Dvořák archive and Moll Map Collection added to UNESCO list

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Two valuable documentary collections from Czechia have been inscribed on the UNESCO Memory of the World register: the Antonín Dvořák Archive, which contains most of the great Czech composer’s manuscripts and the Moll Map Collection, a set of ancient maps dating from the late 16th century to the 1860s.

Among the 64 new entries on the UNESCO list of world documentary treasures approved by the organisation’s executive board is the Archive of Antonín Dvořák.

The valuable collection contains not only the manuscripts of the greatest of Czech composers, his best known works, but also his personal items, such as his letters and books, explains Veronika Vejvodová from the Dvořák Museum in Prague, which is in charge of the items:

“The core of the archive are Dvořák’s manuscripts, but we also have his correspondence and personal documents, the composer’s personal library and photographs, as well as printed documentation, such as programmes and posters.

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Authors: Ruth Fraňková, Tomáš Kremr