An International Conference on the Baltic Archives Abroad

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The International Conference of Baltic Archives Abroad was held at the Estonian Literature Museum in Tartu from June 27 to July 1, 2006. The conference was organized by the Estonian Literary Museum, the National Archives and the Karl Ristikivi Society. There were 120 participants from 10 countries: Australia, Canada, Finland, Germany, Latvia, Lithuania, Sweden, Russia, USA and Estonia. The participants (under signed organizations) have decided that we should:

1. guarantee the preservation and open access to the Baltic/Estonian archives abroad regardless of their location, and according to the legislation, regulations, and tradition of the host countries;

2. be more effective in clarifying the location of Baltic/Estonian archives and cultural treasures abroad, both in exile communities and in the homeland;

3. create an electronic gateway to information on the Baltic /Estonian archival collections abroad, with the aim of ensuring access to relevant information;

4. pay particular attention to the condition of the collections and the creation of appropriate conditions and creating master and user copies of relevant items;

5. develop an international cooperation network on Baltic/Estonian archives abroad, covering the memory institutions, research institutions, diplomatic and other institutions in the homelands and abroad, as well as the worldwide Baltic ethnic communities, societies, organizations and individuals. To support the creation of study groups in the worldwide ethnic communities. To establish an international/national working group/s;

6. spread archival knowledge by publicizing relevant informative material (publications, websites), by organizing seminars, training programs, etc;

7. support studies on the history and culture of the Baltic/Estonian diaspora;

8. organize joint specific collection campaigns (life stories, history of cultural societies, of Baltic/Estonian houses, etc).

9. propose that the Journal of Baltic Studies publish a special issue on the theme of Baltic archives abroad;

10. publish a multilingual electronic version of the presentations at the International Conference on the Baltic Archives Abroad;

11. organize the next International Conference on the Baltic Archives Abroad in 2009.

Estonian Literary Museum June 30, 2006    
National Archives of Estonia
Estonian National Museum
Art Museum of Estonia
Estonian Sports Museum
Estonian National Library
Tallinn University Academic Library
Tallinn University of Technology Library
Tartu University Library
Tartu Public Library
Võru County Central Library
The Centre for Estonian Diaspora Studies, Tartu University
Chair of Archival Studies, Tartu University
Chair of Estonian Literature, Tartu University
Institute of Estonian Language
Association of Estonian Cultural Society
Association for Estonians Abroad
Estonian Evangelical Lutheran Church Consistory
Magazine "Akadeemia"
Estonian Archives in Australia
Archives and Library of the Tartu Institute in Toronto
Estonian Central Archives in Canada
Estonian Archives in the U.S.
Baltic Archives in the National Archives of Sweden
Estonian National Congress in Sweden
Stockholm University, the History Departement, Studia Baltica
Chair of Estonian Studies, University of Toronto
Tartu College (Toronto)
Estonian Canadian Historical Commission
Estonian Arts Centre (Toronto)
Society for the Advancement of Estonian Studies in Canada (Vancouver)
Estonian Association of Minnesota
Estonian Society of Cologne
Estonian Etnography Society in Australia
St. Petersburg Estonian Society
Krasnoyarsk Estonian Society
Karelian Estonian Society "Ochag"
Kaseküla High Scool (Tomsk)
Moscow Estonian Society
Tuglas Seura OY
The State Archives of Latvia
Latvian National Federation in Canada
Baltic Federation in Canada
World Federation of Free Latvians
Lithuanian Central State Archives
Lithuanian National Library
Lithuanian Emigration Institute, Vytautas Magnus University
Martynas Maşvydas National Library of Lithuania
Hoover Institution Archives, Stanford University
Immigration History Research Centre (Minnesota, U.S.A.)

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