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447192
  • Title
    Joint Baltic Committee - records, 1952-2000
  • Creator
  • Call number
    MLMSS 7629
  • Level of description
    Collection
  • Date

    1952 - 2000
  • Type of material
  • Reference code
    447192
  • Physical Description
    12 boxes - 2.04 Meters
  • ADMINISTRATIVE/ BIOGRAPHICAL HISTORY

    The Joint Baltic Committee was formed by representatives of the Estonian, Latvian and Lithuanian communities in Sydney in 1952. Estonian-born Lia Looveer was the founding Secretary and served in that position until 2002. In June 1940 the respective homelands of Looveer and her Committee members had been occupied and annexed by Soviet Russia. A year later began the mass deportation of thousands of people from Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania to remote regions of the U.S.S.R.. The Committee held an annual Commemoration Concert, organised to pay tribute to their compatriots who were deported and suffered under Soviet oppression for more than 50 years. The Committee liaised with Federal and State politicians to campaign for the defence of human rights and fundamental freedoms in, and independence of, the Baltic States. In 1986 the House of Representatives passed the Baltic Resolution which, in part, 'reinforced Australia's non-recognition de jure of the incorporation of the Baltic States into the Soviet Union'.
  • Scope and Content
    A. Correspondence and minutes of meetings, 1952-2000

    1952-1957; Correspondence and minutes of meetings (Call No.: MLMSS 7629/1/1)
    1958-1965; Correspondence and minutes of meetings (Call No.: MLMSS 7629/1/2)
    1966; Correspondence and minutes of meetings (Call No.: MLMSS 7629/1/3)
    1967; Correspondence and minutes of meetings (Call No.: MLMSS 7629/1/4)
    1968-1970; Correspondence and minutes of meetings (Call No.: MLMSS 7629/1/5)
    1970-1974; Correspondence and minutes of meetings (Call No.: MLMSS 7629/1/6)
    1975-1977; Correspondence and minutes of meetings (Call No.: MLMSS 7629/1/7)
    1978; Correspondence and minutes of meetings (Call No.: MLMSS 7629/2/1)
    1979; Correspondence and minutes of meetings (Call No.: MLMSS 7629/2/2)
    1980; Correspondence and minutes of meetings (Call No.: MLMSS 7629/2/3)
    1981; Correspondence and minutes of meetings (Call No.: MLMSS 7629/2/4)
    1981-1982; Correspondence concerning Commemoration Concerts (Call No.: MLMSS 7629/2/5)
    1982; Correspondence and minutes of meetings (Call No.: MLMSS 7629/2/6)
    1983; Correspondence and minutes of meetings (Call No.: MLMSS 7629/2/7)
    1983; Correspondence concerning Commemoration Concerts (Call No.: MLMSS 7629/2/8)
    1984; Correspondence and minutes of meetings (Call No.: MLMSS 7629/2/9)
    1985; Correspondence and minutes of meetings (Call No.: MLMSS 7629/2/10)
    1986; Correspondence and minutes of meetings (Call No.: MLMSS 7629/3/1)
    1981-1987; Correspondence and minutes of meetings (Call No.: MLMSS 7629/3/2)
    1986-1988; Correspondence and minutes of meetings (Call No.: MLMSS 7629/3/3)
    1986-1989; Correspondence and minutes of meetings (Call No.: MLMSS 7629/3/4)
    1968-1990; Correspondence concerning Commemoration Concert, 1988, with additional material, 1968-1990 (Call No.: MLMSS 7629/3/5)
    1989; Correspondence and minutes of meetings, with copy of Proceedings of Baltic Symposium, organised by the Baltic Council of Australia, held at the University of Sydney, 25-26 Nov. 1989 (Call No.: MLMSS 7629/3/6)
    1989; Correspondence concerning Commemoration Concert (Call No.: MLMSS 7629/3/7)
    1990; Correspondence and minutes of meetings (Call No.: MLMSS 7629/4/1)
    1991; Correspondence and minutes of meetings (Call No.: MLMSS 7629/4/2)
    1992; Correspondence and minutes of meetings (Call No.: MLMSS 7629/4/3)
    1992-1993; Correspondence and minutes of meetings (Call No.: MLMSS 7629/4/4)
    1994; Correspondence and minutes of meetings (Call No.: MLMSS 7629/5/1)
    1995; Correspondence and minutes of meetings (Call No.: MLMSS 7629/5/2)
    1996; Correspondence and minutes of meetings (Call No.: MLMSS 7629/5/3)
    1996-1998; Correspondence and minutes of meetings (Call No.: MLMSS 7629/6/1)
    1997; Correspondence concerning Commemoration Concert (Call No.: MLMSS 7629/6/2)
    1998; Correspondence and minutes of meetings (Call No.: MLMSS 7629/6/3)
    1997-2000; Correspondence and minutes of meetings, 1999 (Call No.: MLMSS 7629/7/1)
    1970-1998; Correspondence concerning Commemoration Concerts, with programmes (Call No.: MLMSS 7629/7/2)
    1956-1994; Correspondence, minutes of meetings and newscuttings, with colour photograph of unidentified woman (Call No.: MLMSS 7629/7/3)
    1990-1997; Correspondence, minutes of meetings and newscuttings (Call No.: MLMSS 7629/7/4)
    1980-1993; Correspondence and newscuttings (Call No.: MLMSS 7629/7/5)

