Archive and registry

Aalto University’s Archive and Registry Services are located on the Otaniemi and Arabia campuses.

Aalto University’s registry service is responsible for registering official correspondence and decision-making documentation and for providing information. The University’s archive service is responsible for the proper storage of records and for information services related to records under permanent retention. Additionally, Archive and Registry Services is responsible for management of the University’s information administration.

Otaniemi Campus Archives

The Aalto University Otaniemi Campus Archives include the archives of Aalto University, the Helsinki University of Technology and its predecessors, as well as the Helsinki School of Economics and its predecessors.

Aalto University Archive

Aalto University was established in 2010 when the Helsinki University of Technology, the Helsinki School of Economics, and the University of Art and Design Helsinki merged. As the University is quite young, the volume of archived materials is quite small.

Helsinki University of Technology Archive

The archive includes materials from the Helsinki University of Technology and its predecessors:

  • Technical School of Helsinki (1849–1872)
  • Polytechnic School (1872–1879)
  • Polytechnic Institute (1879–1908)
  • Technical University of Finland (1908–1942)
  • Helsinki University of Technology (1942–2009)

Helsinki School of Economics Archive

This archive contains materials from the Helsinki School of Economics and its predecessors:

  • Helsinki Business College, Helsinki Business College Ltd., Korkeamman kauppaopetuksen kannatusosakeyhtiö, Kauppakorkeakoulun kannatusosakeyhtiö (1897–1973)
  • School of Economics (1911–1974)
  • Helsinki School of Economics (1974–2009).

Annual reports, for the years 1950 through 1990, for the Helsinki School of Economics can be viewed in digital format on the Aalto University's Töölö campus library website (in Finnish).

Arabia Campus Archives

The Aalto University Arabia Campus Archives include materials and images from the Aalto University School of Arts, Design and Architecture and its predecessors:

  • Craft School (1871–1885)
  • Central School of Industrial Arts (1886–1949)
  • Institute of Industrial Arts (1949–1973)
  • University of Industrial Arts Helsinki (1973–1993)
  • University of Art and Design Helsinki (1993–2009)

In addition to publication materials from the school and its predecessors, the archive contains documents of cultural and historical importance from the design and architectural fields dating back to the 1860s.

Highlights of archived material include the following collections:

  • drawing (1906–1969)
  • photography (1980–)
  • competition works in fashion and clothing design (1980–1996)
  • student works in photography (1970–1990), and
  • student works in ceramics and art glass (1902–1963).

The archives from the Design Forum Finland, the Finnish Association of Designers, and other associations and private organisations are also included in the Arabia Campus archives.

  • Craft School 1871–1885
  • Central School of Industrial Arts 1886–1949
  • Institute of Industrial Arts 1949–1973
  • University of Industrial Arts Helsinki 1973–2009


The image materials from the activities of the Aalto University schools, and their predecessors, are being converted into digital format and stored in the Raami database.

Archived theses and dissertations

Theses and dissertations from the Aalto University Schools, and their predecessors, can be viewed at Aalto University’s libraries.  

Use of archived materials

Aalto University’s archives serve researchers, authorities, the media, Aalto’s students and staff, as well as private persons. The materials can be viewed in the archives research rooms on the Otaniemi and Arabia campuses at an in advance agreed upon time. To book a research room, send a request to archives at arkisto [at] aalto [dot] fi. The staff will assist you in finding and using materials and you may be able to make copies or digital versions of a document or image in accordance with an agreement between the archives and copyright holder.

More information:

Contact details:

tel. +358 50 406 1141
email: registry [at] aalto [dot] fi
Mailing address: P.O. Box 11000, FI-00076 AALTO
Visiting address: Otaniementie 9, Espoo

Opening hours Mon–Fri 9–15
(Note: Hours are subject to change on public holidays and during holiday seasons.)

Archive services

email: registry [at] aalto [dot] fi

Otaniemi Campus Archive

tel. +358 50 596 9639
email: oppimiskeskus [at] aalto [dot] fi
Visiting address: Otakaari 1B, Espoo

Arabia Campus Archive

tel. +358 50 340 9330, hub-arabia [at] aalto [dot] fi
Visiting address: Hämeentie 135 C, Helsinki

Page content by: arkisto [at] aalto [dot] fi (Archive and Registry Services) | Last updated: 13.03.2017.