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Manuscripts and archives

We have large collections of manuscripts and archives. Most of them are searchable online. Some of the special collections can only be searched in catalogues and other finding aids placed in the Special Collections Reading Room.

  • ALVIN – search portal for cultural heritage collections (manuscripts, personal archives, images, maps and older printed material) in the university libraries of Lund, Uppsala and Gothenburg among others. We are continually working on transferring our old card catalogues to ALVIN.
  • The Manuscript Catalogue – our old card catalogue of manuscripts and archives (pre-1986). Here is also a catalogue of personal letters.
  • Individual archives – our personal archives, family archives and archives of associations and societies are all registered in ALVIN. In cases where detailed archive lists exist, these can be found as an appendix to the relevant record.

Requesting manuscripts and archives

You need to request manuscripts/archives in advance and read them in the Special Collections Reading Room:

Send your request to handskrift [at] ub [dot] lu [dot] se.


Email: handskrift [at] ub [dot] lu [dot] se