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  • Collection Summary
  • Administrative Information
  • Biographical Note
  • Scope and Content of Collection
  • Arrangement
  • Indexing Terms

  • Collection Summary

    Title: Ansis Pommers papers
    Dates: 1929-2012
    Collection Number: 2007C6
    Creator: Pommers, Ansis.
    Collection Size: 19 manuscript boxes (7.6 linear feet)
    Repository: Hoover Institution Archives
    Stanford, California 94305-6010
    Abstract: The Ansis Pommers Papers contain materials pertaining to the history of the Latvian emigration after World War II, from the experience of Latvians in Displaced Persons camps in Germany immediately after the war to their subsequent lives as immigrants in the United States, Canada and other countries. In particular, the collection has numerous publications that reflect the efforts of Latvian Americans to sustain their culture through various community based institutions and publications.
    Physical Location: Hoover Institution Archives
    Languages: English, with some Latvianmaterials

    Administrative Information

    Access

    Collection is open for research. Use copies of all sound recordings in the collection are available for immediate access.
    The Hoover Institution Archives only allows access to copies of audiovisual items. To listen to sound recordings or to view videos or films during your visit, please contact the Archives at least two working days before your arrival. We will then advise you of the accessibility of the material you wish to see or hear. Please note that not all audiovisual material is immediately accessible.

    Publication Rights

    For copyright status, please contact the Hoover Institution Archives.

    Preferred Citation

    [Identification of item], Ansis Pommers papers, [Box number], Hoover Institution Archives.

    Acquisition Information

    Acquired by the Hoover Institution Archives in 2007, with subsequent increments

    Accruals

    Materials may have been added to the collection since this finding aid was prepared. To determine if this has occurred, find the collection in Stanford University's online catalog Socrates at http://library.stanford.edu/webcat . Materials have been added to the collection if the number of boxes listed in Socrates is larger than the number of boxes listed in this finding aid.

    Biographical Note

    1935 Born, Rīga, Latvia
    1945-1949 Lives with family in the Displaced Persons camp in Fischbach, Germany
    1950 Emigrates with family to the United States
    1955 Awarded A.A. degree, Sierra Community College
    1966 Awarded B.S. degree, Sacramento State College
    1966-1992 Works as an engineer for Link Flight Simulation Systems
    1970 Awarded M.S. degree, Santa Clara University
    1992 Starts own technical writing business
    2007 Publishes Fis̆bachas virs̆os 1945-1950

    Scope and Content of Collection

    The Ansis Pommers Papers contain materials pertaining to the history of the Latvian emigration after World War II, from the experience of Latvians in Displaced Persons camps in Germany immediately after the war to their subsequent lives as immigrants in the United States, Canada, and other countries. In particular, the collection has numerous publications that reflect the efforts of Latvian Americans to sustain their culture through various community based institutions and publications.
    The two edited works by Pommers in the papers describe the lives of Latvians in the Displaced Persons camp in Fischbach, Germany, where Pommers and his family were among the camp residents. The first of these works, Fis̆bachas virs̆os 1945-1950, provides a comprehensive account of life in Fischbach, including the numerous cultural activities that took place in the camp. The work describes the educational institutions in the camp, and, in particular, the Kārlis Skalbe elementary school and high school. The second edited work, Lāpa 15, describes the final period of the Skalbe schools and includes many short biographies of the schools' graduates, with details on their later careers in the countries they emigrated to.
    The Printed matter series in the collection contains many serial issues, most of them emanating from Latvian American organizations. These include numerous issues of the newsletter of the Northern California Latvian Association. There are also many issues of Jaunā Gaita, the most prominent Latvian cultural journal in North America, as well as all the issues of Lāpa, published by former Fischbach students. Other serial issues relate to academic life in the Latvian emigration ( Akadēmiska Dzīve), Latvian military history ( Kadets and Latvju Karavīrs), and a Latvian church in San Francisco ( Zelta Vārtu Vēstis). There are also two journals published by young Latvian Americans in Sacramento, California ( Dzirksts and Sakramento Latvies̆u Jaunatne). In addition, this series contains copies of programs for various Latvian song festivals and theatre productions.
    The Organizations file series includes minutes of meetings and other records of the Baltic Alliance of Northern California, a group whose members advocated for the independence of the three Baltic States during the period immediately prior to the collapse of the Soviet Union. The collection also contains a recording of an extensive interview with Pommers in which he describes his own formative experiences, his participation in Latvian-American community life, and recounts some of the political controversies that divided Latvian Americans during the Cold War.

    Arrangement

    The collection is organized into 6 series: Edited works; Writings by others; Organizations file; Printed matter; Sound recording; Photograph

    Indexing Terms

    The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in the library's online public access catalog.
    World War, 1939-1945--Refugees.
    World War, 1939-1945--Latvia.
    Refugees.
    Latvians--United States.