Documentation and dissemination of the history of Denmark in Greenland and the Arctic

Danish Arctic Institute has an unique collection of photos, documents, maps, books, art and ethnographic materials, which focus on the history of Greenland and the Arctic regions during the last 250 years.

Collections

What does the Archives of the Danish Arctic Institute contain? A Gold Mine of Knowledge

The Danish Arctic Institute has at its disposal a unique collection of photos, documents, maps, books, arts and ethnographica with focus on Greenland and the Arctic regions throughout the last 250 years. The Institute collects and stores/preserves material about Greenland and Danish activities in the Arctic regions. The collections are taking part in promoting the knowledge of the history, cultures and social conditions Greenland and the Arctic regions.

The Institute disposes of the following collections:

  • Documents Archive
  • Photo Collections
  • Maps Archive
  • Collection of Arts and Objects of Art
  • Book Collection (Polar Library)

The Archives

The extensive archive of documents of the Arctic Institute includes diaries, manuscripts, letters, reports and other written materials about Greenland and the Arctic regions. They are all registrated in a data base, which is available via the website of the Danish Arctic Institute. The Institute also has an impressive Photo Collection, which with its more than 100,000 photos is the largest photo collection of historical photos from Greenland in the world. Around 50,000 of these photos are available in the Arctic Institute website. In the Institute’s Archive of Maps there are several thousand Greenland maps as well as maps of the Arctic regions and the Antarctic region. The fine collection of Arts and Ethnographica includes paintings, drawings, sculptures and historical expeditions equipment. In the well-supplied Polar Library with more than 35,000 titles, one of the world’s largest collections of Arctic literature is found.

An employee with the Danish Arctic Institute will gladly assist you in finding the photos, documents or other archive materials you may need or want to know more about.

The Institute disposes of the following collections:

Documents Archive

  • Photo Collections
  • Maps Archive
  • Collection of Arts and Objects of Art
  • Book Collection (Polar Library)

The Archives

The extensive archive of documents of the Arctic Institute includes diaries, manuscripts, letters, reports and other written materials about Greenland and the Arctic regions. They are all registrated in a data base, which is available via the website of the Danish Arctic Institute. The Institute also has an impressive Photo Collection, which with its more than 100,000 photos is the largest photo collection of historical photos from Greenland in the world. Around 50,000 of these photos are available in the Arctic Institute website. In the Institute’s Archive of Maps there are several thousand Greenland maps as well as maps of the Arctic regions and the Antarctic region. The fine collection of Arts and Ethnographica includes paintings, drawings, sculptures and historical expeditions equipment. In the well-supplied Polar Library with more than 35,000 titles, one of the world’s largest collections of Arctic literature is found. An employee with the Danish Arctic Institute will gladly assist you in finding the photos, documents or other archive materials you may need or want to know more about.

Photo Collection

Search in the largest collection of historical photos from Greenland and the Arctic.

Archive of Documents

The document archive includes diaries, manuscripts, reports, observations, letters and other kinds of written materials concerning the history of Greenland and the Arctic regions.