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Miroslav Krleža Lexicographical Institute

The Miroslav Krleža Lexicographical Institute (Croatian: Leksikografski zavod Miroslav Krleža or LZMK) is Croatia's national lexicographical institution. Based in Zagreb, it was originally established in 1950 as the national lexicographical institute of the Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia. It was renamed after the Croatian writer and its founder Miroslav Krleža in 1983.


The institute was founded in 1950 as the Lexicographical Institute of the Federal People's Republic of Yugoslavia (Leksikografski zavod FNRJ) and was renamed the Yugoslav Lexicographical Institute (Jugoslavenski leksikografski zavod, JLZ) in 1964.

Its longtime director was Miroslav Krleža, with Mate Ujević as the chief editor. It was situated in Zagreb, with branches in Ljubljana and Belgrade.

After Krleža's death in 1981, the institute was renamed as the Yugoslav Lexicographical Institute "Miroslav Krleža" (Jugoslavenski leksikografski zavod "Miroslav Krleža").

Following the breakup of Yugoslavia, it was renamed to its current name in 1991, becoming the national lexicographical institute of Croatia.


The institute employed numerous scientists in many areas of expertise and issued general and specific reference works as well as maps and travel guides. Some notable works started or completed by the institute are:

  • Enciklopedija Jugoslavije - Encyclopedia of Yugoslavia - 1st ed.: 8 volumes, 1955-1971; 2nd ed.: 6 of 12 planned volumes, 1980-1990
  • Pomorska enciklopedija - Maritime Encyclopedia - 8 volumes, 1954-1964
  • Enciklopedija likovnih umjetnosti - Encyclopedia of Visual Arts - 4 volumes, 1959-1966
  • Tehnička enciklopedija - Technical Encyclopedia - 13 volumes, 1963-1997
  • Medicinska enciklopedija - Medical Encyclopedia - 6 volumes, 1967-1970
  • Opća enciklopedija - General Encyclopedia - 1st ed.: 10 volumes, 1955-1964; 2nd ed.: 6 volumes, 1966-1969; 3rd ed.: 8 volumes, 1977-1982
  • Šumarska enciklopedija - Encyclopedia of Forestry - 3 volumes, 1980-1987
  • Hrvatski biografski leksikon - Croatian Biographical Encyclopedia - work in progress since 1983, 6 volumes issued
  • Leksikon jugoslavenske muzike - Encyclopedia of Yugoslav Music - 2 volumes, 1984
  • Filmska enciklopedija - Encyclopedia of Film - 2 volumes, 1986-1990
  • Bibliografija rasprava, članaka i književnih radova Bibliography of Treatises, Articles and Literary Works - 14 volumes, 1956-1986

Some other Yugoslavian reference works are:

  • Vojna enciklopedija - Military Encyclopedia - 1st ed.: 11 volumes, 1958-1969; 2nd ed.: 11 volumes 1970-1976
  • Mala enciklopedija Prosvete - Prosveta's Small Encyclopedia - 1st ed.: 2 volumes, 1959; 2nd ed.: 2 volumes, 1968-1969; 3rd ed.: 3 volumes, 1978
  • Mala splošna enciklopedija - Small Universal Encyclopedia - in Slovene language, 3 volumes, 1973-1976
  • Enciklopedija Slovenije - Encyclopedia of Slovenia - in Slovenian language, 16 volumes, 1987-2002

All works are in Croatian or Serbian language, unless stated otherwise.

Current projects

It runs several major projects relating to the Croatian language, as well as history and culture. These include:

  • the Croatian Encyclopedia
  • the Croatian Biographical Lexicon
  • the Croatian Literary Encyclopedia
  • a Croatian thesaurus
  • a world atlas
  • a technical lexicon
  • a legal lexicon

Its current director is Antun Vujić.[1]


External links

  • (Croatian)

Coordinates: 45°48′37″N 15°58′10″E / 45.8103961°N 15.9694057°E / 45.8103961; 15.9694057

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