Straková [née Švehlíková], Theodora
- Jiří Sehnal
(b Vienna, Dec 21, 1915; d Žernůvka u Tišnova, Feb 7, 2010). Czech music historian and archivist. She studied German and French at Brno University (1935–9) and at the same time attended Helfert’s musicology lectures. After World War II she continued her studies in musicology with Jan Racek (1945–9) and in 1953 obtained the doctorate with a dissertation on an anonymous Moravian organ tablature. In 1942 she married the music historian and critic Vincenc Straka. She had begun working in the music collection (now the Music History Institute) of the Moravian Regional Museum in Brno in 1937; in 1948 she succeeded Racek as director until 1978. She enlarged the institute’s scope and initiated the large-scale cataloguing of its music source materials and Janáček archives. In addition to her administrative work she lectured on music archival method at Brno University (1952–72). In 1968...