A. E. Nordenskiöld Collection
Collection materials in format
The A. E. Nordenskiöld Collection contains maps, geographical literature, travel accounts and book rarities collected by researcher and explorer Adolf Erik Nordenskiöld in the end of the 19th century.
The A. E. Nordenskiöld Collection contains maps, geographical literature, travel accounts and book rarities collected by researcher and explorer Adolf Erik Nordenskiöld in the end of the 19th century. In 1997, the collection was included in the UNESCO Memory of the World registry.
The collection includes a vast range of early cartographic and geographic literature, around 3.870 titles, a few manuscripts and around 24,000 maps. The collection has plenty of literature concerning the Arctic areas, a nearly perfect series of Ptolemy's Atlases and a wide range of literature on the discovery of America. The collection illustrates the growth of geographic information in the West. It is is one of the most perfect collections in the world illustrating the development of modern cartography.
More information about cataloguing
A printed catalogue has been made of the maps in the collection:
The A. E. Nordenskiöld Collection in the Helsinki University Library. Annotated Catalogue of Maps made up to 1800. Vol. I-III. Compiled by Ann-Mari Mickwitz, Leena Miekkavaara and Tuula Rantanen. Vol. IV. Compiled by Tuula Rantanen. Vol. V:1–2. By Cecilia af Forselles-Riska. Helsinki 1979–1995.
The collection has been partly catalogued into the National Library Search.
More information about format
The collection has been partly digitized into Doria.
A. E. Nordenskiöld Collection in UNESCO's Memory of the world register:
Naturalist, mineralogist, explorer of Arctic regions, navigator of the Northern Sea Route and researcher of history of cartography Adolf Erik Nordenskiöld accrued his collection in the end of the 19th century. The collection reflects Nordenskiöld's research interests, as he mainly collected the library for his own use – for the needs of his mineralogical and geographic research, for his research of Arctic areas, but also largely for his later cartographic studies. At first, Nordenskiöld purchased books from Sweden, but already in the 1870s he was contacting antiquarian booksellers e.g. in Italy, Portugal and Japan. Nordenskiöld wished that his collection would find a place in Finland and be preserved intact. After Nordenskiöld died in 1901, the University bought the collection with funds granted by the Senate of Finland.
A. E. Nordenskiöld