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Correspondence

Kapralova's estate. Brno, Czech Republic. Central to this important private collection of autograph letters divided between several Kapralova heirs and other relatives is Kapralova's correspondence with her parents from the period of 1935-1940, (published in 2015 as Dopisy domu), and Kapralova's letters to Bohumil Kapral, Hanus Weigl, Otto Wach (Ota Vach), and Rudolf Kopec. The collection also includes the correspondence of Vladimir Helfert, Theodor Schaefer, Bohuslav Martinu, Alois Haba, Vaclav Talich, K.B. Jirak, Karel Solc, Frantisek Vrana, Jarmila Vavrdova, Rudolf Firkusny, Otakar Sourek, Jan Loewenbach, Viktor Kripner, Jan Carek, Lenka vojtiskova, Zdenka Duchoslavova, Marketa Vachova, V.D. Hlubocky, Karel Stikar, Pavel Deutsch, Michel Dillard, and Lucien Tesniere. Furthermore, the collection includes letters of Vaclav Kapral to his wife, letters of Jiri Mucha to Kapralova's parents, and official correspondence from the French Consulate, the Czechoslovak Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Czechoslovak Ministry of Education, the Czechoslovak Academy of Arts and Sciences, the Authors' Rights Organization (OSA), Radio France, La Sirène Musicale, Universal Edition, and other institutions. In 2016, a portion of this collection was donated by one of Kapralova's heirs to the Moravian Museum Department of Music History.

The Moravian Museum Department of Music History | Moravske zemske muzeum, Ustav dejin hudby. Smetanova 14, 602 00 Brno, Czech Republic. Central to this collection are the letters donated to the Museum by Viktorie Kapralova (1950s?), Jiri Mucha (1988?), Ota Vach (1995?), Kapralova's estate (2016), and several other donors. The collection contains a portion of Kapralova's correspondence with her parents (autographs from 1937, donated in 2016), as well as Kapralova's letters to Jiri Mucha (autographs), Rudolf Kopec (copies), Ota Vach (copies), Bohumil Kapral (copies), senator Plaminkova (a copy), Emil Axman (a copy), Hanus Weigl (copies), and autograph letters of Jiri Mucha, Vitezslav Novak, Stanislav Novak, Theodor Schaefer, Otakar Sourek, Ilona Stepanova, Blazena Helfertova, Masa Fleischerova, Lola Tanglova, Pavel Deutsch, and others. The Museum also houses a collection of letters (autographs) of Bohuslav Martinu to Kapralova, and Vaclav Kapral Papers.

Premysl Prazak's estate. Prague, Czech Republic. Central to this private collection are the documents and source texts (typewritten and handwritten manuscripts) for Prazak’s edited collection of essays (publ. Prague, 1949). The correspondence includes autograph letters written by Kapralova, Lucien Tesniere, Abbe Landillon, Bohuslav Martinu, Otakar Sourek, Jarmila Vavrdova, Stanislav Novak, Marie Muchova, and others.

The Bohuslav Martinu Center. Tylova 114, 572 01 Policka, Czech Republic. The Bohuslav Martinu Collection. This extensive collection of Martinu's correspondence and documents also includes typewritten transcripts of Bohuslav Martinu's letters to Kapralova (written during the fall and winter of 1938). Other Kapralova related correspondence and documents are part of the Fond Vitezslavy Kapralove collection that contains Kapralova's letter to her father (dated 23. 3. 1939), letters of Jan Loewenbach to Vaclav Kapral, and a series of postcards which Kapralova received from Bohuslav Martinu in 1938. The Center also houses Milos Safranek Papers. This collection contains important diaries from the late 1930s, with entries about Kapralova.

The Bohuslav Martinu Institute. Boranovicka 14, 182 00 Praha 8, Czech Republic. Bohuslav Martinu Papers. This collection duplicates, to much extent, the collection in Policka. It also includes printed scores, sound recordings, articles, reviews, and other research material on Martinu's life and work. Recent acquisitions include a collection of letters (copies) written by Kapralova to Pavel Deutsch (1939-1940), generously donated to the Institute by Gregory Dayton-Mohl; and a copy of Festival Fanfare, a piano miniature composed by Kapralova and dedicated to Sasenka Pucova (donated by Alexandra Boucher).

