Historical Archive

The historical archive of the Royal Canonry of Premonstratensians is among the significant archival funds and indispensable sources for studying the ecclesiastical history of Bohemia and Moravia. It contains records important not only for the Strahov community but also for the history of the order. It also includes materials related to the history of towns and villages where the Strahov Premonstratensians previously operated.

Pope Pius VI confirms J. B. Ecuy as the general abbot of the Premonstratensian order, year 1780

Characteristics of the Historical Archive

In the first half of the 20th century, the monastic archive was located on the floor of the cross corridor (today's picture gallery exhibition). Efforts to systematically organize it date back to the early 19th century, but the monastery had archivists, who were members of the canonry, even in more distant times. After 1950, the archival materials were transported to the then State Central Archive, where detailed inventories of charters and written material were created. The archival fund was restituted after 1990, but building suitable storage facilities exceeds the current possibilities of the canonry. Therefore, the archive is deposited in the 2nd department of the National Archive. The funds are accessible for research purposes, except for economic and personnel files from the early 20th century. The archive contains a collection of more than 580 charters from the end of the 12th to the 20th century and extensive written material related to the history of the monastery, its owned estates, and administered parishes. For studies of materials from the 20th century, it is necessary to request permission from the librarian of the Strahov Library. The request can be sent by mail or email and should contain precise information on the subject and purpose of the study.

In cooperation with the National Archive, restoration of selected archival monuments is ongoing. The digitization of charters was also carried out in cooperation with the National Archive within the Monasterium project, whose web portal also provides access to the charters for study. The digitized inventory is accessible here. However, due to the ongoing processing of some parts of the fund, it may not always be up-to-date, and consultation with relevant experts is recommended. A selection of historical photographs of the Strahov Monastery area, processed in the Topothek Portal project, is available here.


The Historical Archive in the 1920s
Renewal of the confraternity between Strahov Monastery and the Cistercians in Vyšší Brod, year 1748
Confirmation of privileges for Strahov Monastery, year 1273
Wenceslaus II, King of Bohemia, exempts the Želiv Monastery from paying customs on goods imported from the monastery's estates in Moravia, at the request of Abbot Jakub, 27 April 1293