The Baltic countries of Estonia,
Latvia and Lithuania are an interesting topic for research both
historically and currently, as they regain their footing after 50
years of occupation by the Soviet Union. Information on the countries
and their peoples can be found in libraries, archives and museums
throughout the world. The Baltic Research Handbook aims to provide
an overview of the collections and resources available for researching
This handbook is meant mainly for
researchers outside of the Baltic countries interested in the area.
There is a new generation of researchers developing, as seen at
the most recent Association for the Advancement of Baltic Studies
conference. Another new field of research is the Baltic émigré
(or sometimes called diaspora) communities outside of the Baltic
countries in the rest of Europe, North America and Australia, with
a few smaller communities in South America. This project will work
with the Baltic Heritage Network to support these researchers.
I plan on working on this handbook
in 2010-12. I hope to get sabbatical time for the summer of 2012,
to visit all three Baltic countries, get my last questions answered,
and put together a manuscript.