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Overview of the Latvian Oral History Project Interviews
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  • Collection Summary

    Title: Latvian Oral History Project interviews
    Dates: 1999-2000
    Collection Number: 99028
    Collection Size: 1 manuscript box (0.4 linear feet)
    Repository: Hoover Institution Archives
    Stanford, California 94305-6010
    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.
    Physical Location: Hoover Institution Archives
    Languages: In English Latvian French

    Administrative Information


    Collection is open for research.
    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], Latvian Oral History Project interviews, [Box number], Hoover Institution Archives.

    Acquisition Information

    Acquired by the Hoover Institution Archives in 1999.


    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

    These interviews were conducted in 1999-2000 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 breakup 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.

    Indexing Terms

    The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in the library's online public access catalog.
    Latvia--Politics and government--1991-
    Latvia--Economic conditions--1991-
    Latvia--Social conditions.
    Jacobs, David.
    Hoover Institution on War, Revolution and Peace.