Inventory of the Dagmara Lejnieks collection, 1962-2012

Finding aid prepared by David Jacobs.
Hoover Institution Archives
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Title: Dagmara Lejnieks collection
Date (inclusive): 1962-2012
Collection Number: 2012C53
Contributing Institution: Hoover Institution Archives
Language of Material: Latvian
Physical Description: 5 manuscript boxes, 1 card file box (2 linear feet)
Abstract: The collection contains significant materials relating to the movement for Latvian (and Baltic) independence in the late perestroika era of the Soviet Union, as well as documents pertaining to the first year of the renewed Latvian state that emerged in 1991. These materials were selected by Lejnieks as her personal record of a time that is often referred to by Latvians as simply "The Barricades," a turbulent period that saw barricades erected in the Latvian capital Rîga and the killing of demonstrators by Soviet security forces (OMON troops). The materials in the Lejnieks collection include clippings, correspondence, serial issues, monographs, and video recordings. Most prominent among the serial issues are copies of the American Latvian newspaper Laiks, which provided extensive coverage of events in Latvia during this period. The articles in Laiks illustrate how the Latvian independence movement was perceived, encouraged, and criticized by the Latvian diaspora in North America, and other materials in the collection also show how the movement was depicted in the mainstream media of the United States.
Physical Location: Hoover Institution Archives

Access

Collection is open for research.
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Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], Dagmara Lejnieks collection, [Box number], Hoover Institution Archives.

Acquisition Information

Acquired by the Hoover Institution Archives in 2012.

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.

Biographical/Historical Note

1933 Born, Rîga, Latvia
1944-1945 As refugees, Lejnieks family leaves Latvia for Germany, where they live in Zwickau, near Dresden. They witness the Allied firebombing of Dresden in February, 1945 and their own house in Zwickau is bombed in March, 1945
1945-1948 Lives with family in a Displaced Persons camp in Dinkelsbühl, West Germany
1949-1950 Attends high school in Sillenbuch and Esslingen, West Germany
1950 Emigrates with family to the United States, settling in Southern California
1951 Graduates from Santa Ynez High School
1955 Graduates from San Jose State College with a bachelor's degree in medical technology
1956-1995 Works as a medical technologist at Palo Alto Medical Clinic

Scope and Content of Collection

The Dagmara Lejnieks collection contains significant materials relating to the movement for Latvian (and Baltic) independence in the late perestroika era of the Soviet Union, as well as documents pertaining to the first year of the renewed Latvian state that emerged in 1991. These materials were selected by Lejnieks as her personal record of a time that is often referred to by Latvians as simply "The Barricades," a turbulent period that saw barricades erected in the Latvian capital Rîga and the killing of demonstrators by Soviet security forces (OMON troops). The materials in the Lejnieks collection include clippings, correspondence, serial issues, monographs, and video recordings. Most prominent among the serial issues are copies of the American Latvian newspaper Laiks, which provided extensive coverage of events in Latvia during this period. The articles in Laiks illustrate how the Latvian independence movement was perceived, encouraged, and criticized by the Latvian diaspora in North America, and other materials in the collection also show how the movement was depicted in the mainstream media of the United States.
In addition, the collection has copies of Akadçmiskâ dzîve, an important journal published by the Latvian community in the United States and in which both political topics and more general cultural issues are discussed. There are also some texts and a flyer published by the American Latvian Association that exemplify the kind of activity undertaken by this organization as part of its campaign for Latvian independence during the Cold War. The video recordings in the collection include some broadcasts relating to the official celebration of Latvian independence day in 1991, as well as some television broadcasts of concerts of Latvian music.

Subjects and Indexing Terms

Latvia--Politics and government.
Latvians--United States.
Video tapes.

Box/Folder: 1 : 1

Personal file, 1991

Scope and Contents note

Contains autobiographical writing, letters to Dagmara Lejnieks, and clippings
Box: 1

Serial issues and other printed matter, 1962-2012

Scope and Contents note

Contains newspapers, magazines, monographs, and a poster/flyer
Box: 1

Laiks, 1990-1991

Box: 1

1990

Box/Folder: 1 : 2

February-April

Box/Folder: 1 : 3

May

Box/Folder: 1 : 4

June-August

Box: 1

1991

Box/Folder: 1 : 5

January

Box/Folder: 1 : 6

February

Box/Folder: 2 : 1

March

Box/Folder: 2 : 2

April

Box/Folder: 2 : 3

May

Box/Folder: 2 : 4

June

Box/Folder: 2 : 5

July

Box/Folder: 3 : 1

August

Box/Folder: 3 : 2

September

Box/Folder: 3 : 3

October

Box/Folder: 3 : 4

November

Box/Folder: 3 : 5

December

Box/Folder: 3 : 6

The Latvians: Their Culture and Art, poster/flyer published by the American Latvian Association, 1962

Box/Folder: 3 : 7

Latvia, published by the American Latvian Association, 1968

Box/Folder: 3 : 8

Dziesmu svçtku gara gaita, 1990

Box/Folder: 3 : 9

Latvija sodien, 1991

Box/Folder: 3 : 10

Latvija Baltijas valsts, 1991/1992

Box/Folder: 4 : 1-32

Akadçmiskâ dzîve, nos. 17-48, 1975-2011/2012

Box: 5

Video recordings, 1990-1993.

Scope and Contents note

Contains 5 VHS video cassettes
Box/Folder: 5 : 1

"Mâjâs: Dziesmu svçtki Rîga 1990," Latvijas Informâcijas Televîzija, 1990

Box/Folder: 5 : 2

Clips of American television news broadcasts relating to the Soviet Union and the Latvian independence movement, 1990-1991

Box/Folder: 5 : 3

"18. Novembra koncerts," 1991 November 18

Box/Folder: 5 : 4

"Ârpus Latvijas komponçta Latvieðu vokâli instrumentâlâm ûzika," 1993 January 25.

Scope and Contents note

Includes booklet with texts
Box/Folder: 5 : 5

"Labdarîbas koncerts Opera," 1993