Register of the Ansis Pommers Papers

Processed by David Jacobs
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Stanford University
Stanford, California 94305-6010
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Register of the Ansis Pommers papers

Hoover Institution Archives

Stanford University

Stanford, California
Processed by:
David Jacobs
Date Completed:
2012
Encoded by:
Machine-readable finding aid derived from MARC record by David Sun and Samira Bozorgi.
© 2009, 2012 Hoover Institution Archives. All rights reserved.

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.


Collection Contents

Box: 1

Edited works, 2004-2010

Scope and Content Note

Contains drafts and printed copies of monographs, photographs and reviews, arranged chronologically by title
Box/Folder: 1

Fis̆bachas virs̆os 1945-1950, 2004-2007

Box/Folder: 1

Draft, 2004

Box/Folder: 1 : 1

Paper copy, 2004

Box/Folder: 1 : 2

CD-Rom containing digital file, 2004

Box/Folder: 1 : 3

Photographs, 2007

Box/Folder: 1 : 4

Printed copy, 2007

Box/Folder: 1

Lāpa 15, 2010

Box/Folder: 1 : 5

Printed copy, 2010

Box/Folder: 1 : 6

Reviews, 2010

Box: 1-2

Writings by others, 1956-2012

Scope and Content Note

Contains article, monographs, and research paper, arranged alphabetically by name of author
Box/Folder: 1

Abula, Biruta

Box/Folder: 1 : 7

Auseklies̆i no pažobelēm pausaules tālēs 1945-1950, 2004

Box/Folder: 1 : 8

Latvies̆u literārie pulciṇi Amerikas Savienotajās Valstīs 1950-2011, 2012

Box/Folder: 2 : 1

Anderson, Edgar, "The United States and the Soviet Union in the 1980s," address, San Jose State University, San Jose, California, 1981 April 2

Box/Folder: 2 : 2

Ernstons, Arnolds, No Cīravas līds Sanfrancisko, 1996

Box/Folder: 2 : 3

Kreismanis, Nicholas, "Latvian Immigrants in the Sacramento Area," 1956

Box/Folder: 2 : 4

Slaidins̆, Raimonds, Latvies̆i Sanfrancisko un tās apkārtnē, 2011

Box: 2

Organizations file, 1952-1998

Scope and Content Note

Contains announcements, bumper stickers, financial records, minutes of meetings, and reports, arranged alphabetically by name of organization
Box/Folder: 2

Baltic Alliance of Northern California, 1990-1998

Box/Folder: 2 : 5

Bumper stickers, 1990

Box/Folder: 2 : 6

Financial records, 1990-1998

Box/Folder: 2 : 7

Minutes of meetings, 1990-1993

Box/Folder: 2 : 8

Los Gatosas Latviesu Kopa, minutes of meetings, 1952-1953

Box/Folder: 2 : 9

Ziemelkalifornijas Latvies̆u Evanġēliski Luteriskā Draudze, report, 1959 1952-1953

Box/Folder: 2

Zinaīdis Lazda Pieminas Fonds, 1970-1978

Box/Folder: 2 : 10

Announcements, 1975-1978

Box/Folder: 2 : 11

Report, 1970

Box: 3-19

Printed matter, 1929-2012

Scope and Content Note

Contains monograph, pamphlets, programs, and serial issues, arranged by physical form and alphabetically by title thereunder
Box/Folder: 3 : 1

