This page contains an archive of various documents related to the history of the Latvian diaspora prior to World War II.

Baltic Farm and Orchard Association

Founded in 1910 in Beaumont, California, the association ostensibly promoted investment in a plan to have Latvians buy agricultural real estate. However, several of the board members also were involved in a counterfeiting scheme that in 1911 made national headlines. The document is the articles of incorporation for the association. Download (PDF, 2.5 MB)

Lettonian Society “Latonia” of San Francisco

The first Latvian organization in California was Latonia, founded in 1897. The mutual aid society stood for the “education and enlightenment of all its members,” according to its articles of incorporation. The society apparently lasted for about a year. Download (PDF, 2.4 MB)

Minneapolis Lettish W.P.B.

The Minneapolis Lettish W.P.B. was a little known mutual aid society formed in 1917. Other than the articles of incorporation, no further information has been discovered about the organization. Download (PDF, 1.1 MB)