The funds of the Archives comprise documents covering chronologically the most comprehensive and ancient period of the history of Latvia (from the 13th century to 1945), which can be used in doing thematic research.
An interested person can request at the Archives a thematic research done on a professional basis.
Latvian State Historical Archives prepare thematic researches on separate, specific issues of social, political, military, economic and cultural history of Latvia.
Latvian State Historical Archives prepare thematic researches after receiving a request written in free narration by an interested person. In the request the applicant’s name, family name, postal address (individuals), or name of the institution, registration number and legal address (intitutions) are indicated; the content of the inquiry is expressed as accurately as possible.
Specific theme for research, specific issue, chronological limits of the research, the desirable volume of information and information already known to the interested person, are indicated in the request.
After receiving the request, unless it has been submitted in person, the Archives acknowledge reception of the request, indicate its registration number, conditions of execution and criteria of calculating costs, in case of necessity ask for specific additional information, as well as to pay an advance and send a copy of the document confirming the advance payment.
The Archives carry out a thematic request within 3 months, in some cases also in a longer period of time.
According to client’s desire the Archives also make copies
The information prepared can be received also by post or electronically.
The Archives commence execution of thematic research after receiving of advance EUR 70 / LVL 50.
The advance can be paid in cash at the Archives, by postal order, via bank transfer. In case of a positive answer the advance payment is included in the final calculation of costs. In case of a negative answer the client is informed about the investigation made and its results. The advance covers the searching expenses and is not reimbursed.
The costs depend on the quantity of the documents searched and the amount of information.
An interested person can do thematic research also in the Reading Room
of the Archives.