Scope and Content of Collection
Title: Andreas Oldeberg papers
Dates: circa 1940-1975
Collection Number: 930009
Oldeberg, Andreas Emil, 1892-
Getty Research Institute
Special Collections and Visual Resources
1200 Getty Center Drive, Suite 1100
Los Angeles, CA 90049-1688
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.
Language: Collection material is in
Open for use by qualified researchers.
Andreas Oldeberg papers, circa 1940-1975. Research Library, The Getty Research Institute,
Accession no. 930009
The archive was acquired in 1993.
Andreas Emil Oldeberg (1892-1980) was an authority on Scandinavian metalwork and early metal technology.
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
Subjects - Topics
Subjects - Places
Genres and Forms of Material
Gelatin silver prints