Special Collections: Czech & Slovak

Skilling (H. Gordon) Records.

Addresses; correspondence with students, 1970-1986, and on the Chair of Ukrainian Studies at the University of Toronto, 1980; course outlines in political science, 1960-1980.

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Physical description:
2 boxes
Location:
University Archives
Accession number:
B1987-0083
Extent:
1958-1986

Skilling (H. Gordon) Records.

Correspondence, research notes, manuscripts etc. of Prof. Gordon Skillling relating to his career as professor of political science. Includes files for Josef Pekar, Czech politics, etc.

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Physical description:
1 box
Location:
University Archives
Accession number:
B2009-0032
Extent:
1985-1987
Language region:

Skilling (H. Gordon) Records.

The material consists of the personal records of Professor Skilling and focuses primarily of Skilling’s academic work, and includes research notes and drafts of his doctoral thesis, The German-Czech National Conflict in Bohemia, 1779-1873, as well as notes and drafts supporting the revision of this thesis, which Skilling worked on for several years. There is also some correspondence with other scholars in the field of Eastern European studies, as well as publishers and editors.
The accession also contains some of Professor Skilling’s personal belongings and awards, such as medals, honorary degrees, and photographs and slides of his personal and professional life.
It has been divided into the following series:
1. Academic work
2. Personal life
3. Awards and recognition

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Physical description:
7 boxes plus seperate photographs and artifacts
Location:
University Archives
Accession number:
B2012-0005
Extent:
1934-1994
Language region:

Skilling (H. Gordon) Records.

Bibliographic references and research notes on index cards, with some accompanying notes, compiled by Professor Gordon Skilling for his book, Czecholslovakia's Interrupted Revolution, along with three boxes of other notes and references relating to Samizdat and dissent, Charter '77, Czechoslovak history and Czech-German relations.

These records were once part of Skilling's Czechoslovakia 1968 book and manuscript collection housed in the Thomas Fisher Rare Book Library.

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Physical description:
15 boxes
Location:
University Archives
Accession number:
B2002-0020
Extent:
1967-1985
Language region:

Skilling (H. Gordon) Records.

H. Gordon Skilling (1912-2001) taught political science at the University of Wisconsin and Dartmouth College before accepting a position at the University of Toronto in 1959.  He remained at the University of Toronto until his retirement in 1977.  He founded the Centre for Russian and East European Studies and was its director until 1974.  During this time he published his books Communism, National and International (1964), The Governments of Communist East Europe (1966), and Czechoslovakia’s Interrupted Revolution (1976), as well as many other publications.  His academic career, scholarship, teaching, and frequent visits to Czechoslovakia, made Skilling a pioneering expert on Central and East European history and politics.

Records documenting Skilling's expertise relating to East European studies with particular emphasis on Czechoslovakia and his role in the Centre for Russian and East European Studies. Contains addresses and speeches; manuscripts and publications including related correspondence and reviews; lecture notes; subject files, mainly of associations; sound recording, video and photographs; University of Toronto administrative files including the Centre for Russian and East European Studies, the Department of Political Economy, Committee on International Studies as well as the Centre for International Studies.

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Physical description:
3 boxes
Location:
University Archives
Accession number:
B1988-0007
Extent:
1945-1986
Language region:

Skilling (H. Gordon) Records.

Addresses, articles, correspondence, minutes of meetings and financial files documenting Gordon Skilling's activities as a specialist in East European studies, with particular emphasis on Czechoslovakia.

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Physical description:
5 boxes
Location:
University Archives
Accession number:
B1989-0030
Extent:
1965-1989
Language region:

Skilling (H. Gordon) Records.

Bibliography on communism in Czechoslovakia and the history of the Czech Communist Party, 1918-1958; files pertaining to Gordon Skilling's publications Charter 77 and Human Rights in Czechoslovakia, "Socialist Opposition in Czechoslovakia" (proposed), and Samizdat and An Independent Society in Central and Eastern Europe (1988), including correspondence with Jan Kavan.

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Physical description:
5 boxes
Location:
University Archives
Accession number:
B1989-0045
Extent:
ca. 1958-1988
Language region:

Skilling (H. Gordon) Records.

Manuscripts, correspondence, addresses, lectures, conference files, subject files, greeting cards and index cards documenting Gordon Skilling's teaching and research interests in East European affairs, with particular reference to events in Czechoslovakia.

Physical description:
6 boxes
Location:
University Archives
Accession number:
B1991-0037 (file list)
Extent:
1949-1991
Language region:

Skilling (H. Gordon) Records.

Diaries, notebooks, personal and research correspondence, manuscripts, articles, press clippings and photoprints relating to Dr. Skilling's trips to Eastern Europe, his personal life and his research and writings.

Physical description:
20 boxes
Location:
University Archives
Accession number:
B1993-0028 (file list in case file)
Extent:
1934-1988
Language region:

Skilling (H. Gordon) Records.

Correspondence, addresses, lecture notes, minutes of meetings, memoranda, reports, manuscripts, publications, notes and press clippings documenting Professor Skilling's interest in Eastern Europe, particularly Czechoslovakia, and his association with the Commission on Security and Co-operation in Europe and the Royal Society of Canada. Also includes consultant files, foreign language clippings and collected papers on Czechoslovak history and politics.

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Physical description:
7 boxes
Location:
University Archives
Accession number:
B1994-0011
Extent:
1927-1993
Language region:

Skilling (H. Gordon) Records.

Personal records of Gordon Skilling, relating primarily to the Czech Republic, including professional and private correspondence with colleagues and friends, including Vilem Precan (1969-1996); drafts of his memoirs Education of a Canadian and articles, with covering correspondence; addresses; conference papers, photographs.

