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Lithuanian Archives of Literature and Art



Mailing address:

O. Milašiaus 19, LT-10102

Vilnius, Lithuania


Telephone: +370 618 06195

E-mail: [email protected]


      Archives preserves and accumulates records belonging to state institutions, popular organizations and private persons, reflecting the development of culture and art in Lithuania. Most records are from 20 th century. Several documents in fonds of private persons are dated from 15th century.

       As a separate structural unit there are Library of Archives of Literature and Art, which stores more than 177067 publications from 18th century until present days.


The documents preserved in the Archives comprise 5 sets.

  • Documents of culture management institutions: cultural and cinematography institutions, ministries, committees and other institutions of the Lithuanian SSR (1940–1991).
  • Documents of literature institutions: art creators’ associations and their sections (since 1940), cultural societies (1931–1940), editorial offices (since 1944), publishing houses (since 1940–1993), personal collections of writers, poets, translators, literature researchers, linguists, journalists (since the 15th c.)
  • Documents of art institutions: art creators’ associations, societies and their subdivisions (since 1906); documents of Vilnius, Kaunas, Telšiai art schools (1920–1993); personal collections of painters, sculptors, textile artists, graphic artists, folk artists, textile artists, cartoonists, wood carvers, architects, photographers, art critics (since the middle of the19th c.). There are some more collections assigned to this set: collection of postcards with the views of Vilnius and its vicinities dating 1907–1985, collection of Lithuanian ex-libris (bookplates) collected by J. Šapiro in 1923–1970, collection of the Sledzinskis family photographs (of the three Sledzinskis brothers who were painters, their friends, their family members), and others.
  • Documents of music institutions: art creators’ associations and their subdivisions (since 1940), cultural societies (1911–1941), educational institutions in Vilnius, Kaunas and Klaipėda (since 1920), groups of music performers (since 1940). There are also private collections of composers, pianists, organists, violinists and other instrument players, singers, choirmasters, conductors, musicologists, music teachers, choreographers, ballet-masters (since second half of 19th c.).
  • Documents of theatre and cinematographic institutions: art creators’ associations (since 1946), cultural societies (1905–1994), theatres in Vilnius, Kaunas, Klaipėda, Šiauliai, Panevėžys, Marijampolė (formerly – Kapsukas), Telšiai (since 1809), Board of Film Censors (1932–1940), fi lm studios (1945–1999), personal collections of theatre, cinema and opera directors, actors, opera singers, theatrologists, theatre teachers, cinema researchers as well as other collections (since the second half of the 19th c.).


At present, there are approximately 200,000 files occupying 2,500 linear metres of shelving space.


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Updated by: Agnė Vilkišienė,
Updated: 2023-03-21 10:09