About Arken

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About Arken

Arken presents archives from persons who have been important to swedish cultural life and swedish cultural history. Here you can find everything from letters, photographs and drawings to manuscripts and audiovisual material. Arken also contains archival documents from organizations and families who have been active on the cultural scene.

Searching in Arken

In Arken you can do a key word search by archival desriptions, name, institution, terms, geographical location and genre. You can also browse with the same critera. Alla archives have a overview which summarizes what type of material they contain.

Getting access to the material

If you want to study the physical material you have to do it on location at the National Library of Sweden. But, some of the documents have been digitized and are available to download for free in Arken. With time more and more digitizations will be made available.

The system and its standards

Arken is the National Library of Swedens version of the application Access to Memory (AtoM). AtoM is a web-based, open source application for standards-based archival description and access in a multilingual, multi-repository environment.

The system is based on the international archival standards which have been created by the International Council of Archives (ICA) -ISAD(G):standard för arkivbeskrivning
-ISDIAH: standard för beskrivning av arkivinstitutioner
-ISAAR: standard för auktoritetsposter vid arkivbeskrivning


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