Uppsala University Library

Items and collections - a selection

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  • Acharius' Lichenographiæ Sueciæ prodromus - the autor's own copy, 1799.
  • Arabic Printed Books Approximately 15,000 works printed in Arabic, mostly from the 20th century, on subjects within the humanities, as well as Islamic theology and law.
  • Autograph Albums (Alba Amicorum)
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  • Bibliothèque Wahlund Approximately 6,500 printed books and ephemera in Provençal and general Roman literature.
  • The Bodoni Collection Printed books produced by the famous printer Giambattista Bodoni from the 1760s onwards at the ducal court in Parma.
  • The Book of Hours of Johannete Ravenelle (or “Liber Horarum”) A richly illuminated prayer book produced in Paris in around 1400.
  • Braniewo Jesuit Library Printed books taken as war trophies by the Swedish armies from the Jesuit College in Braniewo (Braunsberg) in modern-day Poland.
  • Brun's Collection Approximately 2,000 printed books consisting of beautifully bound valuable editions donated by the physician Gustaf Brun.
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  • Cancionero de Uppsala A unique music print with 16th century Spanish music.
  • Carta Marina The earliest more or less correct map of the Nordic countries.
  • Catechismus Catholicorum A unique catechism dating from 1585, thought to be one of the oldest known printed works in Latvian.
  • Church Slavonic Printed Books Approximately 250 printed books from the time between 1500 and 1790 in Slavonic languages written with Glagolitic or Cyrillic letters.
  • The Cimelia Collection Ca 35 shelf-meters printed books which contain especially interesting and valuable works from a book historical point of view.
  • Copernicana Printed books which belonged to the world-famous astronomer Nicolaus Copernicus.
  • The Cronstedt Collection Printed books from the 16th century to the mid-18th century with a Swedish connection, originating from the book collector Jacob Cronstedt at Fullerö.
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  • Danica Vetera A collection consisting primarily of 16th century Danish printed books. The collection comprises 360 books.
  • The De la Gardie-Collection 65 works in manuscripts, mainly relating to Nordic history and older literature. The collection includes the Silver Bible and Snorri Sturluson’s Edda
  • Düben Collection Music manuscripts and music prints from the 17th century and the early 18th century, collected by the Düben family of court chapel masters.
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  • Einar Malm's archive Papers left by the Swedish author and artist Einar Malm, expert on Native Americans.
  • The Emperor's Bible (also known as the Codex Caesareus) A beautifully illuminated Latin evangeliary produced at the Abbey of Echternach in Luxemburg, in around 1050.
  • Ephemera Historical and political printed material, labor union publications, advertisements, school catalogues, annual reports, historical tariffs, information material from departments and organisations, etc. Aquired as legal deposits during several centuries.
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  • Gimo Collection A collection of 18th century sheet music from Gimo Manor in Uppland, Sweden.
  • The Greta Renborg Archive Papers left by the visionary Swedish librarian, from the 20th century and the early 21st century.
  • Gunnar Ekelöf's Archive Manuscripts and rough drafts of Ekelöf's literary works, and more than 2000 letters.
  • Gustaf Fröding’s Archives and Library Correspondence and manuscripts, and a part of Fröding's library from the time at the Uppsala Hospital.
  • The Gustavian Collection Documents from the Swedish king Gustav III, manuscripts, letters from and to the king, and other documents concerning Swedish history.
  • The Gyllenhielm Library
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  • Harald Hjärne's Archive Papers left by the Swedish historian, author and politician Harald Hjärne.
  • Harry Martinson's archive Papers and corresponce left by the Swedish author and Nobel Laureate Harry Martinson.
  • Hogenskild Bielke's Library Approximately 270 printed books which belonged to the nobleman Hogenskild Bielke (1538-1605).
  • Hugo Alfvén Collection Music manuscripts of compositions by Hugo Alfvén (1872-1960), handwritten by the composer himself.
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  • The Ihre Collection 287 manuscripts from the 15th century to the 19th century, mainly with historical and linguistic content, particularly runology. Also topography, travel and medicine.
  • The Incunable Collection The oldest books in the library, printed up until 1501. The collection contains more than 2,500 works.
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  • Jalāl u Jamāl A beautifully illustrated handwritten love poem from 15th century Persia.
  • Johannete Ravenelle's Book of Hours, or "liber horarum". A richly illuminated prayer book made in Paris around the year 1400.
  • Joseph Martin Kraus Collection Music manuscripts of compositions by Joseph Martin Kraus (1756-1792), handwritten by the composer himself and copies by others.
  • Judaica Approximately 30,000 printed books and ephemera on Jewish culture and history, mainy from Carl Wilhelm Jacobowsky’s Judaica Collection.
