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The Research Centre for the History of Minorities has for several years been concerned with safeguarding the historic heritage of the Czech and Slovak minorities in Vienna.
Thus, it was successful in acquiring the library of 'Büchereiverein Jirásek', the director of which was Ludwig Kolin, a classical library of social democratic outlook, as well as the library bequeathed by Karl Matal. These two major collections are supplemented by minor sources such as the residues of workers' libraries located in the Vienna district of Favoriten and archival fonds of the Czech Social Democratic Party of Austria.