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Joint Baltic American National Committee records

Identifier: IHRC1143


This collection consists of administrative records for the Joint Baltic American National Committee, an organization that represents Baltic-American communities in conjunction with issues related to Estonia, Latvia, and Lithuania.

Materials date between 1954 and 1999, with the bulk of materials related to the 1980s and 1990s. Administrative records include: meeting minutes, correspondence, reports, bulletins, financial records, event planning, press releases, and general publicity. A large portion of this collection consists of subject files:-- files on other international relations organizations, current events, groups of people, and Congressional legislation relating to Estonia, Latvia, and Lithuania. These files include varied materials such as correspondence, clippings, press releases, and reports from or related to the subject file. There are also a number of newsletters, reports, and newsclipping from various organizations of interest to JBANC.

Note that some of the boxes of materials are described down to a folder level, while others are described at a box level. This means that not every folder in this collection is listed in the Collections Contents; about 2/3 of the collection is described by the general contents of what is in the box. Contact the Archivist for more information.


  • 1954-1999


Language of Materials

Collection materials in English, Latvian, and Lithuanian.

Use of Materials

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


Researchers may quote from the collection under the fair use provision of the copyright law (Title 17, U.S. Code). Requests to publish should be arranged with the Immigration History Research Center Archives; please contact the archives for more detailed copyright information.

Historical Note

The Joint Baltic American National Committee (JBANC) was founded on April 27, 1961 at the Baltic Conference in Washington D.C. with the aim to support the restoration of independence and democracy to the Baltic nations, with the help from the united efforts of the Estonian American National Council (EANC), the American Latvian Association (ALA), and the Lithuanian American Council (LAC). These organizations together represented over one million Americans of Estonian, Latvian, and Lithuanian heritage. With the restoration of the independence in the Baltic countries in 1991, JBANC’s mission has adapted to the current needs of the Baltic peoples and the Baltic-American communities in the U.S.

JBANC’s representatives serve as spokespeople for the Baltic community. JBANC has organized and participated in press conferences and seminars throughout the United States, Europe, and the Baltics. Representatives of the JBANC are routinely contacted and have frequently appeared on the major U.S. networks and are regularly interviewed by many major newspapers. JBANC is the organization which lobby and monitors and lobbies the U.S. Government regarding legislative matters and policies that affect Estonia, Latvia, and Lithuania. During the 112th and 113th Congresses, JBANC helped lead efforts to pass a Black Ribbon Day resolution, supporting the designation of August 23rd as a day to commemorate victims of both Soviet and Nazi crimes.

For more information, visit the website for JBANC at


72.45 Cubic Feet


This collection is divided into series:

Series 1: Administrative materials

Series 2: Subject files

Series 3: Newsletters and reports

Source of acquisition

Donated by the Joint Baltic American National Committee records in three different donations over years.
Inventory of the Joint Baltic American National Committee records, 1954-1999.
Finding aid created by Kate Dietrick
June 2015
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Finding aid written in English.

Collecting Area Details

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