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Tomas Masaryk: Topics in Chronicling America

Masaryk organized Czecho-Slovakian soldiers against Germany in WWI and became the Czechoslovakian President. This guide provides access to materials related to “Tomas Masaryk” in the Chronicling America digital collection of historic newspapers.


"Masaryk, leader of the Czech-Slovaks, in this country to prepare way for freedom." June 2, 1918. New-York Tribune (New York, NY), Image 27. Chronicling America: Historic American Newspapers.

Tomas G. Masaryk (1850-1937) was a philosopher and political activist from Moravia. During WWI he organized Czecho-Slovakian soldiers to support efforts against Germany and worked for the establishment of the Czechoslovakian nation. He served as Czechoslovakian President from 1918 until 1937. Read more about it!

The information in this guide focuses on primary source materials found in the digitized historic newspapers from the digital collection Chronicling America.

The timeline below highlights important dates related to this topic and a section of this guide provides some suggested search strategies for further research in the collection.


May - July 1902 Masaryk speaks in several US cities and gives a series of lectures at the University of Chicago.
August - September 1907 Masaryk lectures in several US cities including New York, Cleveland, Chicago, Milwaukee, Kansas City, Omaha, Alleghany, PA, Minneapolis, Cedar Rapids, IA, and Baltimore
May 5, 1918 Masaryk arrives in Chicago and speaks to a gathering of an estimated 200,000 “Bohemians.”
June 19,
September 18,
November 15, 1918
Masaryk participates in meetings with President Woodrow Wilson discussing the participation of Czecho-Slovaks in the Great War and independence for Bohemia.
October 30, 1918 At a meeting of the Mid-European Union held in Philadelphia at Independence Hall, Masaryk and other leaders craft the “Declaration of Common Aims.”
November 12, 1918 Masaryk is elected President of Czechoslovakia.