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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 is a search portal for cultural heritage collections such as manuscripts, personal archives, images, maps and older printed material. Lund University Library is continually working on transferring our old card catalogues to Alvin.

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The Manuscript Catalogue is Lund University Library's old card catalogue of manuscripts and archives (pre-1986). It includes a catalogue of personal letters.

Search the Manuscript Catalogue

Individual archives (personal archives, family archives and archives of associations and societies) at Lund University Library are all registered in Alvin. In cases where detailed archive lists exist, these can be found as an appendix to the relevant record.

Search individual archives in Alvin

Requesting manuscripts and archives

You must request manuscripts and archives in advance and read them in the Special Collections Reading Room.

Rules for the Special Collections Reading Room

Please book a seat in the Special Collections Reading Room. Walk-ins are welcome If seats are available.

Book a seat in the Special Collections Reading Room

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

The material will be available after noon the following weekday.


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