Lilly Library Manuscript Collections


The Masaryk mss., 1898-1966, consist of correspondence and papers of Alice Garrigue Masaryk, 1879-1966, sociologist and daughter of Tomas Garrigue Masaryk, 1850-1937, president of Czechoslovak Republic, 1918-1935.

The correspondence includes translated copies of Alice's letters to her mother, Mrs. Charlotte (Garrigue) Masaryk, 1850-1923, from prison in 1915-1916, some of which were published in Atlantic Monthly in 1920. There are also letters from her mother while Alice was in prison, 1916; and letters from Alice after she was released from prison, to her cellmate, Rela Kotikova, 1916-1917, which are in Czech. The bulk of the letters from her sister, Mrs. Olga (Masaryk) Revilliod, 1891- , from friends and acquaintances, are chiefly in Czech, cover the years 1949-1966, and concern the Masaryk family, her interest in Czech culture and nationalism, and in the earlier years the YWCA and the Red Cross.

The papers, many of which are also in Czech, include short articles and radio scripts by Alice dealing with the Czechoslovak Red Cross extensive portions of the biography of her childhood and family, published in 1960 by the Masaryk Publications Trust as Detstvi a Mladi (Childhood and Youth); documents relating to her academic credentials and other events in her life, 1898-1961, some of which are in the biographical box; the Alice Garrigue Masaryk 70th birthday book; microfilm, xerox, and photostatic copies in Czech and German of The Spirit of Russia, Vol. III, by Tomas Garrigue Masaryk and published in English in 1968 by Allen and Unwin; tape recordings and pictures. Included are the minutes of the Masaryk Publications Trust, 1960, 1964, 1965; sketches about the Masaryk family by other writers, and some printed matter.

The first box in the collection contains biographical information on the Masaryk family. There is also an oversize folder of documents and some printed matter.

Collection size: 1,198 items

Related manuscripts: Masaryk mss. II

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