Welcome to Arken

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Arken is a search service for private archives and collections at
the National Library of Sweden and Umeå University Library


New functionality for requesting material! Now you can order material to be read at the library via the new order form.
See instructions on the page Request material

What can you find in Arken?

National Library of Sweden
Private archives – Documents left by persons who have been important to swedish cultural life and swedish cultural history and from organizations and families who have been active on the cultural scene
Artists’ archives – Collections of specific artist's pictures, drawings and paintings
Special book collections –Thematic collections about books and book production: rarities, book covers, bookbinding and book printing
Event based collections – Analog and digital material collected from specific events

Umeå University Library
Private archives – Manuscripts from researchers, authors, ministers and other leading personalities with connections to Northern Sweden
Project archives – Documents from completed projects at Umeå University

Go to Repositories to find more information about each collection.

New user?

You can either search directly in the search box above or go to Browse by in the left menu.

Searching for archives or collections? Go to Archival descriptions
Searching for a person? Go to Authority records

Help pages:
Searching in Arken
Requesting material

Can’t find what you are looking for?

New collections are continually being added to Arken.
Contact us if you can’t find what you are looking for.

The National Library of Sweden
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