Monograph, Valmieras kājnieku pulka vēsture, 1929

Box/Folder: 3 : 2

Pamphlets, 1975-2003

Box/Folder: 3

Programs for Latvian song festivals and theatre productions, 1946-2008

Box/Folder: 3 : 3

1946-1948

Box/Folder: 3 : 4

1965

Box/Folder: 3 : 5

1972

Box/Folder: 3 : 6

1979

Box/Folder: 3 : 7

2003

Box/Folder: 3 : 8

2006

Box/Folder: 3 : 9-10

2008

Box/Folder: 3-19

Serial issues, 1955-2012

Box/Folder: 3-4

Akadēmiska Dzīve, 1959-1963

Box/Folder: 3 : 11

1959

Box/Folder: 3 : 12

1962

Box/Folder: 4 : 1

1963

Box/Folder: 4 : 2

Baltic Bulletin, 2008 September

Box/Folder: 4 : 3

Brīvība, 1972-1988

Box/Folder: 4 : 4

Bulletin of Baltic Studies, 1970 December

Box/Folder: 4 : 5

Drauga Vēsts, 1945 October/November

Box/Folder: 4 : 6

Dzirksts, 1960

Box/Folder: 4-10

Jaunā Gaita, 1955-2012

Box/Folder: 4 : 7

Nos. 1-2, 1955

Box/Folder: 4 : 8

Nos. 3-6, 1956

Box/Folder: 4 : 9

Nos. 7-8 and 11-12, 1957

Box/Folder: 4 : 10

Nos. 13-18, 1958

Box/Folder: 4 : 11

Nos. 19-24, 1959

Box/Folder: 4 : 12

Nos. 25-27, 1960

Box/Folder: 4 : 13

Nos. 28-33, 1961

Box/Folder: 4 : 14

Nos. 34-39, 1962

Box/Folder: 4 : 15

Nos. 40-44, 1963

Box/Folder: 5 : 1

Nos. 45/46-50, 1964

Box/Folder: 5 : 2

Nos. 51-56, 1965

Box/Folder: 5 : 3

Nos. 57-60, 1966

Box/Folder: 5 : 4

Nos. 61-66, 1967

Box/Folder: 5 : 5

Nos. 67-71, 1968

Box/Folder: 5 : 6

Nos. 72-76, 1969

Box/Folder: 5 : 7

Nos. 77-81, 1970

Box/Folder: 5 : 8

Nos. 82 and 84-86, 1971

Box/Folder: 6 : 1

Nos. 87-91, 1972

Box/Folder: 6 : 2

Nos. 92-96, 1973

Box/Folder: 6 : 3

Nos. 97-101, 1974

Box/Folder: 6 : 4

Nos. 102-106, 1975

Box/Folder: 6 : 5

Nos. 107-111, 1976

Box/Folder: 6 : 6

Nos. 112-116, 1977

Box/Folder: 6 : 7

Nos. 117-121, 1978

Box/Folder: 7 : 1

Nos. 122-126, 1979

Box/Folder: 7 : 2

Nos. 127-131, 1980

Box/Folder: 7 : 3

Nos. 132-136, 1981

Box/Folder: 7 : 4

Nos. 137-141, 1982

Box/Folder: 7 : 5

Nos. 142-146, 1983

Box/Folder: 7 : 6

Nos. 147-150, 1984

Box/Folder: 7 : 7

Nos. 151-155, 1985

Box/Folder: 8 : 1

Nos. 156-160, 1986

Box/Folder: 8 : 2

Nos. 161-165, 1987

Box/Folder: 8 : 3

Nos. 166-170, 1988

Box/Folder: 8 : 4

Nos. 171-175, 1989

Box/Folder: 8 : 5

Nos. 176-180, 1990

Box/Folder: 8 : 6

Nos. 181-185, 1991

Box/Folder: 8 : 7

Nos. 186-190, 1992

Box/Folder: 9 : 1

Nos. 212-215, 1998

Box/Folder: 9 : 2

Nos. 216 and 218-219, 1999

Box/Folder: 9 : 3

Nos. 220-223, 2000

Box/Folder: 9 : 4

Nos. 224-227, 2001

Box/Folder: 9 : 5

Nos. 228-231, 2002

Box/Folder: 9 : 6

Nos. 232-235, 2003

Box/Folder: 9 : 7

Nos. 236-239, 2004

Box/Folder: 9 : 8

Nos. 240-243, 2005

Box/Folder: 10 : 1

Nos. 224-245, 2006

Box/Folder: 10 : 2

5 CD-ROMS containing digital files of selected articles from Jaunā Gaita, 1955-2006, and an annotated list of the articles, 2012

