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Ferdinand Peroutka Collection at the Museum of Czech Literature

Ferdinand Peroutka, 1949

The collection of the Czech journalist, dramatist and director of the Czechoslovak section of Radio Free Europe, Ferdinand Peroutka (1895–1978), contains unique sources for the history of the Czechoslovak exile after 1948.


  • Strahovské nádvoří 1, 118 38 Praha 1 - Hradčany, Czech Republic
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  • Czech
  • English

Name of collection

  • Ferdinand Peroutka (1895-1978)

Provenance and cultural activities

Description of content

  • The collection contains private documents, incoming and outgoing correspondence, his own and others‘ manuscripts, prints, paper clippings, photographs, audio and video recordings. The collection is stored in 16 cartons.


  • manuscripts (ego-documents, diaries, notes, letters, drafts, etc.): 500-999
  • memorabilia (posters, flyers, stamps, etc.): 10-99
  • photos: 500-999
  • publications (books, newspapers, articles, press clippings): 10-99
  • video recordings (including oral history recordings): 10-99

Geographical scope of recent operation

  • international

Date of founding

  • 1950

Place of founding

Important events in the history of the collection

Access type

  • visits by appointments


  • Peroutka, Ferdinand. 1985. Muž přítomnosti. Zürich: Konfrontace. 

Author(s) of this page

  • Kůželová, Michaela


ÚČL AV ČR. 2006. "Slovník české literatury po roce 1945: Ferdinand Peroutka." Last modified November 30.

Kosatík, Pavel. 2011. Ferdinand Peroutka: pozdější život (1938–1978). Praha: Mladá fronta.

PNP. 2017. Výroční zpráva 2016." Accessed October 17.

Literární archiv Památníku národního písemnictví. 2006. Ferdinand Peroutka (1895–1978) - soupis osobního fondu. Praha: Literární archiv PNP. Accessible at

Peroutka, Ferdinand, and Slávka Peroutková, ed. 1995. Deníky, dopisy, vzpomínky. Praha: NLN.

The description of this collection was created with the kind help of the director of the Museum of Czech Literature (PNP) Mgr. Zdeněk Freisleben, the head of the Literary Archive of the PNP PhDr. Tomáš Pavlíček, PhD., and the curator of the Literary Archive of the PNP PhDr. Petr Kotyk.

Kotyk, Petr, interview by Kůželová, Michaela, November 15, 2017. COURAGE Registry Oral History Collection

Last edited on: 2020-02-17 19:01:38