The Latvian collections span the period from the founding of an independent Latvian state in 1918 to the contemporary era. They pertain to Latvian diplomacy in the interwar years, the annexation of Latvia by the Soviet Union, and political repression under Soviet rule. Some materials concern Latvian refugees after World War II and the movement leading to renewal of Latvian independence in 1991.


Alfreds Bilmanis Papers

Latvian ambassador to the Soviet Union, 1932–35, and the United States, 1935–48

Fēlikss Cielēns Papers

Latvian minister of foreign affairs, 1926–28; Latvian minister to France, 1933–34

Jules Feldmans Papers

Latvian diplomat

Mavriks Vulfsons Papers

Latvian journalist, author, and government official


Miscellaneous materials

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Duignan, Peter, ed. The Library of the Hoover Institution on War, Revolution and Peace. Stanford: Hoover Institution Press, 1985.

Jacobs, David. Baltic States Collections in the Hoover Institution Archives, ca. 2003.

Jacobs, David. Baltic States Collections in the Hoover Institution Archives (Latvian), ca. 2003.

Palm, Charles, and Dale Reed. Guide to the Hoover Institution Archives. Stanford: Hoover Institution Press, 1980.

Latvian ambassador Andris Razāns and Latvian honorary consul Līga Hoy look at La

Latvian Ambassador Visits the Hoover Archives

Wednesday, December 4, 2013

Andris Razāns, Latvia’s ambassador to the United States, visited Stanford University on December 2, 2013. As part of his visit, Ambassador Razāns came to the Herbert Hoover Memorial Exhibit Pavilion, where he was shown materials from the Latvian collections of the Hoover Institution Archives.

Maciej Siekierski, Pabriks, Richard Sousa

Latvian Foreign Minister Visits Hoover Institution

Wednesday, September 21, 2005

Latvia's Foreign Minister Artis Pabriks visited the Hoover Institution on September 21, 2005, where he viewed library and archival materials relating to Latvian history.

Latvian Oral History Project Recordings Digitized

Latvian Oral History Project Recordings Digitized

Monday, December 12, 2011

Twenty-one audiocassette recordings of interviews with Latvian officials, opinion makers, and cultural figures have been digitized for preservation and access by Hoover’s audio lab. The Latvian Oral History Project interviews were conducted in 1999–2000 by David Jacobs of the Hoover Archives to document political and social conditions, as well as cultural trends, in Latvia at the time. Each interviewee was asked a set of questions designed to elicit information on leading issues of the day in a country that had become independent again in 1991, following the breakup of the Soviet Union.

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Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty (RFE/RL) Latvian Service Audiotapes Digitized

Tuesday, March 5, 2013

Hoover’s entire collection of audiotapes created by RFE/RL’s Latvian Language Service has been digitized for preservation and access. Use copies of the recordings are available for listening at the Hoover Archives.

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Rare Latvian imprints acquired by Hoover

Monday, March 28, 2011

A unique Latvian collection has been added to the holdings of the Hoover Institution Archives consisting of more than a hundred items: underground leftist publications, pamphlets, leaflets, calendars, manuals, and ephemeral periodicals.

Riva Zivcon and her daughter Adinka

The Rescuer and the Rescued: A Latvian Story of the Holocaust

Thursday, August 30, 2012

The collections in the Hoover Institution Archives provide a record of history both large and small. It is often the exceptional stories of individuals that make larger events come to life. Edward Anders, a retired astrophysicist living in Burlingame, California, is sponsoring research into a story that is informed by his own life and the circumstances under which he survived the Holocaust in his native Latvia.

Alexei Milrud

Hoover acquires papers of Alexei Milrud

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Much of Alexei Milrud’s collection relates to the activities of his father, Mikhail Milrud, editor of the newspaper Segodnia in Riga, Latvia, between the two world wars. The collection includes materials on Mikhail’s career and copies of his NKVD file (he was arrested by the Soviets when they incorporated Latvia), as well as materials relating to the newspaper and the history of Russian publishing in Latvia.


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