Czech Museum of Music | Ceske muzeum hudby, Hudebne-historicke oddeleni. Karmelitska 2, 118 00 Prague 1 - Mala Strana, Czech Republic. The Museum houses the following collections relevant to Kapralova researchers: Alois Haba Papers. This collection contains 8 letters written by Kapralova during the period of November 1937 - October 1938; Karel Boleslav Jirak Papers. This collection contains 4 letters written by Kapralova from October 1937 to March 1938; Emil Axman Papers. This collection contains a letter from Kapralova (1939) and a letter from Vaclav Kapral (1935) concerning Kapralova; Lenka Vojtiskova Papers. This collection contains correspondence with Vaclav Kapral (1945-1946) and Viktorie Kapralova (1947-1965).

Authors' Rights Union | Ochranny svaz autorsky (OSA). Cs. armady 20, 160 56 Prague 6, Czech Republic. File Vitezslava Kapralova. The file contains OSA's correspondence with Kapralova, Kapralova's estate, and Kapralova's publishers.

Antonin Dvorak Museum | Muzeum Antonina Dvoraka. Ke Karlovu 20, 120 00 Prague 2, Czech Republic. The Museum houses the Otakar Sourek Papers collection which includes the letters of Vaclav Kapral (1937-1942) and Viktorie Kapralova (1947-1949).

Muzeum Ceskeho krasu. Husovo namesti cp. 87, 266 01 Beroun, Czech Republic. Vaclav Talich Papers. This collection contains Talich's correspondence with Vitezslava Kapralova and Bohuslav Martinu.

San Diego State University, Malcolm A. Love Library, Special Collections and University Archives. Jan Loewenbach Papers (NSD-11). This collection contains Lowenbach's correspondence with Vaclav Kapral (copies).

Photographs and drawings

Kapralova's estate. Brno, Czech Republic. This extensive collection of photographs from all periods of Kapralova's life includes photos from her childhood and school years, vacation stays in Tri Studne, her studies in Prague and Paris, and her vacation trip to Monaco; photographs of Vaclav Kapral, Viktorie Kapralova, Bohumil Kapral, Vladimir Helfert, Theodor Schaefer, Vaclav Talich, Ota Vach, Rudolf Kopec, Zdena Duchoslavova-Divinova, Vitezslav Novak, Bohuslav Martinu, Petr Kricka, Jaroslav Kricka, Rudolf Kundera, Jiri Mucha, and others. Copies of two drawings of Kapralova by Rudolf Kundera from 5.5.1939. In 2016, a portion of this collection was donated to the Moravian Museum Department of Music History.

The Bohuslav Martinu Center. Tylova 114, 572 01 Policka, Czech Republic. The Fond Vitezslavy Kapralove contains an important collection of photographs of Kapralova and her relatives and friends from all periods of her life. Photographs of relatives, classmates, Vera Placherova-Vojtechovska, Theodor Schaefer, Vitezslav Novak, Emil Hradecky, Stanislav Hauner, Rudolf Kopec, Jaroslav Stein, Audrey Love, and Janci Stark, among others. Donated to the Center by Vaclav Kapral.

The Moravian Museum Department of Music History | Moravske zemske muzeum, Ustav dejin hudby. Smetanova 14, 602 00 Brno, Czech Republic. Central to this collection are the photographs donated to the Museum by Kapralova's mother (1957, 1959) and by Kapralova's friend Libuse Houzvickova-Kucerova. The collection contains photographs of Kapralova from her childhood, her Paris period (1938-1940), her Monaco trip (1938), and the vacations spent in Tri Studne. It also contains photos of her grave in Montpellier. Furthermore, the collection includes the photographs of Theodor Schaefer, Bohuslav Martinu, Ota Vach, Jirinka Cernusakova, Libuse Houzvickova, Rudolf Kopec, Petr Kricka, Jaroslav Kricka, Zdenka Duchoslavova, Vladimir Materna, and others. In 2016, the Museum received a donation of additional two family photo-albums from Kapralova's estate.