Box/Folder: 10

Kadets, 1969-1993

Box/Folder: 10 : 3

Nos. 2 and 5-7, 1969-1978

Box/Folder: 10 : 4

Nos. 8-11, 1979-1982

Box/Folder: 10 : 5

Nos. 12-15, 1983-1987

Box/Folder: 10 : 6

Nos. 16-20, 1989-1993

Box/Folder: 10 : 7

Laika Griežos, no. 68, 1946

Box/Folder: 10-11

Lāpa, 1946-1986

Box/Folder: 10 : 8

Nos. 1-3 and 5-12, 1946-1947

Box/Folder: 10 : 9

Bulletins, 1966

Box/Folder: 10 : 10

Nos. 4-7 (new series), 1967-1970

Box/Folder: 10 : 11

Bulletins, 1970

Box/Folder: 10 : 12

Nos. 8-10, 1971-1973

Box/Folder: 11 : 1

Nos. 11-12, 1980-1982

Box/Folder: 11 : 2

Nos. 13-14, 1983-1986

Box/Folder: 11 : 3

Latvian Dimensions, volume 17, no. 1, 2008

Box/Folder: 11

Latvju Karavīrs, 1979-1986

Box/Folder: 11 : 4

No. 1, 1979

Box/Folder: 11 : 5

No. 2, 1980

Box/Folder: 11 : 6

No. 3, 1986

Box/Folder: 11

Sakramento Latvies˨u Jaunatne, 1956-1957

Box/Folder: 11 : 7

1956

Box/Folder: 11 : 8

1957

Box/Folder: 11

Tilts, 1956-1973

Box/Folder: 11 : 9

Nos. 17 and 19, 1956-1957

Box/Folder: 11 : 10

Nos. 100/101 and 138/139, 1970-1973

Box/Folder: 11-12

Zelta Vārtu Vēstis, 1954-1979

Box/Folder: 11 : 11

1954 January and April/May

Box/Folder: 11 : 12

1955 January/February and May

Box/Folder: 11 : 13

1956 February and November-December

Box/Folder: 11 : 14

1958 May-October

Box/Folder: 11 : 15

1961 January/February and October

Box/Folder: 11 : 16

1969 November

Box/Folder: 11 : 17

1970 April

Box/Folder: 11 : 18

1972 January

Box/Folder: 12 : 1

1976 February-March and June

Box/Folder: 12 : 2

1977 February

Box/Folder: 12 : 3

1979 April

Box/Folder: 12-19

Zielmelkalifornijas Apskats, 1959-2010

Box/Folder: 12 : 4

Annotated list of issues, 2010

Box/Folder: 12 : 5

1959 September-December 2010

Box/Folder: 12 : 6

1960 January-December 2010

Box/Folder: 12 : 7

1961 January-December 2010

Box/Folder: 12 : 8

1962 January/February-December 2010

Box/Folder: 12 : 9

1963 January-November 2010

Box/Folder: 12 : 10

1964 January-September and November-December 2010

Box/Folder: 12 : 11

1965 January and April-December 2010

Box/Folder: 13

1966

Box/Folder: 13 : 1

January-June

Box/Folder: 13 : 2

July/August-December

Box/Folder: 13

1967

Box/Folder: 13 : 3

January-June

Box/Folder: 13 : 4

July/August-December

Box/Folder: 13

1968

Box/Folder: 13 : 5

January-June

Box/Folder: 13 : 6

July/August-December

Box/Folder: 13

1969

Box/Folder: 13 : 7

January-June

Box/Folder: 13 : 8

July/August-December

Box/Folder: 13

1970

Box/Folder: 13 : 9

January-June

Box/Folder: 13 : 10

July/August-December

Box/Folder: 14

1971

Box/Folder: 14 : 1

January-June

Box/Folder: 14 : 2

July/August-December

Box/Folder: 14

1972

Box/Folder: 14 : 3

January-June

Box/Folder: 14 : 4

July/August-December

Box/Folder: 14

1973

