Archives of Czechs and Slovaks Abroad (ACASA)

Frontispiece: Marie Rosická
Frontispiece from Marie Rosická, Národní domácí kuchařka Česko-Americká (Omaha, Neb., Národní tiskárny, 1914).

The Archives of Czechs and Slovaks Abroad (ACASA) consists of several thousand books, brochures, periodicals, anniversary publications, almanacs, and personal papers of Czechs and Slovaks who have lived outside of Czechoslovakia for some portion of their lives. Much of the material found in the archives was published in North America in the past 150 years, although titles from the countries of eastern and western Europe, Australia, South America and elsewhere are also well represented. Esther Jerabek's Czechs and Slovaks in North America: A Bibliography (New York, 1976), provides a guide to much of the older material found in the archives and a detailed inventory of the collection is currently in progress.

ACASA contains a wide variety of books on the general and local history of Czech and Slovak emigration, such as those written by Jan Habenicht, Tomas Capek, and Jaroslav Bubenicek. Information on the achievements of socially active immigrants can be found in the substantial collection of anniversary publications of fraternal, social, political, religious, cultural, and sports organizations. Among its many journal and newspaper holdings, ACASA has a nearly complete run of the almanac Amerikán Národní kalendar (1875-1958), and Jerabek's bibliography provides an index to many of the memoirs and articles found within its pages. Likewise, a wide variety of periodicals such as Hospodár (1891-1992) provide information on the history of Czech and Slovak settlements throughout North America. One of the most unique reference sources within ACASA is a list of nine thousand refugees from Czechoslovakia who were registered in Regensburg, Germany, from January to August 1948.

The Archives of Czechs and Slovaks Abroad is a separately housed collection and its contents are not reflected in the Library's online catalog. As a preliminary step in providing users with a comprehensive interactive online finding aid to ACASA holdings, the compilation of two inventories of ACASA materials are now in progress. Even though incomplete at this time (with Inventory I reflecting approximately 50% of ACASA materials housed in the Hanna Holborn Gray Special Collections Research Center and Inventory II as yet reflecting less than 5% of the material housed in the ACASA Reading Room in Regenstein Room 260), it is hoped that these two checklists will be of use to researchers and provide a broader picture of the wealth of material found in ACASA.

Inventory I: Holdings in the Special Collections Research Center Room -- 130 Joseph Regenstein Library