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Grinups Family papers

 Collection — Box: 1
Identifier: IHRC3964


Correspondence among the members of the Grinups family. Included is one letter from Herta Grinups (nee Zile) to her daughters Neda, Maija and Silvija, two from Silvija to her sister Neda; two letters written by Silvija while in DP Camps in Germany to her sister Maija who had already emigrated to the U.S.A.; and letters written by Silvija Balkits (nee Grinups) while living in Ocean, New York with her husband Janis Balkits to her mother Herta Grinups who was living in Bronx, New York; and letters to her sisters. Collection also contains a short biography of Alberts Grinups by Neda Grinups describing his ancestry, career as first violinist of the Latvian National Opera, and the struggles of the Grinups family during and after undergoing the bombradment and subsequent firestorm in Dresden, Germany, as well as a biographical narrative titled "Baltas Rozes" written by Ivars Balkits.


  • 1940-1960

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Open for use in the Elmer L. Andersen Library reading room.

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Biographical / Historical

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2.5 linear inches

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Immediate Source of Acquisition

Collection acquired from Ivars Balkits in 2022.

Inventory of the Grinups Family papers.
IHRC Archives
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