Main collection
Accrual status


Collection description and availability
Collection description

The Swedish Era Literature collection includes the oldest part of the Finnish national literature, approximately 17,400 publications printed between 1488 and 1809/1827. The publications are in Finnish, printed in Finland, published by Finnish people or important people in Finland or printed abroad but concerning Finland. The oldest piece in the collection is the first book printed for Finland, Missale Aboense printed in Lübeck in 1488. In regard to other materials, the literature is limited to the first year of Finnish autonomy in 1809, but in regard to the literature from the Royal Academy of Turku, it is restricted to the year of Great Fire of Turku in 1827.

Catalogue information
  • The collection has been described in the reference database
Several printed catalogues and bibliographies describing the collection have been published (see "publications" on Collection Coverage).
Collection materials in format
  • Analogue
  • Digitised
  • On microfiche
Parts of the collection has been digitised / microfilmed.
Material type
  • Books
  • Newspapers
  • Aikakauslehdet
  • Ephemera