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Jan Čep Collection of the Czechoslovak Documentation Centre

Signature of Jan Čep

Jan Čep (1902-1974) was one of the most prominent representatives of modern Czech prose. His collection contains his manuscripts of radio reflections, which he wrote for Czechoslovak Radio Free Europe. Through his reflections, he tried to face totalitarianism and spiritually strengthen people "at home".


  • Na Zátorách 6, 170 00 Praha 7 - Holešovice, Czech Republic
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  • Czech

Name of collection

  • Jan Čep

Provenance and cultural activities

Description of content

  • The Jan Čep Collection contains manuscripts and printed versions of programmes that he had been writing for Radio Free Europe since 1951, until he joined the radio in about 1963. These are 54 texts for philosophical-religious meditations “Reflections of Time and the Timeless” and Cultural Broadcasting “Book of the Week”.


  • grey literature (regular archival documents such as brochures, bulletins, leaflets, reports, intelligence files, records, working papers, meeting minutes): 0-9
  • manuscripts (ego-documents, diaries, notes, letters, drafts, etc.): 10-99

Geographical scope of recent operation

  • national


Date of founding

  • 1951

Place of founding

Creator(s) of content

Access type

  • parts are closed to the public


  • Čep, Jan. 2015. Kniha týdne. Brno: Centrum pro studium demokracie a kultury.

Author(s) of this page

  • Hanáková, Jitka


Čep, Jan. 2015. Kniha týdne. Brno: Centrum pro studium demokracie a kultury.

Prečan, Vilém , interview by Hanáková, Jitka, September 28, 2017. COURAGE Registry Oral History Collection

Last edited on: 2020-02-06 08:40:27