Latvian Archives in Exile: selection of the archive materials, digitization, and interviews in the Latvian Centre Münster and in the House Annaberg of Baltic Christian Federation

Duration of the project

01.06.2021. - 30.09.2021.

Countries and institutions involved in the project

University of Latvia
University of Münster
Latvian Centre in Münster
House Annaberg of Baltic Christian Federation
Institute of Lithuanian Literature and Folklore

Project manager

Dr. Eva Eglāja-Kristsone

Aim of the project

The Latvian Centre in Münster (LCM) contains extensive archives of Latvian exile writers and the documentation of Latvian education and public organizations in Germany. In 2020, with the support from the Baltic-German University Liaison Office, researchers of ILFA identified and started to digitize LCM archives of the Latvian writers. It is necessary to continue the work by identifying, cataloging, and digitizing the LCM archive of public organizations, as well rich and unexplored materials about the history of Baltic culture in the second half of the 20th century that are located in the Baltic Christian Federation archives in House Annaberg (HA), including testimonies on the literary workshops of the association and annual congresses.

Aims achieved:

1. Created digital collection of the Latvian archives in exile in the vortals and

2. Conducted interviews with employees of the House Annaberg of Baltic Christian Federation and Latvian exile in Westhofen, Bonn, and Cologne.

3. Studied and promoted Austra Rudzīte’s and other personalities’ contribution to the creation of Latvian exile archives.

4. The public and researchers in the humanities have been introduced to the content of the digital collection, supplementing public knowledge of Latvian cultural history, exile social life in Western Europe, especially in Germany, as well as elsewhere in Europe after the Second World War, and promoting new research on Latvian diaspora and German relations. as well as cultural contacts between the Baltics (Latvians, Lithuanians, Estonians, Baltic Germans).

Main activities of the project and venues

1. Review, evaluate and select materials for digitisation (the Latvian Centre in Münster (LCM) the House Annaberg (HA)).

2. Digitize documents, manuscripts, letters and photographs in high quality and resolution (LCM, HA).

3. Scientifically process the obtained collection, adding descriptions, references and metadata to the digitised materials (LCM, HA, ILFA).

4. Conduct interviews with current and former employees of the archive in the House Annaberg (Annaberg, Bonn, Westhofen, Cologne).

5. Create a collection of the digitized materials in the database and make it publicly available to researchers for further scientific work (ILFA).

6. Inform Baltic researchers and the general public about the collection of new digitized materials on the website; inform about the contribution of Austra Rudzīte and other personalities in the compilation of archives (seminar in the Latvian Centre in Münster, seminar in the House Annaberg, the closing seminar at the National Library of Latvia).

7. Publish information and inform about the activities on social networks and media.

Direct and indirect target group of the project

Direct: ~300 researchers in humanities, employees of archives and museums, librarians, teachers, students, high school students.

Indirect: Latvian society; Latvian society; users of the site; average statistics: 24,000 individual visits per month.