The political career and life of the second Czechoslovak president Edvard Benes (1884-1948) showed many ups and downs. And so did also his personal and official files and archives. His written documents saw different stages of treatment according to the existing political and social upheavals and changes. Today, most of the documents relating to his person are available in the Masaryk Institute as well as in the Archives of the Czech Academy of Sciences, the National Museum, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, and the President's Office. The study deals with E. Benes's correspondence and explains the complex situation of the source base that researchers and editors have to face. The authors follow the history and the method of professional treatment of the correspondence available in the main part of the Benes Archive Files, and draw attention to additional correspondence available in other parts of the Files and in other archives as well. The previous editing work with Benes' correspondence is also described
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