|Creator:||Boston Latvian Student Society|
|Abstract:||Four notebooks / scrapbooks of correspondence, meeting minutes, financial records, photos, event programs, and clippings.|
|Language:||Latvian, some English|
Collection donated to the IHRC by Martin Duhms of the American Latvian Association in 2004.
The Society was founded on November 4, 1951 by post-WWII Latvian immigrants. Since Boston had many fine universitites it attracted Latvian students from many parts of the United States. The Society organized lectures, film screenings, literature readings, musical events, art exhibits, picnic outings and dances. It provided opportunities for lively discussions of politics and culture. The officers of the Society were elected once a year. Everyone of student age was welcome regardless of whether he or she was currently enrolled in an academic program. As the next generation of students (those born in the US) took over the leadership of the society, more emphasis was placed on organizing dances and outings to the detriment of cultural or political events. Although this generation still spoke the Latvian language fluently and in many cases eventually married within the Latvian American community, they had many more diverse interests and the Society essentially ceased to exist around 1976. (by Martin Duhms, 2004)
The Boston Latvian Student Society collection is available for public research.
The Boston Latvian Student Society collection is the physical property of the Immigration History Reseach Center, University of Minnesota.
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The Boston Latvian Student Society Records, Latvian American Collection, Immigration History Research Center, University of Minnesota
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