Latvijas Nacionālā arhīva Latvijas Valsts vēstures arhīvs

  • National Archives of Latvia, State Historical Archives of Latvia
  • LVVA (Latvijas Valsts vēstures arhīvs), ЛГИА (Латвийский государственный исторический архив)


The Latvian State Historical Archives is an organisational unit of the National Archives of Latvia (NAL). On March 3, 2010 the President of the Republic of Latvia proclaimed a new Archives Law. According to this Law, the former State archival system of Latvia was, after January 1, 2011, reorganized within one body – the National Archives of Latvia. NAL is the legal successor of the obligations and property of the former institutions of the State archival system. The National Archives accumulate and store records of archival value, provide access to these records, supervise the observance of records management in the institutions and in the accredited private archives, accredit private archives, and perform the other functions specified in the Archives Law.


State Historical Archives of Latvia has a main reading room at Slokas ielā 16 and a second reading room that is shared with the Riga City Archives at Palasta ielā 4, Riga.

Archival and Other Holdings

According to the Terms of Reference, the Latvian State Historical Archives administer the National Documentary Heritage of the Latvian archival fond of 1220–1945, which includes documents of state and local authorities, courts, estates, religious organizations, political and public organizations, documents of enterprises and other corporate bodies, and documents of private persons. The 6,311 archival fonds contain 6,349,095 files.

Finding Aids, Guides, and Publication

For a list of online NAL databases, see:

Opening Times

Slokas ielā reading room hours:

Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Wednesday from 1 p.m. to 8 p.m.

On the last Thursday of each month, the reading room is closed.

Slokas ielā customer service (office 111) and cash desk hours:

Monday from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. and 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.
Tuesday from 8 a.m. 12 p.m. and 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.
Wednesday from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. and 1 p.m. to 6 p.m.
Thursday from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. and 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.
Friday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Palasta ielā reading room hours:

Wednesday and Thursday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Documents are delivered to readers on the third business day after the order is placed.

Daily limit of items that readers can be issued:

  • up to 10 items (1,000 pages)
  • files, passports, cards and plans for up to 20 people (1,000 pages)

Research Services

The Archives issue references to individuals and institutions.

Reproduction Services

Copies of documents will be made within 5 working days if the order size does not exceed 50 pages.

If the order volume exceeds 50 pages, the time to process the order is coordinated with the reader.


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