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Lauris Kalnins papers

Identifier: IHRC1166


The papers of Lauris Kalnins consist of materials related to different exile communities, organizations, and newspapers. There is an extensive collection of periodicals - mostly from local Latvian communities in the Unisted States. Collection also consists of Kalnins personal papers, information sheets, advertisements, brochures, newspaper clippings, conventions and seminar materials, member lists, financial records, and letters. Also included is a set of audio materials.

The collection consists mainly of materials pertaining to the following Latvian exile communities and organizations: ALA (1963-1992), ALJA (1964-1991), ELJA (1966-1968), LTF/AGC (Latvijas Popular Front/Support Group in Chicago) (1989-1993), Latvian Scouts organizations (1963-1989), St. Paul and St. John Evangelical Lutheran Church (1967-1990), Society of Latvian Engineers in Chicago (1964-1982), Latvian Foundation (1970-1991), Krisjana Barona Latvian School in Chicago (1975-1990) and Garezers (Long Lake) activities (1967-1984). Kalnins was involved in various other smaller organizations as well.

Included are materials related to the U.S. Latvian newspapers: "Cikagas Zinas" , "Mazputnins", "Celinieks", "Aizgalds C". Collection contains a smalll amount of personal papers (1960-1992). Papers contain information sheets (1972-1982), advertisements (1971-1991), brochures (1983-1992), newspaper clippings (1965-1994), ALA and ALJA congress and seminar materials (1962-1993), member lists and addresses (1976-1994), notes, financial records (1969-1992) related to different organizations, letters (1960-1993), minutes (1984-1989) and programs(1955-1994) of events organized by American Latvian community in the U.S. Included also is a cassette (1972-1998) and reel tape (1956-1957) collection with speeches, radio programs, courses, etc. related to Latvian activities in the U.S.

There is also an extensive collection of periodicals, mostly from local Latvian communities. Books, newsletters, and journals from different kinds and Latvian exile organizations in the U.S. were separated, and where appropriate, added to the Latvian print collection.


  • 1956-1998

Language of Materials

Latvian, English


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


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Lauris (Laury) Kalnins was born on October 11, 1935 in Laubere, Latvia. He was a hydraulic (pneumatic) engineer. After leaving Latvia he went to the U.S. where he first settled in Midleville, Michigan and afterwards in Chicago. He was married to Zaiga Kalnina (later divorced) and they had 3 daughters - Inga, Solvita, Liga. He was an active member of Latvian exile community in the U.S. and was in charge of different organizations. In late 1950s and 1960s he was involved in Latvian scout organizations (He was a Latvian Scout leader who completed leaders' courses on August 13,1960). During the 1960s he was also an active member and president of ALJA (American Latvian Youth Association). During the 1970s to the beginning of 1990s he was an active Baltic freedom supporter - writing letters to the United States Senate. During 1980s he was a council president at the St. John and St. Pavil Latvian Lutheran Church in Chicago. After Latvia gained independence in 1991, Kalnins organized projects to help Latvian organizations get books, hardware and software technology from the United States. He was also in charge of organizing Latvian choir visits in the U.S. and exile Latvian choir and dance group visits in Latvia. Lauris Kalnins died in 2004 in Latvia.


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