Latvian Diaspora Archives and Material Culture Conference at IHRC

The American Latvian Association, Immigration History Research Center and the Latvians Abroad Museum in Latvia will host a conference on Latvian diaspora archives and material culture April 12-14, 2012, at Elmer L. Andersen Library, University of Minnesota.

The main goals of the conference are:
1) to establish guidelines for the documentation and preservation of emigre Latvian history;
2) to provide representatives of Latvian organizations and volunteers basic training in working with print, archival materials, and artifacts of material culture (with emphasis on archival materials); and
3) to create a cooperative global network for continued efforts in the documenting and preserving of the history of emigre Latvians.

The following institutions have confirmed participation: Immigration History Research Center (University of Minnesota), Latvians Abroad Museum (Latvia); University of Washington; Western Michigan University; University of Wisconsin-River Falls, National Library of Latvia, Latvian State Archive, Embassy of Latvia in the United States, and Straumēni Latvian Documentation Center in the United Kingdom.

The conference is open to community and professional archivists, as well as other individuals with a committed interest in preservation and access issues for Latvian diaspora cultural materials. The languages of the conference will be English and Latvian, with summary translations provided to attendees.

A registration form is available through the IHRC in English by e-mailing Latvian and English versions of the form will be uploaded to the IHRC website by Monday, March 5.

Attendees must register by March 15, 2012. For more information in English, e-mail Haven Hawley at For information in Latvian, contact Ilze Garoza at or by phone 301-340-1914.