Aalto University Archives

Aalto University Archives

Aalto University Archives is responsible for the long-term preservation, digitisation and information service of documents and audio-visual collections born from learning, research and artistic activities of the University.  The archives are open to all researchers and are located at Otaniemi campus.

The archive is open upon appointment, contact: [email protected]

Visiting address Otakaari 1B, 02150 Espoo

Aalto University Archives image collections contain negatives
Archive collections and catalogues


Services and activities

Ateneum maskerad

Digital archive collections

Visual materials related to theses, student works and historic photographs related to the activities of Aalto University and its predecessors are digitised and catalogued into Aalto-Finna. Use permissions are displayed alongside each image, some are available with a Creative Commons license and some are subject to permission. Only a limited amount of digital archive materials are available in Aalto-Finna, the archive holds collections that are not yet made digitally available. If you can’t find what you are looking for, please contact: [email protected] (archive research services, high-resolution images, digitisation and publication enquiries).

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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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VRC Oppimiskeskuksessa

Visual Resources Centre

Visual Resources Centre at Harald Herlin Learning Centre is a service focused on using and producing visual media. The archive’s visual collections can also be researched upon request at the VRC service.

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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 allow valubale 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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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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