Register of the Latvian Oral History Project interviews

Finding aid prepared by David Jacobs
Hoover Institution Archives
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Stanford University
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Title: Latvian Oral History Project interviews
Date (inclusive): 1995-2016
Collection Number: 99028
Contributing Institution: Hoover Institution Archives
Language of Material: Latvian and English
Physical Description: 2 manuscript boxes, 20 digital sound files (0.8 linear feet, 1.71 GB)
Abstract: Sound recordings of interviews of Latvian political leaders, governmental officials, and others relating to political, social, and economic conditions in Latvia. Includes transcripts of questions and some related printed matter. Project sponsored by the Hoover Institution on War, Revolution and Peace. Interviews conducted by David Jacobs. Digital copies also available.
Physical Location: Hoover Institution Archives

Access

Collection is open for research.
Use copies of some sound recordings in this collection are available for immediate access. To listen to other 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], Latvian Oral History Project interviews, [Box no.], Hoover Institution Archives.

Acquisition Information

Acquired by the Hoover Institution Archives in 1999, with an increment acquired in 2016.

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 at http://searchworks.stanford.edu/ . Materials have been added to the collection if the number of boxes listed in the online catalog is larger than the number of boxes listed in this finding aid.

Scope and Content of Collection

The initial set of interviews were conducted in 1999 and 2000 by David Jacobs of the Hoover Institution Archives in an attempt to document political and social conditions, as well as cultural trends, in Latvia at the time. Each interviewee was asked a set of prepared questions designed to elicit information on leading issues of the day in a country that had become independent again in 1991, following the break-up of the Soviet Union. Topics covered in the interviews include Latvia's relations with the Russian Federation, its efforts to join the European Union (a goal that Latvia achieved in 2004), and the status of the sizeable Russian minority in the country. The role of business interests in Latvian politics was also addressed in a number of the interviews, as were questions of regional and social inequalities in the country. The interviews were recorded on compact sound cassettes and have since been digitized so that researchers can listen to them.
The sizeable increment to the collection is comprised of interviews conducted in 2016 (again by David Jacobs) with Latvian government officials, politicians, historians, and archivists. Each interviewee was asked a set of questions tailored to his or her position, as well as a set of questions that was asked of each individual. The questions focus on the 25th anniversary of renewed independence for Latvia: each interviewee was asked to give an account of the country's successes and failures since 1991. Issues such as NATO and European Union membership are addressed in most of the interviews, as are relations between Latvia and the Russian Federation. Other topics include the demographic situation in Latvia following the Great Recession, when some 400,000 Latvians left the country in search of employment. It should be noted that some of the interviews consist of informal discussions rather than structured question and answer sessions.
The increment also contains background information, as well as lists of the questions that each interviewee was asked. There is also a considerable amount of printed matter, consisting largely of brochures and handouts provided by some of the interviewees.

Subjects and Indexing Terms

Hoover Institution on War, Revolution and Peace.
Jacobs, David.
Latvia--Economic conditions--1991-
Latvia--Politics and government--1991-
Latvia--Social conditions.
Audiotapes.

Box 1

Sound recordings of interviews, 1999-2000

Physical Description: 21.0 sound cassettes
 

Cimdars, Arnis, 1999 March 3

Language of Material: Latvian

Access

Use copy reference number: 99028_a_0006427

Scope and Contents note

Elga Zalite interviews Cimdars, chairman of the Central Election Committee, in Riga, Latvia.
 

Panelejevs, Andrejs, 1999 March 15

Language of Material: English

Access

Use copy reference number: 99028_a_0006428

Scope and Contents note

Chairman of the party Latvijas Cels ("Latvia's Way").
 

Elerte, Sarmite, 1999 March 17

Language of Material: English

Access

Use copy reference number: 99028_a_0006429

Scope and Contents note

Editor of Diena.
 

Johnson, Steven C., 1999 March 31

Language of Material: English

Access

Use copy reference number: 99028_a_0006430

Scope and Contents note

Editor of The Baltic Times.
 

Felsbergs, Valdis, 1999 April 12

Language of Material: English

Access

Use copy reference number: 99028_a_0006431

Scope and Contents note

Co-chairman of the Latvian Green Party.
 

Bojars, Juris, 1999 April 19

Language of Material: English

Access

Use copy reference number: 99028_a_0006432

Scope and Contents note

Chairman of the Latvian Social Democratic Association.
 

