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W. S. Hoole Special Collections Library Manuscript Collections

Guide to the Ottokar Cadek papers MSS.0253

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Publication:

University Libraries Division of Special Collections, The University of Alabama

Box 870266
Tuscaloosa, Alabama, 35487-0266
205.348.0500
archives@ua.edu

January 2009

Creation:

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Language Usage:

English

Description Rules:

Describing Archives: A Content Standard

Noember 2012
Collection Title:

Ottokar T. Cadek papers

Unit ID:

MSS.0253

Repository:

University Libraries Division of Special Collections, The University of Alabama

Quantity:

6.4 Linear feet

Dates:

unknown

Abstract:

Correspondence, diaries, genealogies, and various other documents relating to the life of this violinist, conductor, and teacher

creator

Cadek, Ottokar, b. 1897

Scope and Contents note

The collection contains correspondence, diaries, genealogies, and various other documents relating to the life of violinist, conductor, and teacher, Ottokar Cadek.

Usage Restrictions:

None

Access Restrictions:

None

Processing Information:

Processed by

S. Braden, 2009; updated by Martha Bace, 2012

Biographical/Historical note

Violinist, conductor, and teacher Ottokar Cadek (1897-1956) contributed significantly to promoting the importance of classical music in Alabama. Between 1933 to 1956, he was a performer with the Birmingham Civic Symphony Orchestra and a distinguished member of the music department at the University of Alabama. He was from a long-established musical family whose members continue to hold prominent positions in the classical music world.

Cadek (pronounced Chá-dek) was born on 20 February 1897, in Chattanooga, Tennessee, the second of four children of Marguerite Guirard and Joseph Čadek, of Swiss and Bohemian heritage, respectively. Joseph Cadek (1868-1927), a prominent European violinist, emigrated from Bohemia's capital of Prague (now in the Czech Republic) and settled in Chattanooga in 1892.

Cadek married Nashville native Sara Hitchcock in 1924, and in 1930 their daughter Marie was born. During the Great Depression, the quartet's performance schedule slowed, and Cadek was faced with difficulties in supporting his family. He left the quartet in 1933, after a final performance in Birmingham, and later that year, he joined the Birmingham Civic Symphony Orchestra (present-day Alabama Symphony Orchestra) first as its concertmaster and then as conductor. After the war broke out, the orchestra shut down, and in 1943, Cadek and his family moved to Tuscaloosa. The following year, he took up his duties developing the string program at the University of Alabama. On 25 July 1956, Cadek was a member of a quartet performing one of Johannes Brahms's quartets when he collapsed on stage and died of a heart attack. He was buried in Nashville's Mount Olivet Cemetery.

Acquisition Information:

Gift of Jerri C. Luckterberg, 1986

Preferred Citation:

Ottokar T. Cadek papers, W.S. Hoole Special Collections Library, University Libraries Division of Special Collections, The University of Alabama

Source(s)

Alabama Symphony Orchestra. (Library_of_Congress_Name_Authority_File)

Birmingham Chamber Music Society. (local)

Birmingham Civic Symphony. (local)

New York String Quartet (1919). (Library_of_Congress_Name_Authority_File)

Correspondence (aat)

Diaries (aat)

Essays (Local)

Estate administration records (aat)

Genealogies (aat)

Memoir and Biography (Local)

Memorabilia (aat)

Music and Performing Arts (localbroad)

Programs (documents) (aat)

University of Alabama (localbroad)

University of Alabama Faculty/Staff (Local)

Wedding announcements (aat)

World War, 1914-1918 (lcsh)

