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Finding aid for the Andreas Oldeberg papers, circa 1940-1975
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  • Descriptive Summary
  • Biographical/Historical Note
  • Administrative Information
  • Scope and Content of Collection
  • Indexing Terms

  • Descriptive Summary

    Title: Andreas Oldeberg papers
    Date (inclusive): circa 1940-1975
    Number: 930009
    Creator/Collector: Oldeberg, Andreas, b.1892
    Physical Description: 5.5 linear feet (21 boxes)
    The Getty Research Institute
    Special Collections
    1200 Getty Center Drive, Suite 1100
    Los Angeles, California, 90049-1688
    (310) 440-7390
    Abstract: Authority on ancient Scandinavian metalwork and metallurgy. The Andreas Oldeberg papers are comprised of research data for metal artifacts from Sweden dating from the Bronze Age through the Middle Ages, as well as a small amount of analysis relating to these objects.
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    Language: Collection material is in Swedish

    Biographical/Historical Note

    Andreas Emil Oldeberg (1892-1980) was an authority on Scandinavian metalwork and early metal technology.

    Administrative Information


    Open for use by qualified researchers.

    Publication Rights

    Preferred Citation

    Andreas Oldeberg papers, circa 1940-1975. Research Library, The Getty Research Institute, Accession no. 930009

    Acquisition Information

    The archive was acquired in 1993.

    Scope and Content of Collection

    The Andreas Oldeberg papers form a research archive for the study of ancient metalwork and metallurgy in Scandinavia. The archive consists primarily of Oldeberg's research data for metal artifacts from Sweden dating from the Bronze Age through the Middle Ages. There is also a small amount of analysis relating to these objects.
    Oldeberg's basic research data on metal archaeological artifacts from Sweden, as well as a small number of related wooden artifacts, comprise the first series. Inventory cards form the majority of the material. This inventory, either on actual card stock or slips of plain paper, records data for each artifact and usually includes a photograph or sketch of the object. The cards provide varying combinations of data relating to current location, original findspot and context, national registration number, dimensions and description, as well as occasional information on metallurgical analysis and bibliography. A wide range of objects are documented on these inventory cards including jewelry and decorative metalwork, household and agricultural implements, weaponry and horse trappings, as well as the molds and matrices used in their production. The remainder of the research materials in this series are loose photographs of such objects, many with some data added.
    Much of the data collected in Series I served as the basis for Oldeberg's three major synthetic monographs, Metallteknik under forhistorisk tid (1942-1943), Metallteknik under vikingatid och medeltid (1966), and Die altere Metallzeit in Schweden (1974-1976), and many of the images found in the archive are published within these volumes. The time frame of these publications provides a rough date for the material in Series I, and indeed for the archive as a whole.
    The second, much smaller, series in the archive contains materials related specifically to the analysis of metal artifacts. The majority of the material here consists of another group of cards with data and photographs. These cards include much of the basic identifying data mentioned above, but the focus is metallurgical. Most cards include detailed metallurgical analysis and the photographs attached to each card document the metal itself, through photomicrographs or radiographs, rather than the finished object. Also included are several heavily illustrated laboratory reports on samples submitted for testing by Oldeberg.

    Arrangement note

    Organized in two series: Series I. Artifact research data, circa 1940-1975 Series II. Analysis of metal artifacts, 1952-1965, undated

    Indexing Terms

    Subjects - Topics

    Archaeology, Medieval--Sweden
    Bronze Age--Sweden
    Iron Age--Sweden
    Viking antiquities--Sweden

    Subjects - Places


    Genres and Forms of Material

    Gelatin silver prints
    Photographic prints
    Research notes