Lase, Ieva, 1999 April 28 - May 5

Language of Material: French

Access

Use copy reference number: 99028_a_0006433

Scope and Contents note

Member of "The French Group," an informal circle of Latvian intellectuals deported to the Gulag in the early 1950s for reading and discussing banned literature, including the works of French existentialist philosophers.
 

Skele, Andris, 1999 May 20

Language of Material: English

Access

Use copy reference number: 99028_a_0006434

Scope and Contents note

Leader of the People's Party (Tautas Partija).
 

Makarovs, Vladimirs, 1999 May 21

Language of Material: English

Access

Use copy reference number: 99028_a_0006435

Scope and Contents note

Minister of social welfare.
 

Krupenkovs, Imants, 1999 May 26

Language of Material: English

Access

Use copy reference number: 99028_a_0006436

Scope and Contents note

Employee, Latvian Ministry of Economics.
 

Jurkans, Janis, 1999 June 2

Language of Material: English

Access

Use copy reference number: 99028_a_0006437

Scope and Contents note

Leader of the National Harmony Party and former foreign minister of Latvia.
 

Kaupers, Renars, 1999 June 8

Language of Material: English

Access

Use copy reference number: 99028_a_0006438

Scope and Contents note

Leader of Prata Vetra (Brainstorm), the most popular Latvian rock group.
 

Muiznieks, Nils, 1999 June 9

Language of Material: English

Access

Use copy reference number: 99028_a_0006439

Scope and Contents note

Employee, Soros Fund of Latvia.
 

Kalnins, Imants, 1999 June 11

Language of Material: English

Access

Use copy reference number: 99028_a_0006440

Scope and Contents note

Composer and member of Parliament.
 

Tjarve, Rolands, 1999 June 17

Language of Material: English

Access

Use copy reference number: 99028_a_0006441

Scope and Contents note

General director of Latvian Television, the state broadcasting company.
 

Druviete, Ina, 1999 June 30

Language of Material: English

Access

Use copy reference number: 99028_a_0006442

Scope and Contents note

Linguist.
 

Straume, Janis, 1999 July 1

Access

Use copy reference number: 99028_a_0006443

Scope and Contents note

Speaker of the Saiema (Latvian Parliament). This interview was conducted through an interpreter; it is in Latvian and English.
 

Petersone, Valda, 1999 July 9

Access

Use copy reference number: 99028_a_0006444

Scope and Contents note

Deputy director of the state archives of Latvia.
 

Birkavs, Valdis, 1999 July 22

Language of Material: English

Access

Use copy reference number: 99028_a_0006445

Scope and Contents note

Latvian foreign minister from 1994 to 1999.
 

Ulmanis, Guntis and Nils Muiznieks, 2000 October 25

Access

Use copy reference number: 99028_a_0006446

Scope and Contents note

In separate sessions, Jacobs interviews Ulmanis, former state president, and Muiznieks. The Ulmanis interview was assisted by a translator.
Box/Folder 1 : 1

Interviewee questions, circa 1999

Scope and Contents note

Also includes article about Imants Kalnins.
 

Printed matter, 1995-1999

Box/Folder 1 : 2

Article, undated

Box/Folder 1 : 3

Brochures and pamphlets, 1997-1998, undated

Box/Folder 1 : 4

Clippings (photocopies), 1999

Box/Folder 1 : 5

Newsletters, 1995-1997

Digital sound files, Box 2

2016 Increment, 2009-2016

Reading room workstation

Digital sound files of interviews, 2016

Scope and Contents note

Twenty digital .mp3 sound files (1.71 GB).
 

Zālite, Elga, 2016 September 4

Physical Description: 3.0 digital files

Scope and Contents note

Latvian historian.
 

Zeltīts, Raivis, 2016 September 20

Physical Description: 1.0 digital file

Scope and Contents note

Latvian politician and general secretary of the National Alliance party.
 

Spolītis, Veiko, 2016 September 20

Physical Description: 1.0 digital file

Scope and Contents note

Member of the Saiema (Latvian Parliament).
 

Pildegovičs, Andrejs, 2016 September 21

Physical Description: 1.0 digital file

Scope and Contents note

State Secretary, Latvian Foreign Ministry.
 

Ušakovs, Nils, 2016 September 21

Physical Description: 1.0 digital file

Scope and Contents note

Mayor of Riga and head of the Concord Party.
 

