At Uppsala University Library there are the archives and papers of authors, theologians, historians, politicians, artists, musicians and other cultural celebrities. There are about 700 personal archives and almost 100 archives of families in our collections.
Also institutions and societies have donate their records to the University Library. There are for example the archives of the magazine "Ord och Bild" and the folk dance society Philochoros.
The archives may contain single volumes to a hundreds running meters.
You study requested archival materials in the Special Reading Room at Carolina Rediviva.
How can you find archives?
The Library's archives are being listed in the database Alvin - platform for digital collections and digitized cultural heritage. However, a lot of archives are still only searchable at Carolina Rediviva in catalogues placed in the Special Reading Room. The staff at the Special reading Room is happy to assist you in your search. Contact us through Ask the Library.
Uppsala Student Nations' archives
Uppsala Student Nations' archives are on deposit at Uppsala University Library. Student life and the activities at the Student Nations from the 17th century onwards are reflected in protocols, accounts and other documents. In the Nations’ membership directories you can find information about individual students. New archival materials may still be at respective Student Nation, but the older are registered in the catalogue over manuscript collections according to subject:
U Swedish history of education, history of literature and bibliography - here you can find the archives of the "student nation" unions and academic societies Catalogue 1-499 (≈10 MB), Catalogue 500-1299 (≈19 MB), Catalogue 1300-3650 (≈18 MB)
documents from uppsala University
At the Uppsala University Archives (UUA) there are documents from the founding of the University in 1477 until today. There are also archives from the faculties and departments as well as maps and plans of University's properties. You find lists and contact information on their website: Uppsala universitets arkiv
What may you find in the archives?
In archives you might find everything from a person's first school exercise book to diaries, guest books, calendars, hastily noted thoughts about life, ledgers, official correspondence and sometimes thousands of private letters to and from relatives and friends.
The archives of authors contain the manuscripts of works of fiction. In the archives of academics and scientists you can follow their scholarly journeys. The archives of the clergy contain sermons that reflect a lifetime's work. Photographs, drawings and other pictures are often found in personal archives whereas the archives of organisations and clubs are full of documents like annual reports, minutes, correspondence and ledgers.
Here we have for example the manuscripts and correspondence of Carl Larsson, The Svedberg, Gustav III, Stina Aronson, Gustaf Fröding, Harry Martinson, Sara Lidman and many more.
Donating archives to the Library
Are you considering handing over your archive to the Library? Or do you have a one-off manuscript that you think may be valuable to future research?
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