Lithuanian Central State Archives (LCVA)
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LCVA holds school and university records, internal passport applications, prison records, Vilnius household registers, Sejm voter lists, and various other records for the interwar period (1919-1940). Coverage includes both independent Lithuania itself (roughly corresponding to Kaunas and Suwalki gubernias of the Russian empire) and Polish-controlled areas claimed by Lithuania (roughly corresponding to Vilnius gubernia). LCVA also incorporates the Lithuanian Archive of Image and Sound. For example, this archive contains many original photographs such as photographs of 1,222 Jewish Russian Army conscripts from the Vilnius District (1900-1914) and numerous photographs of Jewish subjects in Lithuania that were taken during the 1920’s-1930’s. See article and file of conscripts’ photos at our Online Journal
For information on the various types of records, see the section of our website on Types of Records in the All Lithuania Database .
Few records from LCVA have been digitized to date. To request a copy of an LCVA record, it is sufficient to put your request in an email sent to the address above. You can write in English. Include a screen shot of the ALD display of the record(s) you want, as this will include all the information the archivists need to locate the record. Read the FAQ on Contacting the Archives for additional information.
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