The museum library and archive

30,000 titles, correspondence by former museum managers, field diaries and old photographs – the library and archive of the Museum of World Culture have amassed a wealth of knowledge over the years.

Accessible to the public

Researchers, students and other interested parties are allowed access to the museum library and archive. In spring 2009, the library was relocated to Ebbe Lieberathsgatan where the museum collections and archive - including among others an abundance of correspondence, diaries, field notes and photo archives - are now kept. The library has reading rooms but home loans are not possible. The library is open during normal office hours.

Over 30,000 titles

The Museum of World Culture has a book stock of over 30,000 titles in addition to around 900 journals and annual publications. The book stock has gradually been built up by way of donations and acquisitions from private book collections such as the unique collections of Erland Nordenskiöld, Gösta Sandberg and Walter Kaudern. The library book stock is still growing through exchanges with other museums, universities and institutions as well as through gifts and acquisitions.

This vast number of book titles, 75 % of which are related to the cultural history of South America, is a manifestation of the collections at the Museum of World Culture.

Most of the books relate to subject areas such as ethnography, social and cultural anthropology, history and sociology. A less significant number include travel books, biographies, bibliographies, manuals and dictionaries. However, most of the books found in the museum library cover the regions of South and Central America and Indonesia - a manifestation of the museum's past areas of interest and the contents of its collections.

Furthermore, the library houses a collection of books printed in the 16th, 17th and 18th centuries, most of which belong to the collections of Erland Nordenskiöld and Gösta Sandberg.

The museum archive also contains field diaries, manuscripts and photographs from the various explorations in which the museum has participated. There are also materials from former exhibitions and film clip archives. Another very interesting item found in the archive is the written correspondence. The museum has retained all of its written correspondence from 1910 to date, which allows for the study of anthropology and archaeology since the beginning of the 20th century.

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Address and opening hours

Researchers, students and other interested parties are allowed access to the museum library. In spring 2009, the library was relocated to Ebbe Lieberathsgatan where museum collections and archive can now be found. The library has reading rooms but home loans are not possible.

The museum library is open during office hours by appointment only. Please call
tel. + 45 (0) 31 456 1245 or send an e-mail to:

Postal address: Världskulturmuseets föremålsarkiv.
Ebbe Lieberathsgatan 18 B
Bus stop: Varbergsgatan, Routes 2 and 4