  • Jörgen Hammar Illustrations
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  • Kali Ghosh’s memoirs The manuscript of a unique testimony of India’s fight for independence during the early 20th century.
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  • Leufsta Collections The 18th century De Geer library from Lövstabruk Manor in northern Uppland, containing printed books and sheet music.
  • Linnaeus Collections Around twenty original manuscripts by Linnaeus, more than 200 letters written by Linnaeus, and printed books by and about him from the 18th century to the modern day. 
  • Louis Renard's Book of Fantastic Fishes A book containing beautiful plates of fishes, crayfish and crabs, printed by Louis Renard in Amsterdam in 1754.
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  • Magnus Eriksson's National Law Code A legal manuscript containing full-page illustrations, dating from around 1430.
  • Map of Mexico A unique topographical view and map of Mexico City and its surroundings, dating from around 1550.
  • Maps of Dzungaria Unique maps of the Dzungaria region in Central Asia.
  • Mecca with Kaaba A rare, early view of Mecca and the most important shrine of the Kaaba.
  • Metalpoint drawing – courtiers of Guelders Metalpoint drawing, produced in the Netherlands in the 15th century.
  • Mozarts' handwriting A music manuscripts which contains a cantata in Mozart's own handwriting and his sketches to The Magic Flute and La Clemenza di Tito.
  • Musical war booty Mainly music prints from continental libraries, brought to Sweden during the Thirty Years War.
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  • Nils Svanfeldt's Archive A small but interesting archive after the opera singer Nils Svanfeldt, from Uppsala, who had a brilliant career in the first part of the 19th century.
  • Nobel Prize laureates in literature - a selection Articles and biobibliographies connected to the yearly Nobel Prize laureate exhibition at the Library.
  • The Nordin Collection More than 2,000 original documents and copies, relating to Swedish political history, ecclesiastical history, law and the history of learning, from the Middle Ages up to the 19th century.
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  • Occasional Poetry Ephemera from the 16th century and onwards, addressed to persons at special occasions, as weddings, funerals, promotions, etc.
  • Ottoman Heritage of Uppsala Manuscripts, even maps, printed works, paintings, water color paintings etc. of Turkish / Ottoman origin.
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  • The Palmskiöld Collection Approximately 500 volumes from the 17th and 18th centuries: notes and copies of mainly political and topographical documents. Also Swedish biographies and many rare printed volumes.
  • Polar Project - the digitization of old images from the polar regions
  • Poznań Jesuit Library Printed books taken as war trophies by the Swedish armies from the Jesuit College in Poznań (Posen) in modern-day Poland.
  • Publications from the Russian Revolutions Books, pamphlets, periodicals, newspapers and posters from the time of the Russian Revolution and the first five years of the Soviet Regime.
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  • Rubáiyát An ornamented manuscript from around the 18th century, containing Omar Khayyám’s four line poems about the art of enjoying life.
  • Rusyn Collection A collection of books in the Rusyn language, a Slavonic minority language.
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  • Shahname (or the Book of Kings) A thousand-year-old epic poem by the Persian poet Firdawsi, translated into Turkish. The manuscript features magnificent miniatures, and dates from 1620-1621.
  • The Silverbible (or Codex Argenteus) One of the world’s most famous manuscripts. This evangeliary was written in Gothic in Italy, at the beginning of the 6th century.
  • The Student Initiation Sketch depicting student initiation in the 17th century.
  • The Swedish East India Company Ship's logs, documents and journals from travels to Asia for the Swedish trade company in the 18th century.
  • Sven Blom’s diaries from the Western Front in 1914
  • Säve's Gotlandic Collection Records of folklore, drawings and paintings from Gotland in the 1800s.
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  • Tibetica Upsaliensa A collection of Tibetan manuscripts and printed materials.
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  • The Uppsala Edda (also known as the Prose Edda) An Icelandic manuscript from around 1300 containing Snorri Sturluson’s Edda, a manual on the art of poetry.
  • Uncatalogued publications Historical and political publications, trade union papers, advertising sheets, school calendars, annual reports, price lists, information materials from institutions and organisations, etc. Received as copyright deposits over the course of several centuries.
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  • The Waller Collections A collection of books containing approximately 20,000 titles on the history of medicine and science, an autograph collection comprising 38,000 manuscripts, and a collection of off-prints.
  • Westin Collections Printed books, maps, pictures and manuscripts, primarily concerning geography, topography, history and biography, from the 15th century to the 1870s.


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