Box/Folder: 14 : 5

January-June

Box/Folder: 14 : 6

July/August-December

Box/Folder: 14

1974

Box/Folder: 14 : 7

January-June

Box/Folder: 14 : 8

July/August-December

Box/Folder: 15

1975

Box/Folder: 15 : 1

January-June

Box/Folder: 15 : 2

July/August-December

Box/Folder: 15

1976

Box/Folder: 15 : 3

January-June

Box/Folder: 15 : 4

July/August-December

Box/Folder: 15

1977

Box/Folder: 15 : 5

January-June

Box/Folder: 15 : 6

July/August-December

Box/Folder: 15

1978

Box/Folder: 15 : 7

January-June

Box/Folder: 16 : 1

July/August-December

Box/Folder: 16

1979

Box/Folder: 16 : 2

January-June

Box/Folder: 16 : 3

July/August-December

Box/Folder: 16

1980

Box/Folder: 16 : 4

January-June

Box/Folder: 16 : 5

July/August-December

Box/Folder: 16

1981

Box/Folder: 16 : 6

January-June

Box/Folder: 16 : 7

July/August-December

Box/Folder: 17

1982

Box/Folder: 17 : 1

January-June

Box/Folder: 17 : 2

July/August-December

Box/Folder: 17

1983

Box/Folder: 17 : 3

January-June

Box/Folder: 17 : 4

July/August-December

Box/Folder: 17

1984

Box/Folder: 17 : 5

January-June

Box/Folder: 17 : 6

July/August-December

Box/Folder: 17

1985

Box/Folder: 17 : 7

January-June

Box/Folder: 17 : 8

July/August-December

Box/Folder: 18

1986

Box/Folder: 18 : 1

January-June

Box/Folder: 18 : 2

July/August-December

Box/Folder: 18

1987

Box/Folder: 18 : 3

January-June

Box/Folder: 18 : 4

September-December

Box/Folder: 18

1988

Box/Folder: 18 : 5

January-June

Box/Folder: 18 : 6

July/August-December

Box/Folder: 18

1989

Box/Folder: 18 : 7

January-June

Box/Folder: 18 : 8

July/August-December

Box/Folder: 19

1990

Box/Folder: 19 : 1

January-June

Box/Folder: 19 : 2

July/August-December

Box/Folder: 19

1991

Box/Folder: 19 : 3

January-June

Box/Folder: 19 : 4

July/August-December

Box/Folder: 19

1992

Box/Folder: 19 : 5

January-June

Box/Folder: 19 : 6

July/August-December

Box/Folder: 19 : 7

1993 March and July/August

Box/Folder: 19 : 8

1997 April-May and June/July

Box: 19

Sound recording 2008

Box/Folder: 19 : 9

Interview of Ansis Pommers by David Jacobs 2008 July 17

Access Information

Use copy reference number: 2007c6_a_0001485

Scope and Content Note

One compact disc containing an interview of Ansis Pommers by David Jacobs, Hoover Institution Archives staff member. Part of the oral history project: The Latvian Emigration in California. In English. Duration 52:33. One compact disc.
Box: 19

Photograph, 1993

Scope and Content Note

Consists of one print
Box/Folder: 19 : 10

One print depicting Ansis Pommers, Maija Ozola, Alissa Ozola, Ojārs Celle, Aivars Savelis, Gunta Golts, and Andrejs Grīslis, on the occasion of voting for 5th Saeima elections, Latvian Hall, San Francisco, California, 1993