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Archive collections

The University Library Archive collections are unique and part of our cultural heritage. Only one copy of each document exists. Registered users at the University Library have the possibility to take part of the physical material as a reading room loan. The archives that are considered to be of particular interest for our English users are listed below.

Information about the collections

Huseby Archives

The library holds the Huseby Archives, among others. Huseby Bruk is an estate outside of Växjö and from 1867 until the 1980s it was owned by the Stephens family. In the 1860s Joseph Stephens spent time in India as a railway constructor which is why his archives are of interest to international research.

Joseph Stephens' Archive

The archive holds a substantial and unique collection of material, 19 volumes or approximately 2 running metres, which relates to the time Joseph Stephens spent in India as a constructor at the building of the Great Indian Peninsula Railway (G.I.P.R.) in the 1860s. It is largely intact and contains railway contracts, paysheets for Indian workers, and correspondence (even outgoing letter copies are preserved). Some of the material is written in Hindi (contracts and accounts).

For a complete list of our archive collections, please see the Swedish version of this page.

Digitized Archival Material

The digitized material from the University Library Archive collections is available in Alvin, a catalog of digital collections and digitized cultural heritage material. In Alvin you will find material from several university libraries and other cultural heritage institutions. Digitization is ongoing.

Almost all digital material that you will find in Alvin is free to use. However, please be aware that some of the more modern material may be protected by Swedish copyright law (upphovsrätt). The licence field in each record will tell you what rights that apply.

Contact us

If you have any questions about the archive collections, please contact ub-arkiv@lnu.se.