Aalto University Archives

Aalto University Archives

Aalto University Archives are responsible for the long-term preservation, digitisation and information services of documents and audio-visual collections related to learning, research and artistic activities of the University. 

The archives are open to all researchers and are located at Otaniemi campus. Before visiting, please contact: [email protected]

Visiting address Otakaari 1B, 02150 Espoo

Aalto University Archives image collections contain negatives
Archive collections and catalogues

Services and activities

Visual communication design koulutusohjelman vierailu

Workshops and exhibitions

Archive materials can be used in university teaching and it is also used in exhibitions and publications.

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Aalto-yliopiston arkiston Finna-näkymän etusivu

Digital archive collections

Explore the digital collections and services of the archives. Archive materials related to theses and student works as well as historic documents and photographs are continuously digitised and made available in Finna and other digital services.

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News and events

Yki Nummi Ornon piirustuskonttorissa Helsingissä
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Yki Nummi archive

The Yki Nummi archive is an extensive private archive collection held in the Aalto University Archives. Yki Nummi was one of the most influential post-war designers, whose groundbreaking work elevated Finnish design to its international reputation. Nummi is known above all else for his light fixtures, but his artistic merits also include the designing of other home utility goods, book illustrations and acting as a color and light expert.
Suuri alhaalta ja ylhäältä kapea, keskeltä leveä saviruukku, jossa on ruskea ja sininen lasitus.
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Ceramics in the Aalto University Archives collection

A significant proportion of the archive ceramic collection is available to explore digitally. The collections consist of the Kyllikki Salmenhaara archive, Airi Hortling archive and the collection of ceramics and glass art.
Kuvassa on Otto Meurmanin tekemä mittauspiirustus ”Antiikin tyylimuotoja” vuodelta 1911. Piirroskuvassa on koristeellisia yksityiskohtia rakennusten seinistä ja pylväistä.
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Explore the treasures of the digital archives

Aalto has become the first Finnish university to digitise the majority of its theses from the 1960s onwards.
Aalto Repository Stakeholders
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Aalto Repository project

Aalto University is introducing a new digital preservation system that performs as a digital preservation, showcasing and asset management system for all digital content, especially audiovisual media and administrative data.
Re-imagining the Past Vol. 2. Photos: Kitty Norros
Exhibitions

Re-imagining the Past exhibition Vol. 2 online

The stories and images from the exhibition celebrating Aalto 10 are now available for online exploration.
PhotoRobot
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Third dimension in data digitisation

Aalto Archives ceramics collection is transformed into digital 3D format with a high-tech PhotoRobot. In the following years students and teachers will be using the PhotoRobot in their own creative projects.

Collection highlights

Aalto-yliopiston museokokoelma, fysiikan laboratorio, säätövastus

Aalto University museum collection

Instruments used in teaching from laboratories of physics, paper and cellulose technology, geology and geophysics and measurement instruments used in geological survey, construction and machine engineering.

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Arkkitehtuurin mittauspiirustus: Ainola

Architecture measurement drawings

Measurement drawing has been a tradition in the teaching of architecture for over one hundred years. The collection consisting of thousands of drawings provides a valuable resources for researchers of architecture.

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Keramiikan harjoitustyö

Ceramics student works

Pedagogical collection of ceramics and glass objects containing exercises, diploma works and glazing experiments that provide valuable insight into the development, materials and techniques of ceramics teaching.

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Deskiksen harjoitustyö

Descriptive geometry and perspective studies

Exercises from "Deskis" - descriptive geometry and perspective studies contain competition entries and works in fotogrammetric construction and reconstruction as well as perspective drawings.

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Vaatetussuunnittelun oppilastyö. Seitsonen, Merja (1990) Helsinki Stadion

Fashion and textile art

Costumes designed and made by students including competition entries for international competitions and course work exercises in industrial textile design.

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Otaniemi ilmakuvassa

Photograph collections

The historic image collection of the University is now available online documenting the activities, people, locations and premises including images of student works, exhibitions and events.

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Erikoiskokoelmat

Special book collections

The archives hold a unique collection of rare books and special printed collections used in the teaching of architecture and the visual arts.

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Yki Nummen arkisto

Personal archives: Yki Nummi

Lighting designer and colourist Yki Nummi's personal archives contains sketches, original design drawings, documents, diaries and photographs. Nummi studied at the department of decorative painting and graduated in 1950.

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