During the Congress, folklore researchers and editors of the Digital Archives garamantas.lv will be pleased to meet you at the Archives’ reading room for short lectures (in Latvian) and excursions (both Latvian and English) introducing to the intangible cultural heritage.
Dainu skapis is a collection of manuscripts organized by Krišjānis Barons (1835–1923), editor of the Latvian folksong collection “Latvju dainas” (1894–1915, in 6 volumes). It includes folksongs and other folklore material kept in a cabinet designed by Barons himself in 1880. There are 268,815 paper slips with four to eight lines of folksongs on each, as well as other texts (riddles, sayings, etc.) in the cabinet. The paper slips are arranged in 73 drawers with 20 sections in each.
In 2001, Dainu skapis for its cultural value of international level was inscribed on the UNESCO “Memory of the World” Register. The entire contents of Dainu skapis have been made available online on the website dainuskapis.lv.
The Cabinet of Folksongs is held by the Archives of Latvian Folklore, Institute of Literature, Folklore and Art of the University of Latvia. It is located on the 5th floor of the National Library of Latvia building (in Riga, Mūkusalas ielā 3).
NB! To get to the 5th floor, you must go to a Libraries’ reception and receive a Visitor’s Card. Please note that the bags and personal belongings must be left in the wardrobe.
Mg. philol. Kristīne Pokratniece. Digital Archives of Latvian Folklore, garamantas.lv
Dr. philol. h. c. Māra Vīksna. From Cabinet of Folksongs to “Latvju dainas”
Dr. philol. Baiba Krogzeme-Mosgorda. A Million of Latvian Folksongs
Photo: Didzis Grodzs