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Founders and Sponsors

The major part of the library of Institute of Baltic Region History and Archaeology is composed of the books donated by foreign institutions and individuals. With the establishment of the Centre for West Lithuanian and Prussian History in 1992, its library was mostly stocked by the staff of the Centre and the Department of History, especially owing to personal initiative of Dr. Habil. Alvydas Nikžentaitis, Prof. Stephen Christopher Rowell. At the inception, the library was significantly supported by donation of the Bavarian State Government which funded acquisition of almost 500 most important volumes, Prof Udo Arnold (University of Bonn) who picked over most required publications and the Homeland Association of East Prussia (Landsmannschaft Ostpreußen) in Hamburg which delivered books acquired in Germany as well as equipment for activities of the Centre in March 1993.

People and institutions donated the books to the Library during the first decade (1992-2002) of its existence:


  • Prof Marian Biskup, Toruń
  • Deutsches Historisches Institut Warschau, Warsaw
  • Prof Andrzej Kola, Nicolaus Copernicus University in Toruń
  • Cultural Association “Borussia”, Olsztyn
  • Prof Dr Jan Maria Piskorski (Poznańskie Towarzsystwo Przyjaciol Nauk)
  • Poznańskie Towarzsystwo Przyjaciol Nauk (Poznań Society of Friends of Learning)
  • Towarzystwo Naukowe w Toruniu (Learned Society in Toruń)
  • Dr Robert Traba, Olsztyn/Warsaw
  • Prof Dr Mieczyslaw Wojchiechowski, Nicolaus Copernicus University in Toruń


  • Ännchen von Tharau e. V. („Ännchen von Tharau“ Society), Mainz
  • Arbeitsgemeinschaft der Memellandkreise e. V. (Association of Former Residents of Districts of Memel Territory), Heddesheim
  • Robert Bosch Foundation, Stuttgart
  • Bruckmann Publishing House, Munich
  • Bundesinstitut für ostdeutsche Kultur und Geschichte (Federal Institute for Eastern German Culture and History), Oldenburg
  • Bundesinstitut für ostwissenschaftliche und internationale Studien (Federal Institute for East European and International Studies) and its Director Prof Dr Heinrich Vogel, Cologne
  • Bundesministerium des Innern (Federal Ministry of the Interior), Bonn
  • Dr Barbara Christophe, the Goethe University of Frankfurt am Main
  • Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (German Research Foundation), Bonn
  • Dr Sven Ekdahl, Prussian Privy State Archives, Berlin
  • Mr. Albert Franzkeit, Verblek
  • Dr Manfred Gläser, Amt für archäologische Denkmalpflege der Hansestadt Lübeck
  • Göttinger Arbeitskreis e. V., Göttingen
  • Herder Institute, Marburg
  • Institut Nordostdeutsches Kulturwerk, Lüneburg
  • Kulturstiftung der deutschen Vertriebenen (Cultural Foundation of German Refugees), Bonn
  • The Lithuanian Cultural Institute and its Chairman Dr Vincas Bartusevičius, Lamperthaim-Hiutenfeld
  • Mare Baltikum Publishing House, Cologne
  • Martin-Opitz-Bibliothek and its Director Bernhard Kwoka, Herne
  • Dr Eckhard Matthes, Lüneburg
  • Mr. Elizabeth Meier, Society for Family Genealogy in East and West Prussia
  • Prof Dr Erwin Oberländer, the Johannes Gutenberg University of Mainz
  • Rowohlt Publishing House, Reinbek
  • Schleswig-Holsteinisches Institut für Friedenswissenschaften (Schleswig Holstein Institute for Peace Research), the Christian Albrecht University of Kiel
  • Verein für Familienforschung in Ost- und Westpreußen (Society for Family Genealogy in East and West Prussia), Oberhausen-Hamburg

United Kingdom

  • Cambridge University
  • Dr. G. P. M. Walker, Bodleian Library, University of Oxford


  • Dr Rasa Mažeika and the Lithuanian Museum-Archives in Toronto


  • Prof Ingolf Ericsson, Aarhus University


  • Jan Peter Lamm


  • Open Society Fund Lithuania
  • Lithuanian Institute of History and its fellows, Vilnius
  • Library of the Lithuanian Academy of Sciences, Vilnius
  • Martynas Mažvydas National Library of Lithuania, the Centre of Bibliography and Book Science, Vilnius
  • Vilniaus Academy of Arts
  • Library of Vilnius University

Numerous institutions and individuals have provided benevolent support to the library over recent years as well. The stock of the library is being supplied with books donated by the Immanuel Kant State University of Russia, the Wojciech Kętrzyński Research Centre in Olsztyn (Centrum Badań Wschodnich przy Ośrodku Badań Naukowych im. Wojciecha Kętrzyńskiego), the Roman-Germanic Commission of the German Archaeology Institute (Römisch-Germanische Kommission) in Frankfurt am Main, and other institutions. A large amount of books was obtained from the Directorate for the Commemoration of the Millennium of Lithuania, which operated in 1997–2010.

We’d like to express our appreciate and extend sincerest gratitude to all and everyone who realised significance of our library for the research effort and donated books and other printed material in good faith.