Lithuanian Archives Department
Lietuvos Archyvų Departamentas
visiting and postal address
Mindaugo st. 8
+370.(0)5.265 11 37
+370.(0)5.265 23 14
Ms Daiva Lukšaitė (chief specialist of Records Management division)
tel: +370.(0)5.265 23 16
Mon-Thu 8.30-12.00, 12.45-17.30, Fri 8.30–12.00, 12.45-16.15
Access to documents is regulated by the Law on Documents and Archives as well as by the Civil Code (2000, Nr. VIII-1864), Law on Legal Protection of Personal Data (2003, No. IX-1296), Law on the Provision of Information to the Public (1996, No. I-1418), Law on Right to obtain information from Official State and Local Government Institutions (2000, No. VIII-1524). For further information see information available from: http://www.archyvai.lt/archyvai/selectPage.do?docLocator=
holdings, mission, structure
According to the Law on Documents and Archives, the Lithuanian state archival system consists of the Lithuanian Archives Department under the Government of the Republic of Lithuania and fifteen state archives (ten of them are county (apskričių) archives) as well as other agencies set up by the Lithuanian Archives Department.
The Lithuanian Archives Department participates in the formation and implementation of state policy and a state strategy in the field of records management and use as well as administrates the state archival system. The Department establishes general requirements for the creation, arrangement and registration of documents, draft and pass regulations as well as form a uniform practice of records management in state and municipal institutions, agencies and enterprises. The Department aims at securing the juridical person records management and National Documentary Fond administration and at creating facilities to use records.
The Department's organizational structure is formed according to the functions assigned. The structure comprises of the Director General, Deputies of the Director General, referent and seven divisions: Division of Law and Administration, Records management division, Records preservation and information division, Division of Information Technologies, Finances and Accounting division, Common Affairs division and Audit Office.
The Department was founded in the 70s and was titled as Archives Board under the Council of Ministers. After the Independence restoration on March 11, 1990 from the former Soviet Union the Archives Board was renamed as Lithuanian Archives General Directorate under the Government of the Republic of Lithuania and afterwards in 1995 was renamed Lithuanian Archives Department under the Government of the Republic of Lithuania.
The State archives accumulate and preserve permanent retention documents of the National Documentary Fond, ensure public access to the documents preserved and exercise supervision of the records management of state and municipal institutions, agencies and enterprises, assigned by the Lithuanian Archives Department.
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- Domarkas, Viktoras, "Lithuanian archives", INSAR: Informatikon Summary on Archives (1998–1999, Winter, 6).
- "Law on documents and archives" [Internet] (Vilnius, Lithuania, The Seimas of the Republic of Lithuania); available from: www3.lrs.lt/cgi-bin/preps2?Condition1=239323&Condition2=.
- Grimsted Kennedy, Patricia, "Archives and Manuscript Repositories in the Lithuanian SSR", in: Archives and Manuscrip Repositories in the USSR: Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, and Belarus (New Jersey, 1981), pp. 283–441.
- ICA (B. Jonell Ericsson i.a.), "Lithuania. Safeguard of, and access to, the archival heritage. Analysis of the archival situation in Lithuania" (Paris, 1994).
- Lietuvos centrinio valstybinio istorijos archyvo fondų žinynas (Lithuanian Central State Historical Archives' fonds catalogue) (Vilnius, 1990).
relevant internet links
- President of the Republic of Lithuania: www.president.lt
- Seimas of the Republic of Lithuania: www.lrs.lt
- Government of the Republic of Lithuania: www.lrvk.lt
- other state institutions or agencies: www.is.lt
holdings concerning the Baltic Sea
Records preserved in the Lithuanian State Archives and relevant to the Baltic Connections project are mostly related to the following project participants: Estonia, Latvia, the Netherlands, Russia, Sweden and Poland.
A charters of immunity (1655) issued by Benediktus Skytte, the Swedish Senator, Governor of Estonia and Envoy, to Pauli Prozor, a nobleman of Lithuania and other records preserved in Lithuanian state archives reflect the relations between the Grand Duchy of Lithuania (formed in the thirteenth century and existing till 1795) and Estonia.
Several records related to Livonia are preserved in the Lithuanian State Archives. Recors written in eighteenth century reflect the merchant bonds with Latvia.
A few original letters written by Rudolf fon Kufch to the Duchess Ludvika Karolina Radvilaite, wife of Branderbugs margrave Ludvik Hohencolern, reflect bonds with the Netherlands.
The records relevant to relations between The Grand Duchy of Lithuania and Russia concern the Grand Duchy of Lithuania's incorporation into the Russian empire (1795), possessions gifted by Catherine II, Empress of Russia as well as original diploma for the rank of approved state adviser, issued by Nikolay I, the emperor of Russia, to Frank Vrublevski. The original letters of Jan Casimir, the King of Poland and Grand Duke of Lithuania, concerning Russia and written in the seventeenth century are preserved as well.
Preserved original records illustrate the relations between The Grand Duchy of Lithuania and Sweden. There are letters of the Kings of Poland and Grand Duke of Lithuania (Sigismund August) as well as letters received from Sweden by landlords. There are some letters of Johann III, the King of Sweden written in the seventeenth century. In the State Archives charters of immunity written in the seventeenth and eighteenth century are preserved too. These original charters were received from Sweden by noblemen. Several records reflect war times (seventeenth century).
In 1569 the Union of Liublin sealed the Poland-Lithuania Union into a Commonwealth (Rzecspospolita). The agreement created a Commonwealth Republic of two nations, which shared one king (also holding the title of Grand Duke of Lithuania) and a joint legislature, the Seimas. Despite this, Lithuania's state sovereignty was preserved: the treasury, the currency, the laws and the army remained independent. Also mentioned may be the Estate's Board of The Grand Duchy of Lithuania as well as the records of the Royal's Marshal Court of the Grand Duchy of Lithuania relating to Commonwealth and written in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries.
Althought the Commonwealth ended in 1795, there are several records of the Lithuanian National Council (the government of rebels, 1794) and records related to the rebellion of Poland and Lithuania (1794) preserved in the Lithuanian State Archives. Records about the Targovic Confederacy (1792–1793) are preserved too.
A privilege issued by Stephan Bator, the King of Poland and Grand Duke of Lithuania, that grants the rigts of the Academy and University to College of Vilnius (1579) is preserved as well.
Records relevant to the Baltic Connections Project are preserved in the Lithuanian State Historical Archives. This archive is the main repository of records for the Lithuanian history from the thirteenth century up to the declaration of the Independence of Lithuania in 1918 (civil registry and vital records there are preserved up to the present day). The records of state agencies, religious communities, popular organizations and families kept in this repository also reflect the history of Russia, Belarus, Poland, Ukraine, Latvia as well as other countries. For further information:
Lithuanian State Historical Archives
Gerosios Vilties st. 10
tel: +370.(0)5.213 76 12