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How to use this resource

Digitalised archive sources can be studied either following the structure of archive collections or by searching directly for entries pertaining to particular students. The application supports automated generation of archive quotation related to the original source kept in the Archive of the Charles University.

Following the structure of archive collections

Getting Started

First of all, in the menu on the left choose the collection you wish to view. At the moment, only four collections are accessible: the Registry of the Charles University and the Registry of the German University in Prague, part of collection Faculty of Law of the Charles University (part of collection Books of examination protocols of State Examination Commisions at the Charles University) and part of collection Faculty of Law of the German University in Prague (part of collection Books of examination protocols of State Examination Commisions at the German University in Prague). Basic information about each collection is found under the link Information about the collection. Detailed information is found in Collection inventory.
In the list of digitalised books, first choose the inventory unit (book) you wish to see. The first page you will see when opening it will be a view of the book cover.

Browsing Through the Book

Books can be browsed using
  • bookmarks in the menu on the left;
  • buttons ▕◀ (go to first page), (go to previous page), (go to following page), and ▶▏ (go to last page), which are placed under the image;
  • moving the scroll bar left and right;
  • if you need a particular page and know its number, you can type it directly in the text field under the image and press the Go to button.
The image on your screen can be
  • zoomed in and out using the mouse wheel or buttons and ;
  • seen in its original size using button and renewing the view of full page using button .
Button Full Screen View will enlarge the image to full screen.

Finding a Particular Person

In order to find the entry of a particular person, you need to know his or her given name, surname, and at least approximate date when the person in question studied. At first you need to find the person’s name in the index. Indexes are usually part of books. Registries of the Charles University for the period 1924–1939 (No. 6–10) have the index in the separate book (Inventory No. 17 Index of Doctors’ Registers).

Using the Index

The menu on the left contains links to individual letters of the index. Note that in some years, specifically Czech letters of the alphabet (Č, Ď, Ch, Ň, Ř, Š, Ž) are listed independently but at other times, they are listed together with letters without the diacritical mark (C, D, N, etc.) and Ch appears under C. Letters V and W are treated in a similarly unsystematic way. In German registry books, Ch is always listed under C, I and J are usually treated as one, and in case of Slavic names starting with Č, transcription to Tsch is sometimes used. In German registers, surnames starting with S are sometimes divided into bookmarks S, Sch and St. The inclusion of surnames into these bookmarks is not always correct (surnames starting with Sch can be under S, the inclusion Sch sometimes contains surnames that do not start with these letters).
Select the appropriate letter according to the surname of the person whose entry you wish to search. On your screen then appears the first page of the index with names starting with the letter. Within the letter entry, names of students are listed alphabetically according to the year of doctoral graduation or the date of examination. At first you have to find the year and then look up the surname. Note that within a given year of graduation, the alphabetical order is sometimes inaccurate (and indexes of German University registry books are within a given initial letter listed chronologically so that surnames are not alphabetically ordered). We thus recommend searching through all the names within the given range. Next to the name of the student appears the number of registry book page or the number of book page. Note the number for future reference. Book No. 17 in collection Registries of Charles University contains indexes of doctors of the Charles University also for the years of 1945–1952 but registry books containing these entries are not accessible due to protection of personal data of living persons.

Using Information from the Index

You can type the page number directly into the field Page, find the page using the scroll bar or you can reach the desired page with information pertaining to the person of your interest using next page and previous page buttons.

Proper Citation Format

If you need to quote the information you found (e.g., in an article), we recommend you cite the original printed source kept in the Archive of the Charles University. This citation can be generated using button Generate archive reference, which is located above the top right corner of the page image on your screen.

Searching by Names

A search form opens by pressing a Search by name button in the menu on the left. To achieve a decent result at least one field of the search form needs to be filled in.
Place and state of birth is listed in the form cited in the original source, meaning they do not always correspond to current place names and states. In order to find, e.g., students from a particular municipality, one thus often needs to know its historical name. Historical names of towns and villages in the territory of the current Czech Republic are found in a Historical Lexicon of Municipalities of the Czech Republic 1896–2005, which is available at Czech Statistical Office website.
In the search field ‘Faculty’, the following abbreviations are used:
LF CU Faculty of Law of the Charles University
MedF CU Faculty of Medicine of the Charles University
NScF CU Faculty of Natural Sciences of the Charles University
NScF Phar. CU Faculty of Natural Sciences of the Charles University - pharmaceutical studies
PhF CU Faculty of Philosophy of the Charles University
ThF CU Faculty of Theology of the Charles University
LF GU Faculty of Law of the German University in Prague
MedF GU Faculty of Medicine of the German University in Prague
NScF GU Faculty of Natural Sciences of the German University in Prague
NScF Phar. GU Faculty of Natural Sciences of the German University in Prague - pharmaceutical studies
PhF GU Faculty of Philosophy of the German University in Prague
ThF GU Faculty of Theology of the German University in Prague
LF KFU Faculty of Law of the Charles-Ferdinand University
MedF KFU Faculty of Medicine of the Charles-Ferdinand University
PhF KFU Faculty of Philosophy of the Charles-Ferdinand University
ThF KFU Faculty of Theology of the Charles-Ferdinand University
After finding a person according to the criteria inserted in the search form, there will first appear a list of persons meeting the criteria and their basic data. Detailed information about each of these persons and an overview of pages of archive sources where the name appears will show on the screen after clicking on the person’s name. After clicking on the number of the selected page, a page with a scan of the archive source will appear in a separate bookmark.