Collections of the Archives of the School of History, Culture and Arts Studies

Read more about the Archives' collections below.

Using the Archives

The collections may be used for research, university teaching and museum work, and as the case may be, discretionarily for other purposes. The users commit themselves following the terms and conditions of the Archives by signing the terms and conditions of the Archives.

The materials in the Archives are written and performed mostly in Finnish. Parts of the collections are digitally available by contacting the Archives’ Information Services. Those materials that are not digitally available or are under restricted use can be accessed visiting the Archives. Contact Archives’ personnel before visiting and make an inquiry of the material. The Archives has a research room where you can study the material.



Collection of Folkloristics and Study of Religion

The collection of Folkloristics and Study of Religion, which was founded in 1964, includes research material on religious traditions and folklore for example from Ingria and India, the ethnomedicine of the Peruvian Amazon, and the laments of the Baltic Finns. The audio recordings collection of Sami folklore is the most extensive audio collection on the subject in the world.

Due to the fieldwork-oriented production of research data, the majority of students and researchers in Folkloristics and Study of Religion frequently utilize and add to the collection. For example, students and researchers have produced and archived ethnographic research material on religious groups in the Turku area since early 1970s.

The collection includes textual material such as manuscripts, transcriptions of interviews and field notes; audio recorded material such as tapes and c-cassettes; and visual material such as videotapes and photographs.


Collection of Ethnology

The collection of Ethnology consists of materials collected since the early 1950s. The collection includes survey responses mostly from the 1950s-1970s, photographs, drawings, manuscripts, microfilms, and theses. The surveys have brought in about 400 000 pages of responses. For example, 1400 respondents took part in the survey “How I was taught to take a sauna bath”.

The collection offers research material on subjects such as Finnish industry, village folk culture, construction and settlement culture, livelihoods, and custom culture. The collection of Ethnology also includes material from Nuoperi project, which collects and preserves material concerning Finnish youth work.


Collection of Museology

The collection of Museology hosts materials on cultural environment and cultural heritage as well as activities of museums, museum exhibitions. The collection includes drawings, photographs, reports and transcribed interviews. The collection was established in 2003.


Collection of Finnish History

The collection of Finnish History consists of microfilmed materials and published original materials. The microfilms contain various central, county, and local government documents, ledgers, and numerous private archives of different eras, compiled mostly from the collections of the National Archives, Swedish Riksarkivet and Krigsarkivet. Published original materials include rich collections of law and decrees from the 17th to the 20th century. Kinship Wars material contains oral history collected from 1967 to 1970 concerning the Kinship Wars of 1918-1922.


Collection of European and World History

The collection of European and World History has been accumulated over the years, especially on the themes of the departments focus areas: migration history, Baltic district history and tourism history. In addition to these, materials can be found on, for example, World War II and World Exhibitions. The materials consist of letters, records, photographs, printed literature, and annual reports of newspapers and magazines. A sizeable portion of the materials is in microfilms.


Collection of Finnish Literature

The collection of Finnish Literature includes author interviews conducted by the department from the 1960s to the 1990s, correspondence and photographs.


Collection of Cultural History

Collection of Cultural History is the most recent collection of the Archives, and it includes a private archive of a Finnish author and poet Aarni Kouta.