Alois Richard Nykl and the Náprstek Museum

Pages 57–80
Keywords Náprstek Museum of Asian, African and American Cultures (Prague), Alois Richard (A. R.) Nykl, Bohumír Lifka, Czechs in America, Orientalism Andalusian Literature
Type of Article Peer-reviewed
Citation ŽENKA, Josef. Alois Richard Nykl and the Náprstek Museum. Annals of the Náprstek Museum. Prague: National Museum, 2014, 35(2), 57–80. ISSN 0231-844X (print), 2533-5685 (online). Also available from:
Annals of the Náprstek Museum | 2014/35/2

The personal papers of the Bohemian-born American linguist, Arabist, and Romanicist Alois Richard Nykl (1885–1958) are the largest archival collection of the Náprstek Museum. This study analyses the history of the collection and the reasons why it was bequeathed to this institute. The then director of the Museum’s library Bohumír Lifka (1900–1987) played a substantial role in this affair. The study also presents a brief outline of the contents of Nykl’s papers.

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