Industries in Kovno and Vilna around 1900 #lithuania


Ann Rabinowitz
 

While there are resources in the Lithuanian Archives for researching the
industrial heritage of Lithuania. one can find quite a number of
references online on this topic. There are also a number of museums which
focus on this aspect of the Lithuanian economy.

One link which may be of interest is:
http://msi.lms.lt/ihp/gateway/lt/lt_index.html
which mentions that in 1900 there were 4,000 works with 24,000 workers
in Lithuania and, in fact, at one time, Lithuania was known to have the
largest shoe factory in Europe. Further, the "Vestfalija" metalworks
in Kaunas had 1,010 workers which was one of the largest industries
in the town.

In addition, the main public libraries in Kaunas and Vilnius have
resources which may prove of interest too. One site for the Kaunas
Pubic Library mentions a number of factories, not all owned or
operated by Jews:

http://datos.kvb.lt/en/index.php?q=factory&by=1&option=com_paieska&Itemid

Ann Rabinowitz
annrab@bellsouth.net


Logan J. Kleinwaks
 

Judith Singer asked for "a list or census of industrial establishments
in Kovno or Vilna around the turn of the last century." The following
online, searchable, and viewable sources list businesses in Kovno or
Vilna during 1895-1905:

1902 Kovno Gubernia Commemorative Book
1899 Kovno Gubernia Commemorative Book
1902 Russian Empire Business Directory (Vsia Rossiia)
1900 Russian Empire Business Directory (Vsia Rossiia), vol. 1 and 2
1899 Russian Empire Business Directory (Vsia Rossiia), vol. 1 and 2
1897 Russian Empire Business Directory (Vsia Rossiia), vol. 2
1895 Russian Empire Business Directory (Vsia Rossiia), vol. 1 and 2

These are all full-text searchable at http://genealogyindexer.org

They are written in Russian and you can either search with Cyrillic
letters or, using the default automatic transliteration, with Latin
letters. Search results link to scans of the corresponding pages from
the books. To browse, instead, visit the links listed under
http://genealogyindexer.org/directories#Lithuania or
http://genealogyindexer.org/directories#Multinational

Logan Kleinwaks
kleinwaks@alumni.princeton.edu
near Washington, D.C.


Judith Singer
 

Thank you! These appear to be incredibly rich sources of information.
I will find someone who can read Cyrillic characters to do the
searching for me.. This is wonderful!

On Wed, May 7, 2014 at 12:03 PM, Logan Kleinwaks
<kleinwaks@alumni.princeton.edu> wrote:
Judith Singer asked for "a list or census of industrial establishments
in Kovno or Vilna around the turn of the last century." The following
online, searchable, and viewable sources list businesses in Kovno or
Vilna during 1895-1905:

1902 Kovno Gubernia Commemorative Book
1899 Kovno Gubernia Commemorative Book
1902 Russian Empire Business Directory (Vsia Rossiia)
1900 Russian Empire Business Directory (Vsia Rossiia), vol. 1 and 2
1899 Russian Empire Business Directory (Vsia Rossiia), vol. 1 and 2
1897 Russian Empire Business Directory (Vsia Rossiia), vol. 2
1895 Russian Empire Business Directory (Vsia Rossiia), vol. 1 and 2

These are all full-text searchable at http://genealogyindexer.org.
They are written in Russian and you can either search with Cyrillic
letters or, using the default automatic transliteration, with Latin
letters. Search results link to scans of the corresponding pages from
the books. To browse, instead, visit the links listed under
http://genealogyindexer.org/directories#Lithuania or
http://genealogyindexer.org/directories#Multinational

Logan Kleinwaks
kleinwaks@alumni.princeton.edu
near Washington, D.C.