Uppsala University Library

The archives of Gunnar Ekelöf

One of many archives to have been added to the e-catalogue Alvin is the archive of writer and poet Gunnar Ekelöf (1907-1968).

​This extremely comprehensive collection includes the manuscripts of the well-known poetry works Sent på jorden (“Late on Earth”), Färjesång (“Ferry Song”) and Non serviam (“Non Serviam”), as well as materials and manuscripts from Díván-trilogin (“The Diwan Trilogy”). For those with an interest in finding out more about Ekelöf, there are also school reports, autobiographical texts, accounts and family papers. Together, these give us a picture not only of the writer but also of Gunnar Ekelöf the man.

More manuscripts

Gunnar Ekelöf’s passport photograph, 1966 

Draft aphorism. An example of the lesser known materials to be found in the collection.

Uppsala University Library bought the collection in 1970. At that time, it consisted of materials owned by the writer at the time of his death, but has since been expanded to include materials from others who owned papers relating to Ekelöf.

Ekelöf was elected to the Swedish Academy in 1958. In addition to his own poetry, he also translated the works of a number of new foreign writers into Swedish. He has influenced and inspired future poets and writers, both during his lifetime and since his death, and is regarded as one of Sweden’s most important literary figures. View the catalogue in Alvin. 


Gunnar Ekelöf’s Archive is just one of the archives for which the catalogue has now been made more easily accessible. The work involved in cataloguing the personal archives held by Uppsala University Library has been supported by a generous donation from the late librarian Greta Renborg. 

See more archives

Find out more about individual archives at the Carolina Rediviva Library.

The Section for Manuscripts and Music is happy to assist you with your searches. You can request a document and study it the same day, here in the Special Reading Room in the Library.


Gunnar Ekelöfs arkiv är bara ett av de arkiv vars katalog nu har blivit mer lättåtkomlig för användarna. Arbetet med förteckning av personarkiv vid Uppsala universitetsbibliotek stöds av en generös donation av den framlidna bibliotekarien Greta Renborg

Se fler arkiv 

Läs mer om enskilda arkiv på Carolina Rediviva.

Handskrifts- och musikenheten kan hjälpa dig med din sökning. Beställt material studeras i specialläsesalen.


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