Ottokar T. Cadek Box 2955

Ottokar T. Cadek Box 2954

Ottakar Cadek diaries Box 2,948 Folder 1

Ottakar Cadek biographies Box 2,948 Folder 2

Wedding of Ottakar Cadek and Sarah Hitchcock Box 2,948 Folder 3

Genealogy Box 2948 Folder 4

Genealogy Box 2948 Folder 5

Diaries Box 2948 Folder 6

Diaries Box 2948 Folder 7

Appointment books Box 2948 Folder 8

Appointment books Box 2948 Folder 9

Diaries Box 2,948 Folder 10

Appointment Books Box 2948 Folder 11

Appointment Book Box 2948 Folder 12

Ottakar and Sarah Cadek documents Box 2,948 Folder 13

Incoming Correspondence Box 2949 Folder 1

Incoming Correspondence Box 2949 Folder 02Incoming Correspondence

Incoming Correspondence Box 2949 Folder 3

Incoming Correspondence Box 2949 Folder 4

Incoming Correspondence Box 2949 Folder 5

Incoming Correspondence Box 2949 Folder 6

Incoming Correspondence Box 2949 Folder 7

Incoming Correspondence Box 2949 Folder 8

Incoming Correspondence Box 2949 Folder 9

Incoming Correspondence Box 2949 Folder 10

Incoming Correspondence Box 2949 Folder 11

Incoming Correspondence Box 2949 Folder 12

Incoming Correspondence Box 2949 Folder 13

Incoming Correspondence Box 2949 Folder 14

Incoming Correspondence Box 2949 Folder 15

Incoming Correspondence Box 2949 Folder 16

Incoming Correspondence Box 2949 Folder 17

Anderson Estate Papers Box 2,949 Folder 18

Birmingham Civic Symphony Papers Box 2,949 Folder 19

Kolb (Gredi) Cadek imigration attempt Box 2,949 Folder 20

Personal correspondence Box 2,949 Folder 21

Professional correspondence incoming Box 2,950 Folder 1

Professional Correspondence-Incoming Box 2950 Folder 2

Professional Correspondence-Incoming Box 2950 Folder 3

Professional correspondence outgoing Box 2,950 Folder 4

Published music theory Box 2,950 Folder 5

Published Music Theory Box 2950 Folder 6

Sarah Cadek Red Cross Papers Box 2,950 Folder 7

Sarah Cadek school essays Box 2,950 Folder 8

Speeches, press releases, and related music articles Box 2,950 Folder 9

Stainer violin correspondence Box 2,950 Folder 10

Strativarius violin correspondence Box 2,950 Folder 11

Unfinished music theory Box 2,950 Folder 12

Unnamed, undated, or illegible Box 2,950 Folder 13

Varied periodicals Box 2,950 Folder 14WWI outgoing correspondence

Varied Periodicals Box 2950 Folder 15

Varied Periodicals Box 2950 Folder 16

Varied Periodicals Box 2950 Folder 17

Varied Periodicals Box 2950 Folder 18

Varied Periodicals Box 2950 Folder 19

WWI outgoing correspondence Box 2,951 Folder 1

WWI outgoing correspondence Box 2951 Folder 2

WWI outgoing correspondence Box 2951 Folder 3

WWI outgoing correspondence Box 2951 Folder 4

WWI outgoing correspondence Box 2951 Folder 5

WWI Army postcards Box 2,951 Folder 6

WWI postcards Box 2,951 Folder 7

WWI sketchbook Box 2,951 Folder 8

Zurich postcards (blank) Box 2,951 Folder 9

Miscellaneous-Jerrie Cadek Box 2,951 Folder 10

Miscellaneous papers Box 2,951 Folder 11

Miscellaneous Puzzles Box 2,951 Folder 12

Miscellaneous-WWI memorabilia Box 2,951 Folder 13

Miscellaneous-objects Box 2,951 Folder 14

Signed Programs Box 2,952 Folder 1

Ottokar Cadek memorial programs Box 2,952 Folder 2

Assorted Programs Box 2,952 Folder 3

NYSQ Programs Box 2,952 Folder 4

Cadek singing quartet programs Box 2,952 Folder 5

U of A singing quartet Box 2,952 Folder 6

U of A string quartet programs Box 2,952 Folder 7

Miscellaneous Box 2,952 Folder 8

Miscellaneous Box 2952 Folder 9

Programs, etc. from Interlochen, Michigan Box 2,952 Folder 10

Birmingham Symphony Orchestra programs Box 2,953 Folder 1

Circulars Box 2,953 Folder 2

Assorted letters Box 2,954 Folder 1

Assorted Letters Box 2954 Folder 2

Cadek condolences-1956 Box 2954 Folder 3

Cadek condolences-1956 Box 2954 Folder 4

Cadek condolences-1956 Box 2954 Folder 5

Cadek condolences-1956 Box 2954 Folder 6

Cadek condolences-1956 Box 2954 Folder 7

Cadek condolences-1956 Box 2954 Folder 8

Cadek condolences-1956 Box 2954 Folder 9

Cadek condolences-1956 Box 2954 Folder 10

Scrapbook Box 2955 Folder 1

New York String Quartet 1922-1924 Box 2955 Folder 2

Miscellaneous Box 2955 Folder 3

NYSQ 1927-1929 Box 2955 Folder 4

NYSQ 1929-1931 Box 2955 Folder 5

Birmingham Chamber Music Society March 1938-Oct 1939 Box 2955 Folder 6

NYSQ January 1933; Birmingham Civic Symphony early March 1933-March 1935 Box 2955 Folder 7

Collection of photographs (same personal) no order Box 2956

Cadek condolences 1956 (box) Box 2957 Folder 1

Miscellaneous Box 2957 Folder 2

Maps? Box 2957 Folder 3

Miscellaneous papers Box 2957 Folder 4

Two Folders with the name Mary E. Curry Box 2957 Folder 5