The Miroslav Krle?a Institute of Lexicography (Croatian: Leksikografski zavod Miroslav Krle?a 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 Krle?a 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 Krle?a, with Mate Ujevi? as the chief editor. It was based in Zagreb, with branches in Ljubljana and Belgrade.
After Krle?a's death in 1981, the institute was renamed as the Yugoslav Lexicographical Institute "Miroslav Krle?a" (Jugoslavenski leksikografski zavod "Miroslav Krle?a").
Following the breakup of Yugoslavia, it was renamed to its current name in 1991, becoming the national lexicographical institute of Croatia, situated in 26 Frankopan Street of Zagreb.
The institute employs numerous scientists in many areas of expertise and issues general and specific reference works as well as maps and travel guides. Some notable works started or completed by the institute:
- Encyclopedia of Yugoslavia (Enciklopedija Jugoslavije) - 1st ed. in 8 volumes (1955-71); 2nd ed. with only 6 out of the planned 12 volumes released (1980-90)
- Maritime Encyclopedia (Pomorska enciklopedija) - in 8 volumes (1954-64)
- Encyclopedia of Visual Arts (Enciklopedija likovnih umjetnosti) - in 4 volumes (1959-66)
- Encyclopedia of Technical Science (Tehni?ka enciklopedija) - in 13 volumes (1963-97)
- Encyclopedia of Medicine (Medicinska enciklopedija) - in 6 volumes (1967-70)
- General Encyclopedia (Op?a enciklopedija) - 1st ed. in 10 volumes (1955-64); 2nd ed. in 6 volumes (1966-69); 3rd ed. in 8 volumes (1977-82) with a supplemental 9th volume published in 1988
- Encyclopedia of Forestry (?umarska enciklopedija) - in 3 volumes (1980-87)
- Croatian Biographical Lexicon (Hrvatski biografski leksikon) - work in progress, 8 volumes published 1983-2013
- Yugoslav Music Lexicon (Leksikon jugoslavenske muzike) - in 2 volumes (1984)
- Encyclopedia of Film (Filmska enciklopedija) - 2 volumes (1986-90)
- Bibliography of Treatises, Articles and Literary Works (Bibliografija rasprava, ?lanaka i knji?evnih radova) - in 14 volumes (1956-86)
- Croatian Encyclopedia (Hrvatska enciklopedija) - in 11 volumes (1999-2009)
Some other Yugoslav reference works are:
- Military Encyclopedia (Vojna enciklopedija) - 1st ed. in 11 volumes (1958-69); 2nd ed. in 11 volumes (1970-76)
- Small Universal Encyclopedia (Mala splo?na enciklopedija) - in Slovenian, published in 3 volumes (1973-76)
- Encyclopedia of Slovenia (Enciklopedija Slovenije) - in Slovenian, in 16 volumes (1987-2002)
All works are in Croatian or Serbian, unless stated otherwise.
It runs several major projects relating to the Croatian language, as well as history and culture. These include:
Its current director is Antun Vuji?.
Coordinates: 45°48?37?N 15°58?10?E / 45.8103961°N 15.9694057°E