Havel Archives

The Vaclav Havel Library Foundation aims to map and document Vaclav Havel’s activities in North America. Our work complements the mission of the Vaclav Havel Library in Prague by organizing access to unique materials documenting Havel’s accomplishments and network in North America that supported his work at home. Havel Archives will be an online database pointing to the records held by North American universities, U.S. presidential libraries, journals and other media sources, and private archives. The mapping project was initiated at the planning workshop, “The Legacy and Sources of Vaclav Havel and his Era” that took place at the New York Public Library in October 2013, which was attended by a number of distinguished librarians and archival experts. The Archive will serve as the primary aid for students of anti-totalitarianism, dissidence, democracy, and East/Central European drama, as well social activists, political leaders, and the general public who are interested in Vaclav Havel. The Foundation can facilitate access to the bulk of Havel’s archives and documents in the Vaclav Havel Library in Prague.

Snímka obrazovky 2015-06-01 o 10.27.51 AM Havel ArchivesGlobal Issues May 2, 2005 Former Secretary Albright and Former President Havel talked about U.S. foreign policy goals, various situations around the world, and relations with former Eastern Bloc countries. Among the topics they addressed were the state of democratic movements, economic and trade issues, and financial assistance to former Soviet Bloc countries. They also responded to …
Snímka obrazovky 2015-06-01 o 12.02.38 PM Havel ArchivesCzech President Speech November 20, 2002 President Havel talked about the future roles and tasks of NATO. He also talked about the potential impact of NATO enlargement. Czech President Speech
The New York Review of Books Havel ArchivesA Farewell to Politics October 24, 2002 Source: The New York Review of Books www.nybooks.com / Václav Havel, translated from the Czech by Paul Wilson The following speech was given by President Havel in New York on September 19, 2002, at the Graduate Center of the City University, on the occasion of his last official trip to the United …
Snímka obrazovky 2015-06-01 o 10.09.12 AM Havel ArchivesContinuing Leadership as World Citizens September 20, 2002 President Clinton, President Havel, and Mr. Wiesel talked about world leadership, promotion of democracy, human rights, and America’s role in shaping global policy. Following Mr. Havel’s remarks they answered questions posed by the audience.
NATO Summit 50th Anniversary Event Havel ArchivesNATO Summit 50th Anniversary Event April 23, 1999 In a ceremony to induct Hungary, Poland, and the Czech Republic into NATO on its 50th anniversary, flags were paraded and heads of state introduced before they spoke about the anniversary and signed the Declaration of Washington. In the midst of a NATO military campaign against Serbian forces in Yugoslavia the …
Czech President Official Dinner Toasts Havel ArchivesCzech President Official Dinner Toasts September 16, 1998 President Clinton and President Havel toasted each other. Translation into English was done by a translator.
Czech President Receiving Line Havel ArchivesCzech President Receiving Line September 16, 1998 Prior to a state dinner, President Clinton and President Havel received guests.
U.S.-Czech Joint News Conference Havel ArchivesU.S.-Czech Joint News Conference September 16, 1998 President Clinton described President Havel’s difficulties and successes in starting a new government in the Czech Republic. After his prepared remarks he took questions from media. He was questioned about the Lewinsky affair, but he focused on policy issues. President Havel made a few brief comments about the United States.
Snímka obrazovky 2015-06-01 o 11.56.42 AM Havel ArchivesWorld Civilization September 4, 1997 Academics, philosophers, authors, world leaders and others gathered to discuss the past and the future of world civilization. The co-hosts of the event, Mr. Wiesel and President Havel, opened the conference. They contrasted the triumphs and failures of the 20th century and outlined the agenda for the conference. A large portion of Havel’s comments …
Snímka obrazovky 2015-06-01 o 11.26.51 AM Havel ArchivesCongress of Prague May 10, 1996 President Havel spoke about the historic role of the Czech region in European affairs and the need to redefine regional and international institutions to deal with the new situation in Europe. His remarks were translated from Czech to English by voiceover. This was a gathering of European and U.S. political and business …
Snímka obrazovky 2015-06-01 o 11.22.52 AM Havel ArchivesPrague Radio Center Inauguration September 8, 1995 Participants celebrated the opening of a new Radio Free Europe broadcasting station. The center recently moved from Munich, Germany to Prague. Translation from English to Czech was by interpreter. Prague Radio Center Inauguration
The New York Review of Books Havel Archives‘The Post-Communist Nightmare’: An Exchange February 17, 1994 Source: The New York Review of Books www.nybooks.com / Joseph Brodsky, reply by Václav Havel, translated from the Czech by Paul Wilson. Dear Mr. President: I’ve decided to write this letter to you because we have something in common: we both are writers. In this line of work, one weighs words more carefully, …
U.S.-Czech Republic Relations Havel ArchivesU.S.-Czech Republic Relations April 20, 1993 President Havel, in the United States to attend the opening of the Holocaust memorial in Washington, DC, spoke to reporters in a news conference following his meeting with President Clinton in the White House. President Havel discussed the issues brought up in the meeting, including the situation in the former Yugoslavia …
U.S.-Czechoslovakia State Dinner Havel ArchivesU.S.-Czechoslovakia State Dinner October 22, 1991 U.S. President Bush and Czechoslovakian President Havel exchanged laudatory remarks at the podium during a dinner in honor of President Havel in the White House Dining Room. President Havel discussed the recent changes in Eastern Europe, and honored the U.S. for supporting the burgeoning democracies in Europe. Translation for President Havel’s remarks …
Czechoslovakian Transition to Democracy Havel ArchivesCzechoslovakian Transition to Democracy October 21, 1991 President Havel discussed the move towards democracy and an open market taking place in Czechoslovakia. He talked about the need for investment and the many opportunities for Western business in Czechoslovakia. Mr. Havel responded to questions following his remarks. Translation for Mr. Havel’s remarks was supplied by an interpreter standing beside him at the …