About us

Swedish Labour Movement’s Archives and Library is an independent foundation with the Swedish government, Trade Union Confederation of Sweden and the Social Democrats as principals. We were founded in 1902 and combine an archive, a library and research promotion activities with our own journal, research, seminars and publications.

The first article of our statutes establishes that we are to «collect, care for and organize the material« as well as »facilitating research students and the general public to take part of the institution’s material.« This we achieve through the following:

Archive. More than 5,000 archives from the political, trade union and other organizations and a variety of personal archives documents the Swedish labour movement’s history. Furthermore, there are over 120 foreign archives. Extensive collections of photographs and slides, posters, films, sound recordings, banners, badges and objects convey additional historical information. Both new archives, and additions to older archives, are received every year.

Library. We are a scientific special library with a stock that reflects the union and political labour history, theory and organizations. Here you will find the printed sources: congress pressure, records, annual reports, trade union journals and many socialist movements’ newspapers and journals. Subject-wise, the collection of literature is more wide-ranging, and we can be described as a general social science library.

Overall, we manage a historic cultural treasure of national and international interest.

Research Promotion. A further task is to promote research on labour history, which we do through conferences, seminars, publications and participation in various external working groups. We provide tutors at universities and advice on research, essay topics and seminar planning. In order to increase knowledge of and interest in labour history, we participate also in exhibitions and publishes the journal Arbetarhistoria. To spread the knowledge of historical sources and literature, we organize group tours.