Jaan Lehtaru is the head of conservation in Tartu. He has worked at the National Archives since May 1999.
He likes old manuscripts, prints, maps, photos and the challenges related to their conservation. There are a lot of such challenges which is the reason why he has stayed here so long. Another reason is a friendly and supporting working environment at the archives.
The National Archives of Estonia is the centre of archival administration in Estonia. The National Archives collects and preserves records documenting history, culture, nationhood, and social conditions in Estonia.
The archives hold 8.8 million items, the oldest of which dates from 1240. In our virtual reading room one has free access to over 15 millions of digital images online and in 2015 already 99% of archival visits were online.
In the project co:op our activities include creating topotheques, organizing “Adventures in archives” and contributing to the blog.