Latvijas Nacionālā arhīva Latvijas Valsts arhīvs

  • National Archives of Latvia, State Archives of Latvia
  • NAL SAL (National Archives of Latvia, State Archives of Latvia) , LSA (Latvian State Archives); LNA LVA (Latvijas Nacionālā arhīva Latvijas Valsts arhīvs), CVORA ( Centrālais Valsts Oktobra revolūcijas un sociālistiskās celtniecības arhīvs)

History

The Central State Archives of the October Revolution and the Socialist Construction of the Latvian Soviet Socialist Republic was established by Decision 831 of the Latvian SSR Council of Ministers (CM) of 31 December 1961..The Statute of the Central Archives of the October Revolution was accepted on 22 April 1962, according to which the Archives were to be a scientific research institution for the using and holding of documental materials of the Latvian SSR (1917-1919; 1940-1941). The name was changed to the State Archives of Latvia (SAL) on 1 May 1991. The Archives were supplemented with documents from Socialist and Communist organisations, from the Latvian SSR CSS (Committee for State Security [KGB]) documents, from public and political organizations, and from Latvian exile and juridical organisations. After reorganisation of the Archives system, the National Archives of Latvia (NAL) was established as a direct public administration authority on 1 January 2011. The State Archives of Latvia become a structural unit of NAL.

Geographical and Cultural Context

On 30 December 1961 the Latvian Soviet Socialist Republic CM decided to reorganize the Archive department, and in 1962 renamed it the LSSR CM Archive management; the LSSR State Archive was renamed the Central State Archive of History. On 1 January 1961 a decision was made to establish the Central State Archive of the October revolution and Socialist Construction of the Latvian Soviet Socialist Republic; after Latvian independence, this archive was renamed the State Archive of Latvia (SAL) on 1 May 1991. Under the State Administration Law of Republic of Latvia, this system of Archives was reorganized and the National Archives of Latvia (NAL) was established on 1 January 2011. The State Archives of Latvia is a structural unit of the NAL.

Mandates/Sources of Authority

The Archives collect and hold documents of central governmental institutions (parliament, cabinets of ministers, and other institutions) of the Republic of Latvia; documents of Rīga and Jūrmala municipal institutions; personal fonds of Latvia and of foreign countries; and archives of Latvian exile organizations. The Archives also hold documents concerning Latvian Social democracy; documents of the Communist Party of Latvia; and documents from the Latvian SSR CSS about repressed persons. The State Archives of Latvia insures preservation and use of documents about the history of Latvia in the period since 1940 according to the Law of Archives.

Administrative Structure

The State Archives of Latvia has 4 units: Section of Person fonds and Foreign countries documents, Department of Document Preservation, Department of References, Utilities Service Sector with 48 workers.

Records Management and Collecting Policies

The National Archives of Latvia and the State Archives of Latvia collect, preserve, and employ policy principles based on the Law of Archives (3 March 2010). NAL operates according to Statutes of NAL (confirmed 29 December 2010) and Regulation (29 June 2011).

Building(s)

The State Archives of Latvia is located in two buildings in Riga: Bezdelīgu iela 1 and Kurzemes prospekts 5 (since 6 October 2014 – Skandu Street 14).

Archival and Other Holdings

As of 1 January 2014 the NAL State Archives of Latvia hold 3,164,852 archival units 33,283 linear meters long. The building at Bezdelīgu iela 1 stores 1,070,773 archival units (13,410 linear meters). The building at Kurzemes prospekts 5 stores 2,094,079 archival units (19,873 linear meters).

Finding Aids, Guides, and Publication

Described and arranged fonds of the State Archives of Latvia have inventory lists and archival descriptions. An Internal usage card index and database are used as a search aid. For information about fond searching tools and publications, see here.

Opening Times

The Reading Room is open to researchers: Monday 9:00 - 16:00; Tuesday 9:00 - 16:00; Wednesday 9:00 - 19:00; Thursday 9:00 - 16:00; Friday 9:00 - 15:00. The Archives visiting hours (to request information): Monday 9:00 - 12:00, 13:00 - 17:00; Tuesday 8:00 - 12:00, 13:00 - 17:00; Wednesday 9:00 - 12:00, 13:00 - 18:00; Thursday 9:00 - 12:00, 13:00 - 17:00; Friday 9:00 - 13:00.

  • The Reading Room is closed on the following dates: the last Friday of each quarter; January 1; Easter; May 1 and May 4; June, 23-24; November 18; December 24-26 and December 31; and August 1-31.

Conditions of Access

The Latvian Parliament has adopted the National Data Protection Law in 2000; and the Law On Preservation and Use of the documents of the former KGB and establishing facts of collaboration with the KGB (1994). Information about archival policies can be found on the NAL website. Data usage policies are subjected to the Law of Archives (2010) and the ES/ EU data protection directive EC 95/46. An application or recommendation letter is required.

Accessibility

Access is regulated by regulations of the NAL SAL. Access is difficult for visitors with physical disabilities.

Research Services

Services of NAL State Archives of Latvia include thematic selection of archival documents, preparation of social, legal, or informative references; translating references or information to English, Russian, or German; creating copies of document; preparing documents of institutions for holding in Archive (arranging, describing, deposit holding); consulting private persons about administration of archives and documents; preparing conclusions and/or advice about administration of documents; visits to State archives; seminars and lectures in archive science; preparing exhibitions of archival documents.

Reproduction Services

Services of NAL State Archives of Latvia: creating copies of documents (including digitization copies). The NAL Department of Preventive Preservation addresses questions concerning specific reproductions, as well as microfilming of archival documents, restoration of documents, document binding, and complex analysis of paper and carton. NAL Latvia State Archive of Audiovisual Documents addresses question concerning specific reproductions of video, audio, and other visual documents.

Public Areas

Payment service in NAL State Archives of Latvia is operated by an account manager (payment by transfer is possible). The NAL State Archives of Latvia creates stationary, mobile (travelling), thematic and virtual exhibitions. Example can be found here, here, and here.

Sources

  • Entry information provided by National Archives of Latvia, State Archives of Latvia