Institute´s branch office in Brno
The Brno branch of the Institute for Contemporary History was established in 2003. The main reason behind its founding was for scholars working on projects for the Institute of Contemporary History to take account of resources outside the environs of Prague and also to facilitate access to documents on Czechoslovak history after 1948 that are based in Moravian archives. Currently, the Brno branch concentrates on research into, among others, the communist period of Czechoslovak history, the exile of Czechoslovak democrats after 1948, and the problems faced by German anti-Fascists.
The Brno branch of the Institute of Contemporary History cooperates closely with the Faculty of Arts of Masaryk University in Brno, the University of Defence in Brno, the Brno branch of the Institute of History of the Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic, the Centre for the Study of Democracy and Culture, the Faculty of Social Sciences of Masaryk University in Brno, the International Political Science Institute and other research and academic hubs.
The Library of the Brno branch of the Institute of Contemporary History gathers together both Czech and foreign publications on contemporary history. In addition, it houses an extensive collection of Czechoslovak exile literature and editions published by the Institute of Contemporary History. The Brno branch has also managed to obtain a valuable assortment of documents relating to the history of the Czechoslovak democratic exile after 1948. These include bequests and legacies from significant exile figures, émigré periodicals, and the like, and, of particular interest, the archive of the exile publishing house Index from Cologne. These resources have been expertly stocked and collated. The library and archive are accessible by arrangement to both professionals and the lay public.