a unique collection of materials that relate to the life and activities of Mojmír Vaněk. The activities of this distinctive, albeit unknown, Czechoslovak exile was very important for the dissemination of Czech music abroad, as well as his activities within the Czechoslovak Society of Arts and Sciences, the Swiss branch of which he presided over for many years. The collection is at the Comenius Museum in Přerov.
Horní náměstí 7/7, 750 02 Přerov I - Město, Czech Republic
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Name of collection
- Mojmír Vaněk
Provenance and cultural activities
The Mojmir Vanek collection is a unique collection of materials that relate to the life and activities of Mojmir Vanek.The activities of this distinctive, albeit unknown, Czechoslovak exile was very important for the dissemination of Czech music abroad, as well as his activities within the Society for Science and Art, the Swiss branch of which he presided over for many years. The collection was largely based on correspondence with Mojmir Vanek and his associates within the Society for Science and Arts. Vanek himself did not seek the creation of this collection, nor did he actively keep his materials on his own. These are materials that have been collected from various places primarily thanks to the work of Vanek’s sister, Marie Hajznerová.
The Comenius Museum in Přerov received this collection thanks to the gift of Dr. Karel Hrubý of Basel, Mrs. Marie Hajznerová of Olomouc and Dr. František Hýbl of Přerov. Dr. Hýbl knew Vanek personally, thanks to his friendship with his sister Marie Vaňková-Hajznerová. After the revolution, Hybl met Vanek in Olomouc and, after Vanek’s death, Hybl sought to get as many materials on the life and activities of Professor Vaněk as possible. Thanks to the contacts of Marie Hajznerová, Hybl managed to contact Karel Hrubý from Basel, who helped him to bring the materials from Switzerland to Olomouc. František Hýbl was then able to put them with materials from Mrs. Hajznerová and the materials he had already collected, which were within the archive of the Comenius Museum in Přerov, where he was the director at that time and where the collection is still kept. Before Vaněk died, Hýbl felt that it was necessary to document the life of this important person and he asked Vaněk to write his own CV and send it to him so Hybl could store it with the other letters. The CV is six pages and is still kept in Přerov.
Collecting those documents was not easy, at times requiring lengthy correspondence and took almost ten years. For this reason, this collection as a whole was not included in the museum's collection until 1999. At the time of donating this collection to the museum, no inventory was logged; it was created only after these archival materials were designated as one collection and were archived in the department of the history of education archival records. The inventory was prepared by Mgr. Helena Kovářová (nee Jakešová). The donors of the collection include Oldřich Černý of Geneva and Karel Hrubý of Basel. Part of the material was brought to Czech Republic by Vladimír Roskovec from the Ministry of Education of the Czech Republic in 1999.
Description of content
The documents contained in the collection of Mojmir Vanek come mainly from the period between 1969 and 1992. The collection also contains individual documents from the years 1940, 1942 and as well as the period after the Vanek. All papers are in good condition, preserved and readable. Much of the correspondence and newspaper articles are written in French. The archive collection also included copies of some photographs and documents, the originals of which are not owned by Comenian Museum in Přerov.
The collection is divided into six groups: 1. Biographical materials, 2. Correspondence, 3. Scientific, professional and literary activities of Mojmir Vanek, 4. Papers from the public activities of Mojmir Vanek, 5. Illustrative material about Mojmir Vaněk, 6. The documents of other people.
The largest part of the collection is the private correspondence of Mojmir Vanek as well as the correspondence relating to the Society for Science and Art. Rare and interesting for the history of the 20th century and the emigration research are documents that concern the activities of the Swiss Society of Science and Art, which Vanek held. The collection contains several manuscripts or typescripts with notes by Vanek, as well as a CV he himself created at the request of Frantisek Hýbl to document his life.
The total pool contains 147 inventory units. The collection consists of one cardboard and one large format component.
- grey literature (regular archival documents such as brochures, bulletins, leaflets, reports, intelligence files, records, working papers, meeting minutes): 0-9
- legal and/or financial documentation: 0-9
- manuscripts (ego-documents, diaries, notes, letters, drafts, etc.): 10-99
- memorabilia (posters, flyers, stamps, etc.): 0-9
- photos: 0-9
- publications (books, newspapers, articles, press clippings): 10-99
Geographical scope of recent operation
Date of founding
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Important events in the history of the collection
- visits by appointments
Author(s) of this page
- Vrtálková, Anna
Archival Materials of Mojmír Vaněk Collection
Hýbl, František, interview by Vrtálková, Anna , February 22, 2018. COURAGE Registry Oral History Collection