National Archives of Sweden
P.O. Box 125 41
102 29 Stockholm
+46.(0)8.737 63 50
+46.(0)8.737 64 74
Mr Örjan Romefors
tel: +46.(0)8.737 63 70
reference desk: Mon-Fri 9.00-12.00, 13.00-16.00
reading rooms: Mon-Wed 8.15-19.00, Thu-Fri 8.15-16.15, Sat 9.00-13.30
in summer (from 1 June to 31 August) Mon-Fri 8.15-16.15, Sat closed
copy service: Mon-Fri 10.00-12.00, 13.00-15.00
reference desk and reading rooms: Mon 9.00-19.30, Tue-Fri 9.00-16.00, Sat 9.00-13.00
in summer (from 1 June to 31 August) Mon-Fri 9.00-16.00, Sat closed
copy service: Mon-Fri 10.00-12.00, 13.00-15.00
The reading rooms of the National Archives are open to the general public, and documents can be ordered free of charge. The National Archives is housed in two different buildings, in Marieberg and Arninge. Both localities have reading rooms. If you do not need any special advice no appointment is necessary. Written inquiries should be directed to the National Archives in Marieberg.
Public transport to Marieberg: bus 4 from underground station Fridhemsplan or Hornstull to bus stop Västerbroplan
Public transport to Arninge: bus 629 from underground station Danderyds sjukhus or Mörby Centrum to bus stop Måttbandsvägen in Arninge.
Time tables and maps are available through the local public transport company.
holdings, mission, structure
The Swedish National Archives is one of the oldest government institutions in Sweden, dating back to the Middle Ages and the 16th century. Chancellor Axel Oxenstierna intervened in archival procedures by issuing the chancellery regulations of October 18, 1618, where he laid down the organization of "the old chancellery", i.e. the National Archives, as a separate office within the Royal Chancellery. Its field of activities was initially restricted to the Royal Chancellery, but starting in the 19th century the National Archives gradually became more involved with the formation of archives in other central and local state authorities. It did however not become an independent government authority until 1878.
According to its present instructions, the Swedish National Archives is charged with the supervision of all public archives in Sweden. The National Archives exerts influence in all areas of archival processing at central government authorities, and through the Regional Archives it also acts at the regional and local levels. The National Archives supervises the Regional Archives, the oldest of which were established around 1900 to keep the records of local and regional state authorities. The Regional Archives are situated in Gothenburg, Härnösand, Lund, Uppsala, Visby, Vadstena and Östersund. The Archives of the City of Stockholm and Värmlandsarkiv in Karlstad perform the functions of Regional Archives in their respective counties of Stockholm and Värmland. Since 2003, Director-General Tomas Lidman is the head of the National Archives.
The overall objectives of the Archives administration are to provide the public with the means of accessing public records, to secure information for judicial and administrative purposes, and to provide documentation for purposes of research. The National Archives keeps the records of the Swedish Parliament, of the Government and the Ministries, and of the central government authorities and their predecessors. This wealth of accounts, statistics, correspondences, registers of population and taxation, minutes etc. depicts in detail the development of Swedish society through the centuries. The archives also contain maps, plans and drawings.
- Abukanfusa, Kerstin (ed), Mare nostrum: Om Westfaliska freden och Östersjön som ett svenskt maktcentrum (Skrifter utgivna av Riksarkivet 13) (1999).
- "Arkiv hemma och ute", Årsbok för Riksarkivet och Landsarkiven (1995).
- "Grannar emellan", Årsbok för Riksarkivet och Landsarkiven (1997).
- Hallberg, Lars, Källor till invandringens historia i statliga myndigheters arkiv 1840 - 1990 (Skrifter utgivna av Riksarkivet 17) (2001).
- Holm, Nils F. and Ingemar Carlsson, Enskilda arkiv i Riksarkivet (Private archives in the National Archive) (Skrifter utgivna av Svenska Riksarkivet 3) (1975).
- Löfstrand, Elisabeth and Laila Nordquist, Accounts of an occupied city: catalogue of the Novgorod Occupation Archives 1611-1617 (Skrifter utgivna av Riksarkivet 24) (2005).
- Riksarkivets beståndsöversikt, 1-7 (General archival guide to the National Archives, 1-7) (Skrifter utgivna av Svenska Riksarkivet 8) (1993-2003).
- Roots in Sweden: The genealogist's guide to the Swedish archives (Skrifter utgivna av Riksarkivet 2) (1997).
- Sverges traktater med främmande magter: jemte andra dit hörande handlingar, 1-15 (Sweden’s treaties with foreign states, 1-15) (Stockholm, 1877-1934).
- Sverige i ryska arkiv: Guide till ryska källor om svensk historia under 1900-talet, 1-2 (Skrifter utgivna av Riksarkivet) (1999).
- Tommos, Sören, The Diplomatic Collection in the Swedish National Archives (Skrifter utgivna av Svenska Riksarkivet 5) (1980).
- Water Cities: Saint Petersburg – Stockholm (Skrifter utgivna av Riksarkivet 8) (1998).
relevant internet links
- National Archival Database (NAD), information on the fonds of state archives, including the National Registry of Private Archives: www.nad.ra.se
- Oxenstierna project: www.ra.se/ra/Oxenstierna/oxenstierna1engelska.html
- Swedish Archive Information (SVAR), containing archive databases and other finding aids: www.svar.ra.se
holdings concerning the Baltic Sea
Types of archives and archival material:
* Diplomatica collection (records from the period 1523 – 1809).
* embassy/legation archives.
* collection of treaties between Sweden and foreign states (Traktatsamlingen).
* archives from the Judicial Board for Public Lands and Fonds (Kammarkollegiet) and its precursor (1540-); records dealing with the Swedish states accounts, for example taxes and customs from Finland and the former Swedish provinces in Balticum, Poland and Germany.
* customs archives, from the 16th century onward.
* National Board of Trade archive (Kommerskollegium), from 1651 onward.
* archives dealing with the Swedish military actions (1500-1800).
* Gadebusch collection with documents from Pommern (1500-1800).
* Baltic archives (juridical and ecclesiastical archives from the Baltic states, from the 17th century to the 1940s which was deposited in the Swedish National archives during the Second World War).
* Novgorod Occupation Archives 1611-1617 (Ockupationsarkivet från Novgorod).
* private archives from important families during Sweden’s period as a great power, for example Rydboholmssamlingen (the Rydboholms collection) and Skoklostersamlingen (the Skokloster collection) with records from the Königsmarck, De la Gardie and Wrangels families; the archives contents for example records from estates in Finland and the Swedish provinces around the Baltic sea; another essential collection is the Oxenstierna collection with records from the Oxenstierna family, particularly chancellor Axel Oxenstierna who was the leader of Swedish foreign policy during the Thirty Years' War, in particular after November 1632 when the death of king Gustav Adolf put the supreme direction of the Swedish cause in Germany in his hands.
Tax account book of the Padis monastery province in Estonia, 1592