LITHUANIAN QUARTERLY JOURNAL OF ARTS AND SCIENCES
Volume 29, No.3 - Fall 1983
Editor of this issue: Antanas Klimas
Copyright © 1983 LITUANUS Foundation, Inc.
Lithuanian Periodicals in American Libraries, A Union List, compiled by John P. Balys (Library of Congress, Washington, D.C. 1982), 125 pages, soft cover, available gratis from: European Division, Library of Congress, Washington, D.C. 20540.
Bibliographer Balys has furnished ethnic scholars with an invaluable guidebook. The extent of his catalog is not limited to time or geographical bounds. He has undertaken to list every newspaper, periodical, and serial in print, whether in Lithuanian or any other tongue, produced in the United States or Lithuania. The editor's Subject Guide of nearly 100 entries is a welcome index for easy access to the contents. Spanning "Academic affairs," to "Zoology," the guide includes major headings such as: "Cultural affairs," "Current events," "History," "Linguistics," "Literature," "Political affairs," and "Religion." This reference work carries 888 titles, generously spaced for comfortable viewing.
Preparing bibliographical data is almost an inherently treacherous challenge. It is almost impossible to register a totally accurate list. Without at all diminishing Balys' deserved commendation, I might suggest a few observations. One wonders if the Balch Institute of Philadelphia was consulted. There seems no mention of this ethnic depository. As to entry #220 on Keleivis, readers should know that the Boston Public Library has a nearly complete colledtion on microfilm. The same can be said of entry #735 for Vienybė Lietuvninkų, available at the New York Public Library, also on microfilm.
There are, of course, some private collectors whose holdings should be made known, though such a task would hardly be an easy one. There are, for instance, copies (or at least photocopies) of Šliupas' Unija and Lietuviškas Balsas in private hands. Also, Fr. Peter Saurusaitis' Bažnyčios Tarnas (1901-04), and Aušrinė (not the one listed in Balys) published by Catholic women. It would be good if Dr. Balys could obtain further funding to travel around the nation to inspect private archival holdings. Such a project would well supplement his recent bibliographical study.
U.S. Lithuanian Immigrant Studies