A committee for the preparation of the celebration

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A committee for the preparation of the celebration was established in April 1842. 14 Each of the individual faculties was represented in the commit- tee by two members (and an equal number of substitutes), completed with a separate representative of the senate. During the entire time of its existence, the president of the committee was Jakob Beer, professor at the faculty of theology, Grand Master of the Military Order of the Crusaders of the Red Star ( Ordo militaris crucigerorum cum rubea stella ) 15 and a former student of Bernard Bolzano. The committee immediately became very active and on its ninth meeting in November 1842, it decided that several projects should be undertaken in connection with the upcoming festivities, including a renova- tion of the Karolinum , a memorial to Charles IV, publications on the history of the university, and the design of a jubilee medal. 16 Financial means for these majestic projects were to be obtained mainly by a public fund-raising campaign. The committee not only counted on rich and important individu- als, some of whom indeed decided to support the celebrations generously, but also on university graduates in the ranks of clerics, physicians, and lawyers, working outside the capital city of the kingdom. Representatives assigned by the university and, in some cases, by regional administrative and fi nancial authorities managed negotiations with them and the actual trans- fer of their contributions. 17
This is a digital offprint for restricted use only | © 2015 Koninklijke Brill NV 27 Two Great Anniversaries , Two Lost Opportunities 18 The appeal was printed in German with 6.000 copies, and had to go through the censor- ship (for more on the practice of censorship, see below in connection with the prepara- tion of Tomeks D ě jiny univerzity ). Filing register of the committee for celebrating the 500th anniversary of Prague University, reference nos. 53, 63–65, 67. One copy is kept in the Institute of the History of Charles University and Archives of Charles University, col- lection Akademick ý senát 1796–1882, box no. 127, inventory no. 142. 19 For this purpose, an old-Czech manuscript by Tomá š Š títn ý ze Š títného, philosopher and one of the fi rst students of Prague University, was chosen and edited by Karel Jaromír Erben, archivist of the city of Prague. Karel Jaromír Erben (ed.), Tomá š e ze Š títného Kní ž ky š estery o obecn ý ch v ě cech k ř es ť ansk ý ch [Tomá š Š títn ý ’s Six Books on General Christian Matters] (Prague: K. Gerzabek 1852). The front page of the book clearly states that the manuscript was published “by the University of Prague to remember its foundation 500 years ago”. The committee published its concept of the jubilee celebrations in a lengthy manifesto in March 1843. 18 It announced the abovementioned projects and added a number of others, which were in the end not implemented at all (e.g.

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