Justas Paleckis Collection
Justas Paleckis (1899–1980) was a chairman of the presidium of the Supreme Council of Soviet Lithuania from 1940 to 1974. Paleckis’ collection holds his personal papers, various manuscripts, notebooks, correspondence with Lithuanian writers and scholars, and letters from victims of Stalinist repressions. The documents reflect the aspirations and the ambitions of the Lithuanian cultural elite to preserve and develop the Lithuanian cultural heritage.
01103 Vilnius Gedimino prospektas 12 , Lietuva
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Name of collection
Justas Paleckis collection
Provenance and cultural activities
The collection is stored in the Lithuanian Communist Party Documents Archive, which is a subdivision of the Lithuanian Special Archive. Paleckis submitted the first documents to the archive of the Institute of Party History in 1963. Paleckis’ collection covers the period from 1919 to 1981. In 1991, the Institute of Party History was reorganised into the Archive of Lithuanian Social Organisations, and Paleckis’ collection (fond no. 17541) was opened to the public and researchers. In 2001, the Archive of Lithuanian Social Organisations was reformed again, and became a subdivision of the Lithuanian Special Archive.
Description of content
The collection consists of various documents: personal documents, notes made by Paleckis, manuscripts of speeches, and correspondence with writers and artists. The most valuable documents in the collection are letters from Lithuanian writers and victims of stalinist repressions.
The collection gives us an understanding not only of Paleckis’ personality and the government’s cultural policy, but also of various manifestations of cultural opposition. The most interesting and valuable part of the collection is the correspondence with Lithuanian writers and scholars, and the letters of the Lithuanian intelligentsia who were deported to Siberia. Paleckis’ correspondence with the Lithuanian intelligentsia covers the question of the national cultural heritage and its preservation.
- manuscripts (ego-documents, diaries, notes, letters, drafts, etc.): 10-99
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Important events in the history of the collection
- Acquisition of Justas Paleckis' documents
- Structural change: Incorporation of the Collections of the Party History Institute's Archive to the Lithuania’s Society Organizations Archive
- Structural change: Incorporation of the Collections of Lithuanian Society Organization's Archive to the Lithuanian Communist Party Documents Archive
- completely open to the public
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Kašauskienė, Vanda. Istorijos spąstuose. Justo Paleckio gyvenimo ir veiklos bruožai 1899 – 1980 [In the Pitfall of History. The Life and Activity of Justas Paleckis 1988 – 1980]. Vilnius: Gairės, 2014
Maslauskienė, Nijolė , interview by Ivanauskas, Vilius, Sirutavičius, Vladas , Grybkauskas, Saulius, September 26, 2016. COURAGE Registry Oral History Collection