Collections that cannot be searched online

Not all our collections are available online. Here we present some of them. 


Christopher Hansteen’s magnetometer. Photo: Terje Heiestad / MUV.

This collection consists of various artefacts and instruments originally used in the University’s Astronomical Observatory.

Most of the objects in the collection are from the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries and are from the Observatory at Solli plass. They were used by Professor Christopher Hansteen and his successors. There are also other objects that have been used for research and/or teaching. The archive consists of letters, records, notebooks, sketches and other written and printed materials. There are also materials related to the establishment of the University’s solar observatory at Harestua in the 1950s.


The building inspector’s archive

Questions to Professor Torup about the height of laboratory stools in connection with the refurbishment of the Department of Physiology in Domus Bibliotheca, 1915.

This collection consists of materials left by the University’s building inspector Holger Sinding-Larsen (1907–1925), and various letters, notes, requests for quotations and accounts from the years 1850–1930. In addition, the collection includes copies of building drawings and other materials from the construction processes at Blindern in the 1930s, 1950s and 1960s. The archive is an important primary source of knowledge of architecture-historical interest and the University of Oslo’s buildings and heritage. The archive is managed by the Museum of University History. It is not searchable online.


Press clips and the collection of books on the history of the University

The Museum of University History’s library includes the University of Oslo’s archive of newspaper clippings from the years 1958 to 1987, copies of internal newspapers, various reports and inquiries, yearbooks, annual reports and academic literature. They are all important sources for research and knowledge about the University and the history of science. Not all parts of the collection are immediately accessible. Researchers and other interested parties can contact us, and we will retrieve items that may be relevant at an agreed time. The items in the collection may not be borrowed.

Published June 28, 2019 11:13 AM - Last modified June 28, 2019 11:13 AM