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At a Glance
Material is arranged into 7 series.
Collection consists of correspondence, writings, clippings, music scores, personal documents, printed material, photographs and one audiotape.
Using the Collection
Rare Book and Manuscript Library
Restrictions on Access
This collection is located on-site.
Collection has no restrictions.
Terms Governing Use and Reproduction
Single photocopies may be made for research purposes. Permission to quote or publish must be obtained in writing from Professor Richard Wortman, Chair of the Bakhmeteff Committee.
Identification of specific item; Date (if known); Name of Collection; Box and Folder; Bakhmeteff Archive, Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Columbia University Library.
Ownership and Custodial History
Donated by Frank C. Steiner, nephew of Karel Steinbach.
Immediate Source of Acquisition
1999.2000.M052: Source of acquisition--Frank C. Steiner. Method of acquisition--Gift; Date of acquisition--09/12/1990.
About the Finding Aid / Processing Information
Columbia University Libraries, Rare Book and Manuscript Library
Papers processed Tanya Chebotarev 11/05/2003.
Finding aid written Tanya Chebotarev 11/05/2003.
2013-10-10 File created.
2019-05-20 EAD was imported spring 2019 as part of the ArchivesSpace Phase II migration.
History / Biographical Note
Biographical / Historical
Doctor Karel Steinbach was born on June 8,1894 in a small Czech village of Trebsko. He graduated from the famous Imperial and Royal Czech Secondary School in Prague. In 1913, he entered the Charles University but had to interrupt his studies. In 1915, he was drafted and went to the army in 1916. He finally became a doctor in 1920 when the war was over. While living in Prague, Doctor Steinbach became a friend of Jan Masaryk and Karel Capek, a famous Czech writer. All his life he belonged to Karel Capek's legendary circle and left a truthful testimony on Capek's last days. He first immigrated to the United States in 1939 and came back to Prague as an American doctor after the World War II. When he returned to New York for the second time, he was an American citizen and for a great number of years he was in charge of women recruits for the American Army. He died in New York on December 31, 1990.