Fonds L179 - Dag Hammarskjöld Collection

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SE S-HS L179


Dag Hammarskjöld Collection


  • 1905--1987 (Creation)

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Extent and medium

45 shelf-meters
265 volumes

Context area

Name of creator


Biographical history

Ämbetsman, FN:s generalsekreterare 1953-1961

Archival history

The documents from the UN-period and also some of the older documents were kept in Dag Hammarsköljds home and office in New York. Most of the documents from before the UN-period have been taken care of by the family in Sweden.

Immediate source of acquisition or transfer

In his will 1959, Dag Hammarskjöld stated that his private archive would be donated to the National Library of Sweden. The donation came to NLS on the 9th of April 1962, consisting of four archival cabinets and 19 moving boxes. Dag Hammarskjölds library was divided between NLS and Backåkra. The books in NLS are not part of the Manuscripts Collections.

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Scope and content

Appraisal, destruction and scheduling


System of arrangement

The collection is mainly ordered chronologically, and has kept its original two-part-split: The time before and after Dag's appointment as the Secretary-general of the UN. The latter part (previously named the official part) maintains Dag's own structure based on subject, reflecting the different political topics and events. The earlier part, much smaller than the latter, contains both private and official documents from the time before his UN-assignment.

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Conditions governing access

Parts of Dag Hammarskjölds collection are currently being digitized and are therefore not accessible. For more information contact hkb[at]

Conditions governing reproduction

Some of the material may be restricted by copyright

Language of material

  • English
  • French
  • Swedish

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Related units of description

Acc 2002/112 m. fl. accessioner, dessutom Hammarskjöldska arkivet och Östen Undéns samling. Manuskriptet till "Vägmärken" har signum Vf 111a.

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Dates of creation revision deletion

JEE 2011-03-30 (updated 2016-10-19)
Revised and translated by RL 2019-11-08




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The National Library of Sweden
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