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

The Greenland Registry leads the way to archival material pertaining to Greenland, located within the Danish Realm

The Database

The Greenland Registry offers an overview of archival material pertaining to Greenland, residing in archives, museums, and other collections (hereafter: contributors), physically located within the Danish Realm (Denmark, Greenland, and the Faroe Islands). In the present context, archival material as such refers to unpublished paper documents, e.g., diaries, notebooks, manuscripts, letters, maps, and other records as well as journals, protocols, and registries from museums and archives. Many contributors also include photographs, and some include ethnographic objects.

The contributors provide registries and other information to the Greenland Registry’s database, and accordingly it is the contributors, who establish the level of detail and the scope. Hence the extent of information will vary, and thus the database holds both detailed registries, descriptions of collections, and/or brief headlines stating that the contributor in question holds archival documents pertaining to Greenland.

The shown information reflects a snapshot and should not be regarded as a final list of all archival material pertaining to Greenland. This is due to several factors: The individual actor registers archival material continuously; archival material pertaining to Greenlandic are not necessarily registered using the word “Greenland”, “Greenlandic”, or variations thereof and can as such be difficult to identify; and that the term “pertaining to Greenlandic“ in itself contains a subjective assessment.

The database also contains links to the contributors’ webpages, but without so-called “deep” links directly from the database to digitalized or photographed documents. If one wishes to explore the options of seeing the documents (physically or digitally), please direct the inquiry to the contributor in question.

The Greenland Registry is a continuous project, and new contributors and information on archival material are thus added on a regular basis.

Search the Greenland Registry here



Articles on The Greenland Registry (in Danish)

Man kan jo altid tale om vejret – eller arkivalier”, Journal Greenland, no. 2, 2022. Published by the Greenlandic Society; editor Uffe Wilken.

Kokken, som blev arkiv-haj”, AG - Atuagagdliutit, June 8th., 2022. Published by Mediahouse Sermitsiaq-AG; reporter Marianne Krogh Andersen.

Grønlandsregistranten – Kalaallit Nunaat pillugu Ujarlerfik”, Magasine Journal, no. 1, 2021. Published by the Danish Local Historic Association, the Danish Archives Organisation, and the Association of Local History Archives; editor Johnny Wøllekær.



Actualization of The Greenland Registry

The Greenland Registry is actualized through generous donations from The Augustinus Foundation, Crown Prince Frederik’s and Crown Princess Mary’s Foundation, 15th. June Foundation, Frederik Paulsen, Hoffmann and Husman’s Foundation (formerly Frantz Hoffmann Memorial Grant), The Greenlandic Foundation, and Knud Højgaard’s Foundation.


The Greenland Registry is in Danish, since most of the archival material is written in Danish. On occasion, news will be translated into Greenlandic, but for now the secretary is unfortunately not able to communicate in Greenlandic.

Questions concerning the Greenland Registry in general should be directed to project manager Lone Riis. Please feel free to reach out if relevant contributors are not mentioned in the database. Questions concerning specific information regarding collections or archival material should be directed directly at the relevant contributor.

(+45) 3231 5052