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Physical description:
13 boxes
Location:
University Archives
Accession number:
B1999-0017
Extent:
1966-1999
Language region:

Skilling (H. Gordon) Records.

Personal records of H.G. Skilling, relating primarily to his interest in Czechoslovakia and the Czech Republic. Includes early correspondence with his wife Sally, correspondence with friends and associates in Czechoslovakia, grant applications, itineraries, subject files relating to human rights groups, publishers and the medal that he received from the Royal Society. The records also include a printout of Skilling's autobiography entitled The Education of a Canadian: My Life as a Scholar and Activist.

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Physical description:
5 boxes
Location:
University Archives
Accession number:
B2000-0027
Extent:
1936-1999
Language region:

Skilling (H. Gordon) Records.

Records documenting the history of the family of Harold Gordon Skilling, including his wife, Sara (Sally) and his own life and career. Sous-fonds I: Skilling family. The emphasis is on Gordon's father, William Watt, his uncle, Ernest (a Shriner), and his brothers Donald and William, who fought in World War I (Donald was killed in action). Sous-fonds II: Sara (Sally) Bright Skilling. Her education in the United States, her travels with Gordon in Eastern Europe in the 1960s and her skill in entertaining. Sous-fonds III: Harold Gordon Skilling. The emphasis is on the research and writing of his books on T. G. Masaryk and Alice Masaryk, on his travels, especially in Eastern Europe, and on the seminars he held in his residence during the last years of his life. These records consist primarily of correpondence (personal and professional, including with Vilem Precan (1993-2000) and Vaclav Havel), diaries, drafts of books and articles, reviews, addresses, index cards, scrap books, and photo albums.

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Physical description:
64 boxes plus oversized folders.with appendices
Location:
University Archives
Accession number:
B2001-0017 (series list)
Extent:
1828-2001
Language region:

Skilling (H. Gordon) Records.

Personal records of H. Gordon Skilling, consisting of: Masaryk medal awarded by the Czechoslovak Association of Canada, 1985; certificate, case and medallion relating to honorary degree awarded by Charles University, Prague, 1990; Komensky medal awarded by Komensky University, Bratislava, 1990; certificate and medal for the Order of the White Lion, Third Class, Czechoslovakia's highest honour for non-citizens, awarded by President Vaclav Havel on Professor Skilling's 80th birthday, 28 February 1992.

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Physical description:
3 boxes and 1 folder
Location:
University Archives
Accession number:
B2002-0024
Extent:
1985-1992
Language region:

Škvorecký (Josef) Collection.

Josef Škvorecký was born in Czechoslovakia in 1924 and immigrated to Canada in 1969. He has continued to write while living in Canada and also taught English and Film at the University of Toronto’s Erindale College. This collection contains books, manuscripts and typescript drafts of novels, as well as travelogues, literary essays, film scripts and personal correspondence.  The collection is acquired from the author on a continuous basis since 1973.

Call number:
Ms Colls. 144, 592
Physical description:
80+ boxes
Location:
Thomas Fisher Rare Book Library
Extent:
1934-ongoing
Language region:

Talacko Collection of Czech authors.

The collection includes correspondence, poems, and short stories written by late 19th-century Czech writers, including members of the "Maj" group. Some of the writers represented are Josef Svatopluk Machar, Adolf Černy, Eliška Krásnohorská, František Táborský, and the composer Karel Weis.

Call number:
MS Coll 612
Physical description:
1 box
Location:
Thomas Fisher Rare Book Library
Extent:
19th century
Language region:

University of Toronto. Department of Biochemistry..

The Department of Biochemistry at the University of Toronto was founded during the 1907-1908 academic year.  It was the first biochemistry department in Canada and one of the world.  George Connell served as the sixth chairman of the department from 1965 to 1970, and went on to hold major administrative positions at the University of Toronto, including president from 1984 to 1990.

The administrative files of the chair of the Department of Biochemistry, George Connell include, among many other files, material about refugee scientists from Czechoslovakia from 1968 to 1969.

Physical description:
10 boxes
Location:
University Archives
Accession number:
A1986-0030 (file list)
Extent:
1958-1972
Language region:

V.P.-J.K. : 2 sbírky básní (ceských) z edice "Prehršle ze šuplete" .

[manuscript]

Call number:
MSS 01263
Physical description:
[1], 73, [1] leaves
Location:
Thomas Fisher Rare Book Library
Language region:

Visual History Archive (VHA). USC Shoah Foundation. The Institute for Visual History and Education .

A digitized, fully searchable and hyperlinked repository of visual testimonies by almost 52,000 survivors of genocidal wars. The vast majority of the testimonies in the USC Shoah Foundation’s Visual History Archive are from Jewish survivors of the Holocaust (1939-1945), as well as other Holocaust witnesses, rescuers, and aid providers.

Among the main subjects discussed in the interviews are geographical locations, prominent figures, names of family members and other people, prewar Jewish life, religious practice, cultural life, acts of persecution and prejudice, camps and ghettos, deportations, massacres, means of adaptation or survival, resistance, rescue and aid efforts, and postwar emigration and immigration.

Location:
Online
Extent:
52,000 eyewitness testimonies (105,000 hours of video)

Vrchlický, Jaroslav.

Holograph letters or notes (written under pseudonym Frida, Emil Bohuslav Frida) (1853-1912). In Czech. Photocopy of excerpt from book

Call number:
General manuscripts, Box 3, Folder 26
Physical description:
6 p.
Location:
Thomas Fisher Rare Book Library (General manuscripts)
Language region: