ALA Ethnographic & Cultural Collection.
The American Latvian Association's (ALA) Ethnographic & Cultural Collection used to be located on the third floor of the DV House in the Bronx, NY. It has been moved to the NJ Latvian Center Priedaine in Howell township, near Freehold, NJ. See www.priedaine.org.
The pictures on the page you are now viewing depict the collection in the DV House prior to the move.
The Collection was started in 1977. Its purpose is to collect and preserve
Latvian ethnographic and other articles of historic and cultural value. Among
these are: national folk costumes, weavings, embroideries, forgings,
wicker-works, leather crafts, woodworks, old books, documents, drawings,
photographs and all other articles relating to the life of the Latvian
nation from earlier times to the recent past.
The collection accepts donations of ethnographically correct articles,
including fragments of clothing and fabrics. No article is too old or too worn
out to be of significance.
The collection is a project of the American Latvian Association's (ALA) Latvian Institute and is run by the New York chapter of the Latvian Welfare Association Daugavas Vanagi (DV).
Articles and monetary donations may be sent to the collection's director Mrs.
L. Tomass, Telephone (732) 657-8369.