Uppsala University Library

Gustaf Fröding’s Archive and Library

After having spent many decades hidden away in the dark warehouse of the Carolina Rediviva Library, the papers and books of poet Gustaf Fröding can now see the light of day thanks to the catalogue that was made available in 2011, the year that marked the centenary of Fröding’s death, and today through Alvin, Uppsala University Library's platform for digital collections and digitized cultural heritage.

New Fröding materials


The collection includes a large number of poetry manuscripts and prose drafts, as well as Fröding’s correspondence. In addition, there is also a wealth of biographical material which was diligently collected and itemised over the years by his sisters Hedda, Cecilia and Mathilda. Hedda in particular took great pains to ensure that no detail of her brother’s life, work and even illness should be lost, and she worked tirelessly to save and document everything. The collection also includes family papers and newspaper cuttings of articles about and by Fröding, together with copies of letters and manuscripts held by other institutions.

The majority of Fröding’s papers were bequeathed to the library following the death of his sister Hedda in 1951. Other papers were acquired in stages between the 1970s and the 1990s through literary historian Germund Michanek. Additional acquisitions from various sources have also been added to the collection. 
View the catalogue in Alvin


Gustaf Fröding’s Library consists mainly of books that he probably had with him during the time he spent as a patient at Uppsala Hospital. Most of them include margin notes in his own hand. There are also individual books that belonged to his sisters Cecilia and Hedda.

Hedda probably received the books from Fröding’s doctor in Uppsala, Frey Svenson (1866-1927), on Fröding’s death in 1911, and they were bequeathed to Uppsala University Library together with the archive.
View the catalogue in Alvin


Uppsala University Library also holds portraits and other images relating to Gustaf Fröding and his family.
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Ejewall, Peter: “Frödingporträtt på väg - Från patientfoto till kändisbild”, Biblis no. 55, 2011.


Infruset kommer hem (UNT, 06/02/2013): Find out how an online exhibition at Uppsala University Library about Gustaf Fröding inspired Mando Diao’s Fröding album.


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