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Collection Inventory

Series I. Room Construction and Dedication, 1925-1957

Scope and Content Notes:

The bulk of the materials within this series predate the room's construction in 1939, and contain local and international correspondence, architectural renderings and artist's sketches relating to committee and organization and the planning of the rooms. Also included is a subseries of photographs depicting committee members, events and meetings, as well as the Czechoslovak Room and interior details.

Subseries 1. General Correspondence

Scope and Content Notes:

This subseries contains correspondence and associated papers exchanged by committee members and Nationality Rooms Program officers, such as Ruth Crawford Mitchell, relating to room and committee organization.


Box 1
Folder 1 General Correspondence 1925-1927
Folder 2 General Correspondence
Folder 3 General Correspondence
Folder 4 General Correspondence 1933-1934
Folder 5 General Correspondence 1935-1936
Folder 6 Dr. Benes' Visit to the University of Pittsburgh May 13, 1939
Folder 7 General Correspondence 1937
Folder 8 General Correspondence 1938
Folder 9 General Correspondence 1939-1940

Subseries 2. Publicity Materials

Scope and Content Notes:

This subseries contains publicity materials relating to the Czechoslovak Room, the Czechoslovak Room Committee, and the Nationality Rooms Program.

Folder 10 Publicity Materials 1925-1939
Folder 11-12 Newspaper Clippings 1925-1939

Subseries 3. International and Architectural Correspondence

Scope and Content Notes:

This subseries contains correspondence between committee organizers Ruth Crawford Mitchell and Alice Garrigue Masaryk, Pittsburgh and Prague committee members, and Prague-based architect Bohumil Slama.

Folder 13 International and Architectural Correspondence 1927-1929

Box 2
Folder 1 International and Architectural Correspondence 1930
Folder 2 International and Architectural Correspondence 1931-1932
Folder 3 International and Architectural Correspondence 1933-1935
Folder 4 International and Architectural Correspondence 1936
Folder 5 International and Architectural Correspondence 1937
Folder 6 International and Architectural Correspondence 1938
Folder 7 Czechoslovak Room Dedication 1939

Subseries 4. Photographs and Drawings

Scope and Content Notes:

This subseries contains decorative sketches, architectural renderings, and photographs of the Pittsburgh Czechoslovak committee, its events, the finished classroom and interior details. All of the photos have been scanned and available online as part of the University of Pittsburgh Historic Photographs collection.

Folder 8 Czechoslovak Room Committee
Folder 9 Czechoslovak Room Architect and Artist Drawings
Folder 10 Czechoslovak Room Decoration and Interior Details
Folder 11 Czechoslovak Classroom
Folder 12 Czechoslovak Room Dedication 1939
Folder 13 Dr. Benes' Visit to the University of Pittsburgh May 13, 1939

Subseries 5. Minutes 1927-1939

Scope and Content Notes:

This subseries contains a bound volume of committee minutes and financial statements covering the planning and construction of the Czechoslovak Room.

Series II. Committee Administration

Scope and Content Notes:

This series contains materials that postdate the dedication of the Czechoslova Room in 1939. At this time, the committee's attention turned to the organization of cultural events in Pittsburgh, participation in European relief efforts and national Czechoslovak associations, and the sponsorship of exchange scholarships for the Nationality Rooms Program. Included are correspondence, incompete newsletters, publicity, memos, speeches and essays.

Subseries 1. Running Affairs

Scope and Content Notes:

This subseries contains materials relating to the general running of committee affairs. These records primarily include correspondence and memos, but are interspersed with committee newsletters, member lists, as well as well as an incomplete set of minutes, programs, and invitations for committee meetings, associated organizations and efforts.


Box 3
Folder 1 Hunt, "Thomas Garrigue Masaryk" Brochure 1956
Folder 2 Committee Members 1958
Folder 3 Czechoslovak Committee 1952-1962
Folder 4 Czechoslovak Cabinet and Archives 1959-1968
Folder 5-6 Czechoslovak Committee 1943-1971
Folder 7 Committee Correspondence 1959-1971
Folder 8 Committee Members 1966-1971
Folder 9 Czechoslovak Room Maintenance

Box 4
Folder 1-2 Committee Correspondence 1974-1978
Folder 3 Czechoslovak Committee Gifts 1945-1981
Folder 4 Committee Correspondence 1977-1981
Folder 5-6 Czechoslovak Committee 1979-1982
Folder 7-8 Czechoslovak Committee 1979-1982
Folder 9 Czechoslovak Committee 1985

Box 5
Folder 1 Stanley Postrednick Correspondence 1979-1986
Folder 2 Czechoslovak Committee 1986
Folder 4 Czechoslovak Committee 1971-1989
Folder 5 Czechoslovak Committee 1990-1992
Folder 6 Czechoslovak Committee 1993-1994
Folder 7 Czechoslovak Committee 1995-1997

Box 6
Folder 1 Czechoslovak Committee 1998
Folder 2 Czechoslovak Committee 1999
Folder 3 Czechoslovak Committee 2000
Folder 4 Czechoslovak Committee 2001
Folder 5 Czechoslovak Committee 2002
Folder 6 Czechoslovak Committee 2003
Folder 7 Czechoslovak Committee 2004
Folder 8 Czechoslovak Committee 2005
Folder 9 Czechoslovak Committee 2006

Box 7
Folder 1-2 Czechoslovak Committee 2007
Folder 3 Czechoslovak Committee Newsletters

Subseries 2. Events

Scope and Content Notes:

This subseries contains papers relating to specific committee events, Czechoslovak Room projects, members and donations. Records include correspondence, transcripts, invitations and publicity.

Folder 4 Committee WWII Relief Effort 1943-1945
Folder 5 Masaryk Memorial Service 1948-1956
Folder 6 Czechoslovak Room Redecoration 1959
Folder 7 Masa Riegl Memorial 1965
Folder 8 Special Events 1958-1968
Folder 9 Committee Events 1959-1968
Folder 10 Karel Svolinsky Visit 1968
Folder 10 Committee Events 1970-1974

Box 8
Folder 1 Masaryk Papers Presentation 1983
Folder 2 Committee Events 1988-1994
Folder 3 Publicity 1991-2000
Folder 4 Publicity 1988-2001
Folder 5 Pittsburgh Agreement 2001

Subseries 3. Subject Files

Scope and Content Notes:

This subseries contains files originally compiled alphabetically by individual or subject name for Nationality Rooms Program office reference purposes. Included are speech transcripts, historical and biographical essays and notes, memorial programs, correspondence and publicity.

Folder 6 Czechoslovak Room, Books and Articles 1990-2001
Folder 7 Czechoslovak Room, Charles IV Brocade
Folder 8 Czechoslovak Room, Charles University
Folder 9 Czechoslovak Room, Culture 1988-1996

Box 9
Folder 1 Folk Dances, Czechoslovak
Folder 2 Gaul, James 1945
Folder 3-4 Getting Family Memoir 1985
Folder 5 Czechoslovak, History 1974-1996
Folder 6 Czechoslovak, Holidays 1953-1973
Folder 7 Macek, Josef 1958
Folder 8 Masaryk, Thomas 1993-2001
Folder 9 Riegl, Masa 1964-1967