Rozenberga, Aiva, 2016 September 21

Physical Description: 1.0 digital file

Scope and Contents note

Head of the Latvian Institute.
 

Kalniņa, Inese, 2016 September 22

Physical Description: 1.0 digital file

Scope and Contents note

Head of the Latvian State Archives.
 

Kalniņš, Ojārs, 2016 September 23

Physical Description: 1.0 digital file

Scope and Contents note

Chairman of the Committee on Foreign Affairs of the Saiema (Latvian Parliament).
 

Lehris, Ainars and Jonathan B. (Al-Jazeera reporter), 2016 September 23

Physical Description: 1.0 digital file

Scope and Contents note

Latvian historian. Conversation recorded in a café with ambient noise.
 

Razāns, Andris, 2016 September 26

Physical Description: 1.0 digital file

Scope and Contents note

Former Latvian ambassador to the United States.
 

Slaidiņa, Inguna, 2016 September 27

Physical Description: 1.0 digital file

Scope and Contents note

Deputy Director of the Latvian Archives.
 

Jakovļeva, Mārīte; Margarita Barzdeviča; and Elga Zālite, 2016 September 27

Physical Description: 1.0 digital file

Scope and Contents note

Latvian historians.
 

Merivoo-Parro, Maarja, 2016 September 27

Physical Description: 1.0 digital file

Scope and Contents note

Estonian historian.
 

Lehris, Ainārs and Maarja Merivoo-Parro, 2016 September 27

Physical Description: 1.0 digital file

Scope and Contents note

Latvian and Estonian historians.
 

Ščerbinskis, Valters, 2016 September 28

Physical Description: 2.0 digital files

Scope and Contents note

Latvian historian.
 

Jēkabsons, Ēriks, 2016 September 28

Physical Description: 1.0 digital file

Scope and Contents note

Latvian historian.
 

Spirğe, Alda, 2016 September

Physical Description: 1.0 digital file

Scope and Contents note

Vice principal and English teacher at Jelgavas Gymnasium (part 1 of interview is missing due to technical failure).
 

Interviewee materials, 2014-2016

Scope and Contents note

Contains background materials on those interviewed and lists of questions asked.
Box/Folder 2 : 1

Zālite, Elga, 2016

Box/Folder 2 : 2

Zeltīts, Raivis, 2016

Box/Folder 2 : 3

Pildegovičs, Andrejs, 2016

Box/Folder 2 : 4

Spolītis, Veiko, 2016

Box/Folder 2 : 5

Ušakovs, Nils, 2016

Box/Folder 2 : 6

Rozenberga, Aiva, 2016

Box/Folder 2 : 7

Kalniņa, Inese, 2016

Box/Folder 2 : 8

Kalniņs, Ojārs, 2016

Box/Folder 2 : 9

Lehris, Ainārs, 2016

Box/Folder 2 : 10

Razāns, Andris, 2016

Box/Folder 2 : 11

Slaidiņa, Inguna, 2016

Box/Folder 2 : 12

Barzdeviča, Margarita, 2016

Box/Folder 2 : 13

Jakovļeva, Mārīte, 2016

Box/Folder 2 : 14

Merivoo-Parro, Maarja, 2016

Box/Folder 2 : 15

Ščerbinskis, Valters, 2016

Box/Folder 2 : 16

Jēkabsons, Ēriks, 2016

Box/Folder 2 : 17

Spirğe, Alda, 2016

 

Printed matter, 2009-2016

 

Brochures and handouts, 2013-2015, undated

Box/Folder 2 : 18

General, various Latvian museums, undated

Box/Folder 2 : 19-20

Latvijas Institūt, 2013-2015

Box/Folder 2 : 21

Latvijas Nacionālā bibliotēka, undated

Box/Folder 2 : 22

Lestene memorial, undated

Box/Folder 2 : 23

Likteņdārzs memorial, undated

 

Monographs, 2013-2016

Box/Folder 2 : 24

Zelta ābele, 1993-2013, 2014

Box/Folder 2 : 25

Zelta ābele, 2012, 2013, 2015, 2013-2016

 

Serial issues, 2009, 2016

Box/Folder 2 : 32

Jelgavas Vēstnesis, 2016

Box/Folder 2 : 27

Plēsums, 2009

Box/Folder 2 : 28

Trimdas arhīvi atgriežas. 4. daļa, 2009

Box/Folder 2 : 29

Video disc, Latvian Nationwide Song and Dance Celebration, Latvijas Institūt, 2013