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Periodical Auseklis Collection

A front page of the 1st issue of the magazine 'Auseklis'.

The periodical Auseklis (Morning Star) was a samizdat magazine published in 1987-1988 by the human rights group Helsinki-86, and was the first independent periodical in Soviet Latvia. It was distributed by volunteers outside official distribution networks.


  • LV-1050 Rīga Raiņa bulvāris 7 , Latvia
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  • Latvian

Name of collection

  • Donation of Vaira Strautniece.

Provenance and cultural activities

Description of content

  • The collection consists of photographic copies of five issues of the samizdat magazine Auseklis (Morning Star) (No 1, September 1987; No 2/3, October-November 1987; No 4, January 1988; No 5, April 1988). The periodical was a significant step towards the resumption of freedom of speech in Latvia.


  • grey literature (regular archival documents such as brochures, bulletins, leaflets, reports, intelligence files, records, working papers, meeting minutes): 0-9

Stakeholder(s) of the collection

Date of founding

  • 1987

Place of founding

  • Latvia, LV-1050, Riga, Raiņa bulvāris 7
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Important events in the history of the collection

Featured items

Access type

  • visits by appointments

Part of network


Kokneviča, Taiga , interview by Bleiere, Daina , October 27, 2016. COURAGE Registry Oral History Collection

Last edited on: 2020-02-06 19:55:49