Duchoslav Family's Collection. Toronto, Canada. A small but unique collection of photographs of Kapralova and her close friends, taken during her various stays in Tri Studne.

Jiri Mucha's estate. Prague, Czech Republic. This private collection includes photographs of Kapralova from 1939-1940 (including photos from her wedding) and the original drawings of Kapralova by Rudolf Kundera (from 5.5. 1939).

Personal documents

Kapralova's estate. Brno, Czech Republic. This private collection of autograph documents, divided between several heirs, contains Kapralova's parents' marriage certificate and other important documents; Kapralova's school certificates and records; Kapralova's poems (1925-1934); a drawing book; a school notebook with Vitezslava's early essays and other school notes; a phone book; a notebook (1940) in which Vitezslava recorded her spendings; a few pages from a diary describing her first classes with Vitezslav Novak, and other important documents. In 2016, a portion of this collection was donated by Kapralova's estate to the Moravian Museum Department of Music History.

The Moravian Museum Department of Music History | Moravske zemske muzeum, Ustav dejin hudby. Smetanova 14, 602 00 Brno, Czech Republic. This important collection of Kapralova documents donated by Kapralova's parents contains her birth certificate, selected school certificates and diplomas, official applications and correspondence with institutions, travel documents, student ID cards issued by Alliance Francaise, Ecole normale (1939), and the Université de Paris Faculté des Lettres (1939), Kapralova's diaries from 1937 and 1939, an address books, typewritten copies of Kapralova's poems, a list of works, school notebooks, various notes, and more. Recent notable acquisitions (donated by Kapralova's estate in 2016) include autographs of Kapralova's poems.

Jiri Mucha's estate. Prague, Czech Republic. This private collection includes, besides the aforementioned photos and drawings, Kapralova's wedding ring and an autograph of her song Dopis.

Other research material

Concert programs and reviews of Kapralova's music can be found in the archives of the following institutions: The Moravian Museum Department of Music History, Antonin Dvorak Museum in Prague (Otakar Sourek Papers), the Czech Philharmonic, and the Kapralova Society. Please note that all confirmed performances of Kapralova's music and their critical reception have been recorded on this website.

The Czech Military History Institute | Historicky ustav Armady Ceske republiky. U Pamatniku 2, 130 05 Praha 3. The Institute houses Ceskoslovensky boj / La Cause Tchécoslovaque - Ustredni list zahranicnich Cechu a Slovaku, an official publication of Czechs and Slovaks in exile, for which Kapralova wrote several articles and reviews in 1940. This weekly was published in France during 1939-1940 (the first issue was published on April 28, 1939 and the last on June 7, 1940). The collection housed at the Institute is incomplete (for information on a complete collection see further) and contains the following issues: Vol.I/Nos. 10-17, 19-20, 24-36 (out of 36); Vol.II/Nos. 1-13, 15-22 (out of 22). One of the rare complete collections is held by the University of Washington Suzzallo Library which has a microfilm of the two volumes. The reviews and articles written by (or attributed to) Kapralova, published by Ceskoslovensky boj, have been made available on this website (in Czech. Several reviews are annotated, one review is also translated into English).

National Archives. Archivni 4, Praha 4-Chodov. This institution houses documents of the National Women's Council (NWC). The name of the collection and its shelf number is: "Zenska narodni rada 1923-1940, c.fondu 627". Particularly interesting for Kapralova scholars will be the minutes of the NWC Executive Committee that mention Kapralova's participation in the Council's gala concert of November 26, 1937 (the premiere of her Military Sinfonietta).



The Kapralova Society Documentation Centre is a project of the Kapralova Society to preserve and protect the memory of Czech composer Vitezslava Kapralova and to encourage original scholarly research of her life and music.

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