Inventory of the Stasys Silingas papers

Finding aid prepared by Hoover Institution Archives Staff.
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Title: Stasys Silingas papers
Date (inclusive): 1905-2008
Collection Number: 2007C56
Contributing Institution: Hoover Institution Archives
Language of Material: Lithuanian
Physical Description: 3 manuscript boxes (1.2 linear feet)
Abstract: Correspondence, identification documents, printed matter, miscellany, and photographs, relating mainly to imprisonment of Stasys Silingas in Siberia after 1940.
Physical Location: Hoover Institution Archives
Creator: Silingas, Stasys, 1885-1962


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Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], Stasys Silingas papers, [Box number], Hoover Institution Archives.

Acquisition Information

Acquired by the Hoover Institution Archives in 2007.


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Biographical/Historical Note

Born in Vilnius on November 11, 1885, Baron Stasys Silingas, a Lithuanian lawyer and statesman, was a significant figure in the history of Lithuania's independence.
He graduated from Moscow University in 1912 with a degree in law, and later became one of the founding fathers of Lithuania's Independence from 1918 to 1938. Silingas served first as vice-president and then, in 1919, as president of the Council of Lithuania after the independence of Lithuania was proclaimed on February 16, 1918. Between World War I and World War II he was twice minister of justice, from 1926 to 1928, and from 1934 to 1938. From 1920 to 1926 he was director of the Fine Art association. He also served as vice-chancellor of the Order of Vytautas the Great.
His lifelong interest in the arts led him to become a seminal force in the revival of a flowering Lithuanian art, literature, culture, and nationhood. Aside from assembling a large collection of art himself, he also cofounded the M. K. Èiurlionis Art Museum in Kaunas.
Among his other accomplishments, he drafted the Constitution of Lithuania which was adopted in 1938 and organized the National Guard which successfully repelled an attempted Russian invasion in 1918, during the Lithuanian Wars of Independence. In 1934 he was named Minister of Justice a second time serving until 1938 at which time he withdrew from public life after delivering his "Testament to Lithuania" speech before a convention of the National Guard.
He married Emilija Bytautaitë who was the sister of his closest friend Ramûnas Bytautas, a philosopher. He and Emilija had nine daughters. When he retired from public life in 1938, he moved with his family to Misiûnai, part of an old estate which he had purchased in 1925.
On June 14, 1941, the Soviets arrested him, his wife Emilija, and daughter Raminta. They were separated before being deported to Siberia, where his wife and daughter both died of disease within a couple of years. Ðilingas learned of their location only after Emilija's death, and he never saw any of his family again. He spent over 20 years in exile: in camps and prisons of Siberia, and 7 years incarcerated at an Invalid Home in the Ukrainian SSR. Finally allowed to write letters in 1956, he was able to communicate for the first time with his surviving daughters who now lived in the United States, Australia, and Canada, and with former colleagues who had been allowed to return to the Lithuanian SSR. His voluminous letters are philosophical, scholarly, and historical and reveal some details of his life in exile.
Allowed to return to the Lithuanian SSR only in 1961, he died at Kelmë within a year, on November 13, 1962.

Scope and Content of Collection

Correspondence, identification documents, printed matter, miscellany, and photographs, relating mainly to imprisonment of Stasys Silingas in Siberia after 1940.

Subjects and Indexing Terms



Biographical file, 1885-1962

Box/Folder: 1 : 1


Box/Folder: 1 : 2

Family history

Box/Folder: 1 : 3

KGB file on Silingas

Box/Folder: 1 : 4

Speeches, "Testament to Lithuania" 1939



Box/Folder: 1 : 5

To daughters, 1957

Box/Folder: 1 : 6

Laima, circa 1950

Box/Folder: 1 : 7

Daiva, 1958

Box/Folder: 1 : 8

Galinda, 1958-1960

Box/Folder: 1 : 9

Rusne, 1952-1957

Box/Folder: 1 : 10

Danguole, 1957

Box/Folder: 1 : 11

Vingra, 1958

Box/Folder: 1 : 12

Saule, 1957

Box/Folder: 1 : 13

Family, 1956

Box/Folder: 1 : 13

Identification papers for Laima Silingas, 1937

Box/Folder: 1 : 14

Politcal cartoons, 1922

Box/Folder: 1 : 15

Misunai estate maps

Box/Folder: 1 : 16

Photo files

Box/Folder: 1 : 16

Displaced persons camp, 1947-1948

Box/Folder: 1 : 17

Exile, 1957-1962

Box/Folder: 1 : 18

Early years, 1905-1920

Box/Folder: 1 : 19

Government, 1926-1928

Box/Folder: 1 : 20

Professional life, 1936-1938

Box/Folder: 1 : 21

School photo

Box/Folder: 1 : 22

Life in Misiunai, 1924-1938

Box/Folder: 1 : 23

Daughters, circa 1920-1940

Box/Folder: 1 : 24


Box/Folder: 1 : 25

Wedding 1937

Box/Folder: 1 : 26


Box/Folder: 1 : 27

"Genesis of a Nation's Songs"

Box/Folder: 1 : 28-29

Lietuvai Sibire, 1981

Box/Folder: 1 : 30

Nepriklausomos Lietuvos Valstybes Atkurimas, 1917-1922

Box 2-3

Rest of collection yet to be described