The Folklife Archives with the Scania Music Collections


Research areas and keywords

Type of infrastructure

  • Digital collections
  • Physical collections
  • Services

Name of national/international infrastructure this infrastructure belongs to

Within the last three years; international cooperation with Mass Observation Archive at Sussex University, Cultura at Åbo Akademi University, The Society of Swedish Literature in Finland (SLS) and Dansk Folkemindesamling at the Royal Danish Library.

The Archives participates in Alvin; a platform for the long-term preservation and accessible storage of digitised collections and digital cultural heritage materials. Alvin is managed and developed by Uppsala University Library in collaboration with other cultural heritage institutions.

Agreement with The Institute for Language and Folklore (ISOF) providing service for ISOF’s physical collections stored at Arkivcentrum Syd.


The Folklife Archives was founded in 1913 by Carl Wilhelm von Sydow. The Archives is a part of the Department of Cultural Sciences and work in close collaboration with researchers at Lund University. The Archives initiate, collect, preserve and visualize part of Sweden's daily life through personal narration. The Archives provide research service in collecting and archiving research material. Offices and collections are located at Arkivcentrum Syd in Lund.

Digital and physical collections

The physical collections occupies 1224 meters.
Extensive digitalisation of the collections partly available through the web and through the project of Alvin.

Services provided

The Folklife Archives conducts continuous documentation through themed directives (questionnaires). Themed directives are sent to a panel of writers and/or become published and collected through a web portal.
The directives are sent out since 1932 in collaboration with researchers at Lund University providing the University with a research service in collecting and archiving the material. Directives are also initiated by the Folklife Archives.

The Archives carries out special documentation projects. In addition, service include providing archived material for researchers, students and staff at a daily bases mainly for Lund University but also for other universities, museums, archives and for the public.

Collaboration with other traditional archives, national and international, are performed continuously.

Management of the infrastructure

The staff consists of manager, archivists and archive assistants.
The manager reports to the dean of the joint faculties of humanities and theology.
The Folklife Archives has an expert reference group with the purpose of providing scientific support and advice for research and documentation. The members of the reference group are confirmed by the faculty board and meet once or twice a year with the archive manager as convener.

Available for loan

Available for loan - internal and external

Terms of access:

Physical collections and offices are located at Arkivcentrum Syd.
The three principals at Arkivcentrum Syd; Lund University, Region Skåne, and the National Archives have in their updated collaboration agreement 2012 established that the purpose of the collaboration is to "manage and develop a regional archive center as a powerful resource for the public, the administration, research and cultural life". According to the agreement, collaboration shall include the utilization of premises, certain furnishings and equipment, service and human resources, and coordination of outward-looking information where "the function of a common regional archive and cultural heritage center is to be manifested".
Part of The Folklife Archives collections are digitised and available through the Internet. The Collection of Mandelgren is continuously made available through participation in Alvin;

Recent research outputs

Karin Salomonsson, 2019 Nov 22, Konsumtionskultur: innebörder och praktiker. En vänbok till Helene Brembeck. Johansson, B., Petersson McIntyre, M. & Sörum, N. (eds.). Makadam förlag, p. 79-96 17 p.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingBook chapter

Håkan Jönsson & Åkerman, A., 2019 Oct 1, Natur & trädgård, 2019, 4, p. 60-69 10 p.

Research output: Contribution to specialist publication or newspaperNewspaper article

Karin Salomonsson, 2019 Sep 10, Kultur X: 10-talet i kulturvetenskaplig belysning. Höög, V., Kärrholm, S. & G. N. (eds.). Lund: Department of Arts and Cultural Sciences, Lund University, p. 19-34 (Lund studies in arts and cultural sciences; vol. 24).

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingBook chapter

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