The Autobiography Collection at the Archives of Latvian Folklore (ALF) is made up of materials people have written during various periods to document their own lives and the times in which they live. Mostly these are diaries, written life stories, memoirs, and letters, as well as various other materials providing complementary information — photographs, interviews with the authors, and their relatives’ stories about them. The Autobiography Collection was started in early 2018 with the aim of preserving and documenting the tradition of life writing in Latvia.
STUDYING AND PRESERVING THE TRADITION OF LIFE WRITING
The Autobiography Collection of the Archives of Latvian Folklore continues to grow actively. Anyone with a connection to Latvia is invited to submit materials, which can be done by contacting the collection curators. If the author/owner of the autobiographical material wants to keep the original, the material can be digitised at the Archives of Latvian Folklore (located in the National Library of Latvia), or at some other agreed-upon location. Once the materials have been digitised, they are returned to the owner.
The curators of the ALF Autobiography Collection invite both private individuals and cultural heritage institutions that store such materials to assist them in growing the collection. In order to provide user-friendly information regarding autobiographical materials stored in Latvia, as well as uniform access to these materials, digital duplicates from museum, archive, and library collections are also included in the ALF Autobiography Collection.
Information regarding the holder of the material is correctly indicated in the description of the collection and in the metadata. Such information may migrate together with data prepared for the homepages and databases of other cultural institutions. The collection curators have also begun collecting digital journals and autobiographical blogs for the Autobiography Collection. ALF invites bloggers who would like to submit any autobiographical writings they have published online to contact the collection curators (contact details below).
An agreement is made between the author/owner of the autobiographical material and the ALF regarding the conditions of publication for the materials submitted and how they may be used. Some of the options are:
1) the material is made publicly available through the digital archive garamantas.lv and any digital archive user is allowed to engage in studying and/or transcribing it;
2) the material is published in the digital archive, but the identity of the author/owner remains anonymous;
3) the material is digitised and included the digital archive garamantas.lv, but online access is reserved exclusively for the owner and for researchers;
4) the material is stored in a sealed envelope until a date specified by the author/owner.
For further information on the Autobiography Collection or to submit new material please contact the curators
- Sanita Reinsone, firstname.lastname@example.org, leading researcher at the Institute of Literature, Folklore and Art
- Ilze Ļaksa-Timinska, email@example.com, research assistant at the Institute of Literature, Folklore and Art
- Justīne Jaudzema, firstname.lastname@example.org, research assistant at the Institute of Literature, Folklore and Art
- Elvīra Žvarte, research assistant at the Institute of Literature, Folklore and Art
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