    B. Subject files, 1952-1992

    1969-1978; 'AABS [Association for the Advancement of Baltic Studies]', including examples of Association publications, with copy of Proceedings: Second and Third Baltic Youth Seminars, Melbourne and Adelaide, Mar.-Apr. 1977 (Call No.: MLMSS 7629/8/1)
    1980, 1985; 'Afghanistan', including letters received from Federal politicians (Call No.: MLMSS 7629/8/2)
    1983-1985; 'Anti-Nuclear Matters' (Call No.: MLMSS 7629/8/3)
    1967-1968; 'Balti Kuld / Batun & Memorandas', mainly concerning 'Memorandums and Protests Against British-Soviet Deal and Agreement concerning Baltic assets Deposited in England', including correspondence with Batun (N.Y.) [Baltic Appeal to the United Nations] (Call No.: MLMSS 7629/8/4)
    1977; 'The Baltic Action Group', being minutes of meeting held at Wayville (S. Aust.), 13 June 1977 (Call No.: MLMSS 7629/8/5)
    1985-1992; 'Baltic Bulletin', published by the Baltic Council of Australia (Call No.: MLMSS 7629/8/6)
    1965, 1967, 1977; 'Baltic Concerts' (Call No.: MLMSS 7629/8/7)
    1968-1985; 'The Baltic Council of Australia Correspondence' (Call No.: MLMSS 7629/8/8)
    1985-1992; 'The Baltic Council of Australia Minutes of Meetings' (Call No.: MLMSS 7629/8/9)
    1978-1984; 'The Baltic Council of Australia NSW', being copies of minutes of meetings mainly held at the Latvian Centre, Strathfield (N.S.W.) (Call No.: MLMSS 7629/8/10)
    1969, 1976-1979, 1983-1985; 'The Baltic Council of Australia South Australia', being copies of minutes of meetings held in N.S.W. and A.C.T., and in South Australia, 1969, 1976-1979 (Call No.: MLMSS 7629/8/11)
    1982; 'The Baltic Council of Australia Victoria', being copies of minutes of meetings held at Lithuania House, North Melbourne (Call No.: MLMSS 7629/8/12)
    1967-1985; 'The Baltic Council of Australia Special Reports Resolution & Correspondence from Government Auth...', being mainly photocopies (Call No.: MLMSS 7629/8)
    1963-1969; 'Baltic Information Centre' (Call No.: MLMSS 7629/9/1)
    1977-1990; 'Baltic News' (Call No.: MLMSS 7629/9/2)
    1984; 'Baltic Resolution' (Call No.: MLMSS 7629/9/3)
    1974-1977; 'Baltic States Sell Out' concerning Whitlam Government's recognition of the Soviet Union's annexation of the Baltic States (Call No.: MLMSS 7629/9/4)
    1985; 'Baltic Tribunal / Baltic Cruise' (Call No.: MLMSS 7629/9/5)
    1967-1971; 'Batun', being mainly news releases, printed material and photographs (Call No.: MLMSS 7629/9/6)
    1979, 1983; 'Batun' (Call No.: MLMSS 7629/9/7)
    Date unknown; 'Customs Form' concerning the mailing of parcels to Estonia (Call No.: MLMSS 7629/9/8)
    1983-1988; 'ELTA Information Bulletin' (Call No.: MLMSS 7629/9/9)
    1952-1963; 'Financial records' (Call No.: MLMSS 7629/10/1)
    1964-1967; 'Folksongs of the Baltics' (2 files) concerning concerts at Sydney Town Hall (Call No.: MLMSS 7629/10/2-3)
    1976-1977; 'Gunars Rode - Political Prisoner' (Call No.: MLMSS 7629/10/4)
    1969; '14 June 1941. The Historical Background [by Maya V. Sapiets]' (Call No.: MLMSS 7629/10/5)
    1988-1990; 'Jewish Affairs' (Call No.: MLMSS 7629/10/6)
    1983-1986; 'Peace Movement' (Call No.: MLMSS 7629/10/7)
    1976; 'Royal Easter Show' (Call No.: MLMSS 7629/10/8)
    1990-1992; 'Russia - 2nd Revolution', being mainly newscuttings (Call No.: MLMSS 7629/10/9)
    1966; 'Visit of J. Paletskis President of Lithuania to Canberra' (Call No.: MLMSS 7629/10/10)
    1977; 'Visit to Sydney of Latvian Dissident Rev. Janis Smits [Oct. 1977]' (Call No.: MLMSS 7629/10/11)
    1986-1988; 'War Crimes: Accusations & Defence Viliunas [Dr A.], Giniunas [Mr A.]' (Call No.: MLMSS 7629/10/12)

    C. Newscuttings and printed material, 1952-1999

    1952-1990; Newscuttings and printed material (Call No.: MLMSS 7629/11/1)
    1968-1999; Newscuttings and printed material (Call No.: MLMSS 7629/11/2)
    1975-1990; Newscuttings and printed material (Call No.: MLMSS 7629/11/3)
    1952-1994; Newscuttings and printed material, including issues of newspapers and pamphlets (Call No.: MLMSS 7629/12)
  • Language
  • Source
    Presented by Lia Looveer in 1999
  • Access Conditions

    This material is held offsite and can take up to